The 1955 Chevrolet (sometimes referred to as '55 Chevy) is an automobile that was made by Chevrolet in 1955. It is considered a huge turning point for the manufacturer and a major success. It was available in three models: the 150, 210 and Bel Air. 

The '55 Chevy was the first successful Chevrolet with an optional V8 engine. Chevrolet had produced an earlier car with a V8 in 1918 (Chevrolet Series D), which used a 36-horsepower and 288-cubic-inch V8, but it remained in production for only a year. In 1955, Chevrolet decided to fit its new car with an overhead valve V8 Engine design, which was similar to the 1949 Oldsmobile "Rocket 88" V8 engine. The new 265-cubic-inch overhead valve V8 was designed to be smaller, lighter, and more powerful than previous V8s in the auto industry. 

Additionally, Chevrolet drastically changed its body design. It had straight panels on the sides and hood, wrap-around glass on the windshield, and triangular tail lights that jutted outward. And this new look, combined with new power and engineering, made the '55 and instant hit and a critical success. 

The car's popular "shoe-box" body style and chassis were carried over to 1956 (with changes to some of the front and rear aesthetics), and then carried over to 1957 (where the body was lengthened several inches in the rear and more drastic aesthetic changes were made).


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Installed the cooling fan and the radiator.

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Cut out the old mounts and prepping to have those sections painted. 

Got the sections painted black.

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Reinstalled engine after taking the old mounts off.

Painted in the interior of the doors and set them out in the sun for curing.

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Installed the gas pedal.

Installed the convertible top motor with the cover, as well as new speakers.

We installed a custom Lokar transmission shift linkage with a Classic Instruments shift position sensor in the linkage. We also installed the flywheel inspection cover with a braided transmission dipstick tube and braided transmission cooler lines. 

We painted the convertible frame, including the top bows and top arms.

We have completed the steering column and dash trim install.

We have installed the convertible top frame.

A demonstration video of the convertible top.

The old upholstery has been removed from the seats.

The driver side rear quarter panel was removed due to damage.


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