1956 Chevrolet Bel Air 4-door hardtop

1956 Chevrolet Bel Air 4-door hardtop

We picked up the 1956 Chevrolet Bel-Air from Foreign Motors Body Shop today, Dennis and his crew has spent the past 8 months turning this thing from a very rough Rat Rod into a finely polished piece of an American iron. When we brought the Bel-Air to FMBS last October I was looking for a miracle and it looks like they pulled it off, the (input red color name) and ivory white two tone came out excellent, the panels are flat as can be and everything fits just a little better then you’d expect.  I’ve kind of gotten used to body shops taking years to finish a project of this magnitude, I’m glad to see there are still a few shops around that can turn out a top quality job in a timely manner, thanks Dennis and crew.

So to recap, we have already installed the new body bushings and hardware, the complete undercarriage has been massaged from nose to tail, new bushing, bearings, ball joints, 2” drop front spindles just to add a little hot rod to the family four-door.  We also installed new CPP front disc brakes and power steering, new hard lines for the brakes along with new rear drums and shoes.

Now that we have it back from paint, we have reunited the freshened up 350/350 combination back into the chassis (first time in almost a year).  We resealed the entire engine and had the transmission rebuilt, no more oil leaks.  Tullio started the sound deadening the other night but only got the firewall covered so far. 

The immediate next move is to hang the Vintage Air unit without violating the smoothed firewall.  And then, wiring, new 21 circuit harness going in next week and finishing up installing all of the engine compartment parts and accessories. 

More to come as it develops….