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1956 Chevy Belair Car Restoration Project — Part 14

Steve Nicholson

After the left side quarter panel and rocker panel were welded on and primed with some epoxy primer it was time to start on the right side. The right side quarter panel and rocker also needed replaced. A partial quarter panel just like the left side was used. The right side rocker panel was also replaced.

Old metal is trimmed out

Old metal is trimmed out.


After the old metal was trimmed out for the new panel, the insides were coated with Zero-Rust. The right door was installed so that the gaps could be checked while welding on the new panel.

Old metal fitted using cleco's and vice grips

Old metal fitted using cleco's and vice grips.


The panel was attached and fitted using Cleco's and vice-grips.

New panel was welded on

New panel was welded on.


The new panel was welded on using a MIG welder.

New right side rocker panel

New right side rocker panel.


The new right side rocker panel.

Body was removed from chassis

Body was removed from chassis.


After the rocker panel was welded into place, the body was removed from the chassis.

Motor mounts were positioned and fitted.

Motor mounts were positioned and fitted.


The rebuilt engine was delivered back to us so that we could update the chassis with some modern motor and transmission mounts. The engine was placed into the frame on the original front mounts so that the engine was in the correct location. Newer style side motor mounts were then fitted into place and welded to the frame. At this time we also did some work to the clutch arm and bracket so that they were lined up better with the engine.

New transmission mount was installed.

New transmission mount was installed.


The original bell housing engine mounts were cut off of the frame and a new tubular rear transmission mount was installed.



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