1955-1956-1957 Chevy Production Numbers by Date, Plant & Ending VIN


We came across these lists a while back and thought they would be a good addition to our Reference Corner.  This chart shows the ending VIN (Vehicle Identification Number) for each plant by production date.  Makes it easy to see exactly when your Tri-Five was born.

1955 Daily VIN by Plant

1955 Daily VIN by Plant – Click for Full List

1956 Daily VIN by Plant

1956 Daily VIN by Plantt – Click for Full List

1957 Daily VIN by Plant

1957 Daily VIN by Plantt – Click for Full List


1956 Chevy Lower Grille Mouldings Comparison Photos

Side-by-Sode 16811-10023. Click continue reading below for more pics.

Side by Side Comparison of 16811 and 10023.

We recently received a number of returns on part # 16811 1956 Lower Grille Mouldings because of a series of “pinches” in the ends of the part as a result of the manufacturing process. As it is made this way it is not defective with these flaws so we will not be responsible for shipping or return shipping if the item is returned.

We wanted our customers to see exactly what we are talking about so we took some photos of the # 16811 and our Made in the USA # 10023 to help you make an informed decision as to which part you want for your project.  In comparison the stainless part, Continue reading

Chevrolet Engine Weight Chart

We came across this engine weight chart on our travels through the internet and decided that our customers and general Chevy gear heads might be interested.  Should come in handy when trying to figure out if you are going to need to change springs with an engine swap and who knows what else (Alex…I will take Chevy Engines for $1000.)


Chevrolet Engine Weight Chart
Engine Weight (lbs) Comments
Corvair Flat 6 300
Chevy 1.8-2.0 L4 302 “Jcar” Pushrod
Chevy Chevette 1.6 SOHC 300 Also Opel
Chevy Vega L4 350
Chevy II 153 L4 350
Chevy L6 292 HELP!!
Chevy L6 216/235 630
Chevy V6-90 229, 4, 3 425
Chevy V6-60 2.8, 3.1 350
Chevy Small Block V8 535 ’59 Corvette w/ Alum Intake
Chevy V8 348/409 620
Chevy Big Block V8 685 Mark IV
Chevy Big Block V8 685 Mark V

Tri-Five Bumpers: The Search For A Perfect Fit

The chrome bumpers on a Tri-Five Chevrolet are one of the most important finishing touches of building your classic, and Danchuk Manufacturing offers the finest new, aftermarket bumpers available for 1955-56-57 Chevrolets. With all of the amazing builds at shows, on television and online, many people expect to find a “perfect fitting” bumper out of the box. The reality is that most “perfect fitting” bumpers needed much modification and adjustment to make them fit perfectly.

We have been doing some research of photos from the 1950’s of Tri-Five Chevrolets when they were new. Many of these photos were taken of cars built for advertising, and much care was taken by GM to get them adjusted as nice as possible. Even on these cars many variations in fitment can be seen.

Take a close look and you will see that practically none of these photos have a bumper that is perfectly aligned.  To get the look you see most of the time on today’s builds there is a boatload of work involved.  And then some.



You can see in this photo that the front bumper is angled down as it goes towards the tire.

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It’s Almost Time To Put Our Babies To Bed

Winter Tri-Five
As the days get shorter and the evenings become cooler there are not too many more months left to enjoy our toys.  Soon, most of us will have to put them away until the warmer temperatures return.

To help you make sure your car comes out of hibernation in the best condition it can we put together a quick checklist of things you should probably be doing when that time comes.  Read On.

  • The first is a no brainer.  You want to find a safe, secure and dry spot to store your car.  Excess moisture can really take a toll when left unchecked for months. 
  • Wash your car.  And be sure to clean top and underneath.  Road debris and grime needs to be cleaned away so it does not create problems.
  • Wax the car.  Besides being a lot of fun, waxing will help maintain the shine and will protect and preserve the color of your paint during the winter months.
  • Clean the upholstery.  Get all those loose fries and pieces of paper the kids, Continue reading

Measuring for Wheel and Tire Clearance

Buying wheels and tires is a major investment so you want to be sure that what you are buying will actually fit your vehicle and not cause problems.  Before you buy you have to determine if the rims will clear your disc brake set-up.  Will the tires rub on the frame, suspension or worse yet, the body.  To help you answer all these questions we put together this chart for measuring the actual clearance on your car.  All you have to do is plug in the measurements indicated and you will be able to choose wheels and tires that will not only look great but will fit perfectly.  Click on the pic to download the form for printing.
www.danchuk.comWheel and Tire Fitment Guide