The 1957 Chevrolet is a car which was introduced by Chevrolet in September 1956 for the 1957 model year. It was available in three series models: the upscale Bel Air, the mid-range "two-ten", and the "one-fifty". A two-door station wagon, the Nomad was produced as a Bel Air model. An upscale trim option called the "Delray" was available for two-ten 2-door sedans. It is a popular and sought after classic car. These vehicles are often restored to their original condition and sometimes modified. The car's image has been frequently used in toys, graphics, music and television. The "57 Chevy, as it is often known, is an auto icon.

Initially, General Motors executives wanted an entirely new car for 1957, but production delays necessitated the 1955-56 design for one more year. Ed Cole, cheif engineer for Chevrolet, dictated a series of changes that significantly increased the cost of the car. These changes included a new dashboard, sealed cowl, and the relocation of air ducts to the headlight pods, which resulted in the distinctive chrome headlight that helped make the '57 Chevrolet a classic. Fourteen-inch wheels replaced the fifteen-inch wheels from previous years to give the car a lower stance, and a wide grille was used to give the car a wider look from the front. The now famous '57 Chevrolet tailfins were designed to duplicate the wide look in the rear. Bel Air models were given gold trim: the grille, front fender chevrons, hood, and trunk script were all rendered in anodized gold. The 1957 Chevrolets did not have an oil pressure gauge or a voltmeter. The base engine was an inline 6-cylinder called the Blue Flame Six. The engine was smoother running than the V-8. Carburetion came from a single one-barrel carburetor.


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This Bel Air came in for us to get it running correctly and to replace the floor pans.

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Took the entire interior out so that we can replace the wheel wells.

Cutting out the wheel wells, not much more to cut out before we start putting the  new ones in.

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While working on the body, we discovered that something didn't make sense. Someone covered the body bolts with patch panels. So we had to cut into the patch panels to get to the bolts.

Due to the amount of rust we found under the car, we had to take all of the floor boards out. We will be replacing them with new floor boards.

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Placing the new floor board in the rear of the car, going to be welded in then move on to the front or truck of the car.

The new trunk pan is in the shop for this car, once the rear floor board in completely in, the trunk will get welded in.

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Our paint and body team got the trunk pan primed and sealed. Now it will go back into the car.

We got the front and rear floor pan in. Now we just need to get them welded in.

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Working on getting the new floor pans welded in. 

Here you can see the trunk is completely done. Once it is all dry, we will put the interior back together again.

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