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1957 Chevrolet Bel Air project

Classics  /   /  By Chad Tyson

This may look like just your everyday ’57 Chevy project. But if you can see past the missing glass, the pile of stainless trim, the bare interior, and the multi-color primered body, you’ll see a resto-mod waiting to happen, with a complete C4 Corvette suspension and powertrain already installed. So while this may look like your dad’s old Bel Air, once done, it’ll handle like your lawyer’s BMW.

The hard work has apparently already been done, including the installation of the front and rear suspension, and from the pics, it looks like the LT1 engine and 700R4 transmission are both in place. But it’ll need a lot of work before you’ll be able to hit the key and blast down the road. The car comes with countless boxes of parts, and the seller mentions that it’s “a great start for somebody.”

Body work progress—or lack thereof—is always a concern with a project.  The seller claims much has been completed regarding the sheet metal repairs, though nothing is explicitly stated.  A limited laundry list of new or repaired parts is laid out, including new door glass, quarter glass, vent windows, bumpers, bumper guards, and hood bar.

It’s important to note that there is no title included with the vehicle, so check your local DMV laws regarding registering older vehicles with bills of sale.

In the past year, 41 Tri-Five projects have been sold on eBay Motors.  Those that can be considered ‘good’ have been averaging just under $8k and ‘excellent’ examples have been at over $13k.  If you’re in the market for the ultimate American resto-mod built to your own taste, check this one out here.

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