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1955 Chevy 210 - Bad , Blown, And Baked

Well, Actually, The Owner Is A Baker

Photography by Peter S. Linney

Seeing that this car has flames (look closely because they're very subtle) and that owners Jim and Dyonne Pricco are bakery owners from Covina, California, we don't feel as though we're venturing too far into make-believe by calling this remarkable '55 "baked." Its look is hot, its engine is hot, and the bright California summer sun reflecting off of its PPG-coated exterior is definitely hot. As with many of us, Jim built this machine in loving memory of the '55 he drove to high school. Of course, this time it was done with much more attention to detail and certainly to a much higher level than the high school ride.

The car came into the Pricco's life with the help of a friend who is a car collector. It was rust-free, nosed, and decked, and much of the chrome was shaved. Of course, it soon received the "frame-off' treatment, together with Pro-Street modifications from Victory Racing. Even though it has a punched-out 427 block, now displacing 440 ci, and a 6-71 blower, Joe already has plans for a 468ci 800-plus-hp powerplant very soon-definitely "bad."

Tech Specs
OwnerJim and Dyonne Pricco, Covina, CA
Vehicle'55 Chevy 210 two-door sedan
Engine68 Chevy four-bolt main 427 ci bored to 440 ci; J&E pistons;
 Speed Pro rings and bearings; B&B piston pins; 9:1
 comp ratio; Milodon oil pan and windage tray; Crane
 flat-tappet cam; .610 intake lift, .630 exhaust, duration
 288 degrees intake, 296 degrees exhaust; Chevy
 square-port heads; Manley valves, 2.19 intake, 1.88
 exhaust; Crane valvesprings and 1.7 rocker arms, built
 by Van Gordon Racing, Upland, CA; Holley carb; Mike
 Kuhl 6-71 blower (9 lbs boost) and manifold; K&N
 Filter; Smiley Headers, 3" Flowmaster mufflers; MSD
 6A ignition; Autolight plugs
TransmissionTurbo 400, Hurst shifter, Hughes flywheel, and 4,000-
 rpm stall converter
Rear EndCurrie 9" limited-slip with 4.11:1 gear ratio
FrontMoroso front springs, urethane bushings, dropped
 spindles, Willwood disc brakes
RearPro-Street back half, Alden coilovers, Lamb springs,
 ladder bars
WheelsAmerican Torque Thrusts
TiresMT rear, Kelly front
BodyLarry Baretta Auto Body
ColorPPG Black with clearcoat, ghost flames
PainterBilly B., Kustom Kolors, Upland, CA
InteriorGray leather by Collins Custom Upholstery, Upland, CA
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