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The Speaker Guy


62 Posts
Posted - December 25 2003 :  11:41:03 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
This may bridge the line between "kit car" and "hot rod" but...

Has anyone seen a reproduction/replica of the 1957 Chevy Bel Air Convertible? I've looked around, used google, flipped through some magazines, but have found nothing. Any ideas?

Thanks in advance!

meat

USA
992 Posts
Posted - December 26 2003 :  10:00:13 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Unfortunately, the '57 isn't really all that expensive. Which means that there's very few companies that do anything with the cars at all; there's not much call for a replica, so there's not much profit to be had in creating a kit for the cars. And since there's no kit, it makes things a bit more difficult.

There was a body kit out, but I can't find any information on them, so they probably disappeared since I saw them. You might try Street Rodder magazine.

But there is hope. I know that U.S. Body Source offers a complete fiberglass body (55-57), although it's a coupe, not a convertible. You can probably start there: www.usbody.com

If I find anything else, I'll post it here. Hope that helps!

Your pal,
Meat.

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The Speaker Guy


62 Posts
Posted - December 26 2003 :  9:56:06 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote

I found a frame at
http://www.progressiveautomotive.com/55CJ.htm

I found body parts at
http://www.showcars-bodyparts.com/5557chev.html
http://www.up22.com/chevy55N.htm#55-183
http://www.carsinc.com/chevy/1953_1957_chevy

plus the US Body site you mentioned. Looks like it could be done. I'm thinking the way to go is to get a 2 door hard top and make it a convertible.

Thanks for the input!

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mantacars


127 Posts
Posted - December 28 2003 :  1:38:54 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
The frame of a '57 Chevy Convertible is stronger than the frame on any '57 Hardtop, Coupe, or Sedan specifically to account for the abscense of a roof. If you simply cut the roof off of a 2 door coupe or hardtop without adding additional bracing to the frame, you will end up with "junk".
Mike

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MADMIKE


140 Posts
Posted - December 30 2003 :  12:11:01 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
There was a kit for a 55 and a 57 conv,made by a company in canada i
don't know if they still make kits,but here is the 1993 info for them
Prototype Research and Development LTD.
230 ALBERT LANE
BOX 1330
CAMBELLFORD,ONTARIO,CANADA KOL 1LO
LAST PHONE # KNOWN WAS 705-653-4525

MIKE

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MADMIKE


140 Posts
Posted - December 30 2003 :  12:44:01 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
I CHECKED THE NUMBER,AND IT STILL WORKS,AND THEY STILL MAKE THE KIT,I'VE SEEN BOTH FINISHED,AND THEY LOOK GREAT !!!
MIKE

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Kevin McWilliams


37 Posts
Posted - November 10 2005 :  3:41:09 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Prototype Research & Development, Has a web site. I Found it by typing in "prototype research and development" in the search area.

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Edward Salyers

USA
42 Posts
Posted - November 16 2005 :  4:52:11 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
In reply to meat,if you have tried to purchase a steel 57 convertible they are expensive-the price on all the tri-5s are pretty high-I'm not sure what you would consider expensive.
There used to be a company in Fla that made many types of fiberglass repro's-I can't remember the name and cannot find it on the internet.

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Kidd57

USA
38 Posts
Posted - November 23 2005 :  12:59:57 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
I remember Ciadella Ent. used to sell a kit to convert a 57 4door into a convertible. The kit had everything including the needed frame braces and replacement side panels, top frame, and pinch weld moulding sheet metal. Dont know if they still do that or if they still even exist. Someone probably has one somewhere they never used.
-Kidd57

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Kidd57

USA
38 Posts
Posted - November 23 2005 :  01:26:07 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Oh forgot to mention, I looked into Protype R&D years ago. They do make 55 and 57 chevy fiberglass kit cars as well as the 35 Auburn, 52 MG, 34 Mercedes, and a couple others as well as several airplane kits. They also do a lot of custom work and the photos on their website prototyperesearch.com are fun to look at. They appear to do excellent work. Bottom line in my opinion is, if you can afford their finished kit, you can afford a steel one. However, I dont know if the same holds true for an unfinished or partial kit, - no clue.
Kidd57

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derwin

Canada
51 Posts
Posted - November 23 2005 :  9:11:06 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Feature story on them in the Globe or Toronto paper last month .. interesting read.

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edwardsjoesph

USA
38 Posts
Posted - June 20 2006 :  3:28:57 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
quote:

This may bridge the line between "kit car" and "hot rod" but...

Has anyone seen a reproduction/replica of the 1957 Chevy Bel Air Convertible? I've looked around, used google, flipped through some magazines, but have found nothing. Any ideas?

Thanks in advance!



yes i have answer for you .we have just recently opened anew company FRESE MOTORCARS ph# (740)994-0891 call mon-fri 7-5 for more info.

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kitcarguy


535 Posts
Posted - June 26 2006 :  6:23:56 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
There is a completed one for sale on ebay right now with a very high pricetag

its a 1955 it says

http://cgi.ebay.com/ebaymotors/1955-Chevrolet-Belair-Convertible_W0QQitemZ130001136634QQihZ003QQcategoryZ7251QQrdZ1QQcmdZViewItem

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Gage

USA
1 Posts
Posted - November 24 2016 :  11:14:31 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
quote:

There is a completed one click here for Organifi for sale on ebay right now with a very high pricetag

I hate to bump an old thread but does anyone know where I can a 1957 Chevy Bel Air Convertible kit car these days?

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DrivingGeorge

Sweden
1 Posts
Posted - March 05 2017 :  10:30:16 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Bumping this thread (Hope its ok). Dont know if anyone visits this part of the forum anymore but does anyone know where i can get the kit? Been looking all over the internet and at my dealers too. Would be greatly appriciated! /George

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http://ahflightschool.se

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bartond

USA
4 Posts
Posted - June 27 2017 :  04:32:11 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
You can try prototyperesearch.

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