55, 56, 57 Chevy Rust Repair Panels
With styling and performance on its side, the 1955 Chevrolet made it to the top of the chart with record sales of over 1.64 million vehicles. A new optional powerful V8 with a four barrel carburetor boasted 180 horsepower claiming to flatten any hill you could climb. Clean body line styling and color-coordinated interiors made this car a welcome sight for buyers.
Although this car had the same wheelbase as the previous year (115”), the overall weight of the car was greatly reduced. Besides the V8 engine weighing 40 lbs. less than the 235 six-cylinder engine, there were other weight saving additions. One was the eggcrate style grille, lightening the front end and while combining it with the eyebrow headlights it brought a whole new look. The appearance of the car also looked longer because of the lower flatter roof style. When the 1956 Chevy was introduced in the market Chevrolet boasted of its power and the 19 different models you could choose from. To name just a few:
- Bel Air Sport Coupe hardtop
- Bel Air Nomad Wagon
- Bel Air Sport Sedan
- Bel Air four-door sedan
- Bel Air convertible
- Bel Air Beauville, 9-seat wagon
- Two-Ten two-door sedan
- Two-Ten Sport sedan
- Two-Ten Handyman wagon
- One-Fifty Handyman wagon
With 283,125 built, the most popular 1956 Chevrolet was the Two-Ten four-door. In 1957, you could purchase the basic model of the Bel Air convertible for $2611.00. And today, even though Ford sold over 170,000 more cars in 1957 than Chevrolet, the 1957 Chevy is considered a more desirable car by enthusiasts. Why is that? Some of the reasons could be Chevy’s one horsepower per cubic inch, “Ramjet” fuel injection. At 6200 rpm the car boasted 283 bhp. The new Turboglide transmission, available on the 283-equipped cars only, was lighter by 82 pounds. It offered a kickdown feature for passing, activated by pressing the accelerator to the floor. The extreme face-lift with new looks for the front and rear of the car. Attention to detail gave the ’57 Chevrolet a lower, longer look. In actuality it was, 2.5 inches longer and 1.5” lower.
Complete front fenders for your 1955, 1956 or 1957 Chevrolet Bel Air Sport, Nomad, Two-Ten, or Convertible are almost impossible to find. However, if you are looking to replace just a section of your fender, you have come to the right place. The front fender sections we carry include the lower rear section in 13” or 23” high, the headlight cap area extending back about 5 inches, and fender support brackets. A common problem many people find after removing a fender is additional rust hidden in the wheelhouse and radiator support brackets. Mill Supply has many panels to repair and replace the most common rust-out panels found on these older vehicles. There are literally hundred of replacement panels for the 1955, 1956, & 1957 Chevy car.
Our 55-56-57 Chevy doorskins, both Inner lower doorskins and outer full skins are made to be an exact replacement for your 1955, 1956 or 1957 Chevy car doors. The outer doorskins include a lip to wrap around the lower edge and side edges of the door. The upper edge the door has the correct wrap-in with pre-punched holes for weatherstrip. Handle holes are accurately pre-stamped for a perfect fit. Inner lower door skins cover an area of about 8 inches up from the bottom. These stampings are a must when the inner door bottom is rusted out. Also available are the “A” and “B” pillars for hardtop and convertibles. These panels replace the rusted areas on the lower areas of the frame of the door.
Quality, heavy-duty rockers for 2 door and 4 door 1955, 1956 and 1957 Chevrolet Bel Air, Nomad, Two-Ten and Convertible are available through Mill Supply, Inc. These heavy gauge rocker panels can be ordered in a slip-on type that would replace the outer section of your existing rocker, or the OE type that would replace your entire rocker. Rocker panels must be welded and take great accuracy to mount. This job is not recommended for a novice. Inner rockers are also available and recommended when replacing your entire existing rocker panel.
Whether you are replacing just the rear section of your quarter panel or the entire quarter panel, Mill Supply has the section you need. Quarters and quarters sections for 1955, 1956 and 1957 Chevy’s are available for the lower front and lower rear area. The 1955 Chevy full quarters fit the Hardtop and Convertible and can be altered in the middle upper area, where the crease is (it must be cut away), to fit the Sedan. Full quarters are also available for the 1955 Nomad. In 1956 the quarters were the same for all models as with the 1957 Chevy models. The full rear quarters for the 1956 and 1957 models reach up to the crown line. If your car has excessive rust beyond and behind the quarters we also carry wheelhouse sections, spare tire wells, inner rear quarters at the edge of the trunk area, and dog legs (the area in front of the rear wheel for the four door models).