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Discussion in 'The Hokey Ass Message Board' started by dave lewis, Oct 21, 2011.

  1. dave lewis
    Joined: Dec 12, 2006
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    dave lewis

    New 55 bel air sedan project.
    This one is going to be a " conservation " not a restoration.
    The period we are shooting for is 1970 to 72...
    Not a barn find but a storage find....
    What wheels would look correct ??

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  2. flatheadz-forever
    Joined: Jun 16, 2011
    Posts: 501

    from new jersey

    Two lane blacktop style or straight axle with a street machine / geometric shapes paint scheme
  3. I've always like Chrome Reverse on 55/56....

    If you're really going for the '70-72 look, I saw alot with late 60's impala rallys with the small/cop hubcaps, cragars, aluminum slots, etc...
  4. rustyironman
    Joined: Mar 26, 2011
    Posts: 474


    Cragars pretty much were the 'in thing' at that time in Northern Indiana.
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  5. derbydad276
    Joined: May 29, 2011
    Posts: 1,324


    et slots
    and one of those rectangle paint jobs

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  6. Mr48chev
    Joined: Dec 28, 2007
    Posts: 29,573


    Solid but shiny color, either roll and pleat or smooth vinyl interior with matching rugs.
    Chrome reverse wheels with bigger back tires and run a 327 block with 283 crank and 302 pistons with a four speed.
  7. 40FORDPU
    Joined: Mar 15, 2009
    Posts: 3,103

    from Yelm, Wa
    1. Northwest HAMBers

    Opinions on wheels?..Cragar SS, they look great on tri-five Chevies.
  8. Ole don
    Joined: Dec 16, 2005
    Posts: 2,915

    Ole don

    In California in 1972? American Torque Thrust, unpolished, with bigs and littles, all on six inch wides, and lowered just a little.
  9. go-twichy
    Joined: Jul 22, 2010
    Posts: 1,650


    daisies, chrome reverse, torq thrust, stright spoke ones. 15x6 -15x8. it's your car though!
  10. brad chevy
    Joined: Nov 22, 2009
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    brad chevy

    Aluminum slots or Cragars,the Torq Thrust just don't look right on a 55.
  11. Bigcheese327
    Joined: Sep 16, 2001
    Posts: 6,691


    My dad's Corvette c. 1972-73:


    It still has the aluminum slots, but the side pipes are now (rusty) chrome.

  12. fab32
    Joined: May 14, 2002
    Posts: 13,985

    Member Emeritus

    Seriously great car. One of the "must have before the dirt nap" deals. Actually already have owned a couple. I would have to do Torque Thrusts and a slight rake, 327/Muncie 4 gear, 4.11 posi and full tank of gas.:cool::)

  13. carcrazyjohn
    Joined: Apr 16, 2008
    Posts: 4,844

    from trevose pa

    Rootbeer brown white interior and slots or daisies .I think that was big ,back then.....
  14. dave lewis
    Joined: Dec 12, 2006
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    dave lewis

    My 55 has torque thrusts....
    Not totally in love with the look., I mean it looks good,,, just not great..
    (mine is not for sale, had it almost 27 years)

    This one is a project for sale.
    I am thinking ansen type slots.
    It has a button tuck diamond back seat and package tray, 1 impala low back bucket seat (driver ) , rac tach on the steering coloum, stewart warner gauges across the middle of the dash, and the ever popular grant wood steering wheel...
    Oh, lets not forget the 6" round chrome speaker grills on the package tray....
    This thing just screams late 60/early 70s..
    We have a solid plan for the "look".. Just trying to get it right...
    anybody have a black 63 impala passenger seat ?
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  15. low budget
    Joined: Nov 15, 2006
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    low budget
    from Central Ky

    Sounds like you already know what you are lookin for.............a buyer:D
    It should sell just fine as is if you dont get too attached:)
  16. dave lewis
    Joined: Dec 12, 2006
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    dave lewis

    Definatly the problem with MY 55, Way too attached !
    Gonna finish the 57 nomad resto, do this 55 and get on finishing mine..been sitting way too long ..

    still looking for wheel ideas....
  17. oldcarfart
    Joined: Apr 12, 2005
    Posts: 1,437


    Cragar SS, Keystone Classics, chrome reverse, Ansen slots. I had Cragar SS's with gold spokes on a '63 maroon Impala in '71.
  18. low budget
    Joined: Nov 15, 2006
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    low budget
    from Central Ky

    You gonna paint it or leave the patina?
    Mines got lotsa patina with cragars and Im still not too sure how well that goes together.

    The flat black one I had seem to work o.k. tho, I guess.

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  19. low budget
    Joined: Nov 15, 2006
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    low budget
    from Central Ky

    Heres some random pics I have saved that should be close to the look at that time.

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  20. Willy301
    Joined: Nov 16, 2007
    Posts: 1,426


    The cars of that era, done up in early 70's style usually had Cragars on them. The poor boys ran the SS and the rich boys ran the SS/T's around here. Not sure there was that much of a price difference... I like the ET slots as well.
  21. This belonged to a good friend of mine, the late Kelvin Polonich of Saskatoon, Saskatchewan. This was painted in 1974-ish, and still shows well to this day. Pic is less than a year old. This was how it was done then.

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  22. low budget
    Joined: Nov 15, 2006
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    low budget
    from Central Ky

    I didnt realize the SS/Ts came out that early till I looked it up after reading your post.
    I found the answer here on the HAMB as the year 1970, I just took for granted they were a 80s wheel kind of like the centerline that was hot around that time.
    I still dont care for the SS/Ts at all, The SS portrays a 70s look more easily to me.

    Check this out!
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  23. outlaw256
    Joined: Jun 26, 2008
    Posts: 2,023


    every 55 i built in the 70s and 80s got cragar ss. or slots.and a 327 and a 4 speed. and i built alot of them back then.just loved the i want to build one more before i go and i cant even find a body that i can afford.
  24. Exactly what I was thinking...Rootbeer flake, Cragar S/S wheels, diamond upholstery. PLEASE don't make a "gasser" out of it.....:(
  25. Maybe, if you took it to a guy who lived at the end of a dirt road and dropped a lot of acid, and said "Do whatever you feel, man."...

    Pretty awesome paint job, but I hate it...
  26. dave lewis
    Joined: Dec 12, 2006
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    dave lewis

    Lots of good input !
    Low Budget, thanks for the pics...
    I had planned to replace the psgr rear quarter due to a poorly done repair . (most likley done in the early 70s ! )
    My body shop connection looked at it last night and said no way, it just needs a little now the idea of "patina " enters the picture.
    The plan is to gather up everything needed to get it done, and start on it in the spring..
  27. hotrodchevy
    Joined: Jan 20, 2009
    Posts: 127


    love the asser look but no for driver. mine is prostreet and thinking of going back to factory frame and touring suspention after more than 12 years of faithful service as a blown prostreet.
  28. cheveey57
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  29. ardyboy
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