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1958 Chevy Delray 2 dr sedan (Leo)

The pictures below are from the start of the project and the areas that had rust.

The floor and trunk pans were rusted through. The body had been covered with bondo. The body was sandblasted and where possible I patched with 18 gauge steel from a 54 Chevy.  Metal to metal was used instead of bondo.

The engine that came with the car was a small block 350 from a 72 Monte Carlo.  The engine had been rebuilt but I was not provided specs.  The engine would not idle under 1500 rpm and shifting the TH350 from park to reverse or drive had to be done while stepping on the brake.

The next set of pictures were taken after the front end, engine, and transmission were removed.

The bushings, tie rods, ball joints, and shocks were replaced. The drum brakes were replaced with disc brakes front and back.   

The engine and transmission were installed and the car was test run for a couple of weeks.

The front end, engine, and transmission were again removed to cleanup the firewall. All holes were welded along with panels to cover the heater opening. The trim was removed and holes welded. The floor pans were installed as well as the trunk pan. Also the front antisway bar was installed.

These latest pictures show the present condition with the 1998 Chevy Vortec 350 and TH350 trans.

The engine has an Edelbrock intake manifold and an Edelbrock 600 CFM carb fed by an elec fuel pump.

These shots show the body sanding and filling of dents and scratches to get the car ready for primer. This is probably the most labor intensive and difficult part of a restoration. Thanks to Gary Rausl for bringing this project to life. The last pictures show it primed

Engine with A/C condenser and power brake booster added.


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