1959 Chevrolet Bel Air Two-Door Post Street Rod

Condition Used
Body Coupe
Make Chevrolet
Model Bel Air
Mileage 20148 mi
Fuel type Gasoline
Year 1959
Transmission Manual
Exterior Color Blue
History Yes
VIN: D590108365

A 348-cu.in. “W” engine is a rare sight in a 1959 Chevrolet sedan, but that’s what the factory installed in this Bel Air. The original transmission was a two-speed Powerglide automatic (further adding to the uniqueness), but upgraded to a ST-10 four-speed manual transmission from a 1962 Chevy Impala. The engine has less than 1,000 miles on it since the rebuild. Three “deuces” top the intake manifold. The seller says cold starts are “quick,” even after the car has sat for a while, and he reports that there’s no smoke and that the engine stays on fast idle until it’s warmed up. The only reported weeping is from the breather tube. The transmission was rebuilt with new bearings and synchronizers at the same time as the engine rebuild and is controlled by a Hurst Competition shifter. A frame-on restoration was performed two years ago and included a small rust repair to the left rear quarter panel before the paintwork. The seller reports a couple very minor paint chips and some minor wiper scratches on the windshield. All the side glass is new, as are the seals and window felts. All the lights work, including the glovebox light. The interior was restored with all new custom upholstery and carpeting. The headliner is also new, and the interior trim components are perfect. Gauge functions are reported as fine except that the fuel gauge can be sporadic. A Moon Equipment tachometer was strapped to the steering column. The door armrests are Impala items. The radio and speaker are new. The suspension has been updated and lowered in front with tubular upper and lower control arms. A dual master cylinder was added along with front disc brakes that feature drilled and slotted rotors. New bushings were installed in the rear trailing arms and the shock absorbers are new. The steering is manual, but there isn’t any play. The tires are six years old with 8/32-inch remaining tread. The front tires are sized 215/65R15 and the rears are 235/60R15. The custom wheels are from American Racing and they “look new.”