This 1955 Chevy 210 2 Door post is on its second restoration. The first restoration was completed in 1996 when the car was used as a daily driver. It is now in the middle of a full frame off restoration.
Since its previous restoration, the car had developed some major rust issues and was in need of some TLC. The passenger side “A” pillar had a major rust hole that extended into the cowl. The passenger side roof line also had major rust damage. Both the front floor boards had been rusted through as well. In addition to this, the rear end and rear wheel tubs needed work. The car also had the original single master cylinder brake system and manual steering system on it.
Before starting on the tear down, there were a few items that needed to be addressed with the body still attached to the frame. A mini tub had been performed in the past and was not properly welded in, causing the entire trunk floor to buckle. We were able to reposition the trunk floor and properly weld in the wheel tubs, giving the trunk floor and the rear of the body the structural support in needed.
The spring perches on the rear end housing were misaligned with the leaf springs, causing the springs to bind. We removed the spring perches, measured and welded them in to the correct width, as well as changed the pinion angle to accommodate a lower stance of the car.
Bucket seats were to be installed, but no seats could be found that looked good in the car. Vintage Iron Garage custom made a set of 6 way power buckets to be installed. The floor had to be altered slightly to allow mounting of the seats, but was kept in tact enough to reinstall the factory bench seat if desired.
Once all of this work was completed the tear down could be done. The body was disassembled and placed on a rotisserie. The entire body and frame was sand blasted, removing many years of paint layers, road grime and body work. Once the body was sand blasted, it was immediately sprayed with metal etching primer.
Both floor pans were replaced and the spare tire well was removed and patched as well. All panels are butt welded and then the exterior is sealed with a high grade body and seam sealer to ensure no moisture or corrosion will take place in the future. The rear body mount/trunk pan mount that runs the width of the car was rusted badly. Each layer that was removed was sand blasted, repaired and painted. The final mount was replaced with a new replacement panel and welded in.
Once all the patch work was done, the bottom of the car was primed and painted in a high gloss black finish. The frame received the same treatment, but the front portion was not painted because a custom built rack and pinion steering set up. This will require fabrication and welding and once complete the front suspension will be removed, prepped and painted, along with the frame. The body was placed back on the frame using new polyurethane body mounts. Once the body was properly shimmed for alignment and door gap adjustment, it was secured using all new hardware.
The car now awaits exterior body work to be performed. As progress is made, new pictures will be added to this gallery.