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IML: 1957 performance ??



Hi Johnny,
Most of the guys here on the list are pretty adamant about keeping
their cars stock, but there are a few of us out here who like to
modify them too.
My first suggestion would be to get the car back to an original
running/driving condition and then go from there.
If you have the original 392 and the original running gear, you'd be
pleasantly surprised as to how well these cars perform restored back
to their original condition.
I agree about the disk brakes and dual master cylinder upgrades, but I
think the other things could be left alone and you'd still have a
pretty awesome car.
Let me know if I can be of help. I have (2) '57's and a '58, two in
drivable condition and all are  undergoing restoration.
-Cheers,
-Mike in Oregon




On Nov 8, 2007 1:33 PM, Johnny Nordman <johnny.nordman@xxxxxxxxx> wrote:
> 1957 Performance Imperial
>
> Hi guys !
>
> I´ve got a -57 coupe in bad shape. Instead of restoring it I´m thinking
> about building
> a mild pro-street Imperial.
> A few years ago I had a -66 Chevy Caprice which I "hot-rodded" with stiffer
> bushings, gas shocks,
> discbrakes all around, I rebuilt the rear axle to a  racing type of 4-link
> axle. I put in a 4 gear
> manual and rebuilt the original 327 to a high revving 400 hp engine.
> The results were surprisingly good. The car drove like a sports car and a
> could keep up with turbo BMW:s
> and curved roads.
> Now I want to do something similar with my -57.
> Any ideas about the chassis, brakes, stering, gearbox?
>
> Thanks J.Nordman
>
>
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