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I changed up my 57 a little bit. I'm not sure if I'm going the gasser route or not, after looking at old pictures it looks more like an old super stock. A straight axle would solve that.

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I like gassers but that is a great look for the car. But I'm always on the side of the way out there build. That is a really nice car though no matter what direction you take. Mark L
 

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Thanks Mark! I'll probably keep the car as it is. If I ever get a 55 Chevy it will be a gasser, straight axle and all.
 

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But, but, but, the 5-7 makes a bitchin' gasser---just saying, heh! Mark L
 

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Looks great! Probably wouldn't be in one of the stock classes anyway with the engine change, so it falls more into the gas classes with a big block.
 

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Thanks guys! Instead of the straight axle swap, which I think would be a lot of work for me, I may do the ball joint extensions/ heavier shocks upgrade.
 

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Thanks guys! Instead of the straight axle swap, which I think would be a lot of work for me, I may do the ball joint extensions/ heavier shocks upgrade.
Easy enough to do to get the look, and easy to reverse if you change your mind... oh, and a lot easier on the wallet $$$. :D

Love your car. It looks great like it is, but just imagine how tough it could look.

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The ball joint extensions and heavier springs are easier, if you consider it's mostly a boltin, where an axle is a fair amount of fab work. But going back afterwards is not so easy. When you install the extensions you'll find the ball joint extension moves the upper control arm down, which also brings it inward. The inward move makes it closer to the frame, and it will hit the side of the bump stop that's rivetted and welded to the frame. If you don't take that bump stop off the frame it will eventually either break the extension, or crack the control arm. So it takes some cutting to remove it considering how Chevy put it on, and that's a bit of a chore, plus tough to go back later. I guess you can go back, and just not have that top end bump stop, as it's rarely used.
The really tough part of the ball joint ext. install is those heavy springs! They kicked our rear trying to compress them enough to get them into the location!
 

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Thanks for the comments everyone.

1946Austin thanks for all of the good advice on installing the ball joint extensions. That install sounds and looks easier than a straight axle. Plus I can go back to my original setup if I ever choose to in the future.

The raised front end is the main thing that is keeping me from "Gasser status".

Thanks again everyone,

Joe
 

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You're welcome Joe! Jeff (1956 Chevy Gasser) and I put them in his '56 and it looks great with them. Really lifted it up in the front!
 
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