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Old 06-19-2006, 03:12 PM
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1956 chevy 210 4 door

hi there its been a long while since last post as been well busy and now moving to bigger house as to many children for our small house,any way done front suspension on 56 chevy,and now was wondering about converting it to 2 door as they look so much better,wat is the best way to go about it ,i realise it will be expensive but my fabrication skills a pretty good so any advice would be great,all the best tony,united kingdome

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hi there its been a long while since last post as been well busy and now moving to bigger house as to many children for our small house,any way done front suspension on 56 chevy,and now was wondering about converting it to 2 door as they look so much better,wat is the best way to go about it ,i realise it will be expensive but my fabrication skills a pretty good so any advice would be great,all the best tony,united kingdome
Forget about it. You are way better off looking for a 2 door car.
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Forget about it. You are way better off looking for a 2 door car.
I agree, use the 4 door as a donor car.

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Keep in mind that a 4 door car is not the same car as a 2 door, but with more doors. The quarters and front doors are different, along with several other parts.

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ref conversion 1956 210

thanks guys for info really wanted 2 door as the are a bit scarce over here but hey at least ive got a car thats really in great nick not bad for a car thats been in this country for a long while.
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How about shaving the rear handles? Would make it cleaner but not require the work.
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ref 56 4 door

hi there yhanks for replie the door handles have been shaved it looks ok but no where near as nice as a 2 door,is it poss to buy panels & convert it to 2 door.my welding &fabrication skills are pretty good,thanks for info,all the best tony from uk.
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Some years back I remember a guy trying to convert a 57 and he never finished, basically he just destroyed a 57 4 door trying, but then he really never had much to start with as it was in pretty bad shape. Apparently everything from the front door posts back is different, all the doors, the q-panels, door posts, rear side windows and associated hardware to make them roll up and down, even the interior sheet metal is different. Don't know about the roof but it seems that not much else will work. I never worked on this car, never even saw it, but I talked to him about it quite a bit and he came away with the impression it can't be done. Of course most anything can be done with enough effort but some things are not practical even if they are technically possible.
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I don't know for sure, but I would expect the roof to be different as well.

I wish someone would make a kit for this conversion. But it would probably be too expensive to be practical.

Maybe someday we will see a kit to convert 4 door 55/56/57 into a convertible. It might be worth what it would cost. Seems like I looked at a catalog a while back where most of the parts were available to do this conversion but the cost was obscene.
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There is a company out there that makes a conversion kit to build a convertible out of a 4 door, I know I seen this advertised awhile back in one of the car mags but just can't remember what company.

Many have shortened up the 4 doors into smaller two doors years ago, I think they called them shorties?
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There is a company out there that makes a conversion kit to build a convertible out of a 4 door, I know I seen this advertised awhile back in one of the car mags but just can't remember what company.

Many have shortened up the 4 doors into smaller two doors years ago, I think they called them shorties?
I think I saw that a while back also and thought maybe it was Danchuk but I couldn't find any reference to a kit on their website just now. But sure they carry a lot of the sheet metal.
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I once worked with a guy who owned a 1970 Nova 4 door. He removed the rear doors, cut the body/roof section out, moved the back portion forward. He did a decent job. Very unusual look with a small cabin area, using just the original small front doors.
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