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Projects My new 53 chevy 4dr daily driver!

Discussion in 'The Hokey Ass Message Board' started by The_Monster, May 28, 2010.

  1. The_Monster
    Joined: Sep 8, 2003
    Posts: 1,754


    I just picked it up yesterday. Its just what I was looking for, been looking for over a year for the right car! 1953 four door, runner/driver, with the original 235 and a powerglide option.

    The motor is original to the car and was rebuilt 2 years ago. Runs STRONG! Shifts great and stops surprisingly great! The paint is original, the paint on the roof is perfect!

    The interior is pretty close to immaculate! The dash is glossy, everything works!! Gauges, lights, glove box light, dome light, horn, and radio works awesome!

    The only bad things to say about the car is that there is a tad of rust in the trunk, about the size of a dollar, and rust on the back section of the wheel wells. Nothing too severe, easily repairable.

    Then the icing on the cake, it came with big boxes of parts. I love looking through mystery boxes, its like christmas. Well, there was the typlical light bulbs and oil filters, but the real gems were two, 2bbl intakes!! One was a Fenton and the other was Sharp. Never heard of that one, Ill have to look into it. And then there is a split manifold for duals. This was split the old way, with an old cast iron intake! too cool!!! Also, it came with skirts!!

    My plans: Make it as dependable and reliable as my 79 p/u. Once thats done... bluedots, functional lakepipes, 3" lowered, wide white biasplys, spider caps and pinstriping. After that, I sell my truck and then itll be car shows, drive-ins and be drivin every day to work.

    Well, la la la, I can go on for ever... can you tell Im excited? My first pre '60 that actually runs and drives! Not another project.

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    Last edited: May 7, 2012
  2. kraka138
    Joined: Oct 3, 2007
    Posts: 293


    looks great for a driver man
  3. spinalremains
    Joined: Apr 3, 2010
    Posts: 108


    Sweet... looks like you need to change your signature now
  4. hopped up
    Joined: Oct 5, 2009
    Posts: 401

    hopped up
    from So Cal

    Right on...I also have a 4 door. Its a 50 fleetline though. Most people look the other way when they see a 4 door. I say screw them. You being happy with what you got is all that matters. Good luck...

  5. TattooedBones
    Joined: May 25, 2010
    Posts: 2


  6. HCAT54
    Joined: Oct 27, 2008
    Posts: 66

    from Pomona, CA

    Looks good man. I might be pick'n up a 64 impala 4-door hard top driver.
    4-doors rule!
  7. very nice! can't wait to see it when you get everything you want done to it.
  8. Harris
    Joined: Feb 15, 2007
    Posts: 863


  9. DougHH
    Joined: Jun 24, 2009
    Posts: 273


    i'll buy one of those 2bbl intakes off ya if you're interested and postage to australia doesnt make it redundant.
  10. DougHH
    Joined: Jun 24, 2009
    Posts: 273


    i got a 36 4-door chev and a 59 4 door chev. the 36 was a good price for the condition and is a flat back so would still make killer rod fodder and 59 belair 4 doors are the shizznit. 2 door 59's just dont look right to me, they look smaller, dunno that they are but they look it and it doesnt look right on the side profile.
    screw the haters. nothing wrong with having 4 and not all of us can afford to pay a million bux for the same rod everyone at the shows have....
  11. ironandsteele
    Joined: Apr 25, 2006
    Posts: 5,342


    sweet. was that car sitting in NE Portland for a long time with camaro wheels on it by chance?
  12. God bless the four doors in great shape!
  13. Theo:HotRodGod
    Joined: Nov 23, 2009
    Posts: 565


    Nice bro! good cruisin car.
  14. mundog64
    Joined: Oct 3, 2006
    Posts: 33

    from 90717

    nice looking car. that is my ideal family hauler, daily duty cruising car.
    congrats on your purchase.
  15. The_Monster
    Joined: Sep 8, 2003
    Posts: 1,754


    Alright! I changed the signature back to regular! Thanks for the cool words from all. I just drove around the gf and my folks in the back. Rides killer!! Even with no exhaust!

    So Im taking out the carpet to see the whole picture and to let it "breathe" for a while. I have a set of bias WWW that Ill be mounting up this week. I have the spider caps in the mail.

    As far as the intakes, Ill get back to ya if I decide to sell one :)

    More pics coming soon!
  16. Those sharp intakes are sweeet, not as common. They also made a matching valve cover. Also made a dress side cover, but im pretty sure it only fits a 216.

    Sell the fenton and use the coin to get a couple of matching 216 carbs to put on the sharp.

    As for your exhaust, once you get that split manifold on....
    Just run 1 1/2 straight pipes out the back.
    Its what a straight 6 is supposed to sound like.

    Heres some links that might help....
    Manual.... Get a real, actual book type one off ebay!

    Repop parts.....


    Have fun!
    Last edited: May 29, 2010
    Joined: Apr 27, 2009
    Posts: 293


    very cool find. Congrats.
  18. Nice 4 slammer.
  19. mike1951
    Joined: Jul 15, 2007
    Posts: 706

    from Colorado

    Nice score. Congrats
  20. 3onthetree
    Joined: Feb 25, 2008
    Posts: 161


    Ya done good. Looks real nice.
  21. april may
    Joined: Jul 6, 2004
    Posts: 600

    april may

  22. SlickRick83
    Joined: Mar 9, 2009
    Posts: 185

    from merced

    I had my exhaust manifold split then ran dual staright pipes out the back. I went with 2" pipe. I think that gives the best sound.
  23. 52chevydeluxePDX
    Joined: Mar 8, 2008
    Posts: 336


    Nice!!! really good one! I think I saw that on craigslist?
  24. magsnubby
    Joined: Feb 7, 2007
    Posts: 486

    from Fresno,Ca

    Cool. My first car back in high school was a black primed '53 210 4 door. I've had a soft spot for more doors every since.
  25. The_Monster
    Joined: Sep 8, 2003
    Posts: 1,754


    shooter, no, this one didnt have camero rims on it, I know which one youre talking about. The one looked like they just rolled those wheels in front the cars wheels to look like they were on it if Im thinking of the same one.
    52 chevy, yea, this one was way up in Lynden, Wa. Like a few blocks from the Canadian border! Quite a little trip. 16 hour tour.

    Agent009, Thanks for the tip on the Sharp goodies. I noticed the throat on the Fenton was a larger diameter than the Sharp for the carbs. Didnt know the Sharp used 216 carbs. I already have the real shop manual and the chevs of the 40's catalog. Ill check out the advice link you posted, thanks!

    I want the split 6 "rap" sound. Will running straight pipe all the way out the back get that effect? What about running Smithys or some kind of glass pack? Will that rap or just sound mellow?

  26. spasecadet
    Joined: Jan 16, 2009
    Posts: 122

    from PDX

    Great find. I hope to get a 4dr 54 chev or olds in the not so distant future. It will be fun to see your car progress.
    Last edited: May 30, 2010
  27. A 235 with 2 carbs runs better with a pair off a 216 rather then those from 235. The bases are a different size between the 2 carbs. Im pretty sure that sharp is for the 216s. 216 and 235 exhaust manifolds will not bolt together. So if you go with the 216 intake, you will need to have a matching manifold, or run a set of fenton headers. When running a 216 intake on a 235 you need to get a set of adapter rings. Im really not sure if you can bolt a 216 exhaust manifold on a 235, i would think so, but im not sure.

    I ran straight pipes for about 8 months....
    Put on a pair of smithys, ran em for 10 months, and i hated it the entire time. They sucked a55. Never burned out, never got louder.....
    They sounded like the purr of a calico cat.

    Ive had em off for a few weeeks now, and I LOVE IT!!!!
  28. Mr48chev
    Joined: Dec 28, 2007
    Posts: 29,781


    cool, one of my best friends in highschool had a four door that was green that we put a lot of miles on cruising back in the early 60's.
  29. The_Monster
    Joined: Sep 8, 2003
    Posts: 1,754


    so Im looking at these split manifolds and Im looking at my motor mount. The front one will dump right on top of the mount, no hope for mating on an exhaust to it. Are these 216 split manifolds or for a truck? Ill post some pics soon as my batteries recharge.

    Also, everyone talks about fenton. Ive seen some tube style headers and other no name style cast split manifolds. Has anyone ran something OTHER than fenton exhaust?
  30. Super04duty
    Joined: Mar 11, 2010
    Posts: 58


    can I ask how much you paid? Im looking for something similar casually for a daily driver, and have no idea what price range Im looking for.

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