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Old October 4th, 2011, 02:54 PM   #1
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This here is where I will be scrawling out about me cars, Matey.



I dunno where that came from.....

1954 Chevrolet Bel Air Four Door as purchased in March of 2010.





It had nice brightly colored paint.



And some missing windows...


It was driven from Portland Oregon to Tijuana for a one day interior job. It looks pretty nice.



Yes....It came with hydraulics. A full mexican package if you will.
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Old October 4th, 2011, 03:03 PM   #2
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Fast forward a year and then some.....

I got rid of the cheapie wheels and tires that were on the car when purchased as the guy I bought it from wanted to keep...Ahem...the wires that were on it.


Much better.

But as you can see the paint has started to fade out......

A few weeks ago I decided to have all the hydros pulled out and a stock type suspension put under it. Luck has it that I found a complete take off front end for a mere $50. Then the guy I bought it from wanted the hydros so I told him he could have them if he put the stock stuff back in, even trade.


His helper starting to gut it.


No more front back and side to side for me, playa.


Here it is sitting like a freakin 4X4 on all stock height stuff.


Now it sits like this with the front lowered by cutting out 1-1/4 coils. The rear is waiting for Chev's of the 40's to get the 3" lowering blocks back in stock, they should be by now.
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Old October 4th, 2011, 03:17 PM   #3
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Out at the mall all slow and low like...

It was fun to watch people to turn and look when I would hit the switches, but it was just to rough of a ride for me.


Here it is all the way up.

Here is a short video of it, a walk around if you will.

Click it as it is a link.

It has a stock 235 straight six with a powerglide and torque tube rear end. The only thing done to the engine is it has a home made split exhaust manifold on it.

It was in a field for 20 some years with a semi local guy always driving by it sitting out by the road.
One day it was gone and one of his friends tracked it down and let him know where it was, the junk yard.

Someone had put it in a ditch at one time and the front was buggered up. So the owner finally got rid of it

He bought the carcass and fixed what needed fixing and drove the car for a couple of years in that state.

Enter Juan.

He had the car painted a nice maroon color and then topped it with a super cheap ass candy color and that is what is fading.
Then he took it to Mexico for the interior.
Then came the hydros....

He put it up for sale to finance another car he wanted.

That is when I stepped in and saved it.

For when I took possesion it did not come with one key.....
It was never locked and the ignition was only turned from on to off, not to lock. The trunk didn't have a lock at all, just the place for the screwdriver...

Nobody messed with it as he has "affiliations" lets just leave it at that. He likes me though as I stop by his shop every once in a while just to BS.

There you now have the story up until now.

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Old October 5th, 2011, 07:39 AM   #4
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Old October 5th, 2011, 08:19 AM   #5
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Thanks.

It needs work but gives a great feeling to cruise around in and to have people smile and wave as I go by.

It needs to be completly rewired, as it has been hacked on and wire twisted togther...

The front end that I put under it is worn out. But the one I took out is nice and tight so I will just have to swap everything over from it. The tops of the shock towers were cut out of the old one so I couldn't use the main crossmember. So that isn't so bad, just time and an alingment.

I also need to take the front sheet metal off and put in all of the bolts that hold it togther. One of the previous slackers did not do this and it wiggles some....

Of course that will be after I finish up building the engine for my bug. It is my daily driver. The '67 is nice to drive but I really like my super, even more so with its daily driveable 2332.....

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Old October 7th, 2011, 08:38 AM   #6
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Ok so I was skipping school on the day that the post went out on VR and didn't get the memo that the log in is the same for here. Thanks to Miss Purplemyth and some harassment I dun fig'rd it owt.

Yesterday I ordered the 3" lowering blocks to bring the rear down.

If that doesn't get it to where I want perhaps I will take the spring packs apart and reverse the upper spring to put the spring eyes on the bottom instead of the top.



We shall see.....
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Looks good Cat. Can't believe the paint faded so fast though.
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Old October 10th, 2011, 06:34 AM   #8
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Thank you very much and yeah it is some cheap ass paint.

However it is just a top coat over a base of decent looking paint. So there may be a way to strip it off and still have a decent layer of paint on it....

For now though it will just remain the same and thats ok with me as I now have a custom fade-a-way paint job.

I got the lowering blocks on Friday and installed them on Saturday morning.

It now sits just a wee bit higher in the back than in the front, perfect. Although it doesn't look all that much different than when it had hydro's. It actually sits a little taller, but has a full set of suspension in it.

Fun stuff, Maynard.
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