1955 Chevy 210 & 1955 Chevy Bel Air - Hot, Fun And Juicy

The Garmans Built Two Tri-Fives-Not A "His And Hers" But An "Ours And Ours"-Right In Their Own Garage.

Thomas J. Lyman Jan 1, 2008 0 Comment(s)
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Fun's interior is mostly stock, with some updated pieces thrown into the fray. The seats are stock, but everything received a new skin of leather courtesy of East Coast Chevy. The Garmans also added Oxblood carpeting throughout the cabin. The exterior holds Cherry Pearl paint from PPG, and some Coarse Aluminum accents. For being built in just eight months, the Garmans really hit a home run with Fun, and figured to give it another shot just one month after finishing the Bel Air.

With the project that would eventually be called "Juicy," Gary originally looked at getting a driver, not a full-on project. The idea was that in getting a driver, the Garmans could keep miles off Fun. After looking around and hoping to uncover a '67 Chevelle of some sort, Gary unearthed yet another Tri-Five, this time a '55 210 post. After a very brief conversation with his wife (who, especially after Fun was completed, happens to love '55s), the Garmans decided to purchase another '55. Flo started out just driving the '55, as it was in fair enough condition for some around-theblock driving. However, on closer examination, Flo and Gary found some hidden gremlins that would cause the couple to do yet another rebuild of a '55.

The powertrain almost mimics that of Fun, with a 355 small-block topped off with a host of Edelbrock parts and Vortec heads. Power is about the same as well, and under the hood, "Juicy" carries just as much, if not more, chrome and billet accessories. The only telling difference between Fun and Juicy (wow, that almost sounds naughty) is the tranny-Juicy packs a Tremec TKO 600 five-speed, with a Hurst shifter, and a special flamed ball-type shifter knob that actually lights up. Juicy also contains a beefier rearend, a 9-inch unit, but carries the exact same tubular front, four-link rear suspension setup. Wheels are Intro Twisted Vistas, sized to the exact specifications of Fun's wheels. The Garmans went with Nitto rubber on Juicy, 225/45/17 front and 275/50/17 rear.

The interior of Juicy is an interesting combination: the front seats were sourced from-get this-a 1995 dodge Intrepid, and were covered in two-tone off white and light Tan leather from Ultra leather. This color scheme echoes throughout the cabin, and contrasts nicely with the custom "Juicy '55" embroidery. The exterior is a Tangelo Pearl from House of Kolor, with exquisite ghost flames just under the clearcoat.

The hard issue Juicy would prove to be the bodywork. Chess Sprenkle, a bodyman helped the Garmans out on Fun, was called support on the Juicy build, but on this go around decided to do all the work themselves, including bodywork. Gary and Flo started to disassemble 04. Chess busily went to work on getting all straight, while Gary and Flo worked on painting sometimes working from 5 a.m. until the late hours Through ridiculously hard work and extreme dedication, completed in an astounding 25 weeks. That's just that both of the Garmans have a '55 to drive, move onto another pair of matching vehicles.

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