57 Chevy restoration


The main body was now straight and in primer and ready for having the firewall, dash and boot area painted before going back on the frame.

I’d gone through a phase of thinking I’d like the car in Turquoise. After much deliberation I plumped for red again but fancied a richer red than the “orangey” GM Matador red. After months at looking at red cars I’d narrowed it down to about 3, a Fiat, a Rover and a Morris red. After checking the three paint chips at the paint shop I ended up chosing a Honda flame red! I only made that decision after painting a spare 57 wing that I have in 4 shades of red.

It took me a whole day to get the body and door gaps right with it back on the frame. Even with all the welding sorted the 2 door hardtops bend all over the place when adjusting the body mount shims. I never did get the door gaps as good as when it was off the frame.