Finally getting back to work on my 55 after taking some time to help a friend out with another project.
Just finished installing the Taillight Gas Filler Conversion Kit from Rocky Hinge. Installing the kit was the easy part. Filling the old gas door is another story. When I striped the paint around the door I found old body work from door to taillight area. Welded plate in door area and spent a few more hour’s heat shrinking the metal to get it to a point where I could apply a thin coat of body filler.
Repairs have been made to the rusted areas of the front floor boards. Rusted lower rocker panels have been repaired. Firewall has been cleaned up and smoothed out.
It's almost ready to be primed and the block sanding starts.
Moving right along on the 55. CCP upper and lower tubular control arms, sway bars front and rear, new steering box and a new TKO 600, 5 speed. Should run good hooked up to our 57 rear end with 370 posi. We have installed our 57/EX big bearing retainer plate that use the 58/64 large bearings.
Next step will be dressing her up. New intake, carb and valve covers. And I am sure I will add a few other shiny parts before its back in the frame.
Today we installed the 1957 rear end in the 1955 frame. I think my daughter might be getting the hang of this rebuild thing. She still has some trouble with hammering in the axle but overall did a great job.
The '57 has a drain plug in the bottom of the housing. We are also running Disc brakes, 370 gears and new posi traction unit, and we installed the New Big Bearing kit from Tri-5WeeCrafted.com. We have replaced the bearings with new 58/64 axle bearings. Still need to install the rear sway bar and rear shocks. Front end will be put together next.
Next step is removing the 40 year old paint. I am removing it with this little single edge razor. Just the black paint peels off.
My daughter Crystal wouldn't stick around for this one. She said it sounded like fingernails on a chalkboard. I must be getting old (and deaf) because it didn't bug me at all.
I'm thinking she might look good red and white. What do you think?
Its time for her to get a complete face lift. New black paint, interior, New TKO 5 speed. I will also be up-grading to a posi unit, 370 gears and new big bearing Axle Bearing Retainer Plates from www.Tri-5WeeCrafted.com