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Username Post: 1954 Chevy Deluxe 210 Club Coupe        (Topic#336989)
54er210 
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06-26-16 04:54 PM - Post#2636218    

Hey guys, I wanted to introduce my project to all of you. After I liked the customs of the 40´s and 50´s more and more the more I got into it, I was watching around in the internet and found there a 1954 Chevy Deluxe 210 Club Coupe only 3 hours away from me over here in Austria (formally it’s from Frenso, CA).
The next day I jumped in my car, drove down to have a look at it and found it was in better condition as I expected so I bought it.


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54er210 
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06-27-16 12:02 PM - Post#2636383    
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The plan was simple. I wanted to build a real traditional looking custom like it could have been built back in the 50´s. An airride suspension to get it real low, some fender skirts for the back, some additional classic trim parts and finally the roof and the sun visor should be painted in original ivory.
The paint of the body should stay as it is, also some smaller scratches in the body an on the trim will be kept, only the dents that are too big will be repaired. I would like to keep these “traces of the past” because you should see that this is a car that was driven all the time and not a trailer queen. Adding some pinstripes, maybe a swamp cooler and the car should be perfect to cruise around over here.

After I had the car in my workshop, I started demounting it.



At the same time I started to order parts for the suspension (because I wanted to keep the original front end for the airride suspension), dropped uprights from fatman and slambags.



I started to draw, construct and machine the first parts to adjust the frame, c-notch it in the rear and adjusting the axles.



Next step was c-notching the frame.



To mend my mistake with the four link (no, it is not possible to build a four link with the original closed driveshaft ) I bought a gearbox out of a 56 bel air and a rear axle of a 1995 Chevy S10.



Next was the front axle. And this should prove to be the most difficult subject on the build so far ...



When the front axle was finished, dajusting the wishbones was next



At least manufacturing the bag mountings



Front axle is now done.





 
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06-27-16 12:15 PM - Post#2636387    
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In between I did some parts to get closer to the look I want the car to get.

Adding some additional grill teeth.



Then I did the rims, painted them an mounted some new tires



To lift my mood a bit after working for weeks, I wanted to see how low the car would get, do I completed the chassis as far as necessary to see the stance. What should I say, I love it



After demounting it again, I added the rear bag mountings, the crossbeam with the shock mountings and all the mountings on the rear axle.





 
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06-27-16 01:40 PM - Post#2636406    
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The second part, the body, started next.
After we got it on the car lift, we cut out all the holes that are necessary, only two small ones because of rust (the floor panels on the driver and the passanger side), and a few bigger ones to fit the body back on the customised frame.



All the sheet metal parts are cut out of this big panel and handmade by my father. His skills in doing this work are great




Afterwards we mounted the body on the frame to see how all fits together.
And this looks great, I love it



Next step, customise the fender skits.
I don´t like how the original skirts look like, they are too short. So we decided to make them lonkger and give the car a smooth flowing bodyline



Thats it from me for the moment.
If there is some further progress I´ll show you the pichtures

With best regards
Stefan



 
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06-27-16 07:45 PM - Post#2636487    
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Looks like good progress. When did you start on this build?

1948 Chevy Fleetmaster Coupe Purchased 6/2010. Stock with rebuilt 52 216 installed May 1966.
1946 Chevy 1/2 ton pickup, stock. Purchased 11/18/17.
1962 Ranchero Purchased 4/2017 221 V8 Automatic.
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54er210 
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06-28-16 10:50 AM - Post#2636578    
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Hey,
thanks.
I started the build last year in september.
Because the original chassis isn't the easiest to get an airride in, some parts took me a bit longer ...

But that's ok for me and I keep on building



 
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06-29-16 10:03 PM - Post#2636861    
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good work! keep posting!!

Fitz.

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07-31-16 12:52 PM - Post#2642816    
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Hi together,

it´s been a while since I was posting here, but I was still busy.

I completed the frame, did last weldings and adjustments and then gave it away for sandblasting. Also the front axle and some smaller parts had gone there.



Then I finished the body. Welded in all the sheet metall, seald all the welding and painted all. The rest of the floor which was not touched by the sheet metal work got a coating with some "conservation oils".



Afterwards we painted the roof and the sun visor white, I think this is looking very well



Also the back side of the car and the fenderskirts got prepaired for paint.



At least there was the rebuilding of the fresh air intake because it had some bad rust on it.



Next step is to finish the rear axle, then get some new seals into the engine and prepair everything for reasembling when i get back the frame.

So far from me
greetings
Stefan



 
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08-02-16 05:52 AM - Post#2643176    
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Looking great!!!!!

Bob Hayden's 54 Chevy, 350 Engine with TH400 Tranny and 94 4X4 Blazer Rear End with 3:23 gears.(FINISHED PICS) </a> My 54 Albums

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54er210 
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08-02-16 12:57 PM - Post#2643252    
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Thank you!
I am pleased that you like my build and I try to do it as good as the time that I have for this project allowes me to.

Stefan



 
Pmullins61 
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08-03-16 12:23 PM - Post#2643511    
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Love the look did you fit the air ride



 
54er210 
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08-03-16 01:31 PM - Post#2643527    
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Hey,

I am not sure what you are meaning with "did you fit the airride".

Greetings
Stefan



 
54er210 
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10-02-16 05:32 AM - Post#2654438    
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Hey guys,

it's been a while since I was posting the last time here, but that doesn't mean I wasn't working on my 54
The first thing was to finish the body. We flattened the rear side wall because there had been a big dent in it and repainted it. Also the finished skirts got some paint.



Next I got back all my parts from sandblasting. But the qualitiy of the primer was bad, so I had to sand all the parts per had a second time, that took me hours



Afterwards, all the parts got some matte black paint.



Next step, let's start reassembly. First the rear end. The axle also got new seals and new outer wheel bearings. Also the complete rear brake setup was done new and also new shoks were added. The rest seemed to be in very good condition.



After completing the rear end, obviously I had to test the airbags -> YESS it's alive

https://player.vimeo.com/video/184043125?title =0&a...

Then I started compleeting the front end. I installed a new king pin set. The brakes seemed to be relativly new, so I didn't change them, just cleaned everything and put it together again.



Then also had to test the airbags at the front, they are also working fine.

https://player.vimeo.com/video/184039387?title =0&a...

Next I thougt I'll overhaul the main brake cylinder ... Unfortunately I've got the wrong overhaul kit (1" instead of 7/8" diameter) and also the honing the cylinder didn't bring back a real fine surface inside the cylinder. So I decided to clean all the part, reassemble it and give it a try. If it will not work correct or is leaking, I'll install a complete new one.



At least I demounted the engine to change all the gaskets and check the inner parts of the engine. At a compression test I did when I got it last year, all 6 cylinders were great. After demounting the engine, I could see why. It seemed that it got overhauled not long ago. Surface of the cylinders is looking good, also all the other parts seemed to be ok.
So just installed all the new gaskets, and put it back together.
Some new paint on it and finished.



At first I thougth the paint i bougt would be nice, but when I finished it I didn't like it at all, so i grinded it down and repainted it, now I like it and it will be installed next week, hopefully.



With best regards
Stefan




 
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10-02-16 11:33 AM - Post#2654486    
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Outstanding work. Looks good.

1948 Chevy Fleetmaster Coupe Purchased 6/2010. Stock with rebuilt 52 216 installed May 1966.
1946 Chevy 1/2 ton pickup, stock. Purchased 11/18/17.
1962 Ranchero Purchased 4/2017 221 V8 Automatic.
2013 F150 Crew Cab


 
54er210 
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10-03-16 07:55 AM - Post#2654638    
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Thanks, I try to give my best at this build.

Regards
Stefan



 
chevyguy65 
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10-05-16 05:53 AM - Post#2654977    
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Great Job!

"NEVER GIVE UP"

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Pmullins61 
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10-11-16 12:19 AM - Post#2655978    
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Hi Stefan
Where did you purchase the Air ride here in Europe or imported from the US, I want to put it on my 1950 Fleetline
Regards
Paul



 
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10-11-16 02:20 PM - Post#2656060    
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Hey Paul,

the bags I am using are from slam specialities in the USA (SS-6).
The whole air management system, the air tank and the compressors are from airride supplies in germany.

All the other parts to make it fit into the chevy are self made ...

With best regards
Stefan



 
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10-13-16 01:19 AM - Post#2656289    
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Stefan
Many thanks, how much did you need to fabricate yourself,
I am looking at all options, having a company do this for me or I have a guy that maintains the car for me, he certainly can do this or third option I bring it to you in Austria to do it for me)))
What was the budget to complete
Many thanks Paul




 
54er210 
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10-18-16 12:59 PM - Post#2657215    
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Hey guys,

another bussy week is over, but I made some greate sucess.
First of all I got the flywheel machined, now it's ok again. next was sandblasting and painting the right bellhousing for my gearbox (I was searching nearly a year for one ... )



Next step was installing some new seals on the gearbox. But as it comes, I completely demounted it, cleaned all the parts, and put it back again with all the new seals.



It seems to be in good shape, no big wear on the teeth, bearings seemed ok too. Only the bearing on the input shaft made some light noise. But I'll will do a complete overhaul when I have time and got all the spare parts, including the synchro clutch .
By the way, it seems that it is a saginaw 3 speed if I interpreted the stuff I read here right.



Next step, installing the new clutch set and then getting in the engine.



After that, the second part of the wedding was in line.



After the body was on the frame I had to check if all the metalwork on the body was done correctly. Seemed we worked good, everything fits, there is enough space in between.
Also had to try the custom made skirts, I like the look without this edge the original, short ones make.



At least I was calculating a bit and I decided I do have to change the rear axle gear ratio to get a bit lower rpm while driving long disances on the motorway. Think 3,07 should be all right.



Regards
Stefan



 
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10-28-16 01:23 PM - Post#2658837    
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Hey guys,

I used the last few days to complete the front of the car and did a few other, smaller things.
Today I used the last sunrays of the autumn to get the car out of the garage to see how it looks like ...

I pretty much like it



Regards
Stefan



 
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10-28-16 05:26 PM - Post#2658870    
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Looks good.

1948 Chevy Fleetmaster Coupe Purchased 6/2010. Stock with rebuilt 52 216 installed May 1966.
1946 Chevy 1/2 ton pickup, stock. Purchased 11/18/17.
1962 Ranchero Purchased 4/2017 221 V8 Automatic.
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54er210 
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11-21-16 02:35 PM - Post#2662590    
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Hey guys,

made some more progress on my build.
After rollin back the car in my garage, i started further compleeting.

First step was rebuild all the brake lines or repectively make them completly new.



Next step was the exhaust manifold. I sanded down all the rust, milled down all the cast edges inside the manifold, repainted it, added new bimetal springs for the heating valve and reassembled it.



Next step was rebuilding the carbs. Both got cleaned and also got new gaskets.



Next step was building a new exhaust. I worked with 2" steel exhaust pipes. Worked out good, and I think it will work fine.
After adjusting all the parts, the exhaust got welded, ginded and painted and at least got covered with heat protection ribbon because it runs really close under the body ...



Last step was drafting the attachment of the airtank and the compressors and the control panel for the pressure gauges and all the control switches.



I think the control panel got a real classic look and will fit well under the dash.

With best regards
Stefan



 
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11-21-16 09:36 PM - Post#2662663    
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Looking good.

1948 Chevy Fleetmaster Coupe Purchased 6/2010. Stock with rebuilt 52 216 installed May 1966.
1946 Chevy 1/2 ton pickup, stock. Purchased 11/18/17.
1962 Ranchero Purchased 4/2017 221 V8 Automatic.
2013 F150 Crew Cab


 
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01-10-17 03:14 PM - Post#2670474    
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Hey,

it's been a while since I was writing about the progress i made on my project.

First of all, i completed the engine, put on the carbs and all the lines for vacuum and fuel, filled oil and cooling fluid, built a new throotle linkage because the one I got with my manifold dind't fit at all and then fired it up. And she's running good



Next step was adjust the propeller shaft for the correct lenght. Now it is at a local shop for welding and balancing.




After that i went back to the trunk to complete the airride system. Fist I painted the air tank. Next was finishing the control panel and the assembly and sealing of the airride parts.



After cutting a new carpet for the trunk, i mounted all the airride stuff and did the wiring.



The battery and the valves will get covered with an old suitecase for a cleaner look in the trunk.

The inside carpet and compleeting is next. Also adapting the electrical wiring of the lights to Austrian standards and then the first big step of the project should be quite finished within the next weeks ...

With best regards
Stefan



 
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04-26-17 11:26 AM - Post#2688344    
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Hey,

it's been a while since i did my last update here.
But it's been real busy the last months with completing the car, building a house, ...

But "the first stage" of my build on the chevy is done since february. And now with the weather turning to summer, I'll go crusing the season with this state of the car.

Leaving you with some pics I did a few weeks ago.



Regards from Austria,
Stefan



 
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04-27-17 08:03 AM - Post#2688480    
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Enjoy your cruising.

1948 Chevy Fleetmaster Coupe Purchased 6/2010. Stock with rebuilt 52 216 installed May 1966.
1946 Chevy 1/2 ton pickup, stock. Purchased 11/18/17.
1962 Ranchero Purchased 4/2017 221 V8 Automatic.
2013 F150 Crew Cab


 
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04-28-17 09:18 PM - Post#2688800    
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Hi Stefan, congratulations on a very successful build. Great work and good to have your Father helping. I really like what you have done with the fender skirts. The factory ones don't look like they belong to the car for most early Chevy's.

Cheers Kiwi

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04-29-17 09:33 PM - Post#2688923    
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Not to complain, but in the pictures I am looking at, I don't see any fender skirts. May I correctly assume we are talking about the skirts which would normally fit in the rear wheel openings?

Ray

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05-01-17 10:48 PM - Post#2689263    
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Hey kiwi,

thank you, I am delighted to read that my build and my style in building cars get's liked by other people too. Yess, the original shape of the scirts doesn't fit the body lines at all ... So I decided to customize them to follow the body lines and to make them look like the should have been there forever.
And yes, my father did great work on the sheet metal. I'll pass your post on my father, think he'll be happy also

@raycow: Yess, you are also all right. The scirts are not mounted on the last pictures I posted. They have to be customized a bit more because they hit the tire when i lift the airride completely and in the moment there isn't enough time to do this, but this will follow because the look with the scirts is amazing I think.
But if you look in Post#2636406 you may see how they look like.

Regards
Stefan



 
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06-20-17 01:54 PM - Post#2696788    
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Hey guys,

after a few hundred kilometers of cruising, I am realy satisfied how the chevy is driving.
Now i also get used to the stock drum brakes and now it is realy a kind of relaxed cruising.

There are a few small things I want to do better or rework, carbs, shifting rods and a few little things on the air suspension, but nothing special.
Only the carbs are a project I want to really improve for next year.

But all in all I am really glad how it runs and drives



Enjoy the summer and the cruising weather,
regards from Austria
Stefan



 
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08-15-17 12:12 AM - Post#2704261    
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Hi Stefan
Nice job. A lot of good engineering went into that build. I like the look. Enjoy your cruising!

Dean50



 
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08-18-17 01:12 PM - Post#2704699    
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Hey,

thank you
Yes i enjoy it wheever weather and time allow me to cruise.

Regards
Stefan



 
54er210 
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10-08-17 11:09 AM - Post#2710145    
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Hey guys,

a short update on my Chevy.
I got the coverstory on the latest issue of the Kustom Life Magazine



https://www.facebook.com/KustomLifeMagazine/ph otos...

Regards from Austria
Stefan



 
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10-12-17 04:52 AM - Post#2710604    
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Very cool Stefan.Toll!

Dean50



 
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10-15-17 12:36 PM - Post#2710924    
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Thanks



 
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