file 1957 Chevrolet Bel Air "Bottom's Up" Restoration

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08 Dec 2014 13:26 - 14 May 2016 12:14 #29 by oestek


This is a cool old-school big-block 1957 Chevy Bel-Air that has seen a lot of use, and it came to the V8 Speed & Resto Shop for some freshening up. Follow along as we turn this barn-dweller back into a street cruiser!
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28 Dec 2014 15:21 - 28 Dec 2014 15:23 #283 by oestek
This 1957 Chevrolet had been in it's owners family for many many years. They contacted us about performing a partial restoration, with the goal of making the car solid and safe to drive but without an extensive total restoration. This meant that they did not want an exterior repaint if possible, as they plan to drive the car and enjoy it with family and not worry about scratching up a show-quality paint finish.

When we picked up the car, it was literally stored in a barn.



It was powered by a 396 V8 and a four-speed transmission was installed back in the day. However, the car had not run in many years and was needing mechanical repair. The brakes did not work and the wiring was deteriorated.

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28 Dec 2014 15:24 #284 by oestek
The owner was no longer interested in the 70s vintage button tufted floor interior, so we probably remove that along with the rodents who had taken up residence in the 57.





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28 Dec 2014 15:24 #285 by oestek
Once we removed the interior from the car, it was obvious that it was in need of some metal replacement in the floors. The seats did not have proper attachment points or tracks, and there were previous patches and Rusty holes in the floor.









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28 Dec 2014 15:24 #286 by oestek
It was determined that a complete floor replacement would be more cost-effective than installing a series of small patches.

The crew removed the engine and transmission, the front sheet metal, and any mechanical linkage is tightening the body to the chassis.









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28 Dec 2014 15:24 #287 by oestek
The repairs began in the rear driver side wheel house, as the crew identified and removed rusty sections and fabricated new steel and welded it in.











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