I will be logging the progress of my 54' Chevy build with this thread. I have had quite a few cars in the last five years, but most were to do some work on and resell for something else. This car is different for me, this one wasn't bought to resell. Luckily, I have worked myself to a point where I have a place to work on a project and build it to keep. Knowing that winter was ahead, I had been looking for a project for most of fall when a friend who has a lot of projects offered me this 54' Chevy for $2000. I went and took a couple of good long looks at it and thought it was a fair price for a running hardtop. It also had a recent brake rebuild on all four corners, all lines replaced and the major steering components had been replaced as well! The biggest issue on this car is old shoddy patch panels and rotten floor braces that need attention. He just didn't have the time to do the car justice since he has other projects, so it had to go. In the two months that I have had it, I have concentrated on making sure all mechanics are in order. I have added a two pot master cylinder along with adjusting all the shoes to work properly. I've also been chasing typical leaks and some other issues that are expected of a car that hasn't been on the road for a while. A brand new fuel tank and sending unit were also in order to eliminate the rust that was coming out of the old tank. I've also been giving it an altitude adjustment along with adding the missing trim mouldings. A one piece front bumper and some extra grille teeth have cleaned the front up as well. That is about it for now, I've really been restraining myself from starting in on the body before the mechanical issues are sorted out. I enjoy sheet metal and body work WAY more than turning wrenches, but want it to be mechanically sound and road worthy before anything else! By the way, I'm looking for the outer floor braces for a 53/54 Chevy that I can use to replace the ones in my car. I did see that brand new ones are offered, but I am not against using OEM pieces if they are in salvageable condition and financially justified. Here is a picture of the way I bought it, progress pics, and three other hardtops that appeal to me. All three have a similar stance to what mine will be, since it won't be bagged. I feel a chop will be a must! Last one I chopped was a 53' 2 door sedan, so I am looking forward to the 54' Hardtop chop!