This 1955 Chevrolet Bel Air has undergone a complete nut and bolt frame off restoration. It still retains its original 265 cubic inch V8 engine and automatic transmission. The intake manifold, exhaust manifolds, distributor, carburetor, radiator, starter, and generator all have correct part numbers and/or evidence of build dates in March of 1955.
The transmission is correct by casting number 3708188 and date code C35, indicating 1955 V-8 and March build date. The rear axle has a casting number of 3707306 with build date of C86 (March 8, 1956). This is the only item that has appeared to be replaced on the car.
The car has been finished in its original colors of Harvest Gold on the body and India Ivory painted on the roof. The interior has been finished in the original option of light green vinyl and beige cloth.
The car has the brake and fuel lines on the outside of the frame rail, indicating it was delivered from the factory with a V-8, dual exhaust, and 4-barrel carburetor. The frame is not a tubular “California Frame” that some cars were produced with. This is the two-piece welded frame that was supplied by GM instead of using a subcontracted company.
Most of the glass has been replaced, the only two date coded “original” 1955 glass to be found on the car at this time are the two rear quarter windows that have a date code of “TX” which is August of 1955. These two may not be original. If the buyer would like, it is possible to order a complete set of properly coded replacement glass for National judging.
Great attention to detail has been exercised in the restoration. The chassis and all components have been correctly detailed and restored to original specifications. Each item is refinished as original including the red-oxide on the underside of the floor and rear axle center section. All hardware, springs, steering components are correct in fit and finish. The body has all correct trim and matching numbers. Proper reassembly is evidenced by the use of correct restoration hardware including weather strip, attachment clips, wire harness, and body gaskets. Even small details such as the front fender to splash apron “anti-squeak” gaskets are correctly installed. All engine compartment decals and service information are intact, tire pressure decal, owner’s manual, & jacking instructions are in place as original.