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Old 02-07-2018, 12:55 PM   #1
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58 Bel Air 348ci

So I didn't need anything to slow down my truck building, But mom insisted I have her 58. This thing is like a show piece and has been in several judging from the easel and info board in the trunk. NO rust at all that I can find just a couple chips in the paint from transporting to Florida. It is a four door 348ci and I think a 2sp powerglide. It has nice five spokes (I think Torques) And factory added air condition (York compressor). It is power steering and power brakes.The steering pump hangs off the back of the generator. I know ---I need pics or it didn't happen. She gave my brother the 56 Ranchero. Also a very nice all red car but modernized with a 302 and c4 A/C etc. I have lots of questions about the 348. Funny-my small block is now bigger than my big block! Bwahaha. Pics of both to come. Oh and she gave my other brother a house so we don't feel too bad about the cars.
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Old 02-07-2018, 01:46 PM   #2
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In to see pics , Congrats .
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Old 02-07-2018, 01:51 PM   #3
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Re: 58 Bel Air 348ci

I will get some pics Sunday I think. I don't want to tow it home so I will be tuning it a bit before it comes home. I think it still has a points ignition. I have been looking at a kit at Summit that replaces them with a Hall Effect type and looks totally stock still. Of course it will get new Edelbrock aluminum valve covers.
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Old 02-13-2018, 12:53 PM   #4
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Re: 58 Bel Air 348ci

I hope this works. My phone was out of memory and I worked most of the day to get it running. It sat for a long time bad gas and the new Eddy carb had green gook all up in it. Cleaned it out and got this running just not so good. Thinking of going with a "hall effect" replacement for the points and a 600 Holley. The interior is just as nice the the exterior. Stay tuned...Bwahaha
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Wow ,that is very nice .
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Old 02-13-2018, 02:32 PM   #6
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Re: 58 Bel Air 348ci

agreed.....very nice.....
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Old 02-13-2018, 03:18 PM   #7
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Re: 58 Bel Air 348ci

The '58 is one beautiful car....
Started really falling for the looks when American Graffiti came our years ago.

Congratulations on getting it back to life.
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Old 02-13-2018, 03:43 PM   #8
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Re: 58 Bel Air 348ci

Great looking machine. Like the color and the wheels. Love to see the interior when you get the chance. A one year only model design, gotta be a real Saturday night Sunday afternoon cruiser !!
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Old 02-13-2018, 07:07 PM   #9
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Love 58's
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Thanks folks. I don't have the title yet sooo we will just hope she still wants to give it to me once I get it running nice. Psyched just to work on such a nice car. Crossing my fingers. Maybe I shouldn't get it running too nice...Hmm
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Old 02-14-2018, 10:06 AM   #11
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Re: 58 Bel Air 348ci

And I will take many pictures when I get back over there. I did not know it was a one year design. I guess the next step will be to start with the basics of a compression test. Mom says it is rebuilt and has paperwork to prove it. The steering was just redone with what looks to be some sort of ram-assist? I think somewhere along the way one of the trusted mechanics may have "removed" the power brake booster as there is some question as to where the cruise control hose may have been routed to. It looks to have been hooked to a port somewhere near the master cylinder yet there is no vacuum source near there. Did these come with vacuum boosters? Oh and I think the heater control valve has been "jumped" and the heater may be on all the time. The A/C was added at some point and is the old York Style compressor. There is no solenoid on the carb but I do have one. Should I keep the York? I do have a SD508 in the garage. SOOO many questions I know. I am pumped to cruise this baby!!! Oh- and I found two power antennas in the rust-less trunk that need to be installed. I cannot see where they would mount so I have to do some research on that.
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Old 02-19-2018, 10:14 AM   #12
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Re: 58 Bel Air 348ci

So I hate taking pics with my phone so I will take some with my camera soon. Got the Hall Effect unit in the mail and sent for an Ethanol safe rebuild kit for the carb. I am suspecting bad fuel in the tank even though it is only 6 months old or so. I will run a compression test-new A/C plugs-The parts above and try to run from a secondary new fuel source. Anyone have a good fuel conditioner that can fix the fuel? If not, What do I do with it? My tenant swears by Star -Tron. Oh and my uncle says this is a one year only variable pitch 2 speed powerglide. That could be fun. I have been searching and found that the rear is probably a 3:36? Most likely open but they did have some posi units that year. Either way it is a BIG dif and somewhat resembles the 9" FURD. Oh and front disc brakes but no power booster? What gives?
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72 Blazer 2wd conversion project "No Daggum Money" http://67-72chevytrucks.com/vboard/s...d.php?t=550804 3.73 posi-4-speed Saginaw-307-no budget build.
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Old 02-23-2018, 11:14 PM   #13
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Re: 58 Bel Air 348ci

So we were farting around waiting for parts to come and took the carb off to find two gaskets under the spacer plate. Got to looking and found that the spacer plate should be an "adapter" plate. It was too big for the old 4jet mounting. So big vacuum leaks on the rear and both sides. New plate is coming tomorrow from Speedway. So now I have the new ignition and carb kit came. With the new adapter plate we hope to be purring nice. The compression was about 150 psi across the board with no oil and no open throttle. Pics to come. I found an4jet to rebuild and may go that route in the future. Anyone have experience with those?
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Re: 58 Bel Air 348ci

That's a great looking car! Cool engine too.

As for the 348, if it's the OE 58 engine it would be good to know weather it's the early or late version of the block. From what I have found out about them the early 58 and late 58-61 engines do have some fairly important differences. 348-409.com has been a huge help to me with my 348.
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