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Username Post: Rail Chevy, unknown model        (Topic#241282)
Toma 
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05-03-10 08:49 AM - Post#1909064    

Railway Museum in Zagreb, Croatia recently restored one inspection car to the working order. As the vehicle is nicknamed 'Chevrolet'; I believe that it was originally Chevy car... As I don't have any additional data about the car, can you please help me! If somebody needs additional photos, please let me know!





Could you tell me which model of Chevrolet is that? Thnx and regards from Zagreb, Croatia!
toma



 


Pauls56BelAir 
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05-03-10 08:51 AM - Post#1909066    
    In response to Toma

Looks like a 1955 4 door 210 sedan. 6 cylinder. I've seen Tri-5's customized about every way imaginable, but this one's the first one I've seen that runs on rails!

Paul Wallace
56 Bel Air 2dr Sedan 350/TKO 600
'54 3100 "Phred"

9/11/2001 Never Forget.
Anything is possible when you don't know what you're talking about.


 
jeffs55 
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05-03-10 09:19 AM - Post#1909093    
    In response to Pauls56BelAir

Looks like the rear door "spears" are on upside down. The points should be to the front.
I agree, 55 Chevrolet 210.
Or in steam engine terms a 2-2-0.

Jeff
55 Handyman
66 F100 project
32 3 Window Coupe project
1996 Silverado short bed extended cab
1948 Studebaker Champion
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cnbell 
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05-03-10 10:06 AM - Post#1909129    
    In response to jeffs55

That is too cool, love the hubcaps and painted whitewalls...

Craig

http://www.picturetrail.com/cnbell


 
chevybow 
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05-03-10 10:41 AM - Post#1909167    
    In response to Pauls56BelAir

  • Pauls56BelAir Said:
Looks like a 1955 4 door 210 sedan. 6 cylinder. I've seen Tri-5's customized about every way imaginable, but this one's the first one I've seen that runs on rails!


How did we come up that it is a 6 banger?????Donny



 
56driver 
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05-03-10 10:49 AM - Post#1909177    
    In response to chevybow

  • chevybow Said:
  • Pauls56BelAir Said:
Looks like a 1955 4 door 210 sedan. 6 cylinder. I've seen Tri-5's customized about every way imaginable, but this one's the first one I've seen that runs on rails!


How did we come up that it is a 6 banger?????Donny



Didn't the '55s get front "V" hood emblems if they had V-8s, the way the '56s did?

Jonathan Hines
Charlotte, NC
56 BA 4DR sedan undergoing rebuild


 
george88gta 
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05-03-10 10:53 AM - Post#1909178    
    In response to 56driver

  • 56driver Said:
  • chevybow Said:
  • Pauls56BelAir Said:
Looks like a 1955 4 door 210 sedan. 6 cylinder. I've seen Tri-5's customized about every way imaginable, but this one's the first one I've seen that runs on rails!


How did we come up that it is a 6 banger?????Donny



Didn't the '55s get front "V" hood emblems if they had V-8s, the way the '56s did?


I think the "V'" started in 56. The 55 had a small V8 emblem under the tailights.



 
chevybow 
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05-03-10 10:54 AM - Post#1909179    
    In response to 56driver

  • 56driver Said:
  • chevybow Said:
  • Pauls56BelAir Said:
Looks like a 1955 4 door 210 sedan. 6 cylinder. I've seen Tri-5's customized about every way imaginable, but this one's the first one I've seen that runs on rails!


How did we come up that it is a 6 banger?????Donny



Didn't the '55s get front "V" hood emblems if they had V-8s, the way the '56s did?


No the 55 only had the small v8 under the tail light...Donny



 
Bruces 57 
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05-03-10 11:06 AM - Post#1909189    
    In response to chevybow

Hello;
Did anyone see the winshield wipers?
Pretty wierd!

Bruce



 
warpwr 
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05-03-10 11:08 AM - Post#1909190    
    In response to Toma

That thing is pretty great as is.

But, as mentioned, the rear door stainless strips should be swapped from one side of the car to the other.
The grille has been modified. It should be egg-crate not vertical bars only.
The plastic insert in the hood emblem could be replaced at

http://www.danchuk.com/ItemForm.aspx?item=372&...

Yes more pictures of the car would be nice. Interior, engine compartment, rear view.

Vaughn
56 Delray 327, 5 spd



 
SAM_57 
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05-03-10 04:06 PM - Post#1909331    
    In response to Toma

Now I know how bitchin' my car will look with some 22's!

S.Pollard 57 Belair sport coupe 69 C/10 stepside (wife's) 84 Monte Carlo SS


 
rj_ly 
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05-03-10 04:37 PM - Post#1909358    
    In response to SAM_57

Cool vehicle.

Wonder how many miles to the track it get's?


57 Hrdtp(mine for 40 YEARS JULY 12)
57 210 4-dr Sdn(37 yrs Aug 12)
57 Hrdtp(32 yrs Jan 12)
57(windowed)S. Delivery(31 yrs Oct 12)
57 150 Wgn(24 yrs Mar 12)
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mikeg1055 
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05-03-10 05:46 PM - Post#1909407    
    In response to Bruces 57

It looks like they got the cables mixed up on the spools - I did that on my '57 once - not much fun getting up under those dash boards and trying to figure out what you did wrong !
The car is cool , though . I have to admit I have never seen one like that before . I also dont remember seeing a 210 Hardtop anywhere , but some catalogs list them .



 
jeffs55 
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05-03-10 05:47 PM - Post#1909408    
    In response to rj_ly

I get the feeling, with the spears swapped and the wipers like they are, someone didn't quite know how it went together.
I would imagine that right wiper ain't gonna work quite right...
Cool car though. Did ya notice the "white walls"?

Jeff
55 Handyman
66 F100 project
32 3 Window Coupe project
1996 Silverado short bed extended cab
1948 Studebaker Champion
1977 Toyota Celica Coupe
2000 Blazer 4X4
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Henrys57wagon 
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05-03-10 05:52 PM - Post#1909412    
    In response to rj_ly

The proportions look small to me. It looks live a Vaxhaul with 55 Chev bits. I would like to see under the hood and see if it is a 4cyl. There is one in Eastern Ont that is done like that. Good day.

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C57Heaven 
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05-03-10 06:33 PM - Post#1909435    
    In response to Henrys57wagon

The headlight trim rings are different too.

Peace,
John H.
55 BA 2dr Sed owned since 1979, sold 6/1/09;
1957 Conv (starting to restore)


 
wagonman100 
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05-04-10 04:33 AM - Post#1909604    
    In response to C57Heaven

The proportions look off because of the wheels. I've seen trucks like that and they always look off with the wheels to run on the rails. Could it be that someone just put the wipers on the shaft wrong thinking they were supposed to look like they do on more modern cars? Though they would only face that way on a right hand drive modern car. As stated, the door trim is switched and the grille is either wrong or the horizontal bars are blacked out. And the headlight rings look different. No way to tell if it is a V8 without seeing the back. But most utility and fleet vehicles would have been 6 cyl. I have also seen the small V's on the rears of '56 Nomads under the tail lights. Was the Nomad the only '56 body style to get those?

Jay
Friends don’t let friends drive Fords.

1999 Silverado Z71 4X4 extra-cab short bed
1983 Malibu Fauxmad - tubbed
1978 El Camino Kustomized
1972 Monte Carlo
1957 210 handyman wagon
1957 Nomad sport wagon
1957 Cameo Carrier


 
Zygmo 
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05-04-10 07:04 AM - Post#1909665    
    In response to wagonman100

Toma, I would really like to see some more pictures of that 55. I don't understand the stainless strips being swapped...they are so obviously wrong, that it must have been intentional. Somebody's strange idea of custom, maybe.

As for the wipers. I had a 56 9passenger wagon in the 70s, and had swapped a chevelle frame into it. Probaby from that same car, I had taken the entire wiper system and swapped it into the 56. ( I HATE those cables!!) Anyway, it seems like I had a problem trying to figure out how to make the wipers go opposite directions like they originally do on the trifives. Remember, this was nearly 40 years ago, and I can't remember how they finally ended up working, but they did work. So that could be what has been done on the 55 in your pictures.

Sure is a unique car though. Thanks for sharing the pictures.

Dean

57 Chevy 4dr Bel Air Wagon My Pix


 
rj_ly 
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05-04-10 09:07 AM - Post#1909727    
    In response to mikeg1055

  • mikeg1055 Said:
It looks like they got the cables mixed up on the spools - I did that on my '57 once - not much fun getting up under those dash boards and trying to figure out what you did wrong !
The car is cool , though . I have to admit I have never seen one like that before . I also dont remember seeing a 210 Hardtop anywhere , but some catalogs list them .



I don't know about a '55, but the '57s if you do not cross the cables on the pass side transmission and hook them up to the center spool like that, the pass side transmission will operate like this '55 has the wipers.

I know cause I'm made the mistake of hooking a pass side transmission up like this before.

57 Hrdtp(mine for 40 YEARS JULY 12)
57 210 4-dr Sdn(37 yrs Aug 12)
57 Hrdtp(32 yrs Jan 12)
57(windowed)S. Delivery(31 yrs Oct 12)
57 150 Wgn(24 yrs Mar 12)
57 210 2-dr Sdn(8 yrs Oct 12)


 
Pauls56BelAir 
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05-04-10 09:58 AM - Post#1909747    
    In response to chevybow

  • Quote:
How did we come up that it is a 6 banger?????Donny



OOPS!! Guess I'm too used to seeing the V on mine that I forgot the 55 didn't have that. Mea Culpa....

Paul Wallace
56 Bel Air 2dr Sedan 350/TKO 600
'54 3100 "Phred"

9/11/2001 Never Forget.
Anything is possible when you don't know what you're talking about.


 
rigi 
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05-04-10 11:25 AM - Post#1909780    
    In response to Pauls56BelAir

Cool thanks for the pics, never seen anything like this.

Richard

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swbatt 
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05-04-10 12:50 PM - Post#1909815    
    In response to Toma

Toma,
Great pic's! Thanks.
You did a good job of making the boys think a little also. That never gets old.

Junior


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FINMAN 
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05-04-10 01:13 PM - Post#1909833    
    In response to swbatt

I dont see a steering wheel. It could be an electric vehicle. Who needs wipers if no one is steering.



 
Toma 
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05-04-10 01:39 PM - Post#1909846    
    In response to FINMAN

Two interior photos...
Source: Croatian Railway Forum
(www.zeljeznice.net/forum)





regards from Zagreb
toma



 
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05-04-10 04:54 PM - Post#1909924    
    In response to Toma

That's just too cool.
Thanks Toma.

Looks like some kind of different heater box too.
(among other things. )

Jeff
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66 F100 project
32 3 Window Coupe project
1996 Silverado short bed extended cab
1948 Studebaker Champion
1977 Toyota Celica Coupe
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05-04-10 07:19 PM - Post#1910013    
    In response to jeffs55

Hey, that's no 2-2-0. That's an 0-4-0!

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drummertom 
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05-04-10 08:03 PM - Post#1910048    
    In response to Toma

I dig the 180 speedometer!

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05-04-10 08:09 PM - Post#1910053    
    In response to drummertom

Thanks to Toma we have now seen something completely unique and historic.



 
Jalapeno 
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05-04-10 09:09 PM - Post#1910076    
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Thanks for the pictures Toma! A very unique 55 Chevy indeed.

Jalapeno


 
Bill K.b 
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05-05-10 03:59 AM - Post#1910140    
    In response to FINMAN

  • FINMAN Said:
I dont see a steering wheel. It could be an electric vehicle. Who needs wipers if no one is steering.



The car's been permanently modified to ride the rails, where are you going to steer it to?

It used to be fairly common to modify a vehicle with rail wheels for an inspection vehicle, but starting in the mid to late '50s they went to the hirail style that's in use today so the vehicle could still be used on the roads. One of the RR forums has a couple photos up of a '60 Chevy wagon hirail car for the New York Central.

Judging by the shifter the '55 may not have a stock motor and trans in it. Not the strangest rail conversion I've seen (that has to be the double-ended '54-ish Chrysler made out of two coupes mated at the rear axles), but unusual to say the least.



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