A recent Barn Find that could use some help, this 1954 Bel Air isn’t a driver but has some “solid” qualities that make it a worthwhile car to invest some time and effort into. Fairly complete, this Bel Air has a great patina as per the seller’s description, but this Chevy may be better suited for a restoration. With 6 days remaining, the opening bid of $2,250 is still open or the buy it now price of $3,000 will get you this Chevy. Check it out here on ebay out of Point Clear, Alabama.
The original 235 cubic inch inline 6 is still present, but is locked solid without a cylinder head, and some other missing parts. A Chevy 350 V8 would propel this car nicely, and this is even a factory 3 speed manual transmission car. There is a generous amount of surface rust all over the engine bay, but there doesn’t appear to be any rotted or thin areas. The inner fenders are solid, as is the firewall, giving some hope for this American classic.
Inside there is a worn bench seat, and some beat up door panels. The dash wears a nice patina and the dash trim is all accounted for. The temperature control is misaligned, but the remainder of the dash components are in place. Surprisingly the steering wheel is in nice condition with no cracking from heat or sun exposure. The interior carpeting is missing but in this case it is nice as the floors can be examined. There are a few rust spots in the floors, but the flooring is quite solid in this Bel Air. There is a hole near the driver foot area where the frame and body meet. Also there is small area in the driver rear foot well. These areas although rusted do not appear to be terribly thin, where patch panels could likely be used instead of replacing the entire floor. The passenger side floor looks quite solid, as does the trunk floor.
The exterior is lightly glazed with surface rust, but there are a few minor areas of concern. There is a small rectangle about 2” by 5” cut out of the driver side door along the trim line. There was surely some rot there that has been cut out there as well as on the driver side lower quarter panel. Also there appears to be a small area of rot on the “C” pillar between the rear window and the side window. Also the rockers are borderline crispy with rust, and perhaps some rot as well. It is difficult to make out from the images. Despite the heavy patina and other flaws, this Chevrolet looks like a worthwhile roller that could certainly be put back on the road. Would you jump on this Bel Air project for the $2,250 asking price?