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Old 07-20-2013, 11:46 AM
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Default 55 Chevy with a Roadster Shop REVO Chassis

This is a nice old 55 Chevy that the owner brought to us looking for some updating in the ride, performance, stance, and looks categories. Like a lot of cars out there, it was an older restoration that fueled the need to have an old car. However, riding on a stock 1955 frame and suspension with outdated steering, and inadequate brakes kept this ride in the owners garage instead of out on the road. "It looked great, but was no fun to drive". So, after some discussion, the owner brought the 55 down to the shop to install one of our new REVO chassis as well as a few other things on his "wish list".
  • Roadster Shop REVO complete Chassis
  • 12" Wilwood brakes
  • Ididit tilt steering column
  • Billet Specialties Hi-Boy wheels with Michelin Pilot Super Sport tires
  • Dakota Digital VHX gauges
  • Re-wire entire car to clean up engine compartment and fix the mess of wires under the dash that went through an original fuse box.
  • Install a Tremec TKO-600 in place of the worn out 4-speed
  • Engine dress up with Billet Specialties Tru-Trac, valve covers, air cleaner, etc...
  • Smooth the firewall and inner fenders and re-paint the engine bay.
  • A list of other minor complaints/issues that the car had developed over the years.
  • And a few other items that popped up once we got into the build!

Here is what it looked like when it arrived:

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Disassembly begins.







Sorry to all who were interested, Marty already called "dibs" on the air cleaner for his Camaro!

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I'll be following this one too. We know you guys will give it the ol' RS one-two punch. Keep the pics coming!
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New REVO chassis and component build





A few nice shots of the completed chassis




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Once we moved forward with the dis-assembly, we started running into issues with the condition of the car. Several of the floor braces were not attached to the body, and some actually stayed attached to the frame when we separated the two. There was a lot of old rust that had been repaired with massive amounts of bondo, wire mesh, foam, and anything else that would fill the holes.



The decision was made to replace the entire floor rather than fix all of the little spots around the car. So we braced the body and removed what was left of the original floor.





Next, we found the lower front of the passenger side quarter was pieced back together and nothing left to weld the floor or wheel houses to.



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Chris, as you know, I can relate to this. One thing's for certain, it will be perfect when y'all finish it
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1 piece floor?
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That is one crusty '55...temporarily.


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Wow, the surprises you find when tearing into a car.
Glad the owner went with a full floor.
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1 piece floor?
My bad, it was actually a 2 piece floor from Danchuck. 1 piece complete main floor (with braces) and then a 1 piece trunk floor. We also used the Danchuck deeper wheel tubs to comfortably get a 295 tire in the back





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