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    1. #1
      Join Date
      Apr 2001
      Location
      Boston, MA
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      BostonHotRods 1956 Bel Air build: Project Daisy

      What is it:
      1956 Chevy Bel Air 2 door hardtop. One owner car, found and purchased locally. The seller's grandmother purchased it new and it had remained in the family. In theory, it was a survivor car, two paint jobs, no accidents, and all or nearly all original.

      What I'm doing with it:
      I drove it for a year and enjoyed it with the family, but it's now time to put it under the knife. I'm planning on turning this into a 3 season daily driver (or nearly daily as I don't commute). Classic styling, all modern comforts. All the good stuff that makes it more than the sum of it's parts.

      I'm also "attempting" to get my kids involved with the project and learn a little bit about how cars are put together while also making some memories. As part of the incentive, I told them I would video parts of the build and post it to YouTube for them if they participate. We'll see if my bribe works or not.



      Here's the car as of the last day of 2020 when I drove it into the shop:


      Disassembly goes pretty quickly:


      60 year old wiring, no thank you:


      Pretty interesting to see how tech has changed over the years. 6 fuses for an entire car. Fuse block:


      Body just about ready to come off:


      Lots of interest oddly in the Chassis/Engine/Trans. I sold it locally in under 24hrs which really surprised me:


      Body off to Media Blasting today:
      ~Ryan

    2. #2
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      Nov 2006
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      What a pretty car, it looks good in paint. I hope it's as good as it looks. Good luck with the Bribery. lol
      Wayne
      Car FINALLY home !!!!!! lol
      Project FNQUIK https://www.pro-touring.com/showthre...ghlight=FNQUIK

    3. #3
      Join Date
      Jun 2020
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      73
      Great idea to involve the kiddos!
      Nice Garage btw!
      Funny the original angle of the Driveshaft.
      Good luck with the build!!!

    4. #4
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      Apr 2001
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      Part 2. Back from media blasting and epoxy primer.





      ~Ryan

    5. #5
      Join Date
      Jun 2016
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      19
      Kinda sad to see that one come apart. Looked like a gem. I hope you can replicate the original wheels. Always hate to see classic cars with big rims. What color will it be?

    6. #6
      Join Date
      Sep 2004
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      Orlando, FL
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      Great project with the kids! Love the videos and you'll cherish them forever! Cool that your bride is running the camera too! Whole family is involved... love it!

      And I'm having insane garage envy!
      SMSgt Ty Ingle, USAF
      "CF71" - Freedom Bird
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    7. #7
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      Jun 2016
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      What type of flooring is that? Assuming it’s some type of vinyl, but man does it look like real wood in the pictures.

    8. #8
      Join Date
      Apr 2001
      Location
      Boston, MA
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      Thanks guys.

      Lots of parts ordering going on this month. Rs Chassis, Wegner LS street motor, Bowler trans, rick's tank, HotrodDynamics firewall/tunnel/wiper kit, ididit column, bear brakes, C&R making up a custom cooling stack for me, restomod air, and more.

      Wheels: looking at Schott's in 19/20" at the moment with 335's on the rear. Wheels/tires will probably be one of the later decisions to make.
      Both my girls are asking to learn to weld now, so this should be a fun next few months with them helping out.
      Flooring in the garage: ceramic tile (PEI 4 if I recall correctly) with epoxy grout. Redgard under the entire floor, expansion joints lined up with the grout lines, and tiles set with zero air pockets in the mortar. It's been bullet proof since 2018. It doesn't like plasma slag so I thrown down a cheap HF welding blanket, but beyond that it takes all the abuse I can throw at it. My main house garage has 100% epoxy solids (full top of the line 3-layer system) and it looks like crap after 6yrs of normal New England winters. Clear coat wearing off in high traffic areas, lots of small chips from dropping tools, yellowing around garage doors from the sun. Wish I would have done tile there too.
      ~Ryan

    9. #9
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      Part 3 is up. Working on metal work as I wait for all these parts (mostly chassis/motor/fuel tank) to arrive.








      ~Ryan

    10. #10
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      Apr 2001
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      Great build!

      Andrew

      1970 GTO Version 2.0
      1967 Cougar build
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      I deliver what EFI promises.
      Remote Holley EFI tuning.
      Please get in touch if I can be of service.

      "You were the gun, your voice was the trigger, your bravery was the barrel, your eyes were the bullets." ~ Her

    11. #11
      Join Date
      Mar 2015
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      Phoenix, AZ
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      Awesome build! Following and just about the same spot. Keep up the good work!!