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- Beemer Brett - Redmond, WA

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I haven't been contributing much to the site lately... It's time for me to improve the handling and drivability of the 55.  I only drove it 2-3 times this year and it's a waste, could be a really cool and fun car.  The car has multiple issues that make it slightly unsafe and not fun to drive.  It handles like crap, wanders, doesn't turn well, and has a few other nagging issues.  Previous owner seemed to hack it together with mismatched parts and loose bolts.  This is a car my dad bought about 7 years ago from a body guy in Oregon.  Body is beautiful but mechanical was not good.  I stored it for him and we restored the engine bay and dressed up the engine, changed rear gears, added hydroboost, new cooling package etc.  I inherited it 5 years ago so figure its not costing me much if I go ahead and put some money into it so I can enjoy it.  A custom art morrison frame would be awesome but too $$!   

Heres a before pic and engine bay:

Suspension-  Does not give any confidence on the road.  Already has CPP upper control arms.  Will be replacing stock lowers with global west lowers and add QA1 coil overs and a Hotchkis sway bar.  Rear suspension likely needs attention also but will do the front first and see how it goes. Rear is currently on relocated inboard leaf springs, slapper bars, and air shocks. 

Steering - I would ultimately like to install a rack and pinion steering but with the current engine position, oil pan, and custom headers I don't think it will fit.  The headers are very nice and I had them powder coated so do not want to change them.  Will be doing some research.  Steering linkage seems to have been replaced at some point so think I will try doing the suspension first and see how it handles, if needed go down the rack route.  

Header pipe that goes under engine mount.  Hard to see but not sure if there is room for a rack through here:

Power steering pump - Currently whines non stop..  Engine has a march kit that requires a saginaw type 2 pump.  I suspect the remote reservoir is not high enough, plus the additional complication of hydroboost w/ the power steering.  I increased the hose size and that seemed to help, at least it doesn't foam over anymore.  I have tried all types of fluids.  I'm going to see if I can get brackets for a standard power steering pump w/ built in reservoir that will work with existing alternator brackets.  I think that would likely fix the issue.  I don't want to go to manual brakes and a brake booster won't fit.

Valve cover gasket leaks. Have to remove hydroboost to get to it, not a huge deal. 

Driveshaft - Looks like an original 55 shaft, very small.  Has greasable u joints.  Can tell looking at the floor its failed before.  W/ a big block and a 4 speed I just don't trust it.  Would like to do burnouts once and a while.  biggrin

Clutch - W/ the custom headers the z bar linkage is not ideal.  It works but is difficult to feather and operate.  I added heim joints and that helped, but still sucks.  Would like to go to a hydraulic clutch in the near future.

Brakes - The front disc brakes have some unknown brackets that put the calipers in the wrong spot.  We had to really limit the turning by welding stops to the control arm because the calipers would hit the frame in a turn, causing it to push in the piston and you lose brakes until you push the brake in a few times.  One of the rotors rubs on the spindle. Going to just start over with a 2" drop spindle brake kit.  

Here you can see where brake caliper was hitting droop stop bracket thats riveted and welded to frame(shiny spot):

Here it is all out:

Anybody interested in the lowers, sway bar, springs?  Free!  The calipers are good and rotors can be turned and used on something else.  They look just like chevelle single piston calipers and 11" rotors. Though I haven't measured them.  $60 for the brakes.   

 



-- Edited by Brettd85 on Sunday 31st of December 2017 05:30:37 PM

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- Mike -
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It’s a very cool car and much better start than most get, glad to see it getting some attention. I highly recommend Viking coil overs if that’s in the budget, they will be going on my ‘66 soon. I’ve used them on two other cars this year and have been impressed with the ride quality and near infinite adjustablity.

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- Beemer Brett - Redmond, WA

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I’ll look into them. I’d also like 18” wheels/tire combo but that’s also expensive.

If I had $4k laying around no i could have Bonneville salt flats from billet specialties. These are Boyd’s version 

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-- Edited by Brettd85 on Sunday 31st of December 2017 07:24:55 PM

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- wondah whooooaman-
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A beautiful shoebox for sure!  



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I looked into those billet specialties wheels too, they are very $$$$ nice!

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- Beemer Brett - Redmond, WA

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I really really like those salt flats but for $1500 you can get 18" torque thrusts w/ tires... They look good but just seems silly to have torque thrusts on the 69, the GTO, and the 55...

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Thoughts?  Looking for opinions. American racing makes a salt flat that isn't quite as cool but could still look nice, and less than half the price.  My 55 is a 210 and has a lot of the emblems removed so I feel polished wheels would look best but the salt flats do look good.  Its almost identical to the 55 by Boyd except for the flat black accent.  Could also do a torque thrust with gray center.

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- wondah whooooaman-
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Brettd85 wrote:

I really really like those salt flats but for $1500 you can get 18" torque thrusts w/ tires... They look good but just seems silly to have torque thrusts on the 69, the GTO, and the 55...

picture.php?albumid=644&pictureid=13552

21-1955-chevy-bel-air-front-side-view.jp

Thoughts?  Looking for opinions. American racing makes a salt flat that isn't quite as cool but could still look nice, and less than half the price.  My 55 is a 210 and has a lot of the emblems removed so I feel polished wheels would look best but the salt flats do look good.  Its almost identical to the 55 by Boyd except for the flat black accent.  Could also do a torque thrust with gray center.

1a7ea19ffab2b966b4996b201ef2f7d6--americ

American_Racing_205_2pcTorqThrust_Gray_P

 

 

 



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-- Edited by Brettd85 on Monday 1st of January 2018 11:08:04 AM


 Pray tell what's so wrong with Craiger SS wheels?  They look awesome on black cars!



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- Mike -
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My opinion....buy something other than what's on the other 2 cars. You can swap back and forth.

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- Shane -
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grey center torque thrusts..

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- Beemer Brett - Redmond, WA

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Nothing is really wrong with what I have on there, just dreaming. Here is a pic of what it looks like now. They are chrome 15" torque thrusts. Tires seem to be in good shape but who knows how old they are. I'll look for a date but would guess about 10 years old.

Ill try throwing my 18” torque thrusts from the 69 after I get it back together. 

 



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So many problems when you own so many cars!

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- Beemer Brett - Redmond, WA

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Seriously... Very 1st world problems. Wife says to sell a few. I told her I want to be like Berg when I grow up.

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- Beemer Brett - Redmond, WA

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Here are dark center torque thrusts. Probably 16" or 17". Gives an idea.  I think this is what I'm leaning towards, but in 18" size.  Would run a meatier tire in back similar to this.  Again for $1500 w/ tires, mounted and balanced its kinda hard to beat that route.

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Todd
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Torque thrust/dark centers. But maybe its just cuz I can't get Berg's badass f-ing 55 outta my head!

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- Beemer Brett - Redmond, WA

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Oh yeah,,, good point. Would I be copying him? Though his is much more "pro street", mine would be a bit more "protour".

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You could go retro/old school with the Bonneville feel.



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- Mike -
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I like the American Racing Salt Flats you posted.

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Can’t believe it’s even a question???



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- Beemer Brett - Redmond, WA

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Lol if you have nothing nice to say... convo pros rock! I didn’t even think of that.

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- Beemer Brett - Redmond, WA

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Spent last night pulling off the hydroboost/master cylinder, still leaving lines and hoses connected, and removing valve cover. Very tight to get back together but new felpro rubber gasket in place. Hopefully that fixes the drip and startup smoke.

Also removed driveshaft, measured, and ordered a new 3.5” driveshaft.

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