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498 chevy 
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07-21-22 04:43 PM - Post#2844736    

hi begining to reassemble my 55 210 4dr wagon. is there a assemble this first parts list forf the frontend. got all back from media blasting and epoxy coating. now im ready to test fit it all together. ant help will be grateful.

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07-21-22 08:58 PM - Post#2844745    
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you asking about the fenders /hood/grille or the
A- frames springs?

VC56S 2 door Sedan, 42 Years


 
498 chevy 
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07-22-22 10:56 AM - Post#2844765    
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hi front end body panels, grill etc. where to start and continue to assemble. put it together on car or off car then mount all together.

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07-22-22 11:44 AM - Post#2844769    
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parts to assemble

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all media blasted and epoxy coated


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07-22-22 03:16 PM - Post#2844778    
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ok, from where you’re at,
I do not have a formal list, there may be various methods, shop approved methods and the just doing it method.
I have put a ‘56 front end together numerous times and every time lining it up is not always the same.
I realize you have a '55 and the mounting bolts in the lower fender are different than '56.
But both cars have front fenders, inner fender wells, radiator support and hood that are very similar.
This is an account of the putting the front end back together.
first is hood hinges and hood, line up the back of the hood with the cowl height using the up/down adjustment in the hinges, and establish the gap you want between the hood and cowl with the movement of the hood to hinge bolts, make sure the hood is centered. Tighten the bolts and raise the hood.
Bolt radiator support to front of frame, make sure it is centered with the frame Left to Right,
The frame at that mounting point is 7" wide? and the metal piece on the bottom of the rad support is about 5½"? wide, make sure you have the metal shims and rubber mount for the rad support to frame. I marked both so I could tell if I was unknowingly moving the rad support.
Put the fender wells in the Fenders, center the bolt holes then add the bolts, use the anti-squeak sponge gasket.
Put the blue tape on the door edges and the part where the fender could hit the cowl area.
Put blue tape on the fender edges also. What I did was I made the gap guides with cut cardboard from those 12 packs of coke cases, about 2 or 3 thicknesses and taped them to the fender/door gap and the fender /cowl gap.
Hang one fender and catch a bolt in the top while holding the fender up with the other hand then move down and take the rad support bolts out of your right pocket and try to bolt the rad support to the fender. then take the small blue taped ratchet out of your left pocket and snug up the bolts, then add the bolt at the bottom of the front fender shim as needed to be inline fender /door. No need to tighten any of these bolts yet. Only bolts that should be tight are the inner fender to fender bolts.
Remember what you just did and repeat it on the other side. Now add the 2 side rubber stops for fender/hood gap.
Now is when you line up the fenders to the doors and at the cowl gap, add shims to the upper fender bolt as needed to get lined up with the height of cowl and door. At this point tighten/snug the upper fender bolt.
The hood needs blue tape all the way down the fender edge, then you can slowly lower it to see how many shims you would need at the rad support to the fender bolt area to clear the fenders when lowering the hood, over shimming is what you want at this point. You don’t want to chip the hood edge or the fender edge. Do not let the hood down to far as nothing is there yet to hold it up and you may need to shim before letting the hood down any to check gap, over shimming is OK at this point.
The gap between the fenders and doors and the cowl is really what is figured out at this point, the gap between the hood and the fender is the shims used between the radiator support.
Look along the top of the fender down to the door and down the side of the car,
see if you need shims were the rad support meets the frame, these shims will raise and lower the front of fenders and they help line up the fender height to the door/cowl area.

Once the fender/rad support are good, tighten the 10 bolts, 2 at rear of fenders, 2 at rad support to fenders then the 2 at the bottom of the rad support.
Then put the blue tape on frame rails then center the splash pan and tighten those bolts.
'55 splash pan is different than '56 as is the rest of the install, but once you get this far for a '55 it’s a lot easier than a '56.
Now lower the hood and check the side gap, remove or add shims as needed and retighten those bolts.
Remember the 4 rubber stops that the hood sits on when closed, some hood height adjust can be made with these.
The inner radiator support panels will be last to install, putting these in to early makes it tough to add/remove shims to the 2 rad support/fender bolts on each side because you will have to loosen the 5 inner rad support panel bolts to the inner fender well to spread the fender/rad support are to add more or remove shims.
This should give you some idea and hopefully others can adjust what I have written.
I have not discussed lower inner fender well extensions or the brackets on the back of the wheel wells to the cowl brace.
For those special people this is not a concrete write up,
this is not from a book, this is total recollection of what I just did a week ago and several times before, there are similar steps with a ’55 that are about the same as a ’56. I’m not even saying this is correct, it’s just a recollection.
Hopefully this gives you some help on what to look for as you reassemble your car.





VC56S 2 door Sedan, 42 Years


Edited by Bad56Sedan on 07-22-22 03:54 PM. Reason for edit: No reason given.

 
498 chevy 
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07-22-22 05:24 PM - Post#2844786    
    In response to Bad56Sedan

thanks. Ive had a lot of cars apart but not like this. I have a assemble parts book but they dont tell u all. your list is great

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