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We went to a car show Sunday. Found out about it late but still got to see a few cars. This one won best in show overall.

A 55 chevy Bellair 2 door sedan with a 572 cubic inch big block and 4 speed. The car is gorgeous. Red interior with bucket seats.

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What a beauty . That’s engine is just insane , something like 600 to 700 hp I think normally aspirated .
I wanted to put one in my TransAm , but it would have ripped it apart

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Beautiful car. Dad had a '58 Belair in turquoise - his first car and the one I learned to drive on (he rode a bicycle before that). Cars had style back then and they were fairly unique. Today's cars all look like they came out of the same cookie cutter.

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It would be a blast to have the resources, space, and time to devote to a project like that - very cool, Mike!

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The guys who had a 55 or 56 Chevy BelAir got most of the adorable girls--the cheerleaders. mmmmm brings back memories.
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The guys who had a 55 or 56 Chevy BelAir got most of the adorable girls--the cheerleaders. mmmmm brings back memories.
Voice of experience, or complaining?

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Two door, 1955 Chevy post, one of my favorite cars of all time. I remember when you could buy very nice used ones in the low hundreds range. Now it will cost you thousands for one that's trash.
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Watched a car auction on TV, 56 Chevy four door HT.....last bid I saw was 125 grand. Car sold for about 2 grand new. Once my dad said he should have kept all the cars he owned, sold them and retired years ago.
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This was my passion and hobby before woodworking. My wife had an '88 Iroc Z Camaro and I bought a '57 Chevy Belair 2dr Ht. My ultimate Hot Rod dream. It was a project car with no floors and the 1/4 panels and rocker panels were badly rusted. I spent $$$$$$$$$$$$ having the floor panels and rocker panels made by a local artisan that did outstanding work, I bought 2 1/4 panels from Classic Chevy International at $1200 Canadian each plus shipping. I bought Urethane bushings for the body and suspension, 68/72 Chevelle front disc brakes and to power it; a 93 Corvette LT1 350 and a 6speed manual trans from a Viper. Then my nightmare happened. I lost my job as VP of a steel distribution firm and eventually had to sell all the toys and the big house and trade my Avalanche V8 pick-up for a V6 Impala. Reality is difficult but one must adapt. Now I enjoy woodworking and it costs much less to have fun creating something. But boy if I ever win a lottery !!!
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... Then my nightmare happened. I lost my job as VP of a steel distribution firm and eventually had to sell all the toys and the big house and trade my Avalanche V8 pick-up for a V6 Impala. Reality is difficult but one must adapt. Now I enjoy woodworking and it costs much less to have fun creating something.


Yeah, things can change radically in short order. We had a neighbor when I was a kid who was son of the owner of a clay mine in Southern California. Mined very high grade stuff used for fine china. At one point the Chinese took over that industry and he spent years doing this and that to make a living. Eventually they moved away and he wound up as a school janitor. But he was a happy man. He and his wife were community theatre performers, and the very first theatrical presentation I ever saw included them in a production of the operetta, "Student Prince."

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