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Username Post: 1957 Elcamino Belcamino        (Topic#350004)
Duke 
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03-08-18 11:15 AM - Post#2726892    

The front and rear shots look better, the side view not so much. Not my favorite custom but....







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'55 Bel Air Sports Coupe
'67 Corvair Monza Convertible


 




raycow 
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03-08-18 11:10 PM - Post#2726959    
    In response to Duke

The rear treatment of the cab could have been better thought-out, but apart from that it's not too bad.

Ray

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


 
Bad56Sedan 
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03-12-18 10:10 AM - Post#2727325    
    In response to Duke

Although, if the owner left it on my drive way, I would take it.
It looks like it is a converted 4 door, still no big deal.
But I'm thinking GM, my opinion, would have developed this from the Nomad type roof.
I'm sure it took some work to do this.
I never have seen one that fooled me.
But I agree from the front it does look good.
Who am I, this one is on the road.



VC56S 2 door Sedan, 38 Years



 
Rustchips 
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03-12-18 10:21 AM - Post#2727327    
    In response to Bad56Sedan

I'm not impressed with the front license plate mounting.
Cleon

1928 Chevy Coupe
1942 Chevy Special Deluxe Coupe
1955 Chevy Bel Air HTP
1970 El Camino
1990 F##d Mustang Convertible

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56sedandelivery 
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03-12-18 11:55 AM - Post#2727339    
    In response to Rustchips

I bought a 55, Model 150 Handyman Wagon once for parts. The older guy that owned it had made it into a P/K Truck, and done a poor job. The "back" panel of the cab was plywood, with the stock rear tailgate window siliconed into a wooden frame. Car had a lot of body rust filled with bondo, using the typical hardware cloth for re-inforcement. Then he painted it salmon pink with a white roof, with a brush. It was hideous! Pulled the body off the frame and gave the doors and doghouse to a friend who deals in Tri-Five parts. The six cylinder engine had been rebuilt professionally, but had then stripped the fiber camshaft gear (why the old guy parked the car); sold the engine to a neighbor for his early 55 truck. Still have the 3 speed OD transmission. Sold the rolling chassis, that also had 4 new WW tires on it. All done, I only made a few dollars, but it was really a complete waste of time. The hubcaps are still nailed to the backyard fence posts. I don't know why people do this, they never look right (JMO), even the ones that were done by bodymen. I am Butch/56sedandelivery.




Edited by 56sedandelivery on 03-12-18 11:55 AM. Reason for edit: No reason given.

 
Jalapeno 
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03-12-18 07:00 PM - Post#2727385    
    In response to 56sedandelivery

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Jalapeno


 
raycow 
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03-12-18 09:02 PM - Post#2727405    
    In response to Jalapeno

Now that one looks great. The only part that bothers me is, the builder might have cut up a real Nomad to make it.

Ray

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


 
55Redneck 
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03-13-18 06:12 AM - Post#2727438    
    In response to raycow

If a person really wanted to make a Tri-5 El Camino look right I think you'd need to graft most of a 59 or 60 Camino roof to the windshield of a Tri-5. Years back I saw a 56 that looked like it was done this way and it looked factory and real good.

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Duke 
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03-13-18 07:24 AM - Post#2727446    
    In response to Jalapeno

  • Jalapeno Said:


Beautiful Jalapeno!



http://s1245.photobucket.com/albums/gg590/MTBingNi ...
'55 Bel Air Sports Coupe
'67 Corvair Monza Convertible


 
Jalapeno 
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03-14-18 08:34 PM - Post#2727649    
    In response to raycow

  • raycow Said:
Now that one looks great. The only part that bothers me is, the builder might have cut up a real Nomad to make it.

Ray



Yeah, let's just hope the donor Nomad was a rust bucket from the middle of the doors on down!

Jalapeno


 
Jalapeno 
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03-14-18 08:46 PM - Post#2727651    
    In response to Duke

  • Duke Said:
  • Jalapeno Said:


Beautiful Jalapeno!





Gene Smith built a similar "truck" conversion years ago that had almost the exact same stainless ribbon banding along the bed sides then up and across the rear of the cab. He painted his Neptune green I think, and maybe the inside of the bed was Seamist green.


Jalapeno


 
Bel_AirAmerica 
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03-15-18 05:55 AM - Post#2727670    
    In response to Jalapeno

Yeah,that does look pretty good,but even though '55 is my favorite year I kinda think '56 would lend itself better to this treatment.Especially the side moldings.Just sayin.
Rick



 
wagonman100 
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03-19-18 07:18 PM - Post#2728221    
    In response to Bel_AirAmerica

Yes, that ‘55 was made from a Nomad and a wagon. The builder thought the Nomad gate area looked too much like a bathtub so they grafted in a wagon tailgate section. The bed moldings are all hand made. There was a story in Super Chevy years ago. I don’t recall if they mentioned the condition of the Nomad to start with.

The owner wanted something that looked like the factory built it. I think they succeeded. I saw one once that had a ‘59/‘60 El Camino roof grafted on and that looked really good too.

Jay
Some days it's not worth chewing through the restraints.

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


 




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