So as kind f an introduction, I have been into cars my whole life, I used to sit in cars my dad was working on when I was a kid. He had a 1971 Custom 10 with a 305 and Muncie 4 speed in it, then a 1981 C10 with a 400 small block that I learned to drive in, and later in my life my first truck was an 89 S10 that I fixed up and put Monte SS wheels and tires on it, then sold that and bought a 1980 Chevy Malibu wagon that a put a 350 from a Chevelle in, later sold that for another S10 (1991) that I redid with racing stripes, Xtreme S10 wheels, and dual exhaust etc. A few years later, I bought my first project truck- a 1980 C10 that I backyard built mostly by myself, a local engine machine shop, and a buddy who could never say no when I needed help. I learned a lot on that truck, and after 9 years of owning it, getting married, buying a house, and having a Kid, I sold it. I bought a 1981 Old Cutlass and redid most of it welding patches in the floor, replacing a tired 350 with a fresh rebuilt 350 from an 80's vette, redid the suspension and put Corvette Rally's on it. I had that for a little over 2 years, then sold it and bought a 1991 K1500 stepside that was too good of a deal to pass up- almost a one owner, the motor was blown but it had every Lund bolt on accessory from 1991, and was in very good shape. I put a 350 from a 1985 Vette in it, converted to throttle body, and that was a decent truck, was a little underpowered with the 33's I put on it, and the 3.08 or whatever gears it had in it.. I sold that so I could buy a new truck because my daily driver Avalanche was in rough shape, so I sold the K1500, traded in the avalanche, and bought a brand new F150 back in 2016. After 2 years, I started looking for a project, and I was going to get a 1985 S10, and drop a V8 into it, or maybe get a another C10, but I found a 1953 Chevy Bel-Air sedan 4 door hard top, and it was too good a price to pass up. I walked away with the car for $1000 with no motor, no interior, but it came with a second set of crummy wheels, a pair of VW bucket seats and almost all the trim. Someone had done some good body work on it years ago, and recently someone did some crummy body work with pop rivet and bondo'ed over patch panels, welded trim holes and bondo laid on literally with a spatula (it was in the car)... It originally came from Tennessee and I bought it from a guy in NH that drove to TN and hauled it back. The frame and suspension is solid, the body is OK, theres some rust under the body and the trunk was rotted out, but it's mostly solid, and being from new england anything that doesn't have rust growing a foot up from the bottom of the body is a good start. My plans for the car are to drop in a 305HO from a Monte Carlo SS that I had, a Powerglide that I picked up, I got a trans am rear end for a 1979, S10 leaf springs, bought all my spring mounts from a 4x4 place on Ebay, got some 15x8 Repro Jegs brand Vette rally's for the rear, got 2 Cragar Eliminator 500 gray wheels for the front, and I plan to patina the body medium blue and rusty, and just make it a cruiser, but paint the sides up like a vintage drag race car from the 60's My plan is to have it look like something that a teenager inherited in the early 60's from his parents and turned it into a weekend drag car. So I want to paint something like "Why Not?" or "Barn Burner" on the doors like an old drag car, paint the rear wheels half black and half white or half red and half white like the old school drag Super Stock cars, and have nice wheels on the front. For now I want to keep the stock front suspension in the car- I want the whole car to sit higher than it did from the factory so I have 225/70-15 tires in the front, and by adding the S10 leafs and newer hangers, I am expecting it to be about 3" taller in the rear, maybe more as I plan to run 275/60-15 or 255/70-15 rear tires. Eventually I may put a straight front axle in and make it a gasser, but that will be a ways away IF i do it. I'm not one to slam cars, and while I like airbags and LS motors, I loke old school stuff better. I was born in the wrong era I think- love the rat rod culture, love the way the ladies dressed, and I think things of the past need to be preserved and shared with future generations- not only the cars, but also the morals, respect, and work ethics. So here is my car.