DACC FEATURE CAR OF THE MONTH
love of ‘55 Chevy’s was .. well in 1955. My family bought a new Bel Air 4 door
coral and gray ’55, so I immediately wanted a ’55 from that moment on. I did
not get one of my own until 1960 and it was a black and white 2 door hardtop
with a 265 V8, overdrive tranny, 4:11 rear end, factory air and power steering.
It was really loaded! As time went by I slowly modified it with 283 engine and
a 4 speed.
Well like a lot of folks did back then, I sold it before going into the military. I got a staggering $440 for it and it was a sharp car. Today that just seems crazy.
I had dreams about that car many nights and would dream I had it back only to wake up and be disappointed.
About 1997 (do not know why I waited so long) I decided I was going to get another one. I found a 210 model locally that had been restored maybe in the 70’s. It was a dark brown metallic and a beige, had brown valor interior that was about as bad as it gets after everything had faded with age. It has a 283 3 speed but it was a pretty solid and good running car. So I bought it. I started playing with the 283 like changing cams, intakes and carbs to try and make it run better. I added American Torque Thrust wheels and it was a fun ride. It just looked really bad but it did not really bother me. I was just having so much fun with the car. Both my wife and sons told me I needed to drive it at night as I should not be seen in town in such a bad looking car!
One day my wife had enough and said if you are going to keep it you will have to repaint it. So I got a razor blade and started scraping. Most of the work was done at my house with the help of a real body man. I did not do a body off resto as I wanted to drive it and did not want it “Too Nice” to drive. It took about 2 years to complete.
My goal with the car was to take it on the Hot Rod Power tours. Well I have made about 10 with 7 Long Hauls so far. It has had various motors from the 283 to a 408 to a 327 and then back to the 283. Sounds strange but I seem to like the little 283 best of all, it just wants to turn some RPMs! It has Power Pack heads, milled 100 thousandths’, a re grind 097 Duntov solid cam and cast iron intake and 4GC carb.
I have put over 30k miles on it and it has been a ball. I just regret that I went 30 years with out one!
Scroll through the photos using the arrows, make full screen using the expanding
option in the top right
Scroll through the photos using the arrows, make full screen using the expanding option in the top right
BACK TO FEATURE CARS