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    wow did i win the lottery with this one... aside from the master cylinder
    and tires, it is all original and has been sitting here for 25+ years.

    for a 60+yr old she is in AMAZING shape and plans are to patch the 2
    silver dollar sized holes in the forward bottom rear inner fenderwell and
    wash the dust off everything else.

    i will try to get the original v8/powerflite running so they can go in hemmings
    because someone somewhere must need them desperately,
    and then we are going to stuff her with a nasty 454 and a 4 speed muncie.

    hey silver buick, guess where that 2x4 intake is supposed to go now? see,
    good thing i didnt put it on the 454 vette, hah hah....

    hopefully 55 chevy fenderwell headers fit, the cars are very similar.

    a straight axle front, 3 feet of lift and a small 'moon' type tank hung under
    the front bumper, and the 15x4 ansen slots i got hiding in the closet should
    work great on the front end. widened stock rears and pie-crust 30x11.50 repops
    should work great on the back end. looks like a mopar 8.75 type axle, but
    everything i read says that started in '57 not '55-- i wonder what it is?
    worse case i hit the junkyards and look for a dana 60 truck rear, right? right !


    i lamented in an earlier post how it just didnt seem like there was any way
    i could pull this off. (and honestly, the build itself may take much longer than i want )
    yet, somehow the planets aligned right and we got it for (drum roll please).......

    $3250.00..... with a clean hawaii title and plates in storage so NO back taxes.

    stay tuned, we are bringing her home this saturday morning....
    and i really need to go do something nice for my wife as shes my partner in crime
    in every crazy scheme i get us into. she was all for this one, no hesitation at all
    when we rolled up to the guys house--we didnt even get out of the car yet and she said
    "if he will take less than the $5k i got in my purse, BUY THE DAMN THING- we can worry
    about how to get it home later"...


    hey, anybody want to buy a vette with a snarly 454?
    Last edited by fatguyzinc; October 21st, 2017, 12:07 AM.

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    Re: project 55 belvedere gasser--"hell's bel"

    I wonder what Randal is going to say (Silverbuick) about this.
    Dan Barlow likes this.
    Doing it all wrong since 1966

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      Re: project 55 belvedere gasser--"hell's bel"

      Love those. The '55' and 56es seem to be sort of forgotten cars. BTW - from what I can see it looks like a '56 though I can't see the front or rear clearly. Why not be a sport and go with a BBC and a TorqueFlite? Torque for days and it FITS the car.

      Dan
      Last edited by DanStokes; September 13th, 2017, 11:17 AM.

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        Re: project 55 belvedere gasser--"hell's bel"

        I wonder what Randal is going to say (Silverbuick) about this.
        ah, silverbuick/superbuick....
        you know how you hotrod hooligan people all look alike...

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          Re: project 55 belvedere gasser--"hell's bel"

          Love those. The '55' and 56es seem to be sort of forgotten cars. BTW - from what I can see it looks like a '56 though I can't see the front or rear clearly. Why not be a sport and go with a BBC and a TorqueFlite? Torque for days and it FITS the car.

          Dan
          only because i already have the 454 and muncie....
          if i was leno rich id be doing a 500+ inch crossram hemi & A-883....

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            Re: project 55 belvedere gasser--"hell's bel"

            If I had hit the lottery (the only way I'll ever get rich) I'd send you the $$ for an Indy-headed BBC - or a Hemi. Sadly, it seems we're both po' folks.

            Dan

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              Re: project 55 belvedere gasser--"hell's bel"

              I just HADTA chucke when I saw "silver buick". Loling now!
              Methinks FGZ needs specs for readin'

              Plus side is BBC fenderwell headers are 1/4 the $$$ SBC ones are!

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                Re: project 55 belvedere gasser--"hell's bel"


                ah, silverbuick/superbuick....
                you know how you hotrod hooligan people all look alike...

                We do indeed... fat n sassy. Well, except Randal - but he's married now so perhaps he'll become normal like us
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                  Re: project 55 belvedere gasser--"hell's bel"



                  We do indeed... fat n sassy..........

                  hey!
                  i resemble that remark...

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                  • #10

                    Re: project 55 belvedere gasser--"hell's bel"

                    I call it having a certain gravity. After all, the larger the body the greater the gravity.
                    Doing it all wrong since 1966

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                      Re: project 55 belvedere gasser--"hell's bel"

                      ok, so shes finally home in the stall.
                      what a p.i.t.a. it was getting her there.
                      immediate plans are a new 6V + ground
                      battery, oil and a shot of carb cleaner
                      down the throat and see if she'll wake up...
                      stay tuned...

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                        Re: project 55 belvedere gasser--"hell's bel"

                        I call it having a certain gravity. After all, the larger the body the greater the gravity.
                        i know ive said this before, but it bears repeating--
                        everything is proportionate. EVERYTHING........

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                          Re: project 55 belvedere gasser--"hell's bel"

                          ok, so shes finally home in the stall.
                          what a p.i.t.a. it was getting her there.
                          immediate plans are a new 6V + ground
                          battery, oil and a shot of carb cleaner
                          down the throat and see if she'll wake up...
                          stay tuned...

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                          Yep, it's a '55. Now that I can see it better.

                          Dan

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                            Re: project 55 belvedere gasser--"hell's bel"

                            got the ansen 15x4 slots mounted with new 205/70's, she looks
                            period-correct. going to look at a 57 t-bird 9" rear axle tomorrow....
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                              Re: project 55 belvedere gasser--"hell's bel"

                              yeeeeaaaaah, buddy ! brother cliff hooked me up with
                              a '57 t-bird 9" rear axle, complete drum to drum for $200 !
                              i think it may be a "posi" of some type, its got a weird cone
                              shaped (for lack of a better word) carrier. looks sorta
                              like a trac-loc, but i gotta do some research.

                              should be either 3.10 or 3.70 gears, i think its the 3.10
                              as the t-bird was an auto/V8 but either way im sure that
                              468 will pull it.....

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