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Tony Cappola 1957 red Chevy convertible story

Updated: Aug 31, 2021

I purchased the convertible on the 15/12/1999 from Gary West from

Wakeeney, State of Kansas, USA.

The vehicle arrived in Melbourne in April 2000, it was a driver. I was happy with the condition of the car, only had the common convertible floor rust, but very solid throughout. I took pleasure and enjoyment cruising in the car as it was with my family and friends for the next year.

In the year 2001 I made the decision to begin restoration. The law required the car to be converted it to right-hand drive and I was running my wedding car business, so this was preferable for me.

I began a full off chassis rotisserie resto. My intention was to use all right hand drive Australian components, as if it were built in Australia from factory. I handpicked and re welded the complete Aussie firewall and converted a right hand drive drag link to suit a power steering ram system with

Aussie steering box.

Accelerator pedal was left on floor position and used all factory right hand drive.

Accelerator mechanical rods. As for the transmission linkages, I used a 60’s R/H drive Chevy rod and crossover bracket, which was fitted from the bottom of the steering column to the original cast iron power glide extension housing, to shift the gears.

I used HQ Holden front disc brakes and Torana brake booster. I installed Vintage-Air air conditioning with factory controls and vents. Electric windows and electric power seat, twin aerials, continental kit, spats, front over-riders, blue tooth Wonder bar radio.

I fully rebuilt the original 283 ci engine and it is a matching numbers car.

If you would like to check out my TV interview with Rusty from ‘Bumper 2 Bumper’ here is the link:

It was filmed in my showroom 2018 and I talk about my knowledge and passion for my cars.

The car was on the road and registered on 25th September 2007. It has been part of my wedding car fleet for now 13 years.

Chevy Red Hire is a family owner business and has been involved in the wedding industry and operating wedding car hire for 23 years.

We offer 1957 Chevrolets and 1957 Cadillacs.

See below contact information.

Enquiries & Bookings: 0411 64 2957





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