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Figured I'd share here a project we're working on...

 

When he was 10, I helped Cale buy a '55 Chevy 210 2-door sedan basket-case project car. 

It was originally Neptune Green with turquoise interior, 6cyl 3spd. It's a pretty solid car, but has a few rusty areas. 

I have a '55 210 2-door sedan also, so my extra parts will go a long way toward making this one complete. 

 

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A couple years passed before we started working on it. At 12, I taught him how to weld, patching the fender eyebrows and antenna hole on his fenders.

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Last winter we started on rust repair on the body. Passenger side needed a full rocker panel, and a patch on the lower quarter panel.

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Summer race season we didn't do much on it. He cleaned up his welds, and tacked any pinholes the grinding revealed.


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And the addiction, er, I mean, passion, carries on...thumbsup
He does nice work and that hand formed quarter patch is really cool...tiphat

I'm going to go out on a limb here and guess it will be LS powered ??



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This fall he stripped a door, sandblasted the jambs and the rust-pits hiding behind the side trim, and I primed it for him while he was at Driver's Training class.

 

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Lost in the 60s wrote:

And the addiction, er, I mean, passion, carries on...thumbsup
He does nice work and that hand formed quarter patch is really cool...tiphat

I'm going to go out on a limb here and guess it will be LS powered ??


His long-term goal is dual-quad 409 with a TKX 5-speed.

Short term high-school budget will probably be the 2bbl 350 out of my Malibu, and the Muncie 3spd out of my 69 SS. We'll put together some sort of decent drivetrain out of the junk I have laying around. 



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I wanted to get the sandblasting done on the shell before winter really set in, so he's been hard at it getting that all done. It uncovered a few more areas that need patching, but the blasting is done for now. The patches will need blasting again, but we can make pretty good progress on the car this winter in other areas if it gets too cold to blast outside. Time change and short days means we can only do outdoor work on the weekends now, so I'm glad to have that done.

We got the whole car in epoxy primer, and I shot the jambs with high-build 2K.

We're starting body work at the dash and firewall so we can get paint on those, and start some assembly work as well... having some part look "finished" is always a good motivator for the rest of it.

 

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The LM-1 will be a good beginner engine, but I don't imagine he is really a "beginner" anyway.
Does one of your brothers have a 409 for him to build ?

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The LM-1 will be a good beginner engine, but I don't imagine he is really a "beginner" anyway.
Does one of your brothers have a 409 for him to build ?


Carl has a bunch of 348s in varying condition, and Chad has a 409 that needs a complete build. 

The 250hp 350 is kind of perfect for a high-school kid. Not quite embarrassingly slow, but not fast enough to really show-off with...which is probably why I'm still alive. laughing

A comparable power stock/used 348 might be a good choice for him. Then the change to a 409 will be easy later. 



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He is skilled and motivated. The car looks great.

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Love the build and its a great project for you to pass on the skills that I assume you got from your dad.

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All families need at least 1 or 2 55-57 Shoe box Chevrolets.

Your Parents, Siblings and of course your own family are something that is rare in the Automotive spectrum.
The good fortune of interest, motivation and the resources to do this are unique in this day and age.

You and Jenna are rightfully both proud and fortunate.
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