Wrecked – 1959 Bel Air

Wrecked is a one of the features on Average Guys’ Car Restoration, Mods and Racing that spotlights vintage cars that are available as parts donors.  I do this based on the offering that PartingOut.com has listed.

Parting Out does a great job of pulling together offering from across the country of salvage yards and private individuals that have vintage/classic car parts available for plundering.  Many of these are located in the steel friendly Texas.


Up this time a 1959 Chevy Bel Air, oh yea…the era of big finned cars.

This car’s not ‘wrecked’ and there is a lot of good steel and good looking chrome still on it.  It is a 4 door.


'59 Bel Air Parts Donor.

’59 Bel Air Parts Donor.


Lots of restorable chrome here!!!

Lots of restorable chrome here!!!  Hard to find a gille with all the bullets still on it.

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Good look steel, restorable dash and it even had the original power plant – 283 maybe?   See at PartingOut.com  1959 BEL AIR.


The 1959 Bel Air was the 4th Generation Bel Air – basically an entirely new car as compared to the 1958 Bel Air.   The 1959′s came in 2 door, 4 door and re-branded as Parkwood or Kingswood for the station wagons. To power these  210.9″ long cars you had the 3.9L (235.5 cid), 4.6L (283 CID) and the 5.7L (348 CID).  They were mated up 3 & 4 speed manuals or 2 speed power glide automatic.


Grab some of these parts and you could have a classic that looks like these:

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Own a 1959 completed or project Bel Air?  Drop me a note!!



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Heard some guys talking that this car was low mileage, like 40000 miles. I didn’t look at the sign, but sure looks like it has been restored and not original. I like this car and I would drive it everywhere.
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2013 Chevrolet Nomad Association Convention

VIDEO: 2013 Chevrolet Nomad Association Convention | Classic Recollections.

VIDEO: 2013 Chevrolet Nomad Association Convention

Classic Chevrolet Nomad station wagons parked at the 2013 Chevrolet Nomad Association's 25th convention held in Itasca, IL.Catching a glimpse of just one Nomad on the road can be special. That’s why there was simply no comparison for the emotions of seeing a whole parking lot full of the one-of-a-kind wagon at the 2013 Chevrolet Nomad Association‘s annual convention. The event marked the 25th celebration and was held this summer in Itasca, IL. It featured over 100 1955, 1956 and 1957 Nomad wagons. We already posted highlights and now we’re bringing you the full video recap. Our very own Matt Avery headed down to check out the week-long activities. While there, the auto aficionado uncovered what makes these Chevy cruisers so attractive to enthusiasts as well as took a look at numerous examples ranging from dealer showroom stock to radical, custom machines. Enjoy!



I love the Nomads – not great suspensions (as originally designed) but pop something a little more modern under there and you’ve got a great riding car.




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Chevrolet Nomad

The Chevrolet Nomad was a station wagon model made off and on from 1955 to 1972, and a Chevy Van trim package in the late 1970s and early
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Lost Classics – Trucks – Corvair Rampside

I love classic trucks and in my 3 plus years of bogging in this field I haven’t done much on trucks. Yes, you’ll see some in my Parking Lot Spot Light pieces but not much else.

Then I got to thinking about doing some articles to make up for that and I realize, after I picked up a book (“Collectible & Classic Trucks” by The Auto Editors of Consumer Guide) at one of my company’s stores (we specialize, among other things, used books) that even those in to the classic truck scene, often over look some really cool trucks.

So I thought I’d cover a few.  First up is one I forgot was ever made, much less have seen (in person) any in the past 20 years or so.  The Covair Rampside trucks.

This is a 61 Rampside

This is a ’61 Rampside

This are rear engined, air cooled workhorse that are clearly Corvair all the way.

Fully restored they look great.  But leaving them survivor style is really cool as well. Like David Hopkins’

David Hopkins "Everything mechanical is new, but when it came to do paint and body we just couldn't erase all the history."

David Hopkins “Everything mechanical is new, but when it came to do paint and body we just couldn’t erase all the history.”

These rough and tough working guy trucks were powered a by rear-mounted, horizontally-opposed six cylinder, air-cooled engine that delivered 80HP and 128 ft-lbs of torque with 145 cu-in of displacement.

This wasn’t the only truck that was Corvair based.  We’ll look at the others coming up.

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A Corvair truck could be ordered as a “Loadside” or “Rampside”. The Loadside was essentially a pickup truck with a standard tail gate.

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Wait List for 2014 Corvette Z51 Reaches a Year – CorvetteOnline.com.

Mine: Customers who place an order for a Corvette with the Z51 performance package will have to wait a year or more. It could take so long that these cars might technically be 2015 models.

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Are ‘Vette owners more extreme about their cars than most? | Corvetteforum

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Sharing this from the Corvette Forum.

After you read this you might think, Corvette drivers are … well….Richard Craniums… but I think this is an issue with any car person with a car they love. community-ocd-600x396 My wife is like that with new cars – Nissan and two Lexus brand cars over the years.  I’ve been less so, I think with my ’70 Mustang (now going to a large collector) and my two Corvettes (C4 and C6) – well maybe not.

But generally I don’t make people take their shoes off before getting in my car.  No smoking of course and eating and drinking are fine.  Spills will get you tossed out at the next stop however.

Got “Not in my car!!!” moment?  Share it here.

Thanks for reading.



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2014 Camaro Concept Is ALSO Bumblebee In Transformers 4 – LSXTV

If it is reall….I REALLY like it!!!!

2014 Camaro Concept Is ALSO Bumblebee In Transformers 4 – LSXTV.






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Video: Edelbrock’s 8th Annual Revved Up 4 Kids Car Show – RodAuthority.com

Video: Edelbrock’s 8th Annual Revved Up 4 Kids Car Show – RodAuthority.com.

Some great cars at the Edelbrock Kids Car show (which kids – big kids?  both!!!)

I love his Malibu!!!  Under appreciated when they came out and still today they are more often thought of as the lesser brother the the Chevelle.


Cragger and the like.  Great looking car.

Wrecked – 1956 Chevrolet Bel Air

1956 Chevrolet Bel Air-Part.

1956 Chevrolet Bel Air

But there are other, equally cool cars that you might take a fancy too and want to restore.  Finding stuff can be a problem.  My new feature “Wrecked” might help you out with finding those parts.

I’m doing this in conjunction with listing on PartingOut.Com  they pull together a lot of cars and many are southwestern cars, that means less debilitating rest on the parts you need.  And that’s where I found this very near completed parts car.

So before the ’57 Chevy craze there was the 1956 Chevy’s (really?….yes!!). No glitz of big fins and gobs of super shiny chrome there were the still cool Chevy’s.  The 1956 Bel Air was the one of the cool cars.

Chevy can in a several flavors, plain (One Fifty – 1500A), chocolate (Two Ten – 2100 B) and refined mocha mint (Bel Air – 2400C) – which include the very cool Nomad.  With over 600,000 Bel Airs produced that year, (approximately  1.5 million produced over all) you are still bound to find some good used parts.  (Who came up with the numbering systems – One Fifty – 1500A?)

They all came with station wagon variations but only the Bel Air came in a drop top (only about 41K of those made).


There were only  two engines (six cylinder and eight).  The six was iron displacing 235.5 cubic inches with overhead valves, a bore and stroke of 3 – 9/16″ x 3-15/16″,  hydraulic lifters and four main bearing, producing 104 hp. All this goodness topped with Rochester one barrel on the automatic Powerglide Model 700200 or a Carter one barrel model 2101S and the standard shift, Rochester one barrel model 7007181.

The V8 was iron as well, displacing 265 cubic inches.  The bore and stroke of 3.75″x3″ and compression ratio of 8.0:1 helped to produce  162 hp w/the standard or Touch-down transmission (topped with  Rochester two barrel – model 7009909 ) or 170 hp with the PowerGlide transmission topped with a Carter two barrel model 2286s.

Normally I’ll stop there but there some cool power train options. Check these out:

- a four barrel Super Turbo-Fire V8 with 205hp and compression of 9.25:1 and any choice of transmission

- a 225 hp dual 4 bl carbs set up on the same engine block

The two door station wagon were call Handyman.

The taillight 0n the left hand side was in fact the fuel door.

1956 Chevy.  No glitz but very cool.

1956 Chevy. No glitz but very cool.


Thanks for reading and drop a note if you own 1956 Chevy.