INSPECTION REPORT

DATE: May 31, 2013

Inspector: Dennis

Year, Make, Model: 1956 Chevy Bel Air 4-Door Hardtop

Test Drive:
Does the vehicle drive straight? Y or N YES
Steering Performance? Tight or Sloppy TIGHT
Brake Performance? Good or Needs Work GOOD
Suspension Noise? Comment NONE
Bounce Test? Comment GOOD

Comments: VEHICLE RIDES AND HANDLES WELL WITH ONLY NORMAL PLAY IN STEERING.

Engine:
Engine Size: V-8 265 CU IN Designation 162 HP
Performance: STOCK Oil Level / Quality FULL/CLEAN
Carburetor (Make, Model) 2BBL. ROCHESTER Engine Smoke NONE
Signs/Evidence of Leaks: NONE Engine Noise  NONE

Comments: THE ENGINE STARTS AND RUNS WELL. FRONT CRANKSHAFT SEAL LEAKING IN LOWER FRONT TIMING COVER. REAR MAIN ENGINE OIL SEAL IS ALSO LEAKING.

Transmission:
Transmission Type: AUTOMATIC FWD / RWD RWD
Fluid Level/ Quality: N/A Clutch Operation: N/A
Signs/Evidence of Leaks: YES Miss Shifts: NO
Performance: GOOD Feel when Stationary

Comments: TRANSMISSION SHIFT INDICATOR IS MISALIGNED AT STEERING COLUMN. SPEEDOMETER CABLE HAS A FLUID LEAK AT TRANSMISSION CASE CONNECTION. VEHICLE ENGAGES NORMALLY, SHIFTS WELL AND NO NOISES OR SLIPPING WHILE DRIVING.

Steering:
Steering Type: MANUAL GEARBOX Performance: GOOD
Fluid Level/ Quality: N/A Feel when Stationary GOOD
Signs/Evidence of Leaks: N/A  

Comments: VEHICLE STEERING RESPONSE IS NORMAL.

Brakes:
Brake Type: DISC / DRUM Performance: GOOD
Fluid Level/ Quality: N/A Noises: NONE
Signs/Evidence of Leaks: NONE Emergency Brake LOOSE

Comments: DISC BRAKES IN FRONT ARE ½ WORN. UNABLE TO CHECK REAR DRUM BRAKES. EMERGENCY BRAKE NEEDS ADJUSTMENT AS IT APPLIES AT END OF TRAVEL.

Rear End:
U-Joints: GOOD Performance: GOOD
Signs/Evidence of Leaks: NONE Noises: NONE

Comments: SMOOTH ENGAGEMENT AND NO WHINING OR OTHER NOISES WHILE DRIVING.

Air Conditioning:
Air Conditioning: N/A Operation Noises: N/A
Signs/Evidence of Leaks: N/A  Blow Cold / Cool / Warm N/A
Temperature Control: N/A  

Comments: VEHICLE NOT EQUIPPED WITH A/C. HEATER AND DEFROSTER WORK NORMALLY.

Suspension:
Suspension Type: FRONT COIL/ REAR LEAF Signs/Evidence of Leaks: NONE
Operation / Noise: GOOD / NONE Any Loose Items YES
Drive Train Type: RWD DRIVESHAFT Any Deteriorated Items YES
Signs/Evidence of Leaks: NONE Any Wandering on Road NO

Comments: LEFT SIDE REAR UPPER CONTROL ARM BUSHING IS COMPLETELY DISLODGED (NEEDS REPLACEMENT). SEE PHOTO. SHOCKS ARE NEW.

Cooling Systgem, Radiator:
Temperature / Fan: GOOD / GOOD
Performance / Noise: GOOD / NONE
Coolant Level / Quality: FULL / CLEAN AND TRANSPARENT GREEN
Signs/Evidence of Leaks: NONE

Comments: VEHICLE RAN AT NORMAL OPERATING TEMPERATURE THROUGHOUT HOWEVER THE TEMPERATURE GAUGE IS INOPERABLE.

Wheels / Tires:
Tire Type / Manufacturer: Tires: BF GOODRICH
Tire Size: Front and Rear - 215 60 R15
Tread Depth: 9/32" FRONT & 6/32" REAR
Wheel Type / Manufacturer: Wheels: CRAGAR
Any Wear or Curb Damage? NONE

Comments: SPARE TIRE IS DRY ROTTED AND CRACKING (SEE PHOTO); IT NEEDS REPLACEMENT.

Exhaust:
Exhaust Type: DUAL Headers: NONE
Mufflers: TWO Accessories: CHROME TIPS

Comments: NO EXCESSIVE EXHAUST NOISE HOWEVER IT IS SLIGHTLY LOUDER THAN NORMAL DUE TO PERFORMANCE TYPE MUFFLERS.

Electricals: Use "OP" for Operational, use "INOP" for non-operational
Exterior Lighting INOP Interior Lighting  INOP Trunk Release N/A Gauges  INOP
Power Windows N/A Power Locks N/A Hood Release N/A Wipers OP
Power Mirrors N/A Power Seats N/A Cruise Control N/A Power Antenna OP
Radio ** Clock INOP Turn Signals OP Heater OP
Convertible Top N/A Rear Defrost N/A Horn OP Fuel Door OP

Comments: LEFT LOW BEAM HEADLIGHT INOPERABLE. REVERSE LIGHTS INOPERABLE. TEMPERATURE GAUGE INOPERABLE, DOME LIGHT INOPERABLE, CLOCK INOPERABLE. ** THE RADIO IS A DIGITAL AFTERMARKET AND OPERATIONAL.

Interior:
Bench or Bucket Seats: BENCH
Seat Color: GRAY AND WHITE
Seat Cover Material: MATERIAL AND VINYL
Seat Cover Condition: GOOD
Headliner / Dash / Carpet: FAIR / GOOD / GOOD
Trunk Area, Under Carpet: GOOD

Comments: THE INTERIOR IS IN GOOD OVERALL CONDITION WITH SOME WEAR AREAS SUCH AS THE CRACKING HEADLINER, COLOR WORN ON SEAT PIPING AND RIGHT FRONT VENT WINDOW LOCK MECHANISM JAMMED. THE PASSENGER FRONT WINDOW IS HARD GOING UP AND DOWN.

Body & Paint:
Body Steel? YES Quality of Paint: GOOD
Straight / Waves? STRAIGHT Scratches / orange peel? YES
Color Paint: GREEN / WHITE Collision Damage: NO
Sports Options: NONE Condition of glass: GOOD
Any Signs of Bondo?  YES Any Miss-Aligned Panels NONE
Rust anywhere? YES Condition of chrome GOOD

Comments: THE BODY WORK IS GOOD AND SAME FOR THE PAINT WORK. THE PAINT CLEAR COAT EXHIBITS ORANGE PEEL MOST HEAVILY NEAR THE BOTTOM ON MOST PANELS. OVERALL, FROM A FEW FEET AWAY, THE VEHICLE BODY AND PAINT LOOK GOOD. THE EXTERIOR BODY/PAINT DAMAGES ARE AS LISTED BELOW:

- ONE LARGE PAINT CHIP AT FRONT ON LEFT FENDER BEHIND HEADLIGHT.
- TWO TINY CHIPS AT REAR OF LEFT FRONT FENDER
- LEFT ROOF RAIL HAS A FEW PAINT BLISTERS WITH SURFACE RUST
- LOWER LEFT DOOR HAS A SMALL PAINT RUN AND BLISTER (PAINT CRACKING OPEN)
- 5" SCRAPE WITH RUST ON RIGHT REAR BUMPER CORNER AREA
- TWO RIGHT DOORS HAVE LIGHT PAINT SCRAPES WHERE THEY MEET WITH TINY METAL DIMPLES AND CHIPPED
- INNER DOOR WEATHER STRIP TORN (2-3") ON TOP OF DOOR WINDOWS
- THE RIGHT REAR DOOR GLASS DOES NOT RAISE FULLY LEAVING A 3/8" ROOF GAP
- ONE SMALL CHIP ON TOP OF RIGHT FRONT FENDER


Undercarriage:
Front End Type: A-ARM Frame Condition GOOD
Floor Pan: Hard or soft? SOFT Any rust? YES
Trunk Pan: Hard or soft? SOFT Any rust? YES

Comments: THOUGH THE MAIN FRAME RAILS ARE IN GOOD CONDITION, THERE IS RUST-THROUGH AREAS PRESENT ON FRAME CROSS MEMBERS AS WELL AS THE FLOOR PANS AS SEEN IN SEVERAL PHOTOS. THE CROSS MEMBER RUST-THROUGH IS EARLY STAGE STRUCTURAL DAMAGE.

Vehicle Modifications:
AFTERMARKET CRAGAR STREET PRO WHEELS.
DIGITAL RADIO.
 FRONT DISC BRAKES.
 RADIAL TIRES.

Comments: THE VEHICLE LOOKS AND FEELS STOCK.

IS THE TITLE AVAILABLE?
NO - THE TITLE IS WITH THE OWNER AS THIS VEHICLE IS A CONSIGNMENT. THE BUYER IS AWARE THE TITLE WOULD NOT BE AVAILABLE FOR THE INSPECTION.

WHAT IS THE VIN # ON THE VEHICLE?
VC56T043361
DECODE THROUGH "http://www.bestintexas.com/cars/56codes.htm" AS FOLLOWS:

VC MODEL/SERIES BEL AIR, 8 CYLINDER - 2400
56 VEHICLE YEAR 1956
T ASSEMBLY TARRYTOWN, NEW YORK
043361 SEQUENCE BASIC PRODUCTON NUMBER



WHAT IS THE BLOCK NUMBER ON THE ENGINE (IF ACCESSIBLE)?
N/A

BLOCK NUMBER AND LOCATION:
006515 T56F - LOCATED ON RIGHT FRONT BLOCK PAD JUST BELOW CYLINDER HEAD.

RESEARCH THROUGH "http://chevy.oldcarmanualproject.com/models/engine.htm#56eng" AS FOLLOWS:

SUFFIX F    
TYPE MODEL DESCRIPTION
F 15-21-2400 8 CYLINDER WITH POWERGLIDE

RECORD THE COWL WITH CODES INFO (these codes, for style, body, trim, paint, etc):
 STYLE No.  56-1039D
 BODY No.  T 3930
 TRIM No.  579
 PAINT No.  706D
 TOP  ACC

RESEARCH THROUGH "http://www.bestintexas.com/cars/56codes.htm" AS FOLLOWS:

 56-1039D  YEAR/STYLE  1956 SPORT SEDAN
 T 3930  BODY NUMBER  PRODUCTION SERIAL NUMBER OF THE BODY
 579  INTERIOR  CHARCOAL / IVORY
 706D  EXTERIOR 706 - INDIA IVORY / SHERWOOD GREEN
D - NOT NOTED

ARE THE ODOMETER TUMBLERS ALIGNED?
YES

CURRENT MILEAGE:
89743

IS THERE MUCH BRAKE PEDAL WEAR?
NO

CONDITION: CLASS FOUR (DUE TO RUST-THROUGH AREAS)
(See attached breakdown of Classes)

FAIR MARKET VALUE:
$12,227.00 **

** VARIOUS OUTLETS, PUBLIC AND SUBSCRIBED, WERE USEDTO DETERMINE THE FAIR MARKET VALUE. DUE TO THE OVERALL CONDITION, GOOD AND FAIR VALUES WERE CONSIDERED.

PHOTOS: Click each of the numbered links below to see inspection photos.

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OVERALL COMMENTS:
1. THIS VEHICLE PROVIDES A VERY NICE DRIVING EXPERIENCE. THE PAINT IS A TWO STAGE (COLOR COAT/ CLEAR COAT) AND DOES LOOK VERY NICE FROM A FEW FEET AWAY. TO THE CRITICAL EYE, SOME ORANGE PEEL WILL BE SEEN AND ESPECIALLY HEAVY ON THE BOTTOM AREAS OF MOST PANELS. THE BODYWORK IS STRAIGHT AND EXCESSIVE BODY FILLER WAS FOUND IN ONLY A FEW SMALL AREAS.
2. THE CROSS MEMBER RUST-THROUGH IS LOCALIZED IN A FEW AREAS AND NOT REALLY A SERIOUS STRUCTURAL ISSUE AT THIS TIME. THE RUST-THROUGH FLOOR AREAS MAY CAUSE INTERIOR FLOOR WETNESS WHILE DRIVING ON RAINY DAYS.
3. THE LEFT SIDE REAR UPPER BUSHING SECURING BOLT AND WASHER ARE MISSING AND THE INNER METAL SLEEVE HAS PULLED ALMOST COMPLETELY OUT. THIS WILL SOON CAUSE A METALLIC KNOCKING SOUND ON INITIAL ACCELERATION AND/OR BRAKING.
4. THE REAR MAIN ENGINE OIL SEAL LEAK DOES NOT APPEAR TO BE AS HEAVY AS THE FRONT CRANKSHAFT SEAL LEAK. BOTH ARE LABOR INTENSIVE REPAIRS.



DISCLAIMER: This inspection and the opinions expressed are exactly that, opinions. Many parts perform perfectly until the moment of failure. Failure may occur suddenly and without warning. The inspector and/or all parties relative to the compilation of this report cannot accept liability for failures, which may occur after the inspection is completed. By accepting this report, the consumer acknowledges that the inspector and/or all parties relative to the compilation of this report, cannot be held responsible for any and all alleged vehicle defects, and further, the consumer releases and holds harmless the inspector and/or all parties relative to the compilation of this report from any and all further claims on this vehicle. No warranty for this vehicle is implied or given by the inspector and/or all parties relative to the compilation of this report. In each case, the owner has the opportunity to see the car in person before he or she buys the car. Buying this car based on this report alone is completely at the consumers’ own risk.

 

CONDITION CLASSES

Class One (Excellent):
Almost always a “body off” restoration, or an untouched, factory-perfect, piece that is very close to perfect. All components are either original or appear as new and are fully operational. This car is a top show winner and is not driven, but transported to shows by trailer. This car is almost “one of a kind”. This particular class of vehicle is very rare. The vehicle is completely detailed, including the engine compartment, interior trim, wiring, suspension, paint, and frame. Ideally, this vehicle has been judged with other vehicles in its class and achieved the highest point ratings.

Class Two (Very Good):
This car is well restored with an eye for detail, or is a well preserved original, possibly with such low mileage that it remains in showroom condition. The interior and exterior show well, and it runs and rides smoothly. The car is driven very little (maybe 800 to 1,000 miles per year). This class is a slight grade below Class One. A Class Two has not been detailed to the extent that a Class One has been. This class (Class Two) has some evidence of use, although not very much. It is considered “cherry” or “mint”. This vehicle might appear as a Class One until judged against one. It would not qualify as a 95, or better, “point” vehicle. (This class should have no rust on the undercarriage, not even surface rust.)

Class Three (Good):
This is a functional, drivable vehicle in good overall condition needing no, or only minor work. Most vehicles at car shows reflect this condition. This car is what is termed a “10 footer”. From 10 feet, it may look very good. Close inspection, however, would reveal some worn interior trim, and less than perfect paint (worn, and perhaps faded). You may even see some early evidence that surface rust is beginning in the body panels. This car is completely operational and could be termed an “older restoration”. It is driven fairly often, runs great, and is enjoyed by its owner. It is probably a candidate for a full restoration. The undercarriage may display limited amounts of surface rust, and may be in need of detailing. Chrome and trim may be less than show quality.

Class Four (Fair):
This type of car is a fun “driver” with a solid frame and is structurally sound. This car is in need of considerable work. It needs work in and out. Cosmetics, body, and mechanical components all need work, to some degree. It is not a serious collector candidate. Soft floors, isolated areas where rust has eaten through (but not structural), excessive use of Bondo, lots of pitted chrome, glass repairs are symptoms of this condition. Badly soiled headliners, badly soiled and ripped upholstery, rusted out trunks are also signs.

Class Five (Poor):
This type of car is in need of complete restoration and may, or may not, be able to be driven. The exterior body panels have significant areas of rust-through. The floor and structural components may, or may not, be intact. This car is usually the first project for layman’s attempt at restoration.

Class Six (Parts Car):
This type of car is good for parts only.