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This Video tells you what this page is all about. This replica of a 1949 Mercurey is all hand built in Ernie Adams home garage. No checkbook car here!!

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Bill Ramsdens Museum and collection

Nestled in the beautiful Carson Valley south of Carson City, Nevada, you can find an outstanding collection of nostalgia, classic garages, antique cars, tractors and other rare items collected and preserved by Bill Ramsden

Musings of the Webmaster

Of Garages and Men.

The best laid plans of garages and men often go awry. No, this is not some wierd adaptation of a John Steinbeck novel, but rather a personal perspective of what I call "garage nirvana". Buddha described nirvana as "the highest happiness" as well as "the perfect peace of the state of mind that is free from craving, anger and other afflictive states". I guess that about sums up the feeling I get when I stare into a treasure trove filled garage for the first time. I don't know about you, but I find garages full of automobilia pretty fascinating. Lets take a deeper look at this garage fixation that I have.

The way I see it, garages come in three flavors:

1) The Empty Garage.
This is the garage that is always kept spotless. It's plain, flat white walls stand out like beacons in the night. There has never been a vehicle behind it's doors. The polished cement floors have never seen a drop of anything petroleum based. It's vacant space will usually be home to a spare refrigerator and may even temporarly house a folding, portable game table, but mostly it remains empty. The empty garage is not to be confused with one that has been carpeted and has a TV, couch and games in it, for this is no longer considered a garage, it's a redneck living room.

2) The Faux Garage.
This is the garage that from all external appearances appears like a normal garage. Upon closer inspection, it is discovered that it's really a museum in disguise. The floor will usually be checkered tile or epoxy with a speckled pattern. The inside is cleaner then most hospitals and there is enough lighting to perform surgery. It's considerable interior acreage will be occupied by either a late model Corvette and/or an over restored muscle car that was an impulse purchase at a Barrett-Jackson auction. For all intensive purposes, the vehicles never move, hence the polished oil drip pans resting below them. A tool box may be present but it will be brand new, polished to a shine, and full of tools that will never be used.

Look at this Garage

3) The Used Garage.
This is the garage that is thoroughly used, both in storage capacity and utility. The owner will know every square inch of it, and there may even be pathways cut through all of it's "storage". There may or may not be room for a vehicle, depending on the owners needs or the quality of paint on said vehicle. It will house lots of cool parts and even cooler memories. Most items will be shelved and labeled. Rodents will fear entering this labyrinth for the simple reason that they might be categorizied and put away. You may even feel more at home in this garage then in your room. Some have even chosen to install a commode just to avoid having to use the one in the house. There will usually be an old refrigerator covered in vintage performance stickers strictly used for soda or beer. The used garage is not to be confused with one that is chuck loaded full of junk, for this is no longer considered a garage, it is simply a room of crap or just an oversized trash dumpster owned by a pack rat.

The used garage is my favorite garage because it is the one that says the most about the owner. It is also the one that is the most fascinating. I remember growing up and venturing out in my dad's garage. The casual observer would have just seen a garage full of useless stuff, but I knew better. As I got to know that garage better and better, I discovered all the treasures that it held. Whatever I needed at the time, it seemed that I could find it in there. Nut? Bolt? Porcelain insulator? It was in there. I found everything from flat head parts to radio tubes.

General Information About Tri Five Chevys

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1955 conv
1955 Chevrolet
It only happens once in an engineer’s life time, when a company like Chevrolet hands you a blank sheet of paper and says: “Design us a car from scratch”.
That’s the chance Edward Nicholas Cole was given with the 1955 Chevrolet in May of 1952. “We got a big kick out of designing this new Chevrolet, and you will get an even bigger one out of driving it”. Said Ed Cole, Chevrolet Chief Engineer, of the hot new Chevrolet.
Chevrolet shed its old image in 1955, replacing it with all new “Motoramic” styling. more...
1956 conv
1956 Chevrolet
With the production of Chevrolet's 1956, "The Hot One" got even hotter. After exciting and revolutionary changes in 1955, fans might have wondered what General Motors and Chevrolet would do for a follow up in the production year 1956
.They should not have worried, for there would be more style, more power and more refinements. "It's got frisky new power, V8 or 6, to make the going sweeter and the passing safer. It's agile, quick, solid and sure on the road" said one new Chevrolet ad in 1956. . more...
1957 coupe
1957 Chevrolet
The 1957 Chevrolet not only looked different than the 1956 and 1955 Chevrolet but, looked better. Body side trim was completely different and more appealing. Especially the anodized aluminum body panel along the side of each 1957 Bel Air
One Fifties continued with a short vertical slash molding at the beltline dip, meeting a half length horizontal bar running back along the upper quarter panel. Two Tens had a sloping full length strip that split into a wedge on the quarter panel. The wedge was painted to match the roof color on two tone cars. more...
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Technical Information

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Classic Performance Products Additional tecnical articles here
1955 Assembly manual
Classic Chevy Assembly Manual
1955 Assembly manual 1956 Assembly manual 1957 Chevy assembly manual

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57 chevy engine
What's Painted What
How to determine what to paint your engine and body parts on a 1955, 1956, or 1957 Chevy -- Click here
brake booster
Brake Boosters
All about brake boosters. How they work, how to repair, How to maintain
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Discussion sites
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chevy talk
Chevy Talk
Online forems for the chevrolet enthusiast
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Block Sanding a GTO First of two articles on Block sanding, Read Both
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How to get a straight body on a 70 Chevelle Read this article for some tips and tools for proper block sanding
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PPG K36 can be used as a primer or as a sealer Here is some info on PPG K36 Primer/Sealer which I have used. K36 replaces the old K200 which was my favorite. The new K36 is a bit harder to sand but it can also be mixed as a sealer which K200 could not and it is less porous

. The specs below WILL tell you how to mix it. But the guys saying to mix with the K201 hardner, either have never used it or are morons. The mix is 4:2:2:1, thats 4 parts K36, 2 parts DMD tint or 2021 clear, 2 parts DT reducer, 1 part DCX 8 hardner.

You can NOT mix it with straight basecoat paint, it should be mixed DMD or DCC or 2021 clear. Tinting does affect color hiding but using 2021 instead of the tint makes K36 sealer spray SOOOO much easier and smoother -- Ben

K36 as a primer: P-169P spec
K36 as a Sealer, Must use with DCC: P-169S Spec

Restoration of a 1957 Chevrolet Splsh pan

K36 sealer components splash top sealed splash top sealed topcoat ingredients splash gloss black staple anti squeal completed

The front splash pan is the lower filler panel between the radiator support and the front bumper. It also serves as the mount for the front grill. In 1957 this panel was painted gloss black unlike the rest of the inner panels which are painted semi gloss black. The 1955 and 1956 splash pans were painted semi gloss black. In preparation for paint, remove the rubber anti-spueak seals by removing the staples and remove the small bumbers if present. Then repair any dents in the panel, primer the panel and sand to a smooth finish. Take care not to sand through to bare metal. Small areas of metal of 1/4 in. will be OK as we will prime using K36.

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Custom Frame custom frame by Ironworks
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Engine Timing


• MANIFOLD – Below the carb – highest at idle and decreases as the throttle is opened – zero at WOT

• PORTED – Above the carb throttle blades – zero vacuum at idle, increases off-idle and thru part throttle – drops to zero at WOT
Usually the best vacuum performance is obtained by hooking the advance diaphragm can to the ported vacuum source, however many auto trans vehicles will idle better using manifold vacuum.
If there is a throttle tip-in ping problem, the manifold vacuum source may work better. If not, an adjustable vacuum diaphragm may be needed to reduce the total vacuum advance. Stock GM diaphragm units generally have 10° total advance. Check using the manifold vacuum source or a hand vacuum pump, such as a “Mighty Vac”. TIMING SETTINGS – READ AT CRANK, VACUUM DISCONNECTED

• INITIAL, at IDLE = 10° - 14°, making sure the centrifugal advance hasn’t started to come in yet.

• TOTAL, at approx. 3200 rpm = 30° - 34°, with 10 degrees of centrifugal advance in the distributor (20° read at crank). Do not have too quick of a centrifugal curve, preferably no more than 8° (at crank) at 2200 rpm and total advance not arriving until 3200-3400 rpm.
Street blown motors will do better at 28-30 degrees total at 3400-3600 rpm, so use an initial setting of 8°-10° and a slower curve.

• A sample setting for a mild to moderate performance small block Chevy or Ford would be 12° initial and 32-34° total (3200 rpm at crank, vacuum disconnected), and using a 10° vacuum can connected to ported vacuum (stnd trans) or manifold vacuum (auto trans). Performance applications using quicker-than-stock advance curves and more initial timing than stock, generally benefit from a port vacuum source rather than manifold vacuum. Engine mods and trans types will affect results. Highly modified motors with auto transmissions require higher stall converters and usually idle better using a manifold vacuum source. Less than 8 inches of vacuum at part throttle/light load should use an external vacuum source. Also, better results will be had using an adjustable vacuum diaphragm on the distributor set at 5°-7° advance (use manifold port or hand vacuum pump to set, then connect to port source for running). And finally, if you have an opportunity to put your vehicle on a chassis dyno, do so. That one tool is unbeatable for maximizing all your tuning settings.
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local Projects

2K58 Corvette
Ben Milander 
Modified 1958 corvette frame
Under Construction: Ben Milander's


-- Modified Frame--

After powder coating, assembling frame components to accept the body which is being repaired at a fiberglass shop.
1957 Chevy Convertible
Ben Milander
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