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

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08 Oct 2015 09:37 #1572 by oestek
We wanted this 57 to drive like a new car, so all of the front suspension components were rebuilt. The crew installed new bushings, ball joints, tie rod ends, springs, and the steering gearbox was adjusted.





A new sway bar was installed for flatter cornering, and KYB gas shocks were added for a more responsive ride.



The rear suspension received new springs and bushings, and the axle assembly was rebuilt with new gears, seals, and bearings.





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08 Oct 2015 09:59 - 08 Oct 2015 10:00 #1573 by oestek
Meanwhile, the new floors were given a careful inspection to make sure all the seams we properly welded and ground, and that there were no other issues with the bottom of the body.





When everything was good, all the seams were protected with 3M seam sealer. The body was masked, and the bottom side was cleaned and the body was brought into the paint booth.



The new sheetmetal is shipped with an oily protective coating, so time was taken to degrease and remove all the oil, then the panels were lightly scuffed to promote adhesion of the black epoxy to follow.



The new sheetmetal was sprayed with a black epoxy primer, followed by an industrial Imron enamel.



Lastly, it was coated with a rubberized 3M Body Schutz to prevent stone chips and rust, and to act as a sound deadener.





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14 May 2016 12:02 #2540 by oestek
Once the bottom side was properly cured, we reunited the 57’s body with its restored chassis. There were still some topside modifications to make, but this was a major step.

The owners did not want us to repair the firewall at this point, as they envisioned doing an exterior restoration at some point in the future when their kids were grown.









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14 May 2016 12:02 #2541 by oestek
There were still some exterior repairs to make, like replacing the rusty rear panel below the deck lid. The plan is to blend the paint on these repairs without painting the whole car.







An HTP spot welder was used to recreate factory style welds.



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14 May 2016 12:03 - 14 May 2016 12:10 #2542 by oestek
A new panel was welded and metal-finished to blend with the original steel. The goal was to appear like no repair had ever occurred.













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28 May 2016 15:36 #2584 by Qball
Cool update on this one. Gorgeous chassis work!

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-Mike

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