\'55 Bel Air Rebuild
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\'55 Bel Air Rebuild 12 years, 10 months ago #1

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I thiught I\'d share this buildup with the group here. this is an early \'60s edition of the Revell \'55 Chevy Hardtop. I receved this recently and determined it was a prime candidate for an \"upgrade\". These older kits were way ahdead of their time with many woking features not found in newer kits. This has opening doors, truck and hood. Other features were rolldown quarter windows (which were a major pain!!) and steerable front wheels. this car has some problems with that front end so it will be glued solid. It\'s been stripped and sanded, and we are in parts hunt phase right now. Looking for replacement windows and such
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Last Edit: 12 years, 10 months ago by Hippie.

Re:\'55 Bel Air Rebuild 12 years, 10 months ago #2

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Here it is after stripping and prep.
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Re:\'55 Bel Air Rebuild 12 years, 9 months ago #3

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I decided to give it a \'60s Gasser look. So proper rolling stock was in orderI chose Chrome reverse rims for the back with slicks, and 12 spoke drag wheels for the front. This of course means modifying the rear wheel arch. So I traced the curve of the slick on the quarter panel and ground it out with the Dremel tool. The final finishing by hand.
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Re:\'55 Bel Air Rebuild 12 years, 9 months ago #4

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These are the front wheels I\'m using, the are resin castings made by Don Loomis at Escort\'s Resin. They will give the Chevy just the right \'flavor\"!
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Re:\'55 Bel Air Rebuild 12 years, 9 months ago #5

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Nice work on the wheel wells, Hippie. The wheels and tires should do the trick. I sent my son an invite and a link to this thread. I hope he joins up.

Re:\'55 Bel Air Rebuild 12 years, 9 months ago #6

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Got a couple more progress pics for ya! First one is a little chassis work. i attached all 4 wheels but they decided to be naughty. So a little 5 minute epoxy fixed that!!! got the fronts claped so they will set straight.
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Re:\'55 Bel Air Rebuild 12 years, 9 months ago #7

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I built an engine from the parts box for this rebuild. And I built a small block as that is what I have the most parts for. the supercharger though I had to go to my Mopar parts box! I used the belt and pully assembly from the Yankee Challenger kit as it incorporates a water pump and alternator belt, along with the blower belt! Still gathering body parts. I\'ve aquired new windows and bumpers and all new chrome body trim! The color will be \"Hot Rod Suede\" black! Don\'t know what that is? Stay tuned!!
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Re:\'55 Bel Air Rebuild 12 years, 9 months ago #8

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Added a few more things to the chassis. Found a pair of ladder traction bars and a pair of side dump straight pipes. sge\'s taking shape quite nicely!
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Re:\'55 Bel Air Rebuild 12 years, 9 months ago #9

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Looking good Hippie. Can\'t wait to see what you do next. It is going to look sweet in the Hot Rod Suede Black you have planed. I have seen a few 1:1 done that way and they look great. Street drags here we come. It\'s going to be a winner even standing still.
JN
Last Edit: 12 years, 9 months ago by Nobleco.

Re:\'55 Bel Air Rebuild 12 years, 9 months ago #10

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I also see that the old crate box I built is coming in handy holding the chevy off the table. LOL
JN

Re:\'55 Bel Air Rebuild 12 years, 9 months ago #11

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For those that don\'t know, this is the crate in question. it\'s VERY handy to have on the desktop for rebuilds! Beats having to find a box or ziplock bag to put parts in! and I\'ve come up with a couple new replacement pieces of chrome for the \'55. This holds most of it pretty well!
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Re:\'55 Bel Air Rebuild 12 years, 9 months ago #12

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Foiling, what there is of it, is done. I\'m still having problems with this foil. After this runs out I\'m changing brands! From this point on we will be in reassembly mode!
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Re:\'55 Bel Air Rebuild 12 years, 9 months ago #13

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This is what the interior looks like now. I axed the frumpy \"bucket\" seats in favor of a good old bench seat, which happens to be the correct optional piece for this kit! The flat gray is Testors acrylic, and takes two full coats to cover anything! it\'s also gained a floor shifter for the 4 speed with the iconic white \"Hurst\" shifter ball.
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Re:\'55 Bel Air Rebuild 12 years, 9 months ago #14

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Looking good Hippie.  What brand of foil are you using now?

Re:\'55 Bel Air Rebuild 12 years, 9 months ago #15

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It looks great. I\'d also like to know what brand of foil you\'ve got so I can avoid it too.

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