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1957 Chevy Cars
Posted by Anonymous on Monday, December 15, 2003 3:07 PM
Hello everyone.

I built this model of a 1957 Chevy Bel Air from the Monogram Wheels of Fire kit a few short years ago. It won the best '50's vehicle at the Rock Mountain Modeler's Club show in 2002. This one is straight out of the box and includes Bare Metal Foil.


Since then, I have built one of these as a convertible and the other as a 4 door post car.

I am currently working on making the 210 models from the older AMT kit. I have started on a 4 door non-post car, as well as a 2 door post car and a 2 door non-post car.

Finally, I built the 1957 150 out of the Monogram kit. It is a 2 door post car with fuel injection.

I have the Nomad Wagon and 2 of the new AMT kits with the opening trunk. I also have the old Revell kit with the opening doors, the one that didn't fit together well.

What i want to know is what the interiors look like for the Delray models. I haven't found any good photos of the 1:1 car. Can anyone help out?
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Posted by vinnietbird on Monday, December 15, 2003 3:53 PM
May I ask you a personal question?Do you like '57 Chevy's?O.K.,seriously,have you checked internet sources for the Del Ray?I was looking for '69 Charger interior shots,and I typed in "1969 Dodge Charger Restoration",and POW!,Every kind of interior shot I could ever want,plus,photos of virtually every phase of a restoration.Good luck.
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Posted by FIREMODELMAN on Monday, December 15, 2003 10:22 PM
good tip vinnie, that would work i'm sure....URSULESCU, VERY NICE, did you check out the latest issue of scale auto?? they had a nice 57? in there. great looking modelThumbs UpThumbs Up

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Posted by Anonymous on Tuesday, December 16, 2003 9:45 AM
ThanX for the information Vinny. I find that a lot of times it is how you term something on the web that makes the difference. I just typed in "1957 Chevy" and came up with everything BUT what I was looking for. I did, however, find shots of the 210 interiors and the wagons which I hadn't seen before.Eight Ball
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Posted by vinnietbird on Tuesday, December 16, 2003 8:46 PM
Good luck on your '57.I'm going to buy one and try building it.I always build the cars from 1968 to 1971.I need to break out of my shell and try something new.See ya later.
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Posted by belair on Tuesday, December 16, 2003 11:20 PM
Nice build!!!!!!!!!!!

Nice to see somebody else shares my love for57 Chevys. Would love to see your conversions. I just finnished a 4dr ht from a resin kit, will post pics of it soon. here are the new AMT 57s I've built.

I will see what I can find about the delray interior
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Posted by FIREMODELMAN on Wednesday, December 17, 2003 12:11 AM
nice builds belair. i guess you like 'em to.Thumbs UpThumbs UpBowBow

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Posted by Anonymous on Wednesday, December 17, 2003 12:43 AM
great lookin cars guys!!!!!!




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Posted by ThomasA3D on Wednesday, December 17, 2003 2:19 AM
Very nice looking Chevys Big Smile
I’m doing RMs 56 supercharged Chevy right now (well, its stalled until I finish my CBP) but I like the 57 even more. The 57 is probably the only car I would think of doing factory stock - it such a nice looking car that it doesnt need any customizing.

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Recently finished: Camaro Concept Car and 40 Ford Coupe.
Current projects: 56 Chevy seventies-style custom and 50 Chevy Custom Truck

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Posted by Anonymous on Thursday, December 18, 2003 12:47 PM
Anyone know which stock versions of the '57 Chevy engines are in which kits?

So far I know the following information:

The Fuelie is located in the Monogram '57 kit. as well as the old Revell '57 with opening doors.
The 4BBL version is in the old AMT '57.
The Triangle Air Cleaner version is located in the new AMT '57.
There is a possible 265 ci option from the AMT '55 Chevy car or trucks.
The Blue Flame could come from the AMT or Monogram '53 Corvette.

Anyone else have any suggestions?

Also, has anyone tried to fit a 6 in the Bel Air? Let me know how this is done. I'd like that input!
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Posted by belair on Friday, December 19, 2003 7:51 AM
265ci and 283ci are physically the same, so the the revell 56 will work for a 4bbl 283 with an auto trans. with some modifications the AMT 64 pickup 6cyl would be a good 1/25 engine.
Hope this helps!
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Posted by vinnietbird on Friday, December 19, 2003 11:44 AM
I bought a '57 Chevy yesterday,and it will have a 427 with '67 Corvette tri-power.I don't know if I'm physically able to build a small block.
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Posted by Anonymous on Friday, December 19, 2003 2:51 PM
How much smaller do you want than 1 inch? :)
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Posted by vinnietbird on Friday, December 19, 2003 3:19 PM
Good point.
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Posted by belair on Saturday, December 20, 2003 8:51 AM
QUOTE: I bought a '57 Chevy yesterday,and it will have a 427 with '67 Corvette tri-power.I don't know if I'm physically able to build a small block.

Here's a quick tip for your big block Chevy:
6cyl cars had the radiator on the front of the rad suport, when guys build 1:1 big block 57s they use the 6cyl rad settup to get more space, so just install the rad on the front.
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Posted by Anonymous on Saturday, December 20, 2003 1:22 PM
Interesting point for the conversion back to 6. ThanX for the tip!
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Posted by raisin27 on Tuesday, December 23, 2003 7:22 PM
Wow......I think you like 57 chevys as much as i like 60 fords! That black hardtop looks great. Congratulations on your win !!!!
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Posted by Anonymous on Wednesday, December 24, 2003 9:36 AM
I'm unsure if I like the '57 Chevy as much as people say. I'm just a model builder who happened to get a whole bunch of these cars over 14+ years and thought that now would be an ideal time to build them all. I have 10 on the go, but the problem is that the only kits produced are all Bel Air Sports Coupes with the exception of Revell's '57 Nomad. I can't build 10 of the exact same car because that would be too booring.

So to shake things up a bit, I decided to attempt a 150 2 door sedan, a 210 4 door sports sedan, a 210 Sports Coupe, a 210 2 door sedan, a Bel Air 4 door post, a Bel Air Nomad, a Bel Air 2 door sedan, and the rest I don't know for sure just yet. Perhaps some more 150's?

I would need some more reference material on the 210 Delray and 150 Utility Sedan. If anyone could direct me to some links, I'd be gratefull!

I aslo have a book covering the 55-57 Chev which I am using for reference. Sadly, most of the pics are of the Bel Air and only have external shots. All interior pics are from the Bel Air Sports Coupe. The Bel Air is nice and all, but us poo' folk need cars too! :)
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Posted by Anonymous on Wednesday, December 24, 2003 11:16 AM
urs i talk to my Father about the Del Ray this week and he said the car was the same as the Bel Air other then the Trim Molding and the option package was crude and cheap. This was the lowest of the low line on a car less then $1,300 for a new one when the Bel Air or even the 150 was $1,400 or more.
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Posted by Anonymous on Friday, December 26, 2003 3:51 PM
Ok, so it is only upholstery then? Sound's interesting!
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Posted by Anonymous on Sunday, December 28, 2003 10:37 AM
I've done some research on the 1957 210 Del Ray and I would like to share my findings.

The placement in the Chevrolet lineup of the 210 Delray model is interesting. It was a special one-off model in the upper middle class at Chevrolet sitting in a seporate catagory just below the Bel Air's, a notch above the regular 210's, and an entire series above the 150's.

The 1957 Delray only came as a 2 door pilar Club Coupe and looked like the 2-door Sedan from the outside. The exception was in the extra paint options for Delray. No other 210 car models had the following colours : Sierra Gold as a solid and Adobe Beige / Sierra Gold as a two tone. (The only other 210 models that shared these colours were the station wagons.)

Inside, the Two-Ten Delray came with a choice of three interior fabrics in two tones, the top colour being the first listed, the bottom colour being the second : Ivory Vinyl / Charcoal Pattern Vinyl, Light Green Vinyl / Dark Green Pattern Vinyl, and finally, Beige Vinyl / Copper Pattern Vinyl. It was the only car in the 210 series to offer a full Vinyl interior whereas the other 210's were a combination of cloth and Vinyl.

Here is a picture of the paint codes for the 1957 Chevrolet 210 :



Here is a link for more codes : http://public.fotki.com/ursulescu/ursulescus_automovi/chevrolet/

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