Lots of key elements make a gasser build great, and this 1955 Chevy post has pretty much all of them. A nasty 540ci all-aluminum Ray Barton Hemi is topped with Kinsler EFI and mated up to a Muncie four-speed transmission. Stacks poke through the hood to feed fresh air to the big-inch mill. Fenderwell headers dump the exhaust in the right spot and make the right noise. Parallel leafs suspend the straight-axle up front while ladder bars locate the 9-inch rearend. Gasser-style spokes are found up front and the pie crust slicks in the back are mounted on five-window sprints from Real Rodders Wheels. A Mooneyes fuel tank sits inside the grille cavity.
The elements that really make this build shine more than just the parts are the personal stories. Owner Matt Jewell’s father passed away three years ago from leukemia. The car was his father’s project and Matt intends to finish it in a manner that pays respect to his dad. Dark greens were some of Matt’s father’s favorite colors for cars, so the exterior will be sprayed in a subtle green-on-green theme. Both father and son share Walker as a middle name, hence the Walker Speed Shop door graphics. When it’s done, this ’55 will not only be an awesome gasser but also a rolling tribute to Matt’s father.