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I'm attempting to resurrect...you guessed it, a 210 2-door hardtop. The car was a bit of a basket case. However, the body was straight and most of the 'big' parts were present (including most trim, etc.). Anyway, I've had a 4-door 210 sedan forever and I'm fairly familiar with these ol' beasts. So...

Does anybody around here have the same? I'm missing a few odd parts which can easily (preferably?) be swapped for Bel Air trim. However, I've noticed many parts which are marginally different, but still notably changed. For instance, the beltline trim on the rear quarters & doors is lacking and the outer dogleg is finished off (instead of continuing into the top of the quarters, door, and back to the vent). Anyway, I'm just curious what some of these minor differences are?

PS--One more question / oddity: a padded dash (?). I never thought / realized this was an option. This has what appeared to be a padded dash, including very OEM-looking trim on the top of the silver trim on the dash. Has everybody else heard about this option and I'm last in line? THanks!
 

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PS--One more question / oddity: a padded dash (?). I never thought / realized this was an option. This has what appeared to be a padded dash, including very OEM-looking trim on the top of the silver trim on the dash. Has everybody else heard about this option and I'm last in line? THanks!
Padded dash is something you don`t see very often on them. But was an option.
There were 23,092 210 hardtops built, compared to 168,293 2dr hardtop Bel Airs, according to the "Tri Chevy Red Book".
Terry
 

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I believe 56 was the first year for the padded dash... You can buy repoped padded dash pads for your rare 210... Later, Dave
 

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My 1955 Dealer's Album lists a lot of accessories but it doesn't show a padded dash. It is from 1954, it doesn't show the 55 Nomad model either. I had a 56 Bel Air 2 dr ht that had a padded dash, it was a Power Pack car and also had power seats and windows, shoulda kept it, now a resto mod in New Haven IN.
 

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What is a 55 dealers album worth these days. I have an original file copy album in great shape. Jim
I don't know what it's worth but if you started your own thread on that subject you would get more exposure to your question... Later, Dave
 

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Tropturk,on the 210 padded dash-that piece of "top trim" on your dash is very rare!It's not reproduced and very hard to find.
The BelAirs used the wide piece of aluminum dash trim to hold the top of the pad in place.
On the 210's GM had to use the extra trim piece to hold it because it only used the thin stainless 210 dash trimpiece on the bottom.
I have a padded dash in my 57 BelAir parts car.
I guess you know the end caps are larger too.
Mike.:)
 

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I had a black 57 210 2-dr h/t a few years ago. There are a few changes in the trim that is very specific to a 210 H/T. the top if the door stainless as you said is the most notable.(it tapers off right at the end of the vent window and then continues on as a little bead along the top of the door and rear quarter dip.) But the rear c-pillar stainless is also differnt as the lower foward bottom of the curve is also tapered before the curve going back up the roof on to the flippers. Did I say that right? A belair is not tapered on either end because of that wide flat belt trim on the door top. The rest of the trim is regular 210 one the lower body. The stainless trim on the door panels is different than a regular 210. It looks kinda the same but is different. My 57 210h/t wasnt a padded dash car. But the 210's have a end cap on each side of the dash(same as B/A with padded dash) that is different than the regular dashes and that rare trim that Mike spoke of for the middle area that has no trim like the b/a to hold the bottom of the pad in place. The 57 210 is a rare car. It was low production and alot of peole convert them to B/A trim level so they are quite a uncomon sight these days.
 
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