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  1. 56 hubcap decals or paint?

    Auto Detailing Tips & Techniques
    My daughter and I are entering the endgame on our 56 2dr hardtop, after 16 years, off and on. Today, I started working the kinks out of four nice original hubcaps. Then, I scraped off the old black paint from the stamped relief sections. I have a couple of questions for you detailers that I...
  2. *Metallic or Solid?

    Paint & Bodywork Questions and Answers
    Hey Guys, I think i'm gonna paint my 55 a cobalt blue and silver. I'm planning on painting it myself. How hard is it to paint metallic vs solid?
  3. Need help with paint colors on 55 Sport Coupe

    Stock Chevy Discussion 55-56-57
    Hi, I just joined and I am overwhelmed by the amount of information and knowledgeable people on this site. I am in the process of restoring a very nice 55 Bel Air Sport Coupe (2 Door Hardtop, no posts). It has the original V8 and powerglide in it. My dad and I bought it around 1978. The body...
  4. 1957 dusk pearl in basecoat mix codes

    Stock Chevy Discussion 55-56-57
    'I' am looking for a mix code for dusk pearl, it seems getiing it in an exact match in basecoat is extremly difficult. 'I' would prefer it in a solvent based PPG basecoat, no waterborne, and it is vital that it is correct. 'I' do have some surfaces that could maybe be scanned, but if anyone has...
  5. Stock/Original Car or old Restoration?

    Stock Chevy Discussion 55-56-57
    I am working through the 57 that I was given as a Christmas present last month (:congrats: yes I know..lucky me) and my brother was told when he purchased it that it was "mostly" original. The car came with lots records from three owners (just repair and replace stuff), but basically nothing...
  6. Gravel Shields/Rough Idle

    Chit Chat Area, Anything on your mind goes here.
    Has anyone ever seen a 57 with gravel shields? I know they werent an option, but they sure do look nice and the gravel roads up here are bad for the paint in that area so i was thinking of putting them on sometime this summer. Also, how rough is the old 283 supposed to idle?
  7. Reasonable Paint Job

    Paint & Bodywork Questions and Answers
    I just bought a 1956 Chevy Bel Air Sedan. The body is in excellent shape, as is the interior. It needs a paint job. Can anyone provide some advise or points of contact for a quality paint job for a reasonable price? Thus far quotes are in the neighborhood of $10K. Can I get a good quality...
  8. I just have to weld the... O, crap

    Chit Chat Area, Anything on your mind goes here.
    I have a 57 four door that I worked and bought 3 point seatbelts for. Gotta weld the anchors in with a wire welder on the floor and b pillars. The problem is that I'm worried that it will heat the metal and burn the paint on the outside and burn the paint. Bein a highschooler Savin for college I...
  9. *chassis in paint

    Project Update Section, Post Project Updates Here
    just an update on the new chassis
  10. How To Seal Old Paint

    Paint & Bodywork Questions and Answers
    My '56 has original paint that is getting thin on the hood and front fenders. In fact, there is a bit of a rust haze in some places. Unfortunately, a re-paint is not in the budget this year and the car has to sit outside. Any ideas on how to seal the old paint to keep the rust from getting...
  11. New Paint Pictures

    Project Update Section, Post Project Updates Here
    Finally some new pics of the 55.
  12. hubcaps

    Stock Chevy Discussion 55-56-57
    I had to buy new hubcaps for my 55, which are the moon dish type. There is a band around the hubcap that is painted white except for the Chevy chevron symbols that go around the cap. On the caps I bought, the white paint is not in good condition and I want to repaint them. Does anyone know...
  13. Surface area? 56 wagon

    Trifive Nomads, Sedan Deliveries & Station Wagons
    Hello everyone. I'm in the final stages of body work and getting ready to paint. The tech sheet for the paint states that 1 gallon will cover 537 sq feet. I'm unsure how much to order. Doess anyone know the square footage of the exterior for a 56 wagon. Anyone paint recently and know how...
  14. Spider rims and other steel wheel ideas

    Suspension Questions Chassis, Brakes, Shocks, Etc
    I've got a '56 Bel Air, with lower green and upper yellow. I've been liking the looks of things like steel wheels with "spider caps", but I haven't been able to find many photos of 50s cars with them on, mostly older hot rods. Here's one I did find, but didn't help me decide...
  15. Recommended body/paint shops near Raleigh NC?

    Paint & Bodywork Questions and Answers
    Hi all, Has anyone got any recommendations, or people to talk to about body and paint shops near Raleigh NC? I'm now waiting on some final body work and some nice paint! Really appreciate any info you have. Thanks.
  16. Flat Black Help

    Paint & Bodywork Questions and Answers
    Hey guys so I am wanting to paint my 55 with a flat black paint job! I'm going for that rat rod type look and seen a few cool flat blacks! Well I have looked online and found so many different kinds! Does anyone know of a good one to go with? Thanks ahead of time guys!
  17. Paint and minor body work

    Paint & Bodywork Questions and Answers
    I am looking for any referrals to body/paint shops in the Jacksonville, Fl area. I was hoping someone has had a good experience at a local shop. I have a 56' chevy bel air and starting to get bids on the paint. The body is in great condition but the current paint needs to be stripped down to...
  18. Add Color

    Add Color

    Paint: Medium Calypso w/pearl and Bright Silver
  19. On the edge....of restoring my 1957 2dr sedan

    Stock Chevy Discussion 55-56-57
    In the spirit of asking many questions of people who have been there and done that I am looking for opinions and advice on restoring my car to as stock as possible. The car is 2 dr post, mostly all there, a good driver right now but a restoration is imminent. I have a few problems, the main...
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