Daily Features

JULY 2018: A 1958 CHEVY BEL AIR GOES FROM AN AUCTION CAR TO A SHOW STAR

By on June 30, 2018
IMGP4009

IMGP4010

 

The 1958 Chevrolet Bel Air was a model below the famous Impala; a flashy Chevy that debuted in ’58

 

Chevrolet had just phased out the large-finned 1957 Chevy, along with a three year body style that later gained fame as the Tri-fives (1955-57 Chevys).

 

The 1958 Chevy stood completely apart from its Tri-five predecessors and forged its own identity in the automotive world.

 

Initially, the ’58 Chevy was not as well received as the Tri-fives in the car hobby, but car guys have given this Chevy a big boost in popularity over the past few decades.

 

IMGP4008

 

Wayne Maitland attended a charity car auction a few years ago to bid on a 1956 Cadillac. Wayne was a volunteer for the auction who saw the 1958 Bel Air before it crossed the floor and considered its purchase in a Plan B sense.

 

IMGP9361

 

Wayne implemented Plan B when the Caddy sold for an amount beyond his willingness to bid; thus he became the proud new owner of a 1958 Chevrolet Bel Air four-door sedan. Most of the cars at the auction were sold in their original condition, including the ’58 Chevy, so they required work before they were roadworthy.

 

IMGP1814

 

The Bel Air had its factory 283 engine and three-on-the-tree manual transmission. The 283 engine needed plenty of work, so Wayne decided to pull it in favor of a new crate 350 engine that bolted right up to the tranny.

 

IMGP4007

 

The 283 engine was an early predecessor to the 350 small block, so the 350 shared many of the same characteristics of the 283.

 

ad-MSCC Logo

 

Wayne wanted to leave the auction with a “unique car”, in his words, so a 1958 Chevy fit his requirements because he feels that “anybody and everybody has a Tri-five.”

 

IMGP4005

 

The Chevy needed a frame-off restoration to meet Wayne’s standards and the car required new floor and trunk pans to reach this goal. Wayne also put seat belts in the car to meet his personal safety standards.

 

IMGP4016

 

The Chevy has an upgraded aftermarket radiator to handle the cooling system on the new engine. The net result from the restoration was a refurbished car that makes Wayne comfortable enough to drive the 60-year-old car to shows. “It’s (the ’58 Chevy) pretty much new”, according to Wayne.

 

IMGP4018

 

The car has caught the eye of show judges and won its class at Calgary, Alberta’s World of Wheels show in 2015 and 2017.

 

IMGP4025

 

MyStarCollectorCar mentioned the car was restored so Wayne can drive it whenever he wants to jump behind the wheel and head out on the road in his ’58 Bel Air. Wayne told MSCC that his now-350 Chevy will “go as fast as you want” on the road.

 

IMGP4019

 

The car “runs like a top” in Wayne’s words and he enjoys every moment in the Chevy. He stuck to the original factory designation in many ways, so the Chevy still has its original manual drum brake and steering system.

 

IMGP4024

 

Wayne replaced the front end (steering/suspension system) on the Chevy and said the car was now ”better than new”, in his opinion.

 

IMGP4021

 

The story about this 1958 Chevrolet Bel Air auction car has a happy ending for the car and its new owner. In other words, a MyStarCollectorCar kind of story.  

 

 

BY: Jim Sutherland

Jim Sutherland is a veteran automotive writer whose work has been published by many major print and online publications. The list includes Calgary Herald, The Truth About Cars, Red Deer Advocate, RPM Magazine, Edmonton Journal, Montreal Gazette, Windsor Star, Vancouver Province, and Post Media Wheels Section.  

 

 

 

print
102 Total Views 1 Views Today

About admin

You must be logged in to post a comment Login

Facebook

Featured Ads

Rear View Mirror

70-imgp9916

NOVEMBER 18, 2014: 70s TRUCKS–THE MISUNDERSTOOD AND UNLOVED REFUGEES FROM THE “ME DECADE”

  The 70s were a great decade for people and relaxed codes of social conduct, but not so much for Motor City’s finest because most vehicles from 70s Detroit...

November 18, 2014 View more...
46-imgp1546

NOVEMBER 28, 2013 (DECEMBER 2013): A BROTHER AND SISTER SHARE FAMILY MEMORIES WITH A 1946 WILLYS JEEP

  Jeeps were the little four-wheeled soldiers of WW II and played a vital role in the Allied war effort during that period.   The Jeep has always held...

November 28, 2013 View more...
dec12-26moon jim pix thursday shows and super run 140-001

NOVEMBER 29, 2012 (DECEMBER 2012): EVER HEARD OF A MOON? HERE IS A FOUR-WHEELED VERSION FROM 1926

  The Moon Motor Company was around for 25 years (1905-30).   It seems strange that many people, including us, were unaware of this car company’s existence, given that...

November 29, 2012 View more...
aidanthursjim pix a 153window-1

NOVEMBER 2, 2011: AIDAN FITZGERALD 1991-2011-YOU ARE NEVER TOO OLD TO HAVE HEROES

  On Monday October 31st the world hit 7 billion people, but it was short one extraordinary human being by the end of the day.   Aidan Fitzgerald passed...

November 2, 2011 View more...

Most Viewed

My Star Showcase

IMGP4615-001

JULY 2018 ROAD WARRIORS—THIS IS WHY SUMMER IS ACTUALLY A COOL SEASON

  Winter is the enemy of classic iron but summer is its best friend.   That’s why you’ll see cars like this shoebox Ford in the summer months because...

July 13, 2018 View more...
mill-jjmscc_Neon

MSCC MARKET REPORT 2018

  MSCC MARKET REPORT 2018   Welcome to the MyStarCollectorCar Market Report.   This will be a regional look at prices for collector vehicles based on actual sales so...

August 3, 2017 View more...
products-IMGP5647

MSCC Products and Services Showcase

These are all great businesses and they support MyStarCollector Car through their advertising  so we can continue to bring you our  insight into the old car hobby 365 days...

July 13, 2016 View more...
116-006

JULY 2018 CAR SHOWS AND EVENTS MYSTARCOLLECTORCAR

JULY 2018 CAR SHOWS AND EVENTS     JUNE 29-JULY 1: BRUDENELL PEI,  PEI Street Rod Association’s 40th Annual Show ‘n Shine   JULY 1: SALTSPRING ISLAND, BC Canada...

October 3, 2015 View more...

More At My Star

SUMMERTIME AND THE LIVING IS EASY AT THE SYLVAN LAKE CAR SHOW

  Sylvan Lake is a resort town located in the heartland of Alberta.   The community has plenty of public lakefront access to one of Central Alberta’s most famous and popular summer vacation spots on its Lakeshore Drive.     Sylvan Lake also has a very active vintage car culture and plays host to an See More

FIVE NEW-FANGLED CAR GADGETS THAT WOULD BE A GOOD FIT ON OLD CARS

  The gulf between new cars and old cars has gotten larger because new cars have enough 21st century technology to make George Jetson feel right at home-with the exception of an anti-gravity option.   2018 cars also have more computer chips than Rosie the insecure and incompetent robot/housekeeper from the Jetsons TV cartoon.   See More

CLIMBING THE LADDER OF SUCCESS WITH A 1966 PLYMOUTH BELVEDERE I

  My father purchased exactly one brand new car during his lifetime.   The car was a 1966 Plymouth Belvedere I and I can still recall how that four-door sedan rocked my world as a kid.   The first thing I remember was the new car smell inside the Belvedere because it was indeed a See More

MSCC JULY 7 FIVE FOR FRIDAY FIVE COOL CHEVYS THAT ARE NOT ON THE STANDARD ISSUE CAMARO/’VETTE/TRI-FIVE LIST

  The default position for many car guys involves an undying love for ultra-popular Chevy brands that dominate the market and fulfill their ownership dreams once they purchase their famous vintage car.   Their entire automotive adventure is wrapped up in bowties and folklore.   The popular Chevy models established their foothold in the car See More

Editor’s Picks

MA_MyStar_RT

JULY 28, 2018 MICHENER ALLEN COLLECTOR CAR AUCTION SHOWCASES THIS ’69 CHARGER RT TRIBUTE

            ’69 Charger RT Tribute–click here for all the details.   FUNDER WHEELS FORMULA 1 GO CART     *Here’s the incredible history behind...

June 25, 2018 View more...
red deerCapture-001

11th Annual Red Deer Fall Finale Classic Sept 7 to 9, 2018

11th Annual Red Deer Fall Finale Classic Sept 7 to 9, 2018 COLLECTOR CAR AUCTION – CLASSIC CAR AUCTION The 11th Annual Fall Finale Classic Car Auction September 7th...

May 31, 2018 View more...
22007691_907276265760_7140608964278892216_n-001

THE BALLAD OF THELMA: PART 1–CAN A HOLLEY SNIPER EFI SAVE THE DAY?

  Thelma is a member of our family.   She’s our 1977 Chrysler Newport.   She’s the two-door model with the Chrysler 400 cubic-inch engine.     She’s named...

May 26, 2018 View more...
hag

IS THE MANUAL TRANSMISSION POISED TO MAKE A COMEBACK? THE HAGERTY DRIVING EXPERIENCE SURE HOPES SO

  The manual transmission is a mystery to many younger drivers.   There are many reasons for this but the biggest reason is technology.       We’re on the brink...

May 21, 2018 View more...

Car Shows and Events

MA_MyStar_RT
JULY 28, 2018 MICHENER ALLEN COLLECTOR CAR AUCTION SHOWCASES THIS ’69 CHARGER RT TRIBUTE

            ’69 Charger RT Tribute–click here for all the details.   FUNDER WHEELS FORMULA 1 GO CART     *Here’s the incredible history behind...

June 25, 2018
ST1
SAINT ALBERT ROCK’N AUGUST—THE BIG SHOW RETURNS AUGUST 7-11

  Rock’n August is one of Western Canada’s biggest annual car shows.   The whole community gets behind this week-long event because this is a showcase for the best...

December 16, 2017
IMG_4818
JULY 28, 2018 19th ANNUAL MICHENER ALLEN CLASSIC AND COLLECTOR CAR AUCTION

FEATURE CAR—THIS MONSTER ’69 CHARGER       The 2nd Generation Chargers are widely seen as one of the most iconic muscle cars ever built. They looked fast from...

June 19, 2017
red deerCapture-001
11th Annual EG AUCTION Red Deer Fall Finale Classic Sept 7 to 9, 2018

11th Annual EG AUCTION Red Deer Fall Finale Classic Sept 7 to 9, 2018   COLLECTOR CAR AUCTION – CLASSIC CAR AUCTION The 11th Annual Fall Finale Classic Car...

April 21, 2017

Ads

Ads responsive