|Spotting a barn find takes keen eyes. Do you see the 1955 Chevy Bel Air?|
|Ron Kidd looks on in disbelief that he actually owns this barn find '55 Chevy.|
|The '55 housed a 327-cubic-inch Chevy V8 engine with #462 double hump heads.|
|The '55's trunk had been left open, for who knows how long, helping preserve the quarter panels and trunk pan from the moist environment of its dirt parking spot.|
|The wheels and tires were replaced soon after the '55 was dropped off wrecker.|
|The 1955 Chevy in "Two-Lane Blacktop" had a rear bumper.|
|Dig that barn find patina? Rims and tires added to help roll the Tr-Five into garage bay.|
- Despite the fact that Chevrolet produced more Bel-Air 2-door Hardtops (185,562) than Post Sedans (168,313); the non-post Hardtop cars remain the most desirable.
- The Black 1955 Chevy street racer from “American Graffiti” was the same car used in “Two-Lane Black Top.” Driven in “Graffiti” by Harrison Ford and driven in “Black Top” by contemporary music legend James Taylor.
- The above mentioned movie car was owned by the studio and was brought back out to make sound effects for the 1977 hit movie “Smokey and The Bandit” staring a beautiful 1977 Special Edition Trans Am. I don’t know how I feel about that.
- 1955 was the first year for a factory dual exhaust option. Jim Wangers (Pontiac advertising legend) worked in Chevrolet’s advertising at the time and sent a novelty kazoo to dealers to give out with a tag reading “twin pipes to make beautiful music.”
|Ron Kidd is fired-up about his project '55.|
So what’s it going to take to make this '55 hit the streets where it belongs? I am going to take it off the frame and do floor pans, bushings, mounts, fuel lines, brake lines and frame coating to make this last another lifetime (mine hopefully).
|Notice the Hurst shifter curling over the bench seat?|
I am going to replace the entire wiring harness to avoid any fires and add power brakes and air conditioning. The 4-speed will relinquish its spot for a 6-speed to take advantage of some good over-drive. As far as the engine goes... heck, if I know. Seeing as this 327 engine is locked up tighter than Fort Knox, something has to go in its place. Part of me wants a “Two Lane Blacktop” big block rat motor with a lumpy cam and a thirsty Holley. Another part of me says I can make huge power from a stroked small block Chevy. Pump gas and dependability are important. I also want to incinerate both rear tires at will when the notion hits me or a pesky Mustang entices me.
|An early-sixties Pontiac tach is strapped to the 55's steering column.|