I'm just starting a full, frame off restoration of a 4 door 1955 Chevrolet Bel Air for my dad as a retirement surprise. He absolutely loves them and he's missed the one he drove in college. Question is, do I make a few unseen changes, like power steering and power brakes, or restore it all original?


Asked by Katpaints Mar 06, 2019 at 05:14 AM

Question type: Car Customization

Starting restoration of a 1955 Chevrolet Bel Air. Do I make unseen changes,
i.e. power steering, power brakes, that sort of thing, or restore full original?

I'm doing a full body off restoration, and got really lucky in finding one that
despite being left sitting outside for several years and quite neglected looking,
is only missing a headline and the chrome trim, and a few chrome trim pieces
on the outside.

Also I'm literally doing this right under his nose and scared every second he's
going to find out before I can present it to him. My own daughter doesn't
know out of fear she will accidentally let something slip.

1 Answer


The old cars of the "60s and earlier are now declining rapidly in value. The cars that younger guys want are centered on the "90s. If you want to restore this to pristine for an old guy, try original. But parts are virtually gone; original or NOS, or even the cheap replacements. You could make it look original outside and do a drivetrain from a newer car, even one that has to come with a computer. Look at Chevrolet's newer crate engines & packages.

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