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Username Post: 53 210 Hardtop Questions        (Topic#365581)
kck71 
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06-22-21 03:10 AM - Post#2821926    

Hello all, not that I need another project, but I have a lead on a 53 210 hardtop body. I don't have all the details yet as far as what's left for interior etc. I know that they were not as plentiful as the Bel Air hardtops, so I'm wondering what are the major differences between the two. Obviously the rear quarter trim is different with the 210 not having the Bel Air script and double trim, but what else would be different? Interior would be 210 trim, would that be similar to a 210 sedan as far as inner door trim pieces and seats? Thanks.

1957 Two-Ten 4-door Sedan
1953 Bel Air 4-door Sedan
1959 3800 Pickup

Does it still count as a "barn find" when it's your barn?


 


rrausch 
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06-22-21 06:03 AM - Post#2821930    
    In response to kck71

The only differences are in the trim and fabric/seat upholstery. To my eye, the 210's are cleaner.



The 210 coupe interior door panel trim will be similar to the convertible, but the panels themselves will be in cloth I believe instead of vinyl.







1953 210 Convertible, 261 with dual Carter YF 966S carbs, P.S., Remote Bendix P.B. Booster... shade-tree restoration about done.




 
kck71 
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06-22-21 09:16 AM - Post#2821941    
    In response to rrausch

Thanks for the info. So there's no difference between Bel Air and 210 hardtops for exterior stainless around the windows? That's good, as it might be find something 210 hardtop specific.

When I say it's a body, that's what it is...no frame. However, I'm thinking that with some looking I'd be able to find a decent hardtop frame. I would bet a fair number have been discarded when the body was put on something else for a rod project.

1957 Two-Ten 4-door Sedan
1953 Bel Air 4-door Sedan
1959 3800 Pickup

Does it still count as a "barn find" when it's your barn?


 
rrausch 
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06-22-21 10:28 AM - Post#2821943    
    In response to kck71

Outside window stainless is the same, as far as I know. I had a hard time finding the interior door panel stainless, but finally found a guy on ebay parting out a 210.

I bet you're right about being able to find a hardtop frame.

1953 210 Convertible, 261 with dual Carter YF 966S carbs, P.S., Remote Bendix P.B. Booster... shade-tree restoration about done.




 
eplantage 
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06-22-21 10:47 AM - Post#2821945    
    In response to rrausch

There is a chrome piece on the passenger end of the dash on Belair's that is not on the 210's. It's like an extension of the glove box door. Just a side note. You can see that it is not there on the pic that Robert posted.

Age: 67 at the moment
1950 Chevrolet Sedan Delivery
1953 BelAir Convertible Project
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1930 Model A Standard Coupe


 
kck71 
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06-22-21 11:22 AM - Post#2821947    
    In response to eplantage

Thanks, I've got a 53 Bel Air four door right now, and have parted out a couple 53-54 210 four doors over the years so know some of the differences. Two doors and hardtops are a whole different world for me as far as what fits between them.

The 210 hardtop has got me intrigued. Always wanted a hardtop and have a lot of spare 53 parts to build something original.

1957 Two-Ten 4-door Sedan
1953 Bel Air 4-door Sedan
1959 3800 Pickup

Does it still count as a "barn find" when it's your barn?


 
eplantage 
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06-22-21 12:42 PM - Post#2821955    
    In response to kck71

I just noticed that the rear view mirror is mounted on the dash of the convertible pictured. I wonder if 210's were that way and Belair had the rear view mirror mounted above the windshield? That's where the mirror is mounted on my 53 Belair convertible.

Age: 67 at the moment
1950 Chevrolet Sedan Delivery
1953 BelAir Convertible Project
2002 Heritage Springer FLSTSI
1930 Model A Standard Coupe


 
Dean50 
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06-22-21 04:45 PM - Post#2821967    
    In response to rrausch

I also have always thought the 210 hardtops were clean looking. I like the simple side trim. There is a real nice dark gray one in my area, mostly stock body on air ride.

Dean50



 
GreatNorthWoods 
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06-23-21 03:32 AM - Post#2821982    
    In response to eplantage

Mirror is mounted on the dash on Belair Sport Coupes like convertibles. I would think it would be the same on 210 Sport Coupes but can't say for sure. The 210 Sport Coupes are pretty rare. I've never seen one in person. Took me awhile to get used to looking at the dash for the mirror.

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Vern

1953 Chevy Belair Sport Coupe - 355 Chevy V8, 700-R4, 4-wheel disc brakes, Ididit column, cruise/tilt,'59 Vette Steering Wheel, A/C

1930 DeSoto Business Coupe- 350 Chevy V8, EFI, 4-wheel disc brakes, Wire Wheels, TH400, S-10 Rear, A/C


 
eplantage 
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06-23-21 06:32 AM - Post#2821991    
    In response to GreatNorthWoods

My mirror is mounted above the windshield not on the dash on my 53 Belair convertible. Which prompted the question about the 210 convertible pic that Robert posted. Of course any of this could have been added by a previous owner over the last 68 years. I've done it.
I had a 55 Belair 2 door hard top that had a base mounted on the dash to the left of the gauge panel from what I assumed had an autronic eye on it at one time. The head was missing so I mounted a tach on it.

Age: 67 at the moment
1950 Chevrolet Sedan Delivery
1953 BelAir Convertible Project
2002 Heritage Springer FLSTSI
1930 Model A Standard Coupe


 
GreatNorthWoods 
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06-23-21 08:40 AM - Post#2821999    
    In response to eplantage

It wouldn't be that hard to mount the mirror at the top of the windshield. I considered doing that to mine.

Vern

1953 Chevy Belair Sport Coupe - 355 Chevy V8, 700-R4, 4-wheel disc brakes, Ididit column, cruise/tilt,'59 Vette Steering Wheel, A/C

1930 DeSoto Business Coupe- 350 Chevy V8, EFI, 4-wheel disc brakes, Wire Wheels, TH400, S-10 Rear, A/C


 
kck71 
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06-24-21 05:56 AM - Post#2822043    
    In response to GreatNorthWoods

Thanks all for the answers and discussion. Owner sent a bunch of pictures (body is 3.5 hours away) and it's pretty complete in and out, but has a lot of rust in rockers, front floor, rear trunk area (of course), but there is still a lot of the floor and floor braces left. Now to decide if $1000 is too much for something that will sit in the shed for a while until I can get to it. Having spent my life around four doors (see signature) the allure of a 2-door hardtop is compelling...

1957 Two-Ten 4-door Sedan
1953 Bel Air 4-door Sedan
1959 3800 Pickup

Does it still count as a "barn find" when it's your barn?


 
GreatNorthWoods 
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06-25-21 02:43 AM - Post#2822069    
    In response to kck71

If you have the space to store it, $1000 sounds like an investment to me.

Vern

1953 Chevy Belair Sport Coupe - 355 Chevy V8, 700-R4, 4-wheel disc brakes, Ididit column, cruise/tilt,'59 Vette Steering Wheel, A/C

1930 DeSoto Business Coupe- 350 Chevy V8, EFI, 4-wheel disc brakes, Wire Wheels, TH400, S-10 Rear, A/C


 


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