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

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10 Mar 2017 10:22 #3603 by Yardley
Any final update to this? It is surprising that the owner would go through all this and not just have the firewall sprayed black. Hmmm.

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21 Mar 2017 13:49 #3634 by oestek

Yardley wrote: Any final update to this? It is surprising that the owner would go through all this and not just have the firewall sprayed black. Hmmm.


At this point, the customer didn't put a high priority on the underhood appearance, but he wanted to make sure the car had good "bones" in case he ever wanted to repaint the exterior, swap engines, or other major work.

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21 Mar 2017 14:01 #3635 by oestek
A new fuel tank was sourced from Classic Industries and installed with new straps and pads.





The gauge colors blend nicely with the restored dash.



The firewall and floor were covered in Eastwood sound deadener.



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21 Mar 2017 14:03 #3636 by oestek
A Pertronix Igniter electronic ignition module was installed under the rotor for a hidden upgrade to help reliability and smoother engine performance.



The 396 was sitting on some home made mounts which didn’t position the engine properly, so we fabricated a quick set of frame stands to remedy the situation.





They sit on rubber mounts and were painted black to match the frame.



A new power-assisted master cylinder was installed, along with custom bent stainless brake lines.

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19 May 2017 10:24 #3743 by oestek
The new fuel tank was installed, and new lines run from front-to-back.


An electric fuel pump was mounted at the tank.



The e-brake lines were reinstalled and adjusted to function properly.



Next, it was time to attack the exhaust. We started from the rear to get the placement of the mufflers correct, then went forward and back from there.





An X-pipe keeps the rumble down and helps scavenge some power.

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19 May 2017 10:25 #3744 by oestek
Once the system design is solid, it is removed for welding.



Some customers request TIG welding, others are OK with MIG. In this case, we used an HTP MIG 200 welder, and the results are very clean. By comparison, note the TIG welded support over the “X”.



The final connection made to the headers.

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