1957 Chevy Barn Find – How many times have you heard a story about a classic 1955 Chevy, 1956 Chevy or 1957 Chevy that was found in an old barn or garage undisturbed for years. The legends of a Barn Find have been told, repeated and added to by many old car buffs. Yet the legends still offers a bit of excitement to all of us.
However, suppose you were fortunate enough to stumble across that 1957 Chevrolet you always wanted! You need to move quickly or run the risk of losing that great barn find to someone else. Here is one barn find that actually happen to one of this web site’s publishers.
It all started one evening with a phone call from a friend that knew I was interested in old cars. His son, Kevin purchased several acres of land, a house and a barn near Texarkana, Arkansas. In and around the barn were several 1980’s and 1990’s cars and trucks of little or no value. But inside the barn was a 1957 Chevy. As part of the sale of this property the previous owners were to remove the cars and trucks including the old Chevy. Over time they removed the other cars and truck but not the 57 Chevy. After nearly three years my friend’s son lost contact with the previous owners and by law the car was considered abandoned.
By email Kevin sent me the 4 pictures above and below. As you can see it looks like a great barn find. So it didn’t take long to cut a deal. From the pictures I determined it to be a 1957 Chevrolet 150 or 1957 Chevrolet 210 2 door sedan. It turned out to be a 210. The following weekend my son and I along with a neighbor, his diesel truck and trailer, made the 4 hour trip to Arkansas.
’57 Chevy For Sale
When we arrived in Arkansas and saw the car, I was a little disappointed with the condition. Kevin had done his best to describe its condition but upon closer examination by me I found more rust and a interior that was gutted, full of junk, extra parts and rat or squirrel nests from the engine compartment to the trunk. Plus the old 57 Chevy 2 door sedan was setting on 4 flat dry rotted tires.
There sat a 1957 Chevy 2 door sedan just like the one I wanted for over 30 years. After careful consideration and in spite of all the surface problems I decided to buy the basket case 57 Chevy without a title. I’ll either fix it or part it out on eBay Motors I told myself. So we aired up the tires and they held. So we pushed and pulled the Chevy out of the barn and loaded it on the trailer. I paid Kevin for the car and we headed back to my home in Southwest Louisiana. As we drove home the old rusty and tired Chevrolet attracted a lot of attention and I looked forward to the day it would be restored and could cruise around the Bayou state.
1957 Chevy Barn Find
After a long trip home we unloaded the 57 Chevy off the trailer. The next day I washed all the dust off the exterior and cleaned out the junk and extra parts stored inside the car including all the squirrel nests. With the 2 donor bucket seats and some rotting carpet removed, a closer examination of the floor pans revealed more rust, lots of it. All the floor pans and most of the braces needed changing. The trunk floor was solid except near the bumper.
Next I removed both bumpers, front fenders, grille, inner fenders, engine and transmission. More rust was found on the front fenders. The engine was a 283 V-8 that had lots of miles on it. Transmission was a 3 speed. A new engine and transmission was needed.
It was time to put a pencil to this project and the answer wasn’t good. The car was restorable but not by someone like me without the necessary sheet metal and paint skills. It would cost to much money to have it done by a restoration shop. I estimated $20,000 to $25,000 plus. So I decided to sell the car “as is”. This time the buyer had the necessary skills, knew what he was getting and was very happy with the car and price. End of my great “Barn Find” story.
So with the experience gained by completely taking a 1957 Chevrolet apart and the desires to some day own a 210 1957 Chevrolet 2 door post, I started searching for one already restored. It wasn’t long before I found Ginger.
1957 Chevrolet 210
Hard to Find 1957 Chevy Parts For Sale