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Am I seeing this correctly, 57 wheel openings on a 55? Honestly, it looks pretty good to me.

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56 type also, and I kinda like it too. The wagon wheels don’t look right on it though. Pretty cool looking car. Chevy should have done that, because it looks much more balanced.
 

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Maybe it's the wheels but I think the openings are located a bit too high, too close to the quarter panel molding. I think it would look better if the 56 or 57 opening was mounted a bit lower.
 

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To me it also seems as if the opening is extended farther to the rear than a exact 56 opening would be but that might be a illusion great looking car I agree on not liking the wheels that much.
 

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I think a car looks lots better (and more balanced) IF the front and rear wheel well openings are 'consistently designed/shapes'.. with the only exception being to put '55 Nomad rear wheel openings on ANY car for tire clearance.. :)
 

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I think those are 1956 type openings, which are a bit larger than the 1957 openings.
 

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I'd be interested in seeing what it would look like to take a front fender wheel opening and graft it in to use the exact same shape/size for the rear
 

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How about a full radiused opening. a la Buick?
 

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I think we all agree its really difficult to make so many changes to the stock body design and have it look pleasing, but it seems that it was done here, but not many familiar with tri-5s are going to like all of those mods. I agree the 57 wheel openings would have been better, and maybe 2" shorter rear wheels. Overall nicely done, check the reflection in the trunk lid. A lot of high dollar builds seem to run low on cash by the time they get to paint, but not this one. No distortion, crooked lines, or fuzzy edges.
 

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I like those Olds wheel well openings... :)
 

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I'm one who likes '55 Chevy rear wheel openings. But if I was going to change them I'd either use '55 Nomad rear openings, or use front fender openings grafted to the rears.
It is a high end, gorgeous build though! Even if I don't like the wheel/tires.
 

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It's hard to tell by looking at the picture on my phone, but it appears to have 56/57 rocker panels on it also. Could be that it's a 56/57 body with 55 rear quarter sections grafted on and a 55 front end.
 

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No "B" pillar and no hardtop stainless side window moldings. Could it have started life as a post car? Very interesting. :unsure:
 
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