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post #1 of 8 (permalink) Old 01-31-2011, 06:01 PM Thread Starter
 
 
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'60 Bel Air sedan questions

My uncle's giving me a '60 Bel Air sedan that has been rotting in what is now the woods since about 1980. The body on it is solid but I have no idea what the chassis looks like. Did these cars come with the "X" frames? It has the six in it...235? 236? "stovebolt?" What are the chances that it has the three speed manual with overdrive? Did the frames rot out easily on these. Unfortunately my uncle lives in a different state, and it's going to cost me a bit of gas to go pick it up, and he's probably too lazy to pull it out of the weeds, air the tires up (if they will hold any) and take some pictures of it's bottom side. I'm going to need the rear glass for it, it was broken out if anyone has an old piece for sale. I'm just trying to get a better idea of what I'm up against. I've restored a few cars, but this will be my first early 60's Chevrolet.

I'm eager to save this old sedan and put it back into daily use. I've had cars in worse shape...And I love how accessable Chevrolet parts are compared to the cars I'm used to (Dodge, Plymouth, Chrysler, Pre-Chrysler Amc).Click image for larger version

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post #2 of 8 (permalink) Old 01-31-2011, 06:10 PM
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Looks pretty complete. Turning into a daily driver shouldn't be to tough, assuming it's all there...

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post #3 of 8 (permalink) Old 01-31-2011, 08:26 PM
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Welcome to the Tem Devin!

1958-'64 Chevrolet full size cars have an X-frame to give it that "Jet Smooth" Chevrolet ride that Diana Shore was singing about. I do not think the rear glass is reproduced so you will need to find one out of another old car and restore it with Jewler's Rouge and polishing pastes.

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post #4 of 8 (permalink) Old 01-31-2011, 08:36 PM
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Welcome Devin, If that back window has been out several years you may need a trunk pan also.

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Well, it looks solid on top. Can he open the trunk lid to take a picture of the trunk pan?

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post #6 of 8 (permalink) Old 02-01-2011, 02:22 AM Thread Starter
 
 
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Well, it looks solid on top. Can he open the trunk lid to take a picture of the trunk pan?
That's a good idea. I'll ask him.
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post #7 of 8 (permalink) Old 02-01-2011, 08:22 AM
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Realize you would be working on a car that parts are going to be very hard to find. Being as it is a 6 banger and a 4 door sedan the chances of you breaking even on a restgoration for that car will be slim to none. I would do some hard thinking and looking for parts before I went to get it. I am a fan of 1960 chevys but they cant all be saved.
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Welcome to the site - I'll be the first to say "Don't paint it!", I like the untouched look!

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