A friend of mine recently showed me a picture from the inside of a local garage. Under the dust lives a 1955 Chevy Convertible that has not been outside in decades. I have so much need for this car that it makes me sick to my stomach. I’d love to buff it out, clearcoat the patina, install a modern fuel injected engine & brakes, and drive it as is. It would look magical parked next to my 64 Impala convertible. For now, this beauty will continue to rest, tucked away from the elements, waiting. Barn finds – They are still out there folks.
A car is only original once, so when you see a vehicle of 1930’s vintage in its original well-weathered outfit, its really something to be documented and cherished. I really should have payed closer attention so that I could be a little more exact with this information, but this appears to be a 1934-35 Chevy “Standard” model Roadster. They only made a couple thousand of this body style over that two year span, and there aren’t many left in existence. The fact that this car survived in this condition for so long is mesmerizing.
You may notice that I took a couple of photos of the dashboard. I’m just learning how to use a camera and I was trying to get all artsy when looking through the wheel. When staring at those photos, you may also notice that there isn’t a temperature gauge. Crazy right? Well that was not a standard item on these old Chevrolets. You’ll also notice the rusty looking torpedo on the dashboard. That was a fan in a past lifetime, but its plastic blades have long since disintegrated.
While I was ogling over this very special car, I heard multiple people walking by and talking about “how nice it would be restored”, and “what a great project car it was”. And although both of those statements are totally accurate, I think it would be an incredible shame to remove all that is original on this car. It has survived 80+ years with so many of its original parts still attached, screwing with any of them would be an amazing loss of such wonderful automotive history.
It’s no secret that Chevy has been making a great small block V8 since 1955. But is it so good that it needs to be dropped into Ford engine bays? Are Ford V8’s really that terrible? When I think about Ford V8’s, I instantly think about awesome 1960’s high-compression, dual four barrel 289’s. I think about the legendary flat head’s that were made famous on the salt flats. I think about the rare works of art that were the SOHC-head 427’s. So whenever I see a Chevy engine living under a Ford hood, I say to myself “WTH is going on here?!’. Am I alone in thinking this way? What do you think?
I went to get an inspection sticker at lunch today, and spotted a 1969 Chevelle / Malibu looking quite sullen. Behind it was a older Chevy truck with dual rear wheels and a big block sitting under the hood. I couldn’t decide which one I loved more. The Chevelle hadn’t been on the road since 1994, and the truck hadn’t seen the road since 1993. It’s a shame, they both have the potential to be incredible spectacular.