Fan submission from Barry Conrad. Here is Barry’s story of this awesome car restoration.
It had nice older 5 spoke Mag’s and I gave it a Fresh Paint job in 1983 of the same color. I drove the car for 11 years before attempting to do a total ground up restoration. At first it was a disappointment because none of my friends were willing to help as they had no interest in my car. I put the project on hold for a few years and restored a couple of Impala’s! Finally the day came and I started on the ’57 again.
I was able to get some help from some Seasoned mechanic’s who owned similar cars. They gave me an education, and I did the work myself. It was very rewarding to do the work myself. Now, I think I could put a 57 Chevy together in my sleep.
The 57 Chevy Bel Air 2-Door Hardtop Sport Coupe that you see here is Black Base Clear with Red/Black Interior.
The interior is original material and the door panel’s were bought new and assembled. The dash and engine have been painted black. All the interior trim that was FACTORY Red has been chromed to match the rest of the stainless around the headliner.
The Dash has a custom polished aluminum insert and polished aluminum face plates on the speedometer, oil, and temp gauges. It has a chrome Ididit tilt wheel column and some Lokar components such as the foot pedals and cable driving carb and trans assemblies. All the fasteners are stainless, and it has a 6 speaker Alpine stereo system and SUB. Kick panel speakers are molded ABS poly and the dash door and ashtray are chromed too. All fuel and brake lines are pre bent stainless and everything for this ride was bought new.
The glass is all new Grey Smoke.
It comes with a completely dressed engine compartment and a New American Auto Wire Complete wiring kit. The Engine /tran’s is a 283/ 300hp/400T,w/sockk/3:55 rear alluminum Drive shaft and polished stainless exhaust from Ceramic Headers Back.
The wheels are American Racing. Torque Trust D’s/w 225/60/15’s Good Year Eagle’s. All emblem’s were replaced both inside and out,and the hood supports and braces were all chromed also.
The 3rd brake light in the GOLD”V” on the truck lid and all the lenses have Chevy bow ties.
I HOPE YOU ALL ENJOY MY RIDE AS MUCH AS I DO.