It doesn't get much simpler...
It doesn't get much simpler than a '55 Chevy 150 utility sedan, as these cars came from the factory with no back seat and stationary quarter glasses. Fresh black material covers the original bench seat and custom door panels, while a rubber mat takes care of the floors. Dynamat was used to insulate the body.
Most of the Chevy's undercarriage is stock, aside from the Danchuk sway bars, and a pair of Danchuk front disc brakes. A 605 power steering box replaces the original unit, and keeps Woody from yanking too hard on the Impala steering wheel. While the mismatched wheel and tire combination might confuse today's youngsters, it gives the car lots of period-correct personality and consists of 15x7 Radir front wheels, 15x8 steelies and Coker Firestones all around. The lack of front bumper is yet another '60s trait, but the rest of the car's brightwork is replaced with Danchuk replacement parts. Brett Davis at Woody's Hot Rodz is responsible for the bodywork and also laid down the PPG Glacier Blue paint.
Inside, Woody's '55 is close to stock, with its black rubber mat from Trim Parts and simple black stitch work. Matt Baldwin at Woody's Hot Rodz handled the upholstery and also installed the American Autowire Highway Series wiring harness. You won't find a stereo in this vintage Tri-Five, and you certainly won't find any form of air conditioning, unless you count the wing windows. It's as plain as you can get, and that didn't happen by accident. Woody was around for the glory days of hot rodding and knows what a no-frills '55 should look like. This is it, and he couldn't be happier.
Oftentimes, mismatched wheels...
Oftentimes, mismatched wheels in the '60s meant the owner simply couldn't afford another pair of aftermarket wheels to run with his slicks, so the stock rear wheels just had to do. Woody's '55 rolls on Radir wheels up front and steelies out back with Firestone bias-ply tires on all four corners.
After lots of work, Woody has a car from the era he loves the most. Chris was happy to help this local legend get his car back on the road, and sums it up nicely with this quote: "In the 30 years I've known Woody, two things have stayed the same-my dad is still trying to buy the '55 and Woody is still the Fonz to me!"