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December 2017
DACC FEATURE CAR

Dennis Fletcher
McKinney, TX
'55 Chevy Survivor

 

I have had my 210 2dr post 6cyl 3 on the tree 1955 Chevrolet since 1972. I bought it from the local Western Auto in Calico Rock AR who also happened to have a small used car lot in late summer of that year, the summer after high school graduation and just before starting college at Arkansas State in Jonesboro. I still have the original contract I signed. The price was $195, I paid $10 down and promised to pay $5 a week until paid off.

 

It had some rust including the usual spot over the headlight buckets but overall wasnít too bad. It started, ran and drove fine. Even then I knew that 55 Chevyís were special and I was very happy to get ahold of it. The car spent most itís life in southern Missouri before somehow making itís way to northern Arkansas. It was assembled in the Kansas City plant in late 1954 so apparently was never far from home.

 

I drove it for the next 5 years to Arkansas State. During this time I fixed a variety of problems with it, mostly brakes, it seemed to go through brake shoes pretty fast (had nothing to do with my driving Iím sure after all it is a 6 cylinder). My dad helped me a lot with it as he was a mechanic at a local gas station. It was involved in a couple minor fender benders and I wanted to patch up the minor rust issues so it had a paint job at the local body shop in about 1975. I also had the front seat recovered as it was not in good shape either.

 

My dadís whole family migrated to either WA or CA in the 50ís. All our relatives were as a result out west. So in the summer of 1975 my dad and I drove from Calico Rock to Wenatchee WA in the 55 to go see my grandmother and uncle and his family. I was actually born there but we moved back to AR in about 1965 when I was 11. We were going back to see everyone who stayed. The car made the round trip fine (about 2100 miles each way). The only problem was a rear axle bearing went out, caused mostly by the chrome reverse wheels I had on the car at the time.

 

After college ended in 1977 I returned to northern Arkansas working there for a while before deciding to move to Tulsa. I had a couple jobs there before landing a job with IBM. The 55 was with me during this whole time kept in a garage.

 

In 1979 IBM transferred me to Chicago. I of course took the 55, in fact they allowed me to put one car on the moving van and so of course it was the 55 that got to ride north. While there it got another much better paint job, the one it still wears now and I pulled the motor again and this time had it rebuilt completely by a machine shop. It now ran and looked almost new.

 

In 1984 I got a job in Oakland CA and so moved there from Chicago. The car went with me again but didnít stay too long. I took it back to Calico Rock to my dadís house sometime in the late 1980ís, driving it from northern CA and flying home.

 

I went back to my parents regularly to visit them and always drove and/or worked in the 55 while there. My dad has a couple sheds on his small farm and so it stayed in one of those. At some point though it was moved outside. I put a car cover on it and replaced it every year but it was now exposed. This is why the roof is as rusty as it is now.

 

Finally, in about 2002 my dad sold his 55 4dr Belair sedan (a very nice original car, wish I had it now, it was perfect) and my 55 got moved back under cover. This was the last year I got to go work on it and drive it for the next 10 years.

We built a new house in McKinney in late 2011 and moved in early 2012. I now had a large 3 car garage and decided it was time to go get the 55 and get it running again. So, over the 4th of July weekend that year I rented a U-Haul truck and trailer and went back to pick it up. After getting it home it would not start as expected but all I had to do was rebuild the carb and clean and adjust the points and it fired right up.

 

From there I worked on it for the next couple years as time allowed. One major problem was that It was bending push rods because of sticky intake valves. After replacing several of them I finally figured out that crud in original tank was contaminating the gas and causing deposits on the valves making them stick. I replaced the tank and sending unit and the problem was solved. Further work that was done beyond changing all the fluids included: rebuilding the generator, rebuilding the upper steering column, replacing the voltage regulator, replaced the horn relay, repairing the electric wiper motor, rebuilding the front brakes with new shoes, hardware and wheel cylinders. I also replaced the heat exchanger in the deluxe heater and got the blower working again. The car came without a radio but I had in the middle 70ís bought an original pushbutton radio. Through the internet I found a guy in Pennsylvania that fixes these and sent it to him. I installed it when it came back and a reproduction antenna and now it works fine. Recently I had the seats recovered, this time in reproduction covers the same as what came in it and put carpet in it. I also added a repro outside mirror on the driverís side for safety reasons, it did not come with any outside mirrors.

 

Future plans include replacing the original clutch as it is starting to slip, having the rearend rebuilt completely, replacing all the door rubber and door glass seals, replacing the rear main seal in the motor and replacing all the rubber bushings in the front suspension. Otherwise I am largely done with cosmetic changes so as you see it in the pictures is pretty much how it will stay. I drive it weekly now to various small car shows around DFW and it gets attention pretty much everywhere I take it. Fully restored 55ís are everywhere but ones like this, just preserved, and really not modified seem to be more rare.

 

The rest of the time it stays in my garage at home sitting beside my original 57 4dr Belair hardtop, which is another 42 year old story in itself!

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2017 Feature Cars

January
Larry Myers

'57 Nomad

February
David Hudson
'55 Bel Air Hardtop

March
Diane Bray
'55 Bel Air Hardtop

April
Dale Maddox
'56 Nomad

May
Terry Adams
'57 Bel Air Hardtop

June
Al Burgess
'56 Bel Air Hardtop

July
Joey Truelove
'56 Bel Air Hardtop

August
Duffy Oyster
'55 Bel Air Convertible

September
Roy Bilberry
'55 Bel Air Hardtop

October
Dale Maddox
'56 Nomad

November
Johnny Gentry
'57 Pickup

December

 

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
Mike 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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