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At the 35th Lone Star Classic Chevy Convention last month in San Marcos, members of DACC that attended the event pooled their ideas and suggestions together to select our ‘Favorite Tri Five Chevy’ at the show.  This is a tradition at Lone Star as each club presents this award from their club.  In the past, many of the selected favorites by DACC have been what we have felt was an outstanding ’55-’57 Chevy, but one that might not win ‘the big awards’.  But this year, the members eyed a subtle but beautiful ’56 Chevy that upon closer inspection had some really neat custom touches and is a top award winner.  That ’56 belongs to Al and Gwyn Burgess of Round Rock, Texas.  Some of the details that caught the eyes of our members included the custom center console that is a replica of a ’56 Chevy tail light.  There are ‘Bowtie’ bolts throughout the engine bay and Al machined the Bowties on the heads of the bolts and made them the exact length so when fully torqued, the Bowties aligned!  He also wasn’t impressed with the cost and design of aftermarket wiper and window motors so he engineered and produced his own!  The front seats were made from a late model car that Al built to have the ability to swivel for ease of entry and exit.  And check out that drag link underneath as Al made a pass through hole in the oil pan for it!  This ’56 is special for many reasons, and DACC selected it as ‘Our Favorite Tri Five Chevy’ of Lone Star XXXV!  Below is his story and be sure to check out all the photos of this beautiful ’56 Chevy on the club website!

 

My name is Al Burgess, my wife Gwyn and I live in Round Rock, Tx, and we have been members of the Central Texas Classic Chevy Club for six years.

My life long love for the 1956 Chevy began the day I traded my ’57 Oldsmobile for the Sierra gold/adobe beige 1956 Chevy 2 door sedan. I was a junior in high school with not much money but a huge desire for a cool car. It had the 265 bored out to 292 with a 3 speed on the floor and a posi-traction rear end. The interior had been redone in black naugahyde and looked classy. This car was a young kid’s dream for cruising the strip. My buddies piled in and we spent hours doing just that.

Uncle Sam came calling shortly after graduation and my car went to Ft. Ord, CA with me. Unfortunately, we parted company after my return from Vietnam. It needed lots of work and I just didn’t have the resources to keep it running. The memories that car and I shared stuck with me.

It wasn’t until 1995 that I was ready for a project car and it had to be a ’56 Chevy. Like so many classic cars, it was a step away from going to the salvage yard. I finally found my new project and made the purchase.

It’s taken many years to restore and has been a labor of love. It was important to me to be the one to rebuild it. I had worked as a machinist for 17 years and then worked as a product development technician for 15 years at John Deere. I had lots of input and support from co-workers and friends. The car needed to be completely disassembled. The more I worked on it, the more ideas that I had to try out. My machining background allowed me to fabricate one of a kind parts and the car took on a life of its own.

The plan was to have a clean engine compartment. The brakes and wipers were put underneath the dash. The firewall was smoothed out and the wiring and plumbing was all hidden.  I purchased a fuel injection set up and a serpentine belt system for a clean look. I chose a big block motor to be different. The 454 engine was bored out to a 461 cubic inch displacement.

The interior design was to make use of the lines of the exterior of the car. The one of a kind center console was made by a pattern maker friend. We spent a year designing it and he spent a year and a half making it. It features a dual output speaker, push button shift, and power window control switches. We made a tail light for the rear of the console.

Other than the interior and exhaust system, all the restoration was done in my garage.  Friends had stepped in to assist with the body work and electrical. It was painted in my garage.  The car’s fit and finish came from the help of some very talented friends over the span of 10 years.

There’s a special enjoyment in attending car shows that is very gratifying for me. I never tire sharing information and ideas about my car with other builders. I’m still interested and open to new innovations other builders are coming up with. There will always be changes to make!

Al Burgess

 

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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

July

August

September

October

November

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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