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Heyo, First post. My name is Adam, but I go by Mouse, and sometimes Captain. My dad has given me a 56' Bel Air to restore. He was going to do it himself, but he was recently diagnosed with Cancer, so he wanted me to have it. I'll probably be asking a lot of questions. May need some help finding parts at reasonable prices, as I'm trying to juggle life, and restoring this beautiful machine.
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Hello there Captain-Adam-Mouse! Welcome to the forum and you will find lots of supportive and super helpful folks here.

Give your Dad lots of hugs and moral support while you can, and I hope he makes a full and complete recovery. I lost my Dad in 2013 (prostate cancer, discovered too late because he was healthy all his life and therefore avoided docs). I ended up partnering with my older sister to build a 55 restomod as a tribute to him because Dad and I were always gonna build a car together...and then he was gone.

Looks like you have a really nice starting point there! Tell us more about it...what are your hopes and dreams...what's under the hood?
 

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Hello there Captain-Adam-Mouse! Welcome to the forum and you will find lots of supportive and super helpful folks here.

Give your Dad lots of hugs and moral support while you can, and I hope he makes a full and complete recovery. I lost my Dad in 2013 (prostate cancer, discovered too late because he was healthy all his life and therefore avoided docs). I ended up partnering with my older sister to build a 55 restomod as a tribute to him because Dad and I were always gonna build a car together...and then he was gone.

Looks like you have a really nice starting point there! Tell us more about it...what are your hopes and dreams...what's under the hood?
Hopes are easy, get it drivable, and nice looking. Dreams, are to have it win some shows, and have a truly unique ride that blends my dad, and myself into the car. Right now we've got a LT1 (i believe) for under the hood. We are going to replace the manifold to swap it to a carburated system. If it doesn't hold out I have a friend who has a small block 355 I can pick up off him. Would love to have a nice mix of power and show to the car.
 

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Hopes are easy, get it drivable, and nice looking. Dreams, are to have it win some shows, and have a truly unique ride that blends my dad, and myself into the car. Right now we've got a LT1 (i believe) for under the hood. We are going to replace the manifold to swap it to a carburated system. If it doesn't hold out I have a friend who has a small block 355 I can pick up off him. Would love to have a nice mix of power and show to the car.
Good for you, stick with it and you'll get there. Took me 5+ years of evenings and weekends to go from a rolling shell to a running, driving show car. Lots of blood, sweat, tears and money!

I started out with a Holley 750 carb but ended up switching over to FiTech fuel injection and never looked back. You might consider the same, lots of opinions here on that (both pro and con) but the people who like it, seem to like it a lot. I know I do.
 
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