Lonnie U Chopped 1953 Chevy 210

NOT Dad's '53 Chevy

Dad had a '53 Chevy when I was four years old, and I've loved them ever since. I've always been a fan of original cars, and have thought that most "Improvements" made to a car just make a mess of things. I will tell you, though, that I'm a HUGE fan of Traditional Kustoms, so I brought the two together. I bought a partially started project car from a co-worker. Over a three year period I did a complete frame off restoration in my garage at home. It was running, driving, and painted, with a stock roof line. All I had to do was glass and interior. THAT'S when I decided to chop it four inches. I've always wanted a chopped car, but wasn't sure it was something that I could do. After reading enough magazine articles, I felt like I could handle it. A very careful masking job that included roofing tar paper yielded only 3 small spots that need fixed in the below-belt line paint. The back glass is from a '53 Chevy 150 sedan. I was able to purchase the entire roof for $125 from my favorite old school junkyard. I did the interior myself in black and white Tuck and Roll. A Mustang front end, 2" blocks, and 3" drop leaf springs get it down as low as possible without major surgery. Drivetrain is a rebuilt '59 283 with finned 'Vette valve covers, aluminum Powerglide, and a Camaro rear end. The paint is single stage Sherwinn Williams Genesis, sanded and buffed 'till it's a mirror. I'd be lying if I told you that I don't appreciate the accolades that are showered on this car everywhere we go. I've been with Hagerty for 15 years, and have had to make two claims on the '53. You couldn't ask for a better group of people to work with. I think that they like my car as much as I do!

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    Daryl Downing hutchinson, ks April 27, 2016 at 17:27
    Nice job for never doing before. Wish I were that capable. One point I would like to make, I see it time and time again. It is not a frame off restoration..It is a body off restoration. I know I'm nitpicking, but really.

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