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Old 12-12-2018, 04:31 PM   #26
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Re: '57 2Dr Sedan

Guess it's time for a little update, both for the '57 and me.

Going back to see the specialist Jan 4th after New Years for my hand, thumb situation. The harpoon shot I received was good for about 3 months. Back to aching all the time, lack of strength in grip, quick shooting pains from time to time. Able to do a few things during that three month period, now, not so much again. This is really starting to be irritating.

On to the '57, much more enjoyable subject for me. Making good progress, body bolts and rubber bushings changed out, door and fender dings worked. Left rear 1/4 panel crease in progress. Lower fender attach bolt rust spots, cut out, patched and partially smoothed to fit for time being. Got several roof dings to work out. Think little kids crawling on the roof at a drive-in movie maybe? Means head liner has to come down to hammer and dolly smooth. Ordered all new rubber door seals/weather strip, trunk seal, door & hood rubber bump stops, w/s and back glass seals. Will be ordering new window felts and seals shortly. UPS starting to know my address again, LOL.

Front clip came off to access some of the very forward body bolts/bushings. As it was being removed as an assembly body guy found an OLD 3 blade pocket knife (looks pretty good for being at least nearly 50 years old) Owned '57 since '75 so has been in the fender for ...????? Also found a very rusty set of feeler gauge leaves. Almost totally rusted closed. Last but not least, a COORS beer opener. Plan on leaving all these as is in a baggie and display them first time the '57 makes a car show.

Taking LOTS of pics for an album, posting a few more recent ones here. Currently the plan is for a solid one color body in Shadow Gray Metallic with two tone gray cloth interior. Buckets and a front bench in same cloth pattern that can be switched out from time to time as a whim. Used the bench seat bolt holes to mount the buckets to avoid putting more holes in the floor.

No idea yet as to completion date, but not in a hurry for this one. This is my LAST project which ironically was the first classic toy I bought years ago. Came SO close to selling this when I was working for Boeing Aircraft. Too many work days in a row for weeks at a time, weekends also, too much over time got to working on me. Told my wife several times "I'm selling the '57, no time to work on it" Bless her heart she talked me out of it saying " You'll regret it for sure" So glad she got me to see the light on that!!

Sorry for the long post but just a bit of an up-date with some pics added in. Will post more as it goes along. Hope you guys like the progress. Seems slow I know but don't want anything hurried on this one.
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Old 12-13-2018, 11:17 PM   #27
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Re: '57 2Dr Sedan

It is a good thing you kept it. Good plans for going forward too.
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Old 02-07-2019, 06:09 PM   #28
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Well here it is early Feb of '19 and a little up date again.

Had the surgery on my thumb joint Jan 17, stitches out on Feb 1st. The thumb does not "lock" on me anymore and the aching gone. Been doing physical therapy type exercises since stitches out. Do them four times a day at 10 repetitions each with 7 exercises. Thumb gets a bit tired after but seems getting stronger each day. Actually getting a bit of a grip strength back. So far so good.

57 is progressing along. The UPS guy sure knows where I live. Ordering nearly every piece of rubber and seal known to exist on a 57 Chevy. Still a few more pieces to go. Got another driver side glass to replace original that has a chip out of the upper front corner. All the glass is out to include the front wind shield and the back glass. Brought those two pieces home for storage until time for install. Replace last 10'' of the trunk tail pan from left to right along with the tail pan brace. Body is completely stripped of paint down to the bare metal. Counted 7 distinct layers of paint on rear quarter panels from my applied primer for racing years ago down to the factory primer. 57 must be about 20 lbs lighter now.

Getting closer to time for the first primer coat and then the block and sand to find the high low spots. Trying to figure out a stitch pattern for my interior,
leaning toward a 2'' rolled pleat with side panels. With back glass out would be a good time to figure for my rear package tray speakers. First have to convince myself to cut the package tray which to date is just like it left the factory.

Figured out from my VIN number my 57 was built in Kansas City early afternoon of the shift on Monday Dec. 31st, 1956. Got that info from a Tri-five board I belong to. Wow, that was a piece of nice to know trivia, LOL First 57s built in Kansas City rolled off the line in mid-Sept. of 56.

Posting a few pics of the progress and one of all the items found so far during the rebuild. Smaller group to the left of the pic with two pocket knives, beer opener and feeler gauges was found when the front clip was removed. The items to the right, another beer opener, comb, hair clips, pencils/pens, golf tee and two REALLY dried up cigarettes were between the wind shield and the front dash molding. The cigarettes looked suspiciously like the "roll your own" variety until we got them out, LOL. but they are factory with filter tips.

Bit of a long post but just some more progress and pics along the way. Ways to go yet but progress is being made.
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Old 06-30-2019, 09:11 PM   #29
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Been some time since I updated this with the progress. Still in paint/body jail but much closer to a release date, LOL.

After the trunk rear section and support bracing was found and replaced had issues with the floor foot area behind the front seat. Both required floor panels to be replaced, just too much thin rusty material to be comfortable with. Had the inside treated with an epoxy spray to prevent further rust altho most likely was not NEEDED but what the h***, it's only $$ and I swore I would not cut corners with my last project build. Currently is in the sand and block process. Body guy is retired like I am, (from same company) and works at his own pace like do, LOL.

A few pics of the process.
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