Project ’55 Bel Air: June 2014 Update

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Project ’55 Bel Air: June 2014 Update

(continued from Project Car: ’55 Bel Air, 2 Door Hardtop)
Project ’55 Bel Air: April 2014 Update
Project ’55 Bel Air: May 2014 Update
Project ’55 Bel Air: July 2014 Update

127Now that the body is off the frame, it’s time to strip the frame and get ready for the new suspension!

125Be sure to coat the inside of the frame to prevent it from rusting from the inside out.  It will take approximately 2 cans to do the job. Part #88-1150-1

123Now is the time to repair any broken or missing pieces on your chassis. (Fixing a broken weld on body mount.)

You will want to remove the 50 years of road grime, rust, etc., before applying POR-15 paint. (If you are not on a budget, you can sandblast the frame and powder coat.) Part #88-0269-1

Once you remove the rust, apply your POR-15 Degreaser and Metal Ready before painting. POR-15 will dry very hard and will not rust, giving the frame a new fresh look!

117If you want to restore your chassis back to the correct color, POR-15 Chassis Black is recommended.

Now that the chassis is looking fresh, it’s time to start assembling the front suspension.

We have chosen to use the following upgrades-

Tubular control arms: 21-187

QA1 Coil Over system: 21-174

Front sway bar: 57-10298

2” drop spindles and rotors: 21-103 & 20-126

Rack and Pinion steering: 53-125

(Eckler’s offers several suspension combinations.)

Now with the front suspension mostly completed, it’s time to start on the rear.

We have decided to use a Ford 9” rear end from the 9 Inch Factory. (Ecklers part # 21-238PC)

We have chosen a 3.73 gear ratio, 31 spline for this ride.

Eckler’s offers several combinations of this rear end to fit any need.

(continued from Project Car: ’55 Bel Air, 2 Door Hardtop)
Project ’55 Bel Air: April 2014 Update
Project ’55 Bel Air: May 2014 Update
Project ’55 Bel Air: July 2014 Update

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