VOLO AUTO MUSEUM
27582 VOLO VILLAGE RD
VOLO , Illinois
Incredible rotisserie restoration, taken down to the very last nut and bolt. Very interesting restoration story- documented with photos, narrative, a newspaper article and 4 page magazine feature.
Steve and Turner Price, a father- son team brought this Chevy to factory new condition. Steve had restored two 57s prior to this one. With the help of his father they set out to make this one brand new. Over a period of 10 years, original GM parts were collected from 10 different states, labeled and stored. Everything from bags of correct screws to original fabric. The restoration started in 1989 when it was disassembled on a rotisserie. It stayed that way until 2003. Steve's mother passed away, the father & son dove into this project as a way to deal with the grief.
The car was finished in 2006 and with only 40 miles on the odometer it was invited to drive the track at Kansas Speedway. Typically this is only available to modified cars that can handle the steep bank. He was told to keep it at a minimum of 60 mph or the car wouldn't hold the corner. It was a thrill for the father and son.
EXTERIOR: The body was bead blasted to bare metal. Any rust was replaced with metal, a spot welder was used just as the factory had done. Being on a rotisserie made it so much easier to do a much better job. Once the body was made like new, it was given a Matdor red paint job. Now in my opinion, this is where they did not do things to GM standards. They went far beyond! I'm looking at this car today, the body is laser straight, body gaps around all the panels are like that of a new Mercedes. Doors click shut, windows fit nice, the flippers work. The paint has been buffed and polished to a glass finish, it's like a red mirror. I did not see a flaw, a crack or bubble. Every single piece of stainless and chrome is restored to show quality standards. Even the wiper arms are polished. This car has the gold trim package- the emblems, license plate frames and grill are bright gold. All of the glass has been replaced. All new rubber seals, weatherstrips, gaskets etc. They put correct BF Goodrich Silver Town white wall tires on red painted rims with the spinner hubcaps.
INTERIOR: It is restored like brand new from carpet to headliner. I'm sitting in the car looking at the dash. The paint is as slick as the exterior, all of the chrome, trim and knobs look new. The original AM radio plays clearly, the clock is ticking. Inside the glove box looks new. Overhead the headliner, visors, mirror are all new. The seat springs were painted, reupholstered in the proper materials. New door panels match the upholstery. The handles, cranks are replaced. There are some hairline cracks in the steering wheel paint. New carpet with correct rubber reproduction floor mats.
ENGINE COMPARTMENT: Wow is this motor compartment detailed. It looks like it was just built yesterday, very meticulous. It has a completely rebuilt, numbers match 283 motor with the correct four barrel carburetor. Correct glass bowl fuel filter, correct air cleaner. Everything is proper- the valve covers with the Chevrolet script, GM hoses with the proper clamps etc. Has optional electric wipers. Every nut, bolt, clip, wire looks brand new. He made a big deal about the horns. I guess they're unique to a 1957 Chevy and almost impossible to find a good one. He bought seven different horns to take them apart to make two good ones. So you can rest assured that you have the correct horns and they both work! I'm compelled to say it again, this motor compartment is spotless right down to the nooks and crannies.
TRUNK COMPARTMENT: It is all nice metal, completely painted red. Has a correct rubber mat. The spare rim and jack assembly is completely restored. It has a matching correct Silvertown white wall tire, new weatherstrip. The latches are detailed.
UNDERSIDE: The chassis was restored to GM specs. Everything was redone- suspension, steering, brakes etc. Frame was bead blasted and painted with the same durable paint GM used. The new fuel and brake lines were in clipped in just as they did on the assembly line. The body was still on the rotisserie so the underside was done with the same care as the top. All clean metal, correctly painted in red oxide with a black sealer at the seams. The little rubber seals were replaced at the weep holes, correct paint markings applied to driveshaft, correct dual exhaust system was installed. The body was reunited to the frame with new bushings. The trans and rear were gone through and are original to the car. New fuel tank, straps and sending unit. E-brake cables correctly installed. It still looks fresh under here, like it was just done.
Only 2,450 miles since finished. Thanks to meticulous care and a high quality restoration, it looks like it was finished yesterday.
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