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Whose '55 Belair is this?

Discussion in 'The Hokey Ass Message Board' started by Centurion9, May 28, 2012.

  1. Blackmaria60
    Joined: Apr 30, 2008
    Posts: 533


    The cool factor is high on this, but the PITA factor is too. What do you do with the top to keep it safe while it's off? This isn't a T-Bird hardtop! :p
  2. roughneck424
    Joined: Jan 10, 2009
    Posts: 1,084


  3. ill be dam if it doesnt have a removable hardtop
    i read the post that said it was a went back and looked and said there is no way that top is removable and then yep yes it is removable

    damn nice looking 55 and appearently very good craftsmanship
  4. nwbhotrod
    Joined: Oct 13, 2009
    Posts: 1,245

    from wash state

    love those Kobota Orange 55 Chevys

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  5. Butch M
    Joined: Oct 14, 2008
    Posts: 1,469

    Butch M

    Wow...........thats cool
  6. 62dartman
    Joined: Feb 24, 2010
    Posts: 174


    Wow!!! I have to say, I dont get too excited by tri fives anymore but this one changes that!! I hope we get some more top info!!!!
  7. Tony
    Joined: Dec 3, 2002
    Posts: 7,292


    I'd LOVE to see some detail shots of how they did the top work!
    Even as a stock hard top the car is killer, add the removable hard top and it' i have no words...just unreal!

  8. spudz
    Joined: Mar 3, 2001
    Posts: 524


    that top is awesome......
  9. erlomd
    Joined: Apr 26, 2008
    Posts: 1,213


    good lord is that cool or what
  10. Dat Dirty Rat
    Joined: Jan 15, 2003
    Posts: 3,495

    Dat Dirty Rat

    When you have money....the sky is the limit and anything is possible. Ive had to wear adult diapers ever since i saw that car............
  11. gnarlytyler
    Joined: Feb 2, 2007
    Posts: 1,004


    ... first pic I was like nah... than.. whoa.. jaw on the floor.. secret latches somewhere? Magnetically bonded??? black magic?? I'm thinkin' its too cool for school.. nice
  12. old soul
    Joined: Jan 15, 2011
    Posts: 1,094

    old soul
    from oswego NY

    I just want to eat that car
  13. fryguy
    Joined: Nov 26, 2005
    Posts: 1,233


    I beg to differ. Having money or aquiring large sums of money doesn't give you magic imagination powers. Having money makes it easier for your imagination to come to fruition but it doesn't go hand in hand. I know guys who don't have a lot of money accomplish great things. Thats a lot of how this hobby goes.


  14. Hot Rods Ta Hell
    Joined: Apr 20, 2008
    Posts: 3,781

    Hot Rods Ta Hell

    Usually guys with removeable hardtops such as Carson tops devise a lifting sling with ropes and pulley's attached to their garage rafters to lift/store the top.

    You'd definately need a hand at an out of town show. I bet that roof assy. is a good couple hundred pounds. The scariest factor would bescratching paint and trying to find a safe place to store it. Someone knocking a lawn chair into it could be disasterous.

    I'm guessing the chassis has a convertible style X member for support?

    What a bitchin conversion. The hardtop body is essentially same as the conv. body from the beltline down.
  15. Boones
    Joined: Mar 4, 2001
    Posts: 9,545

    from Kent, Wa

    I hope a magazine does a full feature on this one so we can see good pictures of it with the roof off and how it attaches (and keeps the rear window attached)

    I love this car.
  16. Chester
    Joined: Sep 24, 2005
    Posts: 67

    from At work

    If I see him at Back to the 50's this year, I will try and get more pictures of the car.

  17. Nads
    Joined: Mar 5, 2001
    Posts: 11,518

    from Hypocrisy

    A hardtop is really just a convertible with a roof, it shouldn't be hard to do this.

    There was a Ford Consul Capri back in England in the late 70s had a similar treatment.

    I like it.
  18. Blue One
    Joined: Feb 6, 2010
    Posts: 9,576

    Blue One
    from Alberta

    I always wondered about a roof that was in several sections and that would fold up and retract into a compartment that opened up near the rear decklid.

    I know the 57 Ford retractable roof idea took the whole roof into the trunk area, what I had in mind is more like the modern Mercedes or other cars where the roof folds in sections as it retracts.

    It would be tough to do, but I bet a talented metalman could do it if he put his mind to it. :)
  19. damn that thing is sexy...
  20. Ears
    Joined: Apr 15, 2010
    Posts: 27

    from ORCUTT, CA

    I'd like to see the mechanics behind that removable hardtop conversion. Just too cool..
  21. n847
    Joined: Apr 22, 2010
    Posts: 2,696


    I heard from a fellow HAMB'er this car was on the cover of one of the new mags...Maybe Street Rodder?
  22.'s on the cover of my new Oct Rod & Custom...nice write-up on it too.
  23. Fantastic car! Simple mods made a huge difference....
  24. willie57
    Joined: Feb 21, 2007
    Posts: 378

    from wisconsin

    that is one nice 55
  25. Mopar Jack
    Joined: Jan 24, 2010
    Posts: 1,358

    Mopar Jack

  26. Rob Paul
    Joined: Nov 11, 2005
    Posts: 1,264

    Rob Paul

    Thats my pal Randys car. It not rocket science, and its not a high dollar project. Just a few weekends with some talented metal guys and growing enough balls to cut the roof off your finished 55 Hardtop!!!!

    The back of the roof fits into a pocket, and 4 studs with nuts hold the whole works on.

    Very well finished, and a sweet Rod and Custom feature.

  27. KooDaddy
    Joined: Oct 16, 2006
    Posts: 755

    from Wis.

    I see your car is in that issue NICE RIDE ALSO!!!!!
  28. Philroy
    Joined: Jul 9, 2012
    Posts: 150


    That is completely AWESOME. I wish I had a hardtop to do this with. I think it might be a bit challenging with a 4dr post. That thing is BEAUTIFUL !!! I about messed my breeches when I saw the removable hardtop. This thing is too cool !!!
  29. n847
    Joined: Apr 22, 2010
    Posts: 2,696


    Any one got more pic till I get out to get that R&C
  30. jivin jer
    Joined: Sep 14, 2008
    Posts: 2,894

    jivin jer


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