Hello fellow Oregonian, sorry for your loss. That’s one nice 1957 Chevy convertible.
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1957 Chevy 2 door Sedan 150. (Next Project)
1956 Chevy 2 door Sedan 210.
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Great story preserving your Dads dream , I'm sorry for his loss , but you have something that truly was dear to him and trust me he is looking down or as said from the back seat smiling. The 57 convertible is a very iconic car , be proud of it and him . If you ever have to sell I think it will hurt . Keeping it in the family is a good choice. God Bless.
In addition to the brake upgrade which you are doing (or have done), don't forget to check the AGE of your tires, and probably the shocks need replacing as well if the car sat for a long time. Check all your fluids (rear end, trans, etc) and change the oil/filter... and if you aren't familiar with old cars, the '57 has greasable joints that will need regular greasing!
'55, '56, '57 Nomads North Alabama area Gary