Back in the September issue, we featured a beautiful '55 Chevy, and truth be told; I was a bit hesitant to do so since we haven't showcased one in many years. If you recall that month's Shop column, I even reached out to see if there was any interest in us showcasing more of them; survey says-yes! It seems many of you want us to keep to our roots and showcase Tri-Fives in a technical format that we're known for. Thanks for the responses and on top of the traditional Camaros, Chevelles, and Novas; we're adding these gems to the list of cars that you want to see most. -Henry D
More Tri-Fives, you ask? Yes, immediately, if not sooner. Be sure to include budget tech, including but not limited to: rust repair and prevention, saving patina, electronic ignition upgrades, engine swaps like a carb'd 4.8 or 5.3 LS with a five-speed, six-cylinder tech (yes, I know, limited audience), overdrive auto or manual swaps, drum brake upgrades, disc swaps, junkyard fuel injection, S-10 rear differential swap, vintage stock car style mods like braced control arms, and front framehorns with twin shocks at each corner, et al, ad nauseam. So, anything really.
Feature cars that are budget minded and/or outside the box would be nice to see too. Also, you produce great covers and magazine.
This letter is regarding your Shop column. One of your questions asked "What about more Tri-Fives in the magazine?" My husband and I both think it's a great idea! I met my husband, Andy, when I was 17 and at the time he had a '56 Chevy. Since I have known him, I have had the love for cars as he does. In our 42 years of marriage he has built many of them, too.
We have two '55 Chevys. Mine is a station wagon that he did a complete frame off with. We purchased the car from the original owner who left this car tucked away sitting in his backyard for about 20 years. He even gave Andy the original document from when he purchased the car, along with the log book on repairs and everything he had done to the car. The car was purchased from Ernie Porters in Pasadena and was assembled in Van Nuys, California.
In building the car we had many bumps along the way. It sat for two years in a body shop before Andy could even start working on it. Andy put his heart and soul into this car and it now has a ZZ4 with a Tremec five-speed and a 9-inch rearend. I am very proud of the car and we have won a number of awards with it.
Guys, thanks for a great product. When my CHP is delivered, the world stops turning. I start thumbing through the pages before I start the walk back to the house and I feel like a kid again. When I was 17, I had a '55 that was powered by a small-block, I did my first engine swap, and the list goes on and on, and my hot rodding years started with that Tri-Five.
In fact it was the '55 that put Chevrolet on the map. As hot rodders we owe a lot to the Tri-Five era. I was 7 years old when the '55 came out and I will never forget seeing one for the first time. That Yellow and Ivory scheme changed my life forever. That said, I vote for more Tri-Fives. Bobby Reed Via Email
We would like to see more on Tri-Fives, since we are currently restoring a '57 that won't be all original. I'd like to see something the normal person can afford, such as big-block builds, brakes, steering, and how to install an air-conditioning system. I would like to see an old school rebuild without the big wheels and low-profile tires. Thank you.
I enjoyed your cover of the orange and silver '55. Hope to see more as I am an owner of a '55. What started out as "fix a little spot" has become a frame off restoration. I am the owner of an automotive machine shop and have been able to do the work myself, but it has been a long project that I hope to have done in the spring of 2011.
This car will be powered by a 572 big-block that I built in my shop, have a Gear Vendor overdrive with a Turbo 400 transmission. It also has a 9-inch rearend with 3.91 gears. For the suspension and brakes, I'm installing coilovers with disc brakes. Also, all of this will ride on an aftermarket frame and painted tangelo. Thanks & I enjoy your magazine!
The More The Merrier
Yes, Henry we would love to see more Tri-Fives in the book. Heck, I have five of them and love the way they look!
Please add more Tri-Five Chevys to your magazine. Street driven ones will be great to see and I've included several photos of mine. I originally purchased it back in 1981 and it took me four years to finish her, and I'm still driving it today.
More Products, Too! Yes, as a big-time Tri-Five guy I'd really like to see more Tri-Five articles with all of the latest products available for my rides. Keep up the great work and check out our car club at wickedridesnj.com (I'm the VP). Mike Via email
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It's not fun being constantly herded to and from one plane to another. Trust me though, I'm not complaining. Thankfully it's Sunday, I've caught an early flight home from Louisville, Kentucky, where I have been since Wednesday attending the National Street Rod Association. It's my first year there and the first year the NSRA has allowed muscle cars up to 1980 into their scene. Think of it as a SEMA-type show for the public. It's a total hands-on experience with plenty of automotive eye candy. Better yet, I was lucky enough to not only rub shoulders with legendary vehicle builder and designer Chip Foose, but he was actually on my flight. It's just cool to see the great people of this industry in person-working hard, just like us.
Hanging out with the tech editor of Lowrider magazine, Saul Vargas, allowed me the chance to not only meet some of the local shops in the Louisville area but we even hitched a ride with a local and he showed us some great locations for photo shoots. The trip was awesome and the Midwest hospitality is still alive and well.
Even if you aren't into the "Rod" scene, any gearhead could be happy at this show. There was a little something for everybody. With an attendance cap at just about 9,600 cars you could say there was quite a lot to look at. The first day of the show it poured. I have to tell you, being from the West Coast, we don't get to see storms like that. It literally blew in from nowhere. Being trigger-happy, I thought I would be smart and get a couple images of the storm from outside.
Little did I know the center of its wrath was directly above, including the thunder and lightning. I saw the flash and a millisecond later I had the look of terror and screamed; nearly jumping into an attendees arms as the thunder pounded the sky. It wasn't one of my proudest moments. It literally sounded like a freight train crashed in my ear canal. Yes, it was that loud. I ended up sprinting back inside to the safety of the Expo center. It's the first time I've ever perspired while in the rain. That just isn't right. While the weather didn't cooperate the first day, it did push the humidity level down for the rest of the week and made for a pleasant show experience. We can't wait for next year's show.
Hands-On At Hurst
Hurst Performance has opened up their own performance center and now offers enthusiasts a chance to have their vehicles upgraded and personalized with one-of-a-kind Hurst components. Hurst Garage technicians will begin by offering tailored customization options to current 2010 Camaros, with other GM makes welcomed in the future. The very same Hurst technicians, who design, test, and build the limited edition Performance Series vehicles are responsible for the work done at the Hurst Garage. Clients will receive a unique, individually signed dash-mounted plaque and certificate of authenticity. Each VIN is then cataloged for registration in the Hurst archives for future owners and collectors. Upon completion of the work, clients are invited to take personal delivery of their modified vehicle at Hurst Performance Headquarters, where they can also take a guided tour of the facility-hurst-performance.com
El Toro Run To The Coast 2011
Bill Howell and crew are coming back to the West Coast and have already sealed the dates for their second annual El Toro Run to the Coast for 2011. If you aren't familiar with the event, it's a Pro Touring cars paradise that's filled with a road course, a braking challenge, and an autocross event. Entries are limited to 130 cars and will take place at the former El Toro Marine Corp base in Irvine, California, on the weekend of March 4-6. The one change for this year is that it'll be a full two-day affair. For the most up-to-date information, head over to the Pro Touring forums at pro-touring.com.