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Old 11-09-2005, 10:41 AM
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Anybody here hotrod a '55 Chevy?

I'm tossing around the idea of a project '55 hotrod. Nothing fancy, just your classic primer-finished hotrod. I wouldn't mind getting a few opinions from somebody that has done this already.

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...or a '56 or '57. I just need a little basic input, that's all.
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55 chev

I did a 55 as a daily driver 2 years ago. Original paint was faded so it looked like black primer. Ran a Jim Meyer suspension (3.70 rear), 350/4L60E/computer from a 99 suburban, used truck flowmasters with 2.5 in and 2 2" out per side. That truck motor runs real fine around town, was a lot of fun to drive, fairly good gas mileage. Nothing fancy, still cost too much. Bill
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What about it cost too much? Like, what am I looking at here (as far as an estimate price)?
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Old 11-10-2005, 06:26 AM
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Cost depends a lot on what you have to start with and how far you want to go. Are you in Italy? Cost to get the car and get it there, unless you're lucky enough to find one in country, would be a hurdle. Even in the US two door popular models are hard to find, and if you really want one it has to be shipped across the country.

If you just want a late 50s style rod don't confine yourself to one year or model. Consider something a little more off the beaten path for a lower cost and something a bit more unique. A late 50s Nash Statesman or Hudson Wasp (the Ambassador and Hornet are larger), 53-54 Chevy, 50-57 Ford, 50s Studebaker, or almost anything that strikes your fancy. I had a 63 Rambler wagon and looked at other models when it was wrecked, but decided I had to have another 63 or 64 wagon (they look similar). It's tough to find a specific year and model, and you end up paying a bit more.

Speaking of paying, decide how much you are willing to do, check on the cost, then look for a car that already has at least some of what you want to do. You will also be $$$ ahead to buy one that has a good body already than to buy a cheaper car that needs a lot of rust repair. Body work is expensive, and even if you do a lot yourself it's time consuming.
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My Buddie is Building a 55 2 10 Post American Graffiti Look (everything but the tube front axle), Tunnel Ram 2 X 4s 640HP 454 Custom Fender Well Headers. Borg Warner T10 4 speed GM Dual Friction Clutch and a Narrowed Ford 9 " with 35 spline Detroit Locker, 4 wheel disc with 10" W 15" ansen alum Slots on rear and 7" W 15" on front ansen alum slots. and Tilt Front End, everything from old the school motor accessories, to Old School Gages. everything is early 70s look. He started with a rust free car, with wheel wells cut. Neat Project but a couple yrs b4 it will be done.



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I'm not planning on anything fancy. I'm going to get a rust-free body (and hopefully frame as well), drop a beefy drivetrain in it and just go with everything else as it comes. I shouldn't have to do much (if anything at all) with the body or interior. That's not really what I'm after. I'll keep the paint a primer gray/black. And the interior can stay as-is.
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I'm not sure what your budget is, but I know a rust-free roadworthy 55-57 Chevy 2dr., is not going to be cheap ($10,000 is not going to go very far). Give us some insight on a price range you are trying to stay within, and we can go from there.
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Tri-five chevies are getting expen$ive. They're not the ideal candidate for a cheap hot rod that$ for $ure. On the other hand though 49-54 Chevies can be had pretty cheap, specially 4-doors. They make nice clean cruisers. Building a rod costs way more money and is way more work than most people imagine untill they build one themselves.




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Did a 55 Chevy and it cost me under $1000......................However, that was almost 30 years ago...lol. Not that cheap today.





When you do all of the work yourself, you save many dollars. I have less than $5000 in both my Pontiac and my truck. You scrounge the parts and do all your own labour.
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/\ I think he has seller's remorse from selling that 55.
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Remorse!!!!!!!

Remorse for selling a 1955 Chevy...Boy can I relate to that.

The grey primer hardtop was my very first car. We drug it home with a
log chain. In 1967 I gave $125 for it and was 15 years old. Many, many
fond memories associated with that long gone car.

The green, clapped out, almost drag car, 1955 210, was purchased for $400
in 1981. No remorse for that one. It is the red and white one in the last
photo and is sitting in my basement garage. It took $3,000 in 1982 to build
it. In the next year or so it will get updated suspension, a 350 crate motor
and new interior. If I am lucky the update will cost about twice the original
build.

In between the two were a couple of 1956 Chevy drag cars and a 1955
Chevy two door station wagon that I hate to even think about.
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The 55 in the picture was a blue and white field junker with a 6cly and 3 on the column.

I built it for my kid that wanted to start 1/4 miling and wanted something big and safe so even beefed up the frame.
Its a 383 with a 700R and a Camaro disk rear end.
All power, even electric seat warmers (land rover seats)

I did everything except build the trans and everything is new and have just under $15,000 in the car. It took one year of weekends and some nights when home to build.

I did some cheap things like go to junk yard and ask if they had a pair of leather buckets they wanted to get rid of, so ended up taking home new buckets out of a Land rover and out of a Mazda for $150 to see what ones i like and than built the interior around the buckets.

Kid ran it a few times and decided to race diesel trucks so I sold it, got just under $50,000 but if the guy would of had it done the way I did it he would have spent $75-100,000 most likely.

Get one and take your time and you can do it.
The picture was first day out of garage and not wetsanded or buffed and still had the Mazda seats in the car, as you can tell hood not even on yet.

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i had a 56 chevy with 4 speed and 327, best fun car i had,
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Man, check this site out, if you're not familiar with it..."Two Lane Blacktop". http://groups.msn.com/TwoLaneBlacktopHomePage A classic movie and "55 Chevy!
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