54? Chevy sedan - Hot Rod Forum : Hotrodders Bulletin Board
Hotrodders.com -- Hot Rod Forum



Register FAQ Search Today's Posts Unanswered Posts Auto Escrow Insurance Auto Loans
Hot Rod Forum : Hotrodders Bulletin Board > Tech Help> Hotrodding Basics
User Name
Password
lost password?   |   register now

View Poll Results: Buy the 54?
Yes! It'd be good experience and chicks dig old cars. 16 80.00%
No! concentrate on the Jav, let the chevy sit there (to rot) 4 20.00%
Voters: 20. You may not vote on this poll

Reply
 
LinkBack Thread Tools
  #1 (permalink)  
Old 04-04-2005, 05:45 PM
ChevelleSS_LS6's Avatar
Jeep XJ and a Javelin
 
Last wiki edit: Compression test
Last journal entry: August 9, part III
Last photo:
Join Date: Dec 2001
Location: Grand Rapids, Michigan
Age: 28
Posts: 1,610
Wiki Edits: 7

Thanks: 3
Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts
54? Chevy sedan

My best friend's girlfriend's cousin has this 54 chevy sedan sitting in the drive, complete, needs some minor parts+ a good detail job + paint. The engine is really clean for being so old, but I despise the belt with "made in korea" printed on it! The body is super solid.

Anyways, it's in great shape.... stovebolt six, 3 on the tree. How much should I offer the guy? They're not as sought after as the 5*6*7s, its only a 6, plus it has 4 doors and needs a lot of cosmetic work.

And, should I get it? I make six bucks an hour, and my dad 'gave' me his 74 javelin (360, 4sp)that needs a lot more work (read: rust). I'm thinking of saying that it's something to cruise around in and satisfy my urge for something I can go to cruise night in and not be a spectator.

I'm also considering buying a "fixer upper" to provide some funding for the 54. It's a 1980s cutlass supreme that needs a windshield, front fender, and mirror. It's in the junkyard right now. Unsure about mechanical condition, it looks mint minus whats wrong with it. Some kid threw a brick at it from a bridge, and they junked it. No rust.
-matt

    Advertisement
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Sponsored Links
Advertisement
 
  #2 (permalink)  
Old 04-04-2005, 05:57 PM
Nightfire's Avatar
Young & Idealistic
 
Last wiki edit: How to rebuild an engine
Last journal entry: 1950 Fargo - losing hope
Last photo:
Join Date: Mar 2004
Location: Canada
Age: 26
Posts: 1,192
Wiki Edits: 4

Thanks: 0
Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts
I'd say DEFINITLY go for it if it still runs and can pass inspection. That way you can drive it on cruise nights and work on it whenever you have time to make it look nicer. 53-54's are in my opinion nicer than the 56-57's (yeah, the '55 beats them all) and I think 4-doors are cool. Think about that big back seat I might get a '53 with all the body work done and if I get it I'll give him 1.8k and the car has no engine.
Do you have some pics of it?

Make it a rat rod dude


Mike
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
  #3 (permalink)  
Old 04-04-2005, 06:05 PM
ChevelleSS_LS6's Avatar
Jeep XJ and a Javelin
 
Last wiki edit: Compression test
Last journal entry: August 9, part III
Last photo:
Join Date: Dec 2001
Location: Grand Rapids, Michigan
Age: 28
Posts: 1,610
Wiki Edits: 7

Thanks: 3
Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts
it's too nice to rat it, I was thinking a decent budget restoration. Interior is perfect, roof liner is faded to ugly brown, but other than that it's perfect. Oh yea, missing clutch pedal rubber pad. Passenger side vent window is cracked. Steering wheel center is awol. Even has all 4 hubcaps and good chrome.

I am also thinking, that if I do get it, maybe soup it up (read: soup up the six, im not going to swap a v8 in it, dont argue the point, just say "ok kid, you're nuts")
-matt
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
  #4 (permalink)  
Old 04-04-2005, 06:08 PM
segge's Avatar
Member
 
Join Date: Jun 2004
Location: Monmouth County, New Jersey
Age: 27
Posts: 151
Wiki Edits: 0

Thanks: 0
Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Why dont you just fix the javlin, at least get started on it.
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
  #5 (permalink)  
Old 04-04-2005, 07:52 PM
Nightfire's Avatar
Young & Idealistic
 
Last wiki edit: How to rebuild an engine
Last journal entry: 1950 Fargo - losing hope
Last photo:
Join Date: Mar 2004
Location: Canada
Age: 26
Posts: 1,192
Wiki Edits: 4

Thanks: 0
Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts
If it runs and drives good I'd start out at 3.5k. Those stovebolt sixes are tough engines, and just keep on running forever.




Mike
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
  #6 (permalink)  
Old 04-05-2005, 02:02 PM
Tazz
 
Last photo:
Join Date: Jun 2001
Location: amherst,ohio
Age: 66
Posts: 2,049
Wiki Edits: 0

Thanks: 0
Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts
See what the guy wants for the car first....

Don't go over there telling this guy you'll do this and that with the car...he may not sell it to you because he dosn't like what your going to do with it......You need to get it running and drivable...get rid of that Korean belt and look at those tires for dry rot.


Tazz


Rat Rods Rule!
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
  #7 (permalink)  
Old 04-12-2005, 07:32 PM
ChevelleSS_LS6's Avatar
Jeep XJ and a Javelin
 
Last wiki edit: Compression test
Last journal entry: August 9, part III
Last photo:
Join Date: Dec 2001
Location: Grand Rapids, Michigan
Age: 28
Posts: 1,610
Wiki Edits: 7

Thanks: 3
Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts
if he asks, I'll say "factory restored"...

I might fix up that six a bit for performance if I do go for it, but nothing beyond typical mild stuff.

The Javelin seems to have a lot of underbody rust, I really want something to cruise around in relatively soon, and then concentrate on doing the Javelin once, and doing it right.

Old Chevy- cool cruisemobile with a big back seat
AMC Javelin- tire durability tester

*********
I belive it is a 210 sedan, judging by trim. It is sitting outside exposed If I don't save it soon, it will only rot to nothing and fade and stuff, and that would be bad. I'm thinking of $1500, the people don't seem to know dirt about cars.
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
  #8 (permalink)  
Old 04-12-2005, 07:42 PM
Registered User
 
Last wiki edit: Mopar tapered axle rear brake conversion
Last journal entry: What I'm doing now...
Last photo:
Join Date: Jan 2002
Posts: 4,267
Wiki Edits: 49

Thanks: 0
Thanked 4 Times in 4 Posts
At $6 an hour you would be biting off more than you can chew. The Javelin will be worth way more than a '54 four door Chevy sedan will ever be.
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
  #9 (permalink)  
Old 04-22-2005, 01:04 AM
greaser666's Avatar
big boooya
 
Last photo:
Join Date: Apr 2005
Location: memphis
Age: 36
Posts: 27
Wiki Edits: 0

Thanks: 0
Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts
i have a 56 chevy 4 door and chicks love it .
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
  #10 (permalink)  
Old 04-22-2005, 01:07 AM
greaser666's Avatar
big boooya
 
Last photo:
Join Date: Apr 2005
Location: memphis
Age: 36
Posts: 27
Wiki Edits: 0

Thanks: 0
Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts
i agree rat rod all the way. flat black dropped 2" all the way around.white walls red rims. i will post pics of mine tomorrow http://hotrodders.com/gallery/showgallery.php?cat=3178 i have only had it about two months now have done all the work my self paint body work engine trans all of it. this is my first American car. i was into hotrodding Honda's.forgive me every things so different thats why i ask alot of goofy questions

Last edited by greaser666; 04-22-2005 at 01:35 AM.
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
  #11 (permalink)  
Old 04-22-2005, 02:36 AM
rlackey's Avatar
Rich Lackey
 

Last journal entry: Rich Lackey is back on Hotrodders!
Last photo:
Join Date: Jan 2005
Location: Centurion, South Africa
Age: 34
Posts: 331
Wiki Edits: 0

Thanks: 0
Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts
I'd be tempted to say go for it, but at $6 an hour you will struggle with rebuilding both cars (I wouldn't even think about a third). As if I haven't been making enough noise about my own car, it's a '54 Bel Air 4dr with the 235 straight six and powerglide but It's getting torn apart right down to the last nut and bolt and undergoing some severe cosmetic surgery to become a 2dr retractable hardtop. I'm putting a lot of time into it (more time than money at this point) and hope to have a show worthy car at the end of it that looks like the factory made it that way. I don't intend to sell it at all, but I hope that if that day comes it will fetch more than it would as a stock 4dr sedan.

A 4dr sedan will always be bottom of the pile in terms of desirability and value although they are becoming more popular and make a good budget 50's custom. Personally I think the '54 4dr (moreso even than the '53) looks great, far better than a 55-57 4dr and if you go for the black suede look it will help hide the thick pillar and extra door gaps and end up looking very clean indeed, especially with some of the chrome removed and maybe shaved door handles. Drop it at least 2" all the way around, maybe cut the springs in front so you have a nice rake, wide whitewalls, maybe some skirts if you can find or make them

If you do get it, post some pictures, I would love to see it.

Rich
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
  #12 (permalink)  
Old 04-22-2005, 08:42 AM
farna's Avatar
Member
 
Last wiki edit: AMC V-8s Last photo:
Join Date: Sep 2002
Location: Batesburg-Leesville, SC
Age: 52
Posts: 1,636
Wiki Edits: 14

Thanks: 0
Thanked 15 Times in 14 Posts
Chevelle -- working on both cars with a very limited budget will be a problem, but I'm sure you realize that. Sounds like you need to seriously evaluate both cars. If the Javelin really needs a lot of rust repair, it might be best to let it sit for a while if there is good storage for it. Sounds like the Chevy is at least driveable with just a little work. If you're counting on one of these cars for wheels now, the Chevy might be the ticket. Just do a little along, working on the serious safety related issues first. After that I always work on the interior/creature comforts, then mechanicals (assuming it is a decent runner to begin with), then exterior last. Nothing like getting a great paint job then finding a drivetrain/suspension problem that's a show stopper! And I prefer to ride on decent seats, have decent tunes, etc. before I sink a lot of money into exterior appearance. I can stand some scratching and fading, and a few dents, but it's gotta be SAFE first, run good second, then be somewhat comfortable to ride in before I worry much about it looking really good on the outside! Who cares what others think, it's MY car and I'm inside driving more than outside looking at it!
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
  #13 (permalink)  
Old 04-23-2005, 07:44 AM
1ownerT's Avatar
Home School Valedictorian
 
Last wiki edit: Health and safety in the shop or garage Last photo:
Join Date: Dec 2004
Location: Iowa
Age: 53
Posts: 1,645
Wiki Edits: 4

Thanks: 0
Thanked 3 Times in 3 Posts
This is my opinion so please don't take this wrong. If you need a driver I would be looking at a mid 80's to early 90's fwd GM full size car ( LeSabre, Delta 88, 98 etc.) these cars can be had for less than $ 1000. I know they are good for 150,000 + miles, parts are readily available new and salvage yard. Plus they are good for 25+ mpg, and are much safer, have a/c, pw, pl, tilt, cruise, decent stereo and seat belts.
The only way I would buy a 54 is if it was a 2dr.
I would do some serious evaluation on the Javelin, will it be worth the time and effort to restore. Just because it is free doesn't mean it is worth your time and money.
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
  #14 (permalink)  
Old 04-27-2005, 06:45 PM
ChevelleSS_LS6's Avatar
Jeep XJ and a Javelin
 
Last wiki edit: Compression test
Last journal entry: August 9, part III
Last photo:
Join Date: Dec 2001
Location: Grand Rapids, Michigan
Age: 28
Posts: 1,610
Wiki Edits: 7

Thanks: 3
Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Quote:
Originally Posted by farna
Chevelle -- working on both cars with a very limited budget will be a problem, but I'm sure you realize that. Sounds like you need to seriously evaluate both cars. If the Javelin really needs a lot of rust repair, it might be best to let it sit for a while if there is good storage for it. Sounds like the Chevy is at least driveable with just a little work.
I have a 2000 Grand Am sSEv6 for a daily driver.
The Jav I feel would be more work and money than I have, but I'd like something to cruise around less than 5 years from now. It's stored in my grandma's pole barn.
The 210 sedan (4door) appears ready to roll, albeit not real quick (stovebolt six is only 115hp but hey it's different than everyone's honduh at the beach), and needs paint and some minor parts and a good cleaning. It's stored in my best friend's girlfriend's cousin's driveway uncovered. Hasn't been driven in a while, her cousin is in the military.
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
  #15 (permalink)  
Old 04-29-2005, 03:32 PM
USA1's Avatar
Member
 
Last photo:
Join Date: Apr 2003
Location: Indiana
Posts: 177
Wiki Edits: 0

Thanks: 0
Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Offer 1500. Buy it. Clean it top to bottom. Get a shop vac and get in all the nooks and crannys. Put decent tires on it. Most likely fix brakes (check all brake lines). Drive it . Drive it nice and easy like a grandma. Sounds like a great weekend cruiser. You don't need it perfect to be cool. You will be amazed at how many people wave and smile at an old, clean, stock looking vehicle. I would in time fix all small little things like glovebox light etc etc. Again, just buy it,clean it and drive it.
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message

Recent Hotrodding Basics posts with photos

Quick Reply
Message:
Options

Register Now

In order to be able to post messages on the Hot Rod Forum : Hotrodders Bulletin Board forums, you must first register.
Please enter your desired user name (usually not your first and last name), your email address and other required details in the form below.
User Name:
If you do not want to register, fill this field only and the name will be used as user name for your post.
Password
Please enter a password for your user account. Note that passwords are case-sensitive.
Password:
Confirm Password:
Email Address
Please enter a valid email address for yourself.
Email Address:

Log-in

Human Verification

In order to verify that you are a human and not a spam bot, please enter the answer into the following box below based on the instructions contained in the graphic.




Currently Active Users Viewing This Thread: 1 (0 members and 1 guests)
 
Thread Tools

Posting Rules
You may post new threads
You may post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are On


Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Headlights for my 54 Chevy Pickup horvath Electrical 11 01-10-2005 07:15 AM
36-39 Chevy Sedan frames Rufus_2 General Rodding Tech 5 09-02-2004 12:52 PM
suicide doors for 54 chevy elcam1968 Introduce Yourself 2 08-10-2004 07:17 PM
Windsheild Wipers & Arms for 54 Chevy Pickup horvath Body - Exterior 2 04-06-2003 08:29 AM
Windshield Frame for '54 Chevy Pickup horvath Body - Exterior 5 03-31-2003 05:07 PM


All times are GMT -6. The time now is 07:01 PM.


Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.7
Copyright ©2000 - 2014, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.
Search Engine Optimization by vBSEO 3.6.0 PL2
Copyright Hotrodders.com 1999 - 2012. All Rights Reserved.