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Projects My 1956 Belair build near complition

Discussion in 'The Hokey Ass Message Board' started by hotrod36, Jul 17, 2014.

  1. hotrod36
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    IMG_20150121_163524.jpg 1.JPG 2.JPG 3.JPG 4.JPG 5.5.JPG 5.JPG 6.jpg 7.jpg 8.jpg 9.jpg 10.jpg 11.jpg 12.jpg 13.5.jpg 13.jpg IMG_20150121_163524.jpg I figured I would post a few pictures of my 1956 Belair I have been building for the last two years.

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    It is finally almost completed. It should be running in the next few days and I have plans on taking it too the Street Rod Nationals in Louisville this year. I have mt fingers crossed.

    Details/History before I got it


    The car is a true Belair 2 door Sedan, originally Sherwood Green and Indian Ivory with two tone green interior. I bought the car about five years ago and imported it to Canada. I bought the car knowing it needed a complete restoration but wanted something very solid to start with.

    The car sat in dry storage for 16 years in Connecticut before I got it. I was told the car was a show car in California and was painted with Lacquer in the seventies. The original builder couldn't afford the interior right away and painted the windows black for the first year throughout shows. It eventually received black diamond tuck interior. The car was eventually sold and ended up in Connecticut. It was freshened up with a 350 cubic inch Chevy and black rolled and pleated interior. The car stayed this way until I got it. This is wear the story got interesting for me anyways. In the early eighties the cars owner at the time was going through a divorce and his wife took her frustration out on the car. She broke all the glass out of the car and carved her name (Donna Lee) in the hood of it. She eventually got the car in the divorce settlement and sold it to the gentleman I got it from. He gave me a few pictures of the car with the glass smashed out of it. He as many had big dreams of fixing it but never got around to it and I bought it.

    Details about the restoration

    This car spent most of its life in California which is a big plus for me, very straight and not much rust. The car still has all of its original sheet metal. The car was glass bead blasted and epoxy primmer applied to the bare metal. I replaced a small section in the driver side floor which only had pin holes and the area below the trunk lid which is common with all Tri-five Chevy's. All the panels were very straight to begin with so it didn't need much body work. Probably the best body I've ever restored.

    I built the car with a sixties era theme and the pictures show the end result. The car has a 327 cubic inch engine with 4 Rochester carburetors on an old Offy intake, 62 Corvette 2 1/2" exhaust manifolds, 2 1/2" exhaust with exhaust dumps before the flow master mufflers, a power master alternator designed to look like a generator, M 21 4 speed, and a 1967 Camaro rear differential. I installed an (Ididit) tilt steering column and restored a 1959 Chevrolet Impala steering wheel and painted them to match. I painted the 56 Belair a 2000 VW electronic green (base clear) and used (green) metal flake in the roof. I wanted a metal flake roof but didn't want it to stand out so it is painted over the base color. The complete chassis is powder coated high gloss black and the floors where painted high gloss green when the car was on the rotisserie.

    The interior is almost done and I have little details left to complete before I can say it is finished.
    Wish me luck...
    Here are some pic's, let me know what you think.
    Thanks Jamie
     
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  2. hotrod36
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    A few chassis pic's
     
  3. hotrod36
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    Getting to the shinny stuff, Electronic Green base clear and Bong Water Green Roof and in two panels without pin striping. 22.JPG 23.JPG 24.JPG 25.jpg 26.jpg 27.jpg 29.JPG 30.jpg
     
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  5. hotrod36
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    I'll post a few more in the nest couple of days.
     
  6. Baumi
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    wow, great build! Nice car, the chrome steelies with black walls, 4x2s and the not too slammed stance are screaming " late 50s street machine"! I wouldn´t change a thing! Perfectly beautiful!
     
  7. loudbang
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    Nice looking ride.
     
  8. big duece
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    Beautiful car! My friend just went through his 55 and went back to the stock green color, and I questioned him about it. He maid me a believer that the stock color can look sweet if done right. What are you using for exhaust wrap from the manifolds on back?
     
  9. Great build. Now drive it!
     
  10. chevy57dude
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    Love it! Bong water green? Funny
     
  11. Love your Bel Air. Showing great progress.
     
  12. 1947vert
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    You started with a theme and have stuck to it. Very Nice!
     
  13. traffic61
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    Very tasty Bel Air. Love the wheels and stance. Well done sir.
     
  14. brady1929
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  15. Good job. It really looks great. Love the green!
     
  16. Great job, you nailed it. You can tell you put your heart into your build. Now get out and drive. Maybe some burn outs in front of Donna lee's house.
     
  17. Dooley
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    Wow, great looking car. I think the color is great. You could have been cruising with Toad and John Milner....
     
  18. Love it! Nice work... looking forward to more photos.

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  19. Me likey. Excellent work.
     
  20. greybeard360
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    Color reminds me of one I did several years ago... Sherwood green and Torquoise.... factory colors on the car.

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  21. Very clean build
     
  22. hotrod36
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    Thanks for the compliments, I greatly appreciate it guys. I tried hard to keep a certain era while building this one. When it came to paint I wanted the color close to original but not stock in any way. It is a VW (Electronic green) that I thought represented the era well. Here are a few pic's of the interior, and some outside shots.
     

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    I was going to paint it Turquoise originally, a part of me wishes I did but I'm glad I settled on this color.
     
  24. hotrod36
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    If i knew where she lived I would haha! Still need to get it running, hoping tomorrow at some point.
     
  25. hotrod36
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    I'm running 2 1/2" pipes from the manifolds back with flow master 40 series. I installed dumps before the mufflers which I will leave open at the Nationals. lol
     
  26. hotrod36
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    Thanks! its has come a long way in the last few days.
     
  27. big duece
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    Is there a heat wrap from the manifold on back?
     
  28. hotrod36
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    Thanks greatly appreciated
     
  29. hotrod36
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    I put heat wrap on until the mufflers, I probably don't need it but thought keeping the heat away for m the stock style starter would be beneficial.
     
  30. hotrod36
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    Yeah Bong water green, I thought it was funny also but it was a close match to the body color so I went with it.
     

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