When my wife and I dated, I owned a 55 Chevy
convertible that was midnight blue with a white top. Then came
marriage, buying a home and there went my first 55. We had often
thought about getting another one, but the wife and I agreed that
bringing up the kids came first, and someday soon our day would
come. When we saw this car I knew that it would be the beauty
that we had always wanted to own since our first 55 Chevy of so
many years ago. We purchased our Chevy three years ago, just before
our son's wedding. Our three girls were wed previously and we
could now get into a hobby that we would finally have time for.
It was jet black with light blue ghost flames. It needed a good
cleaning and waxing plus detailing to bring it to its just painted
cruising look. The 55 is powered by a 350 cubic inch Chevy that
is bored and stroked with Corvette Fueler Heads, and roller rocker's
which are bumped by a Crane Cam that pushes out 425 horsepower.
This spins through a beefed up 350 Turbo Transmission. From the
old days I have the tachometer mounted high in the upper left
hand corner of the windshield so I don't have to take my eyes
off the road to check the engine RPM's. The interior is complemented
with bucket seats and a tilt wheel.
When we first started to cruise with it, the engine would run
hot and be turning about 3000 RPM's when I was only doing 60 MPH.
I added a fan shroud to it and changed the rear end gear ratio
from 4:11 to 3:36 and it ran cooler and did not beat the engine
up so bad! I have made a lot of changes to the 55 since I bought
it, like changing the taillight bezels and parking light assembly's,
but the most outstanding was taking the black painted bumpers
off and going back to chrome.
One of the best features about owning my 55 is going to all the
cruise in's that are around here and having met so many fine new
friends not to mention finding a lot of High School Friends that
also cruise or just come up to see the cars.