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Username Post: Biggest drawback to daily driving?        (Topic#321410)
drew1987 
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02-26-15 07:21 AM - Post#2526334    
    In response to 55boti

I will mention it next time he call me (hopefully with a Powerglide rear end). I just talked to one of my bosses about signing up he has a monte with some questions. This is a great community

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02-26-15 07:02 PM - Post#2526537    
    In response to drew1987

Here is a link to a place that makes convertibles 2dr hard tops and sedans. check it out. Its amazing what they make. I would rather a original body unless I was going to make a high end restomod where a lot of custom parts would be used and fitment of all parts would not be an issue. Glad to hear he was a cool guy. How could he not be cool hes a chevy guy.

http://www.realdealsteel.com/products-page-2/1955- ...

Build it how you want not how others say it should or shouldn't be.

1955 Bel Air convertible. 283 with a muncie 4 speed.


 
drew1987 
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02-26-15 08:22 PM - Post#2526549    
    In response to duner6263

Duner that is insanely awesome. What a cool thought. Build one from new!

Now if anyone knows where to get 4 door door bottoms let me know

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mark68 
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02-26-15 08:45 PM - Post#2526557    
    In response to duner6263

  • duner6263 Said:
Glad to hear he was a cool guy. How could he not be cool hes a chevy guy.



It certainly makes for some common ground


1968 Bel-Air 2dr daily driver
1962 Corvair 4dr project

I'll row my own, thanks!


 
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02-27-15 07:24 AM - Post#2526635    
    In response to Bob491

  • Bob491 Said:


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




Oops. My bad - I saw 235 and read it as 283.

Mines the 4.3L V6, (first year for fuel injection) with the factory Hurst shifted A833 overdrive manual trans so I pull down 20-22 mpg regularly.

New technology (FI, disc brakes) in an old truck vibe. Can't beat it.

K



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Edited by Keith Seymore on 02-27-15 07:27 AM. Reason for edit: No reason given.

 
drew1987 
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02-27-15 07:52 AM - Post#2526645    
    In response to Keith Seymore

That's the v6 that's literally a smallblock with two cylinderw choped off right?

I guess I am not too terribly concerned with fuel mileage. id like around 20 though. Nice 2.74:1 rear gears for a gentle cruise.

Or I can dismantle a Hybrid Camry and have 200 horsepower and 40 miles to the gallon. I am kidding. But now my mind is stuck on it

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drew1987 
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02-27-15 07:57 AM - Post#2526647    
    In response to drew1987

Or, less silly, I'm sure comaro will be coming out with a new 2.0-2.5liter turbo 4cyl with 320ish horse power to compete with mustang's 2.3 320hp turbo 4. And at the same weight with shorter tired that gets 33mpg.

I wouldn't do this / couldn't afford to do this (id rather put a small in a new body than a new engine in an old body) but it's a neat thought.

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02-27-15 08:28 AM - Post#2526658    
    In response to drew1987

I cringe every time I have to drive on the freeway with my 235, I can't imagine commuting daily in the thing. Perhaps that '56 with an sbc, even a 265, might be another story.

Besides hardly keeping up with traffic with the six, it's just so uncomfortable with that stovebolt screaming away at 55.

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drew1987 
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02-27-15 11:20 AM - Post#2526703    
    In response to Sting Ray

If you mean in your 57, you have the advantage of an open drive. You can throw in a 2.54:1 nova rear end like the one I just found on Craigslist for $100. That's my plan. That and probly 225/75/15 or something similar in 14. You whould be under 2000 rpms. My '50 has 4.11:1 and its a bit much at 60 2.54 years would be a dream

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omarine 
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09-07-15 02:59 PM - Post#2574074    
    In response to drew1987

Drew, about the whitewalls, you can also get tires and buy white wall inserts for pretty cheap compared to the $300 coker. Atlas makes them and you can go back and forth from black to white wall as needed. You can also get white wall paint...

The inserts are on ebay...

All the best daily driving! Im all for it!

Cheers

61 Impala bubbletop, 283, 2bbl Rochester, generator, points and drum brakes- daily driver
'49 Harley Davidson FL - Panhead


 
drew1987 
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09-07-15 05:01 PM - Post#2574106    
    In response to omarine

Hey welcome! What are you driving?

The day my first child was born, I Installed $280 (for all 4) radial skinny whites. Knowing I was expecting ,
The man who balanced them said that soon I wouldn't care about the wide white, I'd just consider my self blessed to be able to have a classic at (then) 27 (now 28) and wouldn't care about the skinny whites when I got a chance to drive it. He was right. Now, I actually think sometimes of throwing the white to the inside so I don't have to clean it.

Wife's water broke as she got up from the sofa to come get in the car and see the improvements radial tires made. Many of my thoughts and priorities changed that day.

Andrew D. Carapella (Drew)

'50 Deluxe 4dr v8 auto

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raycow 
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09-07-15 06:24 PM - Post#2574130    
    In response to Sting Ray

  • Sting Ray Said:
I cringe every time I have to drive on the freeway with my 235, I can't imagine commuting daily in the thing. Perhaps that '56 with an sbc, even a 265, might be another story.

Besides hardly keeping up with traffic with the six, it's just so uncomfortable with that stovebolt screaming away at 55.


Sorry for coming so late to the party. If you still have this problem, your easiest fix would be a 3 speed + OD trans. It was a factory option and is basically a bolt-in. The OD will reduce your engine speed 30% for the same road speed. IMO, this is a better solution than the tall Nova (or other) rear, because you don't lose any pulling power when you are going through the gears.

Ray

Those who choose an automatic transmission want transportation. Those who choose a manual transmission want to drive.


 
63Beater 
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09-07-15 08:15 PM - Post#2574162    
    In response to drew1987

I'd say it is a great idea. I've owned and driven a mostly unrestored 4 door '63 Impala as an on and off daily driver for many years, usually from April through November. It would be laughed out of any car show, but the average guy on the street I encounter thinks it's just great. I would suggest you get something with a recent engine/trans rebuild, and if you drive in traffic a lot you might wish to upgrade your brake's master cylinder. Cars are meant to be driven! As far as that '57 wagon goes..maybe his other car broke down. I had that happen once or twice.



 
Nomad02 
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09-09-15 01:25 PM - Post#2574541    
    In response to drew1987

This topic was highlighted by the websites email tips; even so I'm a little late offering an opinion from Va Beach. We don't even have snow removal stuff here--to our detriment in recent winters. I have a '61 C20 Fleetside and have driven it daily just like the PO, a sailor who was stationed here. My attitude is the opposite of the trailer haul show people: "every day's a car show..." Yes I had to pay the piper (or an expensive but good welder) with a new floor this winter but the satisfaction of talking vintage trucks every time I stop for gas is great. Worth every penny. I pull in to work among about a dozen camry-like generic sedans every day. All I can think is "neener neener neener!!!"

'61 C20 235


 
CJS57 
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09-18-15 12:43 AM - Post#2576353    
    In response to 55boti

Biggest problem I have in limited daily driving is the aggressive drivers during morning and evening rush hour. I just don't like to have to drive like that bumper to bumper and weaving in and out and jockeying for position. My car will do it, but it is work and stress. Next comes parking. A young 20 something mom with hungry crying children may not be as careful with her cart next to your car. After that is just the constant conversation you will be in if you stop anywhere. I happen to like it, takes time though. But driving our cars is the most fun!

1957 Belair 2Dr Hdtp, 58,000 original miles, original never rebuilt 283 engine, 245hp, Dual Fours, Tremec TKO 600 5-speed, 3.70 gears, AACA Senior in 1985
previous trifives:
1955 Belair Convt
1956 210 2dr Sdn
1957 Belair 2Dr Hdtp


Edited by CJS57 on 09-18-15 12:44 AM. Reason for edit: No reason given.

 
omarine 
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10-07-15 09:04 AM - Post#2580832    
    In response to drew1987

Drew! sorry for the delay,i didn't realize I had a reply - still learning this site... I drive a 63 Implala two door HT, w 327, I drive it to work daily 22 mi each way and its running great right now!

Funny you mention your child, my ol lady will be induced this SAT, so I guess that will mean even less time to mess with the toys in the garage!

cheers!
oscar

61 Impala bubbletop, 283, 2bbl Rochester, generator, points and drum brakes- daily driver
'49 Harley Davidson FL - Panhead


 
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10-07-15 11:15 AM - Post#2580851    
    In response to omarine

  • omarine Said:

Funny you mention your child, my ol lady will be induced this SAT,.....


Induced to do what?

Ray

Those who choose an automatic transmission want transportation. Those who choose a manual transmission want to drive.


 
omarine 
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10-07-15 02:36 PM - Post#2580889    
    In response to raycow

The baby was due FRI, and when women pass their due date, they induce labor.

Kind of off topic, but all that means is time to mess with my 63 (which is a daily driver) will decrease big time, hahaa!

61 Impala bubbletop, 283, 2bbl Rochester, generator, points and drum brakes- daily driver
'49 Harley Davidson FL - Panhead


 
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10-07-15 03:41 PM - Post#2580900    
    In response to omarine

Ahhh - got it now. I just wasn't familiar with the term. Thanks for explaining, and congrats on the new addition to your family.

Ray

Those who choose an automatic transmission want transportation. Those who choose a manual transmission want to drive.


 
omarine 
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10-08-15 06:46 AM - Post#2580999    
    In response to raycow

Thanks Ray!

61 Impala bubbletop, 283, 2bbl Rochester, generator, points and drum brakes- daily driver
'49 Harley Davidson FL - Panhead


 
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10-08-15 06:54 AM - Post#2581000    
    In response to omarine

Omarine, CONGRATULATIONS AND THE BEST OF
EVERYTHING !



 
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10-10-15 10:52 AM - Post#2581490    
    In response to omarine

just you wait till she finds out you called her an Old Lady.

Congrats. Hope everything goes well!!!!!!!!!!!



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57 Convertible black
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57210sportsedan 
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02-12-19 11:06 AM - Post#2759748    
    In response to drew1987

An ancient chat, sorry to come so late ... in the 90's I drove my 235-PG 57 4 door hardtop car over 250k miles. I loved it! Only exception was running out of road before the brakes did their thing a couple of times. Every other car out there now has ABS and 4-wheel discs so as I restore my since retired baby, disc brakes are going on the front at the very least.

As far as winter driving, I tried to avoid it as much as possible because of the salt, but to be honest, parking the car on a driveway (under a tarp) for a decade took a larger toll than driving it in salt, hands down!

If you really want to drive it in winter though I would say wash it thoroughly underneath and definitely, definitely put a posi in that rear end!

Markus
57 Chevy 210 Sport Sedan
70 Triumph Spitfire
bought and sold a few more ...


 
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02-19-19 06:27 PM - Post#2760331    
    In response to 55boti

Following the post, first add when you do pull the trigger, install at least front disk brakes and better 4 wheel disks. If your planning to stay with stock Coker’s, this big old car needs all the brakes you can get. Not that you will be speeding, but a panic stop in front of you might justify the cost.





 
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