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Favorite Tri five

Discussion in 'The Hokey Ass Message Board' started by Speed Gems, Jul 19, 2013.

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  1. 55' Chevy

    48.9%
  2. 56' Chevy

    29.9%
  3. 57' Chevy

    21.2%
  1. Speed Gems
    Joined: Jul 17, 2012
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    Out of the three Tri Five chevys which is your favorite? Which would you chose to build if you didn't have one? For me it would depend on what the car was being built for. If it was just for cruseing i'd pick an Aqua blue and white 56' with Torque Thrust mags on it like in the old American Racing wheels ad. If it was being built Gasser style I would go with a 55' but I've also seen a really nice Black and white 57' Bel Air with the Bel Air in gold letters I'd love too have.
     
  2. dynaflash
    Joined: Apr 1, 2008
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    I own a 57 two ten sedan. Because it is my favorite. But I do love a 57 Ford as well.


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  3. willys1
    Joined: Oct 31, 2012
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    I have the same 55 now that I bought 35 years ago. But all these years later I have finally grown fond of the 57..building one now. My favorite? all of them :)
     
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  4. Speed Gems
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    I forgot if you already own one of these cars or are working on one vote for that. Post pictures too please.
     
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  5. 65PANELRAT
    Joined: Jul 27, 2007
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    My ol' Five Six. I hope to own a Double Nickel H.T. / Post some day....
     

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  6. Fenders
    Joined: Sep 8, 2007
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    I agree with that -- but having to vote for just one, I hit the 56.
     
  7. Jalopy Joker
    Joined: Sep 3, 2006
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    so, just day dreaming or getting ready to go shopping?
     
  8. Speed Gems
    Joined: Jul 17, 2012
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    I woke up this morning thinking about tri fives!:D
     
  9. Mnhotrodbuilder
    Joined: Jul 12, 2010
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    A 1956 Nomad was one of my first classic cars. I always wanted a 1955 nomad more, so I vote 55.
     
  10. traffic61
    Joined: Jun 15, 2009
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    I still have dreams wherein I find my old '56 210 high school ride that I sold off thirty odd years ago. It's a dusty find out in my late father's old barn. Still runs, though.

    I hope to snag another one for enjoyment in my waking hours.
     
  11. I love my Five Six, but a 57 150 is like Cat Woman to Batman for me ;)
     
  12. belair
    Joined: Jul 10, 2006
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    Can't get away from the sweep of the 56 quarter panel. the pretty wheel opening. 55's are tough, 57's are the ultimate expression of the tri-five, but the 56 has the best two tone ever, more restrained than the 57 with the sihlouette of the 55.They are the best looking Nomad, much better looking 4 door hard-top than the 57, and just flat out pretty. But that's just my opinion.
     
  13. I've owned both 57's and 55. Back in the dark ages, when I was a teenager, I would have said a 57 with a 327 and 4 speed - NO QUESTION! but now days a 55 with radiused fender wells would be number one.
     
  14. I'm working on 55 with a 348 w motor stroked with a 409 crank and building it to look pretty factory except suspension and factory wheels but a little wider. I want the car to appear as if it were built in the early 60's if I can pull it off..... And if anyone doesn't look underneath! The 55 has always been my favorite. They have a mean look even in factory form.


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  15. 1951Streamliner
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  16. slddnmatt
    Joined: Mar 30, 2006
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    I'm not a Chevy guy but...56's rule!
     
  17. 5CHERO8
    Joined: Feb 22, 2013
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    The '55 Nomad is the best wagon EVER.
     
  18. waterhorse
    Joined: Oct 17, 2008
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    I'ts '56 for me, and a '56 Nomad is an all time favorite.
     
  19. thedreamer
    Joined: Nov 21, 2012
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    55 for me. My uncle still has his original 57 2 door hardtop he bought brand new. Only has 58,000 miles Black over red with the 283/powerglide. It still looks brand new.
     
  20. junk yard kid
    Joined: Nov 11, 2007
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    Drove my 56 to work today, owned it 18 years now. Dont have pics.
     
  21. chopped
    Joined: Dec 9, 2004
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    Had a 57 in High School but I've seen the light
     

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  22. NoSurf
    Joined: Jul 26, 2002
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    I like all three. My Dad had a '56 210 2 door hardtop when I was a wee lad.

    I can appreciate the cleaner lines of the '55. The '57 just oozes with a kind of working mans opulence.


    Here's mine:

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  23. I have had at least one of all three. I now own a 56 just because its the last one I bought and I had had 55s and 57s and wanted to build a 56. After owning all 3 years, I would prefer the 57.
     
  24. Squablow
    Joined: Apr 26, 2005
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    My '57 which has been sitting at a friend's house getting an engine swap for at least the past 3 years. Maybe next year I'll get on him to finish it.

    [​IMG]

    When it gets back, It's going to get the same treatment I gave my dad's 56 in the thread below.

    http://jalopyjournal.com/forum/showthread.php?t=753008
     
  25. mashed
    Joined: Oct 15, 2011
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    It's kinda tough. I dig '55 2 doors, '56 Nomads, and '57 ragtops.

    But I voted for '55s.
     
  26. My favorites are:

    The 1955 from the movies Two Lane Black Top & American Graffiti.

    But a close second is PHR's 1957 Project X....before its current make over.
     
  27. Sting Ray
    Joined: Mar 24, 2012
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    Had a '55 for 25 years, recently into the '57's. Voted '57.
     

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  28. fsae0607
    Joined: Apr 3, 2012
    Posts: 870

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    '55 is my fave. The fins on the '56 & '57 look too "cruiser". The '55 is sleek and looks like its made to go fast; think Falfa's '55.


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  29. 57JoeFoMoPar
    Joined: Sep 14, 2004
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    My first old car was a '57 Bel Air. It was a 4 door, but I always dreamed of building a 2 door hardtop. I don't think nearly enough people realize just what beautiful customs the 57 could make. Absolutely incredible lines. One day I will own one.
     

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