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February 2017
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I was brought up around cars. My dad drag raced in the early ‘60s and was a mechanic for many years. I guess he passed down his mechanical ability to me. We worked on cars together and I became a heavy equipment mechanic for a number of years. He also instilled in me a passion for building flying model airplanes. My whole life we built RC model airplanes until he passed away in 2003. I still model to this day.

In 2010 I got an itch to restore a car and take a break from RC modeling. Tri-5 Chevys to me have always been the trademark car to have. They simply take me back to the time of early 60s racing, and that whole atmosphere.

I was born in 1957 so I wanted a 1957 Chevy, I started trolling around on Craigslist and found a guy in Balch Springs that listed a pile of Tri-5s. I called this gentleman to inquire about a ‘57 Chevy that was listed. He informed me that the 57’s were sold but he had a ‘55 Chevy two door hard top. I popped off “I like ‘55s”. So, off I went with my Uncle Jerry in tow to see this ‘55 Chevy. We got there, walked back through a muddy field in the back of his house and I laid my eyes on it.  There it was in all its glory, blocked up on bricks, missing two tires, and trees growing though it, rusted so badly you could see all the way through it. Wow, I must say I’m fighting my instinct to run away!, but I took a gulp and told myself “well I wanted a project car”. As such I agreed to buy this car.

We came back another day to drag it from the mud (it was a bit drier by then), the owner was nice enough to give me a couple more rims and have some old nasty rubber put on them so the car would roll/skid better through the mud.

To release the car from the mud, trees and backyard debris, we had to pull from a concrete pad about 50 feet away so we tied my suburban with a chain to his tractor then to the car and proceeded to drag it out.  Well that took a while but ended with success!  We then loaded the car onto the trailer and off we went.

Since my house only has a one car garage, and before this project could begin, I called my Mom and asked if rebuilding a ‘55 Chevy in her two-car garage would be ok.  She was all over that idea and was already drooling.

So, I put the ‘55 (or what I hope was going to be a car again), in her garage. She came back home later and decided to take a look in the garage and see this awesome car I had bought, only to find a rusty, dented, no engine, bald tires, no seats, broken, rat and snake hotel. She later commented that it did not look like any ‘55 she remembered.  Let’s just say her drooling stopped.  She later confessed to me that she was thinking “what is wrong with my son, what is he thinking”, my wife pretty much had the same thoughts in her mind about her husband.  I was seeing a finished 1955 Chevy Bel Air two door hard top, the wife and mom maybe not so much.

We started breaking this thing down to see what parts were needed to rebuild it, oh man, it needed almost everything. I was doing a frame off restoration but, the rust was so bad I decided I better leave this body on the frame until enough metal is replaced to firm it up.  So, I leveled the frame out with the body still mounted and replaced enough metal so the body would support itself on the rotisserie. During that time, I was buying parts and more parts.  I was reading Chevy forums about the new sheet metal parts not fitting well.  I found out that was true, some parts fit better than others.  I really didn’t worry about it, I’m cutting this car up anyway and I’ll cut the new parts too and make them fit.  Well, its way better than making the whole part yourself.

The floor pan, rocker panels, brackets and associated attaching parts were mainly rust flakes attached together by gaping holes.  I did not know where to start on the inside, so I decided to start my work by restoring the outside and working inward.  The outside skins and gaps were fixed, if there was a variance in the sheet metal it would push the differences to the inside where it would not be seen.  I mainly confined my work to weekends and time off from my day job.

The day came when enough sheet metal had been replaced and I called to schedule the “DACC WRENCHES” to help pull the body off the frame (THANK YOU GUYS!).  I was then able to finish out the bottom pan area with it off the frame.  I then restored the frame and made a rolling chassis with power disk brakes, CPP 500 steering box, adjustable rear drums, alternator, and a place for AC (not in yet).  The 327 engine (rebuilt by Marvin Cowden) was installed in the rolling chassis along with a Muncie 4 speed.  Once I finished the bottom of the body and painted the firewall, we lowered the body back onto the frame and bolted it in place.  I’m was thinking at this point I might actually be able to get this ‘55 back on the road again.

Body prep for painting is a bear, many long hours were spent blocking, priming, blocking, priming, painting, color sanding, and well you get the picture.

The time finally arrived when the car was painted, buffed and ready for the decorations, such as windows, stainless, dash, and all those things that scream 1955 Chevy.  I can’t describe how I felt at this stage of the restoration.  Every knob, stainless strip, light that lit up was like an adrenalin shot.  I needed this after all the years of labor.

I have been driving the car for a while now, but it’s not yet totally finished (I’m very close), after 5-1/2 years of labor and dreams, I simply can’t resist driving it.  Early on when I started driving the car, it was breaking down often, so much so that nobody wanted to ride with me.

I would pull over and fix what I could, other times calling my lovely wife to come rescue me and the ‘55 from the side of the road.  Well, I have worked all the kinks out and now my wife gladly climbs into the passenger seat.  Oh and by the way, my mother’s high point of the day is when we go cruising.  It’s like her dream came true, she is 18 all over again.

An interesting fact during the restoration.  I was in a motorcycle accident that caused a 9 month pause in the work, was hurt pretty bad.  My pelvis was broken in three places.  The doctor temporally installed titanium screws and rods onto my pelvis to hold it together.  Time came to remove the rigging (7 months) and I asked to have all the rods and pieces.  Well let’s say I have a really cool titanium throttle linkage on the carb of my car now!

David & Joann Hudson
Grand Prairie, Texas


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2016 Feature Cars

January
John Green

'55 Bel Air Sedan

February
Dennis Gormley
'56 Nomad

March
Ken Burton
'56 Bel Air Sedan

April
Joe Angelini
'55 Bel Air Sedan

May
John Gibson
'56 Bel Air Sedan

June
Keith Brogdon
'55 Bel Air Sedan

July
No Feature Car

August
Jon D'Uva
'55 Nomad

September
Charles Haley
'57 Bel Air Sedan

October
John Yoby
'55 210 Sedan

November
Duffy Oyster
'55 Convertible

December
Ed Giolma
'57 Nomad

 

2015 Feature Cars

January
Al Thomson

'57 Convertible

February
Gunnar Grove
'55 Handyman Wagon

March
Carl Mitcham
'57 Convertible

April
Rico Padilla
'57 Bel Air

May
Bobby Wallace
'56 Bel Air

June
Donna Johnson
'57 Convertible

July
Jody Stiff
'55 Bel Air

August
Bill Preston
'57 Corvette

September
Ronnie Ruyle
'56 210 2dr Sedan

October
Patrick Briney
'55 Bel Air 2dr Sedan

November
Marvin Johnson
'55 Bel Air 2dr Hardtop

December
James Lair
'57 150 Sedan

 

2014 Feature Cars

January
Marvin Johnson

'57 Nomad

February
Gina Cammarata
'57 Be Air

March
Joe Angelini
'55 Handyman

April
Jack Stewart
'55 Convertible

May
Marvin Johnson
'57 Bel Air

June
Jac Broussard
'57 Bel Air

July
Terry Sealock
'57 Nomad

August
Bill Lewis
'56 Deluxe Pickup

September
Tom Entrekin
'56 Corvette

October
Donna Thomson
'56 Convertible

November
Mike Reeves
'56 Nomad

December
Jim Baughan
'55 Convertible

 
2013 Feature Cars

January
Don Andre
'57 Bel Air 2dr Hardtop

February
Don Sebert
'56 Corvette

March
Mike Dodson
'56 210 2dr Sedan

April
Dennis Gormley
'55 210 Sedan Drag Racer

May
Sharkey Nelson
'55 Bel Air Hardtop

June
AJ Pilie
'55 Bel Air Hardtop

July
Joe Harrington
'56 Pickup

August
Jim Gary
'55 Bel Air Hardtop

September
Kenneth Taylor
'55 Bel Air Hardtop

October
Don Howard
'56 210 2dr Sedan

November
Tommy Sims
'55 210 2 Dr Sedan

December
Leroyce Jones
'55 Bel Air Hardtop

 

2012 Feature Cars

January
Tom Walker
'56 Sedan Delivery

February
Don Mullins
'57 150 2dr Sedan

March
John Rogers
'56 Nomad

April
Jim Leinart
'55 210 Sedan

May
James Carter
'57 Bel Air

June
Rob Bryngelson
'57 210 Sedan

July
Mike Jones
'55 Bel Air Sedan

August
Jon Ellison
'57 Pickup

September
Jim Leinart
'55 210 Sedan

October
Ken Dobbs
'57 Bel Air Hardtop

November
Rich Purvis
'55 Nomad

December
Philip Romo
'55 Bel Air Sedan

 

2011 Feature Cars

January
Andy Salinas
'56 Bel Air

February
Scott Hengemuhle
'57 Bel Air

March
Joe Mason
'57 210

April
Mike Reeves
'57 Convertible

May
Josh Hart
'55 Bel Air

June
Ed Robertson
'55 Nomad

July
James Sparrow
'56 Bel Air

August
Mike Russell
'56 210

September
Top 5 Lone Star Picks

October
Jim Leinart
'55 Bel Air

November
David Sherman
'55 Nomad

December
Michael Brown
'57 Convertible

 

2010 Feature Cars

January
Larry Freeman

'56 Convertible

February
Michael Brown
'55 Bel Air Hardtop

March
Ray Langford
'57 Bel Air Hardtop

April
Billy Walker
'55 Drag Racer

May
Terry Sealock
'57 Convertbile

June
Carl Soeffker
'55 Pedal Car

July
Tom McGee
'55 Bel Air Sedan

August
Scott Hengemuhle
'55 Bel Air Hardtop

September
Bryan Greenfield
'56 210 Sedan

October
Larry Rogers
'57 210 Sedan

November
Mike Bresler
'55 210 Sedan

December
Terry Hitch
'57 Nomad

 

2009 Feature Cars

January
Doug Pedersen

'55 Bel Air Hardtop

February
Bennie Zimmerman

'57 Cameo Pickup

March
Ralph Sandlin

'57 210 Wagon

April
Bob Caruth

'56 Bel Air Hardtop

May
Glen South
'57 210 Sedan

June
Brian Sherwood
'55 1st Series 3100 Pickup

July
James Carson
'57 Bel Air Hardtop

August
Marvin Cowden
'55 Bel Air Sedan

September
Loren Baxter
'56 Bel Air Hardtop

October
Mark Baker
'55 210 Sedan

November
Michael Brown
'57 Corvette

December
Geoff Clark
'55 Handyman Wagon

 

2008 Feature Cars

January
Debbie Guido

'57 Bel Air Sedan

February
Tim Page

'57 Bel Air Station Wagon

March
Greg Strader

'55 Bel Air Sedan

April
Stu Jacobs

'55 Bel Air Hardtop

May
Terry Box

'55 Bel Air Sedan

June
Rex Buzan

'55 Bel Air Hardtop

July
Joe Sanders

'57 Bel Air Hardtop

August
Mike Dodson

'56 Nomad

September
Irv Engelbrecht

'55 210 Sedan

October
Bill Raley

'56 Pickup

November
Bob Brandenburg

'57 Bel Air Sedan

December
Tommy Simmons

'57 210 9 Pass Beauville Wagon

 

2007 Feature Cars

January
Lorenzo Castillo
'55 210 Sedan

February
Phil Haynes

'57 150 Sedan

March
Joe Ortega

'57 Bel Air Hardtop

April
Robert Black

'55 Sedan

May
Ben Weehunt

'57 Bel Air Hardtop

June
Jim Sellstrom

'55 Bel Air Sedan

July
Bob Smolik

'57 Bel Air Hardtop

August
Mike Reeves

'55 Bel Air Hardtop

September
Larry Epperson

'57 Bel Air 4dr Hdtp

October
Mike Cook

'55 Convertible

November
Don Clark

'56 Nomad

December
James Carter

'57 Bel Air Hardtop

 

2006 Feature Cars

January
Jim Conkle
'55 Bel Air Sedan

February
Nick Roppollo
'56 Bel Air Sedan

March
Dennis Gormley
'55 210 Sedan

April
George Caruth

'57 Sedan Delivery

May
Bob Vaughan

'57 Bel Air Hardtop

June
Doyle Irick

'57 Cameo Pickup

July
Mark Lamkin

'55 Bel Air Hardtop

August
Ralph Ellis

'57 Convertible

September
Chuck Rader

'57 Bel Air Hardtop

October
Dan Bunch

'57 Bel Air Sedan

November
Frank Makarauskas

'57 210 Sedan

December
Carl Mitcham

'57 Bel Air Hardtop

 

2005 Feature Cars
January
John Rush
'56 210 Sedan
February
Sharkey Nelson
'57 Limo
March
Joe Gaikoski
'56 Convertible
April
Dean Schmidt
'57 Bel Air Hardtop
May
Lewis Reynolds
'55 210 Sedan
June
Tom Walker
'57 Bel Air Hardtop
July
George Johnson
'56 Nomad
August
Sonny Poteet
'55 Bel Air Hardtop
September
Alan Strong
'57 150 Sedan
October
Rodney Nevils
'56 Corvette
November
Tom Blackburn
'57 Bel Air Hardtop
December
Dennis Lind
'57 Bel Air Hardtop

 

2004 Feature Cars
January - none February - none March - none April
Steve Pratt
'55 Bel Air Sedan
May
Larry Rollow
'57 210 Sedan
June
Marvin Johnson
'56 Bel Air Hardtop
July
Kevin Brown
'56 210 Sedan
August
David Graves
'55 Bel Air Hardtop
September
BJ Bucher
'57 150 Sedan
October
Greg Hedum
'55 Bel Air Hardtop
November
Bill Preston
56 Nomad
December
Ron Davis
'55 Bel Air Hardtop

 

 


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