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Username Post: Biggest drawback to daily driving?        (Topic#321410)
drew1987 
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02-18-15 08:34 AM - Post#2524330    

Hello. I am toying with the idea of a tri-five, probably a 56 four door with a 235 and a 3 speed, as a daily driver for three seasons and possibly up to 15,000 miles per year. Nothing high dollar, but nice. And in good shape. I'd like to hear the thoughts and experiences of some people that have a stock 55-7 and drive it as a primary car


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02-18-15 08:47 AM - Post#2524336    
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See recent post in modiified section. Link todaily driver post.

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02-18-15 08:47 AM - Post#2524337    
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  • drew1987 Said:
Hello. I am toying with the idea of a tri-five, probably a 56 four door with a 235 and a 3 speed, as a daily driver for three seasons and possibly up to 15,000 miles per year. Nothing high dollar, but nice. And in good shape. I'd like to hear the thoughts and experiences of some people that have a stock 55-7 and drive it as a primary car


Thanks



Not a '57, but I do daily drive a '87 Chevy pickup for three months of the year.

My first observation is that you are in New York, and that you said three months out of the year. That's good, because not only would it be difficult but it would be a tragedy to expose some of these nice, vintage (particularly rust free) vehicles to the kind of winter weather we have been having.

I wouldn't be concerned about vehicle durability, since the powertrain you have chosen is the one to which all others are compared (the venerable Chevy small block).

Other than that: buckle up, and enjoy the "thumbs up" and car show flyers that you will receive as you are driving back and forth to work.

And be prepared to visit with who ever is at the pump every time you get gas. Because they will have a lot to talk about.

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02-18-15 09:27 AM - Post#2524351    
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Sadly, I saw a guy driving his 57 here last Friday while it was 20°f with slush puddles covering the road everywhere

But for me: I'd drive it from 2nd HEAVY rain until first salt

And it will probly be a 235 i6. My 235, with the 3speed and 4:11 rear end is impractical on 65mph freeways. Is the tri five rear end Lower?

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02-18-15 09:31 AM - Post#2524352    
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Acardon thanks I didn't think of theft. I will use an old school wheel lock, and use some kind of smart key system like modern Lexus have where unless it's in the car, the circuit will be incomplete. Or maybe even a hidden switch or something

Not as big of a concern as things like parts that wear fast. I will be going to stock.

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02-18-15 02:32 PM - Post#2524460    
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Sadly nothing, that guy is a boss! Seriously though, under car oiling is the business and mitigates the hell out of salt's corrosive effects. I lube my girl up myself every year (that way I know I got everything) and you know what? Her roughish quarters are exactly the same as when I bought it and if one was so inclined they could crawl under, scrape away the goo and find a near perfect frame. Just don't trust that job to the jiffy boys. Drive on!

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02-18-15 02:48 PM - Post#2524464    
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  • drew1987 Said:
Sadly, I saw a guy driving his 57 here last Friday while it was 20°f with slush puddles covering the road everywhere

But for me: I'd drive it from 2nd HEAVY rain until first salt

And it will probly be a 235 i6. My 235, with the 3speed and 4:11 rear end is impractical on 65mph freeways. Is the tri five rear end Lower?



A 56, as you describe, would have 3.70 gearing in the rear end, and 4.11 IF it was an overdrive trans. The automatic cars got the 3.55 rear end. I am butch/56sedandelivery.




 
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02-18-15 09:05 PM - Post#2524551    
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I am sorry but any classic car shouldn't be driven in Rochester salt accelerator. 8 year old cars here rot out if I do this, 3 seasons only. I have a 2003 Lexus for the winter. Or my wife can take that and I'll take her 2006 Camry Solara. Both nice cars.

I have looked at 1960-1970 full size Chevys for every day, too, but for $2000 more I can have a tri five.

The other thing is there will be several days of 100 miles of driving over 4-5 trips.



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02-18-15 09:08 PM - Post#2524552    
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That's good to know those rear end ratios. Thanks. I wish I could find a cheap 3.55 rear for my '50. I despise the fact that it's at 3000rpm at 60

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02-20-15 05:58 PM - Post#2524933    
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Meh, to each their own. I do certainly laud your plan for a 3 season daily driver. Trailer queens are the biggest waste of decent iron going (though I doubt the fella that opens up a storage unit 50 years from now to discover a cherry tri5 will agree with me), maybe it's just me but I truly do not get it. If I can't drive it, I don't want it.
As far as the 100mile day trips go, you will be fine. I've taken mine to Ottawa (450km) and back over a weekend, plus several trips this summer to Sarnia (200km) and while it's not exactly an apples to apples comparison, I hope it's enough to assure you that this isn't a bad idea and you should totally go get yourself a creampuff and drive it around the world, twice.
Best of luck!

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02-20-15 06:07 PM - Post#2524934    
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  • drew1987 Said:
I wish I could find a cheap 3.55 rear for my '50. I despise the fact that it's at 3000rpm at 60


There is one for sale right now in the CT 49-54 classifieds, but it is $300.
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02-20-15 09:09 PM - Post#2524976    
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Oh, bro, for sure. I respect some cars being not driven. Like there is a car identical to mine but 2 doors with 450 original miles. That car is something i woild like to just look at. BUT that's a rare case. They are cars. And every single one will someday rust, burn, or be stolen. So yea, drive them!

My work days consist of several trips adding up to frequently over 100 miles.

I have found some cream put grocery getting Sunday church mobiles (4 door post cars like mine) that I could get for $5000-10000 and would just drive. By the way, first time my wife and I ever took our car out, it was for a burger, and on the way home, we got a full grocery shopping done. And I grabbed the closest spot I could find, between 2 other cars


By the way, I saw the wagon on the road again. Look at the salty slush I put an add on Craigslist that maybe will get the guys attention. I will buy it and sell it in the spring to someone who will make something of it



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02-20-15 09:10 PM - Post#2524977    
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And thanks Ray! I'm gonna take a look

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02-21-15 04:04 PM - Post#2525134    
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I purchased my 51 seven years ago this month. At that time it had 3,980 miles on it. It was advertised in Hemmings Motor news from Nov of 07 until Feb of 08 when I bought it. I am the second owner as it was sold to Smiser-Carter Chevrolet in Le Grange Ky when the original owner died in Aug of 64 and it remained on display in their showroom until the dealership was sold around 04 and put into storage until I purchased it. I have driven it a 112 miles in the last seven years. Since the tires are the originals and are 64 years old I purchased an extra set of wheels and new tires from Coker as I intend to start driving it this summer unless I sell it. I am 65 Years old this year and even if I were to drive it as often as I would like and I live another 20 years it would still be a low milage car with 10 to 20k miles on it when I'm gone. I have always been a guy that believes if you have it, drive it and this car has made me struggle a little with that but its going to hit the road this summer.
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02-21-15 04:32 PM - Post#2525139    
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Oh my..... That's stunning. I would struggle with it too. man you have quite a nice collection


You may have seen the other post I started "tires." I am so torn about what to put on mine. It's got 1990's wide white bias. No weather checking or dry rotting. But I want new. I am on an extremely tight budget and don't know if I want new bias ply or if I should get wide white radials. Because they yellow and cost a fortune, I am tempted to get Walmart goodyears for $200 with no white wall and paint them on or something. Or just stay black

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02-21-15 05:03 PM - Post#2525147    
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That guy made what he wants of it. Who are you to say what is right for a car. They are only cars. Ps they make every part for tri fives or someone can make make their own parts if it is not available. So everything can be replaced. How do you know the car doesn't have some street sign floors and homemade rockers and guy slapped some mud on it and paint to make it "look" good while he enjoys it. Maybe he is planning on doing it over. Don't judge. Its his to what he wants. Ruining it is only an opinion. Some people say anything but the way it came from the factory is ruining it. More people need to be open minded.

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02-21-15 06:15 PM - Post#2525172    
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What I ordered for the 51 from Coker was bias ply tires. I think if you were to drive your car a lot of miles each year it would be best to have radials. For me I plan on driving the 51 when I want but it would still be short local drives for coffee with the guys and so on. For this type of driving I would prefer to have original style tires. Just my thoughts.
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02-21-15 07:08 PM - Post#2525187    
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Yea I love the way bias looks that's why I am torn!

Coker makes a radial tjays identical to bias. Even 6.70-15! $300+ per tire


Duner: 5 year old cars rust here. There are chemicals in the salt to make it work in out 0° weather. Both times I saw this car out and about there was salt everywhere, slush covering the road, and less that 10° I think it's more that just an opinion they its a shame to see a 57 out in that. It's like saying "gosh I think it's wrong that those people don't feed thier dog I can see his ribs" not my dog, not my business, but it's a shame

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02-22-15 09:24 AM - Post#2525284    
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I plan on driving my car mostly on the weekends and possibly to commute sometimes if the conditions are favorable when it's complete. Traffic here in the Orlando area can be a pain, and that's my biggest reason for not driving daily in one. We don't have to deal with snow, but the rain storms can be troublesome. Combine that with traffic and it's a recipe for disaster because a lot of Florida drivers are horrible IMHO.

I'm not building a trailer queen, but I do think to each their own. I'm of the opinion that if you build the car you should enjoy it and part of that is getting behind the wheel.

Other folks treat them like collecting hot wheels cars, just a really big version of them. LOL

My father always says what's the point of building a perfect car if your too afraid to drive it anywhere?

There is some logic to that I suppose, but again it's all personal preference. I know that when you have a lot of time, money, and passion tied up in a project it can be difficult for some to "risk" taking it on the road for fear of the unknown.

The only other drawback I can see to daily driving is fuel cost. Especially if you commute 50 miles each way like I usually do. It's just not practical to me and even the best built hot rods, street rods, and other customs almost always have bugs to work out.

And the boss usually hates it when your late. LOL

That's my two cents.







 
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02-24-15 09:25 AM - Post#2525784    
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are you planning to maintain it or are you going to farm it out? if you are doing it, do it right and if you are paying it's just like any other car but with no deprecation. good deal either way.
good luck

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02-24-15 10:00 AM - Post#2525807    
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  • Keith Seymore Said:
  • drew1987 Said:
Hello. I am toying with the idea of a tri-five, probably a 56 four door with a 235 and a 3 speed, as a daily driver for three seasons and possibly up to 15,000 miles per year. Nothing high dollar, but nice. And in good shape. I'd like to hear the thoughts and experiences of some people that have a stock 55-7 and drive it as a primary car
Not a '57, but I do daily drive a '87 Chevy pickup for three months of the year.

My first observation is that you are in New York, and that you said three months out of the year. That's good, because not only would it be difficult but it would be a tragedy to expose some of these nice, vintage (particularly rust free) vehicles to the kind of winter weather we have been having.

I wouldn't be concerned about vehicle durability, since the powertrain you have chosen is the one to which all others are compared (the venerable Chevy small block).

Other than that: buckle up, and enjoy the "thumbs up" and car show flyers that you will receive as you are driving back and forth to work.

And be prepared to visit with who ever is at the pump every time you get gas. Because they will have a lot to talk about.

K

Thanks



Great answer but did you read the post he said 3 seasons and a 235, thats an inline 6.
I might shorten the the 3 seasons a bit but every thing else works fine


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02-24-15 10:18 AM - Post#2525813    
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Meh, to each their own. I do certainly laud your plan for a 3 season daily driver. Trailer queens are the biggest waste of decent iron going (though I doubt the fella that opens up a storage unit 50 years from now to discover a cherry tri5 will agree with me), maybe it's just me but I truly do not get it. If I can't drive it, I don't want it.
As far as the 100mile day trips go, you will be fine. I've taken mine to Ottawa (450km) and back over a weekend, plus several trips this summer to Sarnia (200km) and while it's not exactly an apples to apples comparison, I hope it's enough to assure you that this isn't a bad idea and you should totally go get yourself a creampuff and drive it around the world, twice.
Best of luck!


I'm about 350 each way and I've found it's easy to buy a 10 or so year old sedan with problems in the fall, repair it in your spare time, drive it all winter, and profit in the spring. Then go back to your still pristine Tri5 or what ever.
Works for me.

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02-24-15 10:23 AM - Post#2525816    
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Yea I love the way bias looks that's why I am torn!

Coker makes a radial tjays identical to bias. Even 6.70-15! $300+ per tire


Duner: 5 year old cars rust here. There are chemicals in the salt to make it work in out 0° weather. Both times I saw this car out and about there was salt everywhere, slush covering the road, and less that 10° I think it's more that just an opinion they its a shame to see a 57 out in that. It's like saying "gosh I think it's wrong that those people don't feed thier dog I can see his ribs" not my dog, not my business, but it's a shame


In this case I think it is your business, anyone that wouldn't feed his dog wouldn't look after his old car.
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02-24-15 10:34 AM - Post#2525820    
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I plan on driving my car mostly on the weekends and possibly to commute sometimes if the conditions are favorable when it's complete. Traffic here in the Orlando area can be a pain, and that's my biggest reason for not driving daily in one. We don't have to deal with snow, but the rain storms can be troublesome. Combine that with traffic and it's a recipe for disaster because a lot of Florida drivers are horrible IMHO.

I'm not building a trailer queen, but I do think to each their own. I'm of the opinion that if you build the car you should enjoy it and part of that is getting behind the wheel.

Other folks treat them like collecting hot wheels cars, just a really big version of them. LOL

My father always says what's the point of building a perfect car if your too afraid to drive it anywhere?

Buy good insurance and listen to your Father.
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02-24-15 02:09 PM - Post#2525859    
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Duner: 5 year old cars rust here. There are chemicals in the salt to make it work in out 0° weather. Both times I saw this car out and about there was salt everywhere, slush covering the road, and less that 10° I think it's more that just an opinion they its a shame to see a 57 out in that. It's like saying "gosh I think it's wrong that those people don't feed thier dog I can see his ribs" not my dog, not my business, but it's a shame



There is so much salt on the roads here that you can taste it in the air as you walk across a parking lot.

Very nasty environment.

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02-24-15 06:19 PM - Post#2525921    
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Yea that's how it is here. Terrible.

Bob491 I would do the work as long as it wasn't like a valve job or motor rebuild.

I happen to have a real nice 250 that could end up in something too. On a different note, last night I talked to a guy with a nice 1955 Buick special that needs to be finished. I don't think I could afford it. But we got talking motors and he told me where the guy with the '57 wagon works! And I have a meeting near there Thursday. I'm going to ask him to sell it to me. If he won't I will at least ruffle his feathers about driving it.

My friend spotted a 72 monte on the road the other day. People here have gone nuts

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02-25-15 08:31 PM - Post#2526215    
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If he won't I will at least ruffle his feathers about driving it.



Up here we call that "asking for a fat lip", lol. I don't know man, however you feel about winter driving classics, walking into a dude's workplace to bust his chops about his car is a dick move. Would you like it if some concours lovin' fella strolled in and started berating you for the incorrect radio you installed in your car? Same thing bro. Same thing. Drive on!



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02-25-15 09:03 PM - Post#2526222    
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Maybe just maybe he washes the under side regularly. Maybe his other car broke down and has no other choice or maybe like I said its already a rot box that he made look good. Think about this. He might have bought that wagon for lets say 8k. Well he could have spent 30k on a new car. Whats the greater loss? Call Cars Inc. and order a brand new 57 chevy no problem. Remember they can be replaced they make every part for them. So the floors rot thats $1500 so the quarters rot thats $1500 ect ect ect. Do you see my point. Its not a rare car. If it was a 57 Mercedes that would be different not so easy to get parts for. I love old cars most of all tri five chevys. Not trying to make a fight on here just my opinion.

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All true gents. Perhaps I misuse "ruffle ... Feathers" nothing ride or confrontational.

Guess what? He saw and responded to my add. I talker to him yesterday. Very nice guy. And you guys were spot on. Needs floors, but otherwise solid. I originally intended to but it from someone who didn't care about it but he turned out to care just fine. That patina is clear coated. And he would have needed about 135% of my top price.

We chatted, and he is going to ask around his circles for my 1950-54 3.55 rear end. He also has a 56 he is going to finish, drive a while, and sell. If things line up just right, it might be right when I'm ready to pull the trigger. I intend to keep my '50 so only The Lord knows when I can get a second one.

So they make every part new? Including the main body? What about 4 doors? I wish I could find door bottoms for my car. They are fine now but they'd be better if new.

I just read that you can build a model A new but it's like $50,000 all said and done. 10,000 for a nice used one


Andrew D. Carapella (Drew)

'50 Deluxe 4dr v8 auto

Member:

Rochester Street Rods - Est. 1970
http://www.rochesterstreetrods.org

CrossMembers Car Club - Hebrews 12:2
http://www.crossmemberscc.com


 
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02-26-15 07:57 AM - Post#2526322    
    In response to drew1987

Glad he's a nice guy, most 567 people are! Tell him to sign up here!


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1957 BA 4dr
1957 150 4dr
1957 BA 2dr Hdtp
1961 Apache
1976 Silverado
1979 Jimmy
1994 Yukon


 
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