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Tri-Five Hidden Gas Door - Relocation Program

Hidin' Out In The Back Of A Taillight

By Grant Peterson, Photography by Grant Peterson

When it comes to cars, our "point of focus" can either make it or break it for us. On one hand, there might be this wicked-awesome Tri-Five in front of us that's just firin' on all cylinders. Yet, on the other hand, some minuscule piece sticks out like a witch doctor at a baptizing. It's those little things that really dig in deep, and they often helps us decide whether we like a car or not.

Leave it to the aftermarket industry to save the day. Rocky at Rocky Hinge has developed something new for the '55 to help smooth the edges and redefine the bodylines. He developed a hidden gas door to replace that ugly flap-style gas door, located dead square in the middle of the left quarter-panel. Rocky made it possible to relocate the gas filler behind the taillight, like on the '56 and '57s, but made the taillight open electronically with the flip of a switch from inside the car. Talk about a cool way to shift your point of focus off that gaudy gas door.

To see just how meticulous a system the Rocky's kit is, we took a short trip to American Muscle Cars where fabricator Brett Maxwell had our project '55 Bel Air anxiously awaiting the subtle yet significant change.

American Muscle Cars
10199 Riverford Rd., Suite B
CA  92040
Rocky Hinge
1720 Wilson Ave.
Dept. SC
Girard, OH 44420
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By Grant Peterson
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