I have a '57 Chevy that I have been driving almost daily since 1964. Best car I ever had.
you making me cry,i had a 2 door hardtop in69-71 high school
I shared this with my '57 Chevy cronies....loved it. Can a '57 Ford last this long...with one owner?
Beautiful car! Great story. The 57 2 door hard top is on my short list to get before I leave this mortal plane.
Danial, I spotted this one in Myrtle Point:
Wow don't see those too often, in any shape. But I have to have a 2 door hard top...grin..
That one looks like the something has been done to the suspension. Is that body sitting on a different frame or something?
Most likely some long shackles in the rear or rearend housing under the springs and spacers in the front springs. 70's stuff doesn't do anything for the handling.........
Hadn't thought of that Floyd. Yeah that was the big thing to do. I ruined the stance on a perfectly good 65 Comet, 2 door hard top when I was in college with longer shackles and spring blocks.
I've never understood the "deal" about the '57 Chevs so I asked Chet Krause.......he said "That's the year Chevrolet got it all together" and John McGinnis' remark above "best car I ever had" apparently supports that statement.
Of course I feel the same way about the first car I had at age 16......a '59 Chev Biscayne which I have missed forever.......so much so I just bought a '59 Chev Bel Air.......I'm in love again.......
Them 59 Chebbies would fly -- especially the 409's -- the fins would help rear get light at 100 MPH - don't ask why I know
^ LOL Fred.......my second one is nearly the same as my first (a Biscayne) except I moved up a notch to a Bel Air which has the same 235 cu. in. str. 6 and 3 on the tree.
I had my ole Biscayne up to 90 once........that's WAY more than enough for me.......
That steering wheel is huge!! I had a 56 but had forgotten how big the wheel was.
'59 Chevy never had a 409, those came out in '61.
348 was the big one in '59.
DEREK you're very knodegable Those cars got to be at least 20 years older than you!!!It's good to see some of the younger guys who know more than just the tecke stuff.
Derek-- The stock 348 was quickly replaced with a "real fine 409" that had 2 4-barrel carbs.
The only things that went faster was the gas gage dropping and my 56 Buick with a 401 Wildcat because the rear wheels would stay on the ground - but that is another story
Don't forget the 1958 348 with a 3 jugger (Rochester 2GCs),
Richard, I was born in 1982, so there haven't been very many interesting cars made in my lifetime. My younger brother daily-drives a '60 Nomad wagon with a 348 in it, and has about a dozen 59-60 Chevys. I got into Chevelles, but have a strong interest in any 55-72 Chevy.
Fred, the way it was worded, I thought you meant factory built...
I got to drive my "new" 59 Chev for the first time today after replacing the gas tank, sender and fuel pump.
I took a shot in the dark buying this thing and, despite the things wrong with it, I discovered this car has only 28,000 and some odd original miles on it!
Neat car Craig! If there's any parts you need, send me a PM and I'll put you in touch with my brother. He buys and sells used parts for those cars.
Derek as far as I am concerned there is noting worth talking about after 1972 my son has 72 chevelle SS convt he was born in 1974 It was just a old raged out cluncker when we got it back in 1989 he did all the grunt work 'with my supervision It was on back burner for years --girlfriend marriage kids after 4 new tires he's back to driving it with his family now he wishes he listened to me and left that shift kit out of the trany--[700r4] I was born in 43 -I remember when the 55 chevys came out with the 265 V8 that's when the hot roders got away from the flatheads and had to fid a wrecked 55 56 57and get a overhead valve V8 then the 283 came out that was some GOOD days we just didn't know it' then
I just can't resist...I have watched the original video several times and can only conclude that it must be a hoax....but a beautiful one. Having driven a '57 for the same period of time, I know how cars wear, weather and age. The one in the video looks like a recent restoration or it has been in an environmentally-controlled cocoon for the past 50 years. But I am enjoying this *Chevy* thread...and wondering why the Ford guys haven't blasted it yet. Incidentally, the
Tri-5 Chevy forum can't compare with our T Forum.
THANKS Derek......I sent a PM so please see it isn't trapped in a spam filter.......
John.......when it comes to internet forums there are two I can always depend upon.
SmokStak and this one.
On or off-topic doesn't matter.
There are lots of well rounded people here with a multitude of interests who actually POST.
This is one forum for which I would gladly pay! (And do, periodically, via paypal....... )
Love the 59-60 Chebbies. Our 60 EL Camino with a 502
Thanks for your thoughtful comments about our Forum...yes, it is the best. We all have multiple, common interests beyond Ts and this Forum allows us to share. When we issue an *OT* subject, we should be mindful to give it a good, clear title...and not dilute the Forum with excessive *OT* subjects.
Derek - Not a problem -I can see why you thought that..
I keep forgetting that in the 70's we seldom had a vehicle with the original motor or tires
Craig - the reason it has low mileage is that the manley owner didn't want to be seen in a pink vehicle. and the blue rim doesn't help!
John -- anything with a bunch of carburetors was to be lusted after.. those squirty things were beyond understanding
Talk about nostalgia, I owned a 1957 Oldsmobile two door hardtop, was what was called a "Factory Race Car", whatever that means. It was ordered out by a local Factory rep and never driven till I bought it from the Dealer. It had the "Tri Power" engine, and I haven't a clue as to the displacement, except it was huge. I used it a lot to pull my Jeep, never knew it was back there. Surprisingly, if you stayed off the foot feed and let it run on the center carburetor, it got very good gas mileage, even in town. Wish I still had it, lots of stories about that old car.
Is that the car where panties were found under the back seat?
No, that was a Company Car, I still hear about that one, and my kids have kids.
Here ya are Old Chevy fans....eat your hearts out!
I scored a lot of times in the back of my new '59 Chevy Impala. My first new car.
Glad to see we're a bunch of well rounded car guys! I thought I was being snubbed because I had "other" cars and interests. ??? The 61 chevies did have some 409's that is true. there were a few that were made available to a select few racecar drivers to see what they would do. I thought only the 348 was installed into practically ALL the 61's. I was wrong. In 1966 my uncle who was a local car dealer and bought many of the cars "with YELLOW primer" from St. Louis auctions. Back in the day St Louis used salt on their roads so these cars went for cheap. My uncle purchased a few 61 expolice cars that had the turbo matic transmissions in them. One of them was the 409. I took it out one night and my uncle told me, "Buster, do NOT try racing that car as they do not hold up well on the transmissions". I loved the car! Fast! Pulled well but I did not get on it hard as I did not want to buy it. It was black with a white roof. It has only came out as common knowledge within the last few years what I have said here and proved to be true. When I told this to others in the 60's and 80's I was called a lier. 61's did not come with 409's! Yes sir they did but only the police cars had them if they wanted it. These few cars were the testbeds I guess. I had a 58 and a 59 both with the 348's. they were ok but nothing like the 409's. I have a 61 348 4 speed Impala and a 62 409 single 4 car. Neither are done yet. Both are 4 speeds. So I am glad to hear we have similar interests.