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How to Mind the Gaps on Tri-Five Chevys

  • Remember, a 1955-57 Chevy body is bolted to a rigid steel frame/chassis and that proper body fit can only be achieved via proper
  • The door opening on all 1955-57 2-door cars should be 45-11/16" when measured between the flat area on the main A-pillar at the
  • For cowl angle, you'll need to add/remove shims between the body and the frame at No 1 Body Mounting and No 2 Body Mounting.
  • To move the cowl ahead, which will increase the distance between the A-pillars and the quarters, you'll need to remove shims at
  • When you do this, the door gap at the quarter will go haywire - the rear of the door will rise above the top of the quarter. Tha
  • When you do this, the door gap at the quarter will go haywire - the rear of the door will rise above the top of the quarter. Tha
  • When you do this, the door gap at the quarter will go haywire - the rear of the door will rise above the top of the quarter. Tha
  • When you do this, the door gap at the quarter will go haywire - the rear of the door will rise above the top of the quarter. Tha
  • When you do this, the door gap at the quarter will go haywire - the rear of the door will rise above the top of the quarter. Tha
  • With some patience and skill, you'll be able to achieve excellent gaps between the front end sheet metal and the cowl/firewall a
  • Remember, a 1955-57 Chevy body is bolted to a rigid steel frame/chassis and that proper body fit can only be achieved via proper
  • The door opening on all 1955-57 2-door cars should be 45-11/16" when measured between the flat area on the main A-pillar at the
  • For cowl angle, you'll need to add/remove shims between the body and the frame at No 1 Body Mounting and No 2 Body Mounting.
  • To move the cowl ahead, which will increase the distance between the A-pillars and the quarters, you'll need to remove shims at
  • When you do this, the door gap at the quarter will go haywire - the rear of the door will rise above the top of the quarter. Tha
  • When you do this, the door gap at the quarter will go haywire - the rear of the door will rise above the top of the quarter. Tha
  • When you do this, the door gap at the quarter will go haywire - the rear of the door will rise above the top of the quarter. Tha
  • When you do this, the door gap at the quarter will go haywire - the rear of the door will rise above the top of the quarter. Tha
  • When you do this, the door gap at the quarter will go haywire - the rear of the door will rise above the top of the quarter. Tha
  • With some patience and skill, you'll be able to achieve excellent gaps between the front end sheet metal and the cowl/firewall a

Super-wide gaps between the hood and fenders to the cowl top and doors can be a frustrating problem on both original and reproduction 1955-57 Chevy bodies. With the front fenders adjusted all the way back to fit the doors, and the doors fitting the quarters and rockers properly, the gaps can still be far too wide.

Real Deal Steel has produced the following how-to guide for correcting these gaps. View the annotated photo gallery above for all the steps.

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