In the summer of 1979, I purchased a 54 Chevy
Belair 2-door from one of my high school teachers,
in Riverton, Wyoming. This was my very first car,
and I drove it for more than 15 years. Eventually,
it ended up getting stored on my in-law's property
near Roseville, California.
One summer day, in 1999, a brush fire tore through
the area, and ignited the left front tire of the
car, generating internal temperatures in excess of
800 degrees F.
Carpets burned. Paint bubbled. Pot metal ran like
water. Plastic melted, and wires turned to carbon.
I was devastated.
But now,10 years later, I have undertaken the
project of restoring this car! The Lady will rise!
The purpose of this website is to document the
process of restoring my Chevy. I am NOT
concentrating on the finished product (given that I
don't have one yet!) Instead, I am concentrating on
documenting the restoration PROCESS in intimate
detail. As I complete a small task on the Chevy, I
will add a section to this site with annotated
photos. I expect to complete about 1 new sub-task
(e.g., rebuilding the brakes) each month. The site
will grow as I make progress on the Chevy. Thanks
for taking an interest in my hobby!
Updated 11 Mar., 2012, to add a section on
rebuilding the wiper motors.