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Check out this electronically-controlled hidden Gas Door

By Grant Peterson

The "new-model-year-blues" has hit more than a few of us when we've come to realize that our car wasn't the latest and greatest any more. It's a dilemma that has been going on ever since the beginning of automotive time (and, of course, helps sell new cars). While the '55 Chevrolet was ahead of its time in many ways when new, after a few years had passed it was in the history books.

Over the years, many things old have seemingly become new again and we are still updating and thinking of "new" things for our favorite Tri-fives. Rocky, at Rocky Hinge, has developed something new for the '55 to help it catch up to--and surpass--its Tri-Five brethren in terms of its (to some) ugly flap-style gas door, which is located dead square in the middle of the left quarter panel. He made it possible to relocate the gas filler behind the taillight, like the '56 and '57s, but made the taillight open electronically with the flip of a switch from inside the car.

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

SOURCES
Firehouse Fabrication
704 Monroe Way, Dept. CRM
Placentia
CA  92870
Rocky Hinge Inc.
1720 Wilson Ave., Dept. CRM
Girard
OH  44420
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