The Continuing Saga of the Barn Find 55

55-chevy

Just so you guys that are following this elongated story, here is a quick update.

A couple months ago I gave you a little update where I had taken the body off the frame and did the test fit on the new frame.  I’m glad to report my scientific wild guess on engine placement worked out great.  With the body set where it would be bolted down the firewall cleared the back corners of the heads by at least a half inch.  Lucky guess I know.
The next phase was to dismantle it in prep for dipping and stripping.  We found some rust that wasn’t apparent until we got it blown apart, (darn) but we half expected that.  It’s going to require a little more work to replace the rusted panels but surprisingly this old car is very solid.  Gary the metal man at Metal Works in Eugene looked at it and said he thinks the wrinkled quarter panel can be “pulled” rather that replaced.  He likes the old metal just like I do.
It’s out of the dipping process this week.  I hope to include a couple pics of what it looks like in bare metal, hopefully not Swiss cheese.  Did I tell you about how much damage rodents can do in your headliner?  Those rotten little ?!*#+@?*& so and so’s.  Oops, sorry for the colorful language, but I’m betting you understand.
I’ve been working very hard on both the paper and my projects.  I’ll try to do a more complete up-date maybe next month.

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