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Restoration of 1950 Chevy Styleline Special 2 Door Sedan

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    Hello All,
    I am new to this forum and want to share with you the recent restoration of my 1950 Styleline Special.
    My wife and I had been away from old cars for a number of years. A case of Life getting in the way of fun and hobbies. A few years ago we got back into old cars and looked for a nice car that we could take on driving tours with the local clubs. We found this nearly original two owner 30k mile 1950 Chevy with want looked like a decent 10 year old paint job and no obvious body rust. As most of these stories go, we paid too much for the car and the paint was not all that good!!!!

    Details of the car: 1950 Styleline Special, Mayland black, 216ci, 3 speed manual, rubber floor mat, decent orginal interior, nice chrome, and the heater, radio, oil filter, and wind up clock options were dealer installed in 1950. The heater, radio and clock still work. This little Chevy is truly and entire level vehicle.

    Once we got it home and cleaned it up I found paint cracks in a number of locations but the paint did shine. I performed the usual service activities and tune up. The carburetor and fuel pump along with the gas tank and exhaust system needed replaced to get the car on the road. We drove the Chevy several 100 miles the first year and the little 216 performed well, burning no oil, started easily, and running like a watch. The low mileage was evident in the smooth running engine and smooth riding suspension.

    As winter approached in central Ohio, I thought I would try to touch up the Mayland black paint and deal with the cracking. That really seemed like a good idea at the time! What happened next is a story that has been repeated many times. The touch up job became a complete strip down to bear metal all glass out and chrome off base coat clear coat repaint. The cracked paint turned out to be a misguided attempt by the son of the original owner to repair dents prior to the repaint. We found Bondo in the dents over the original paint which was failing stay in place. The good news was that there was no body rusy to be repaired. Only dents to hammer and dolly out with minimal filler. The usual epoxy primer applied and light filler, and block sanding was performed. The good news and bad news is; the paint job turned out wonderful. Why bad and good? The paint looked so good that new weather stripping and rubber was in order. Then new wiring harnesses all around, engine bay detailed, and while we were at it why not replace the shabby headliner, visors, wind-lace, window felt, and door cards. The original seat covers and rubber floor mat were nice enough to keep.

    By the time we were finished with this little entire level Chevy was nearly like new and looking good. I few photos are attached. I am pleased at 69 years of age, I was able to recall all of the old car skills I learned as a young man on this project. Though the course of this project we met many wonderfully talented and great old car folks.

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