One Fine '55

Greg Tyler owns this ‘55 Chevy Bel Air and resides in Port Orange, Florida for the winter. Greg found it while visiting a Goodguys show in Rhinebeck, NY. in 2002, near where he calls “home” all summer long - Mattituck, Long Island. Greg is a retired Heavy Equipment Mechanic so he knows how to turn a wrench or two! Turned a wrench or two is exactly what he did too, along with fellow friend and business owner Michael Sweeney, who just so happens to own his own upholstery shop (Southampton Upholstery).

In 2005, Greg started dismantling the car - right down to bare metal. The car was originally painted a dark red and white so Greg liked that scheme but went one better with a beautiful Porsche Guardsman Red over 2005 Nissan Pearl White. Credit goes to Michael’s son Joey who painted the car. Better still, they found that someone had actually upholstered the car OVER the old original interior and there was all the trim under it, so after some polishing up, it was all re-used and looks better than new. The glass and window frames are all new from East Coast Chevy “Old 55” parts.

Powered by a 350 Chevy, bored .60 over with airflow research heads, Comp Cam, Holley Headers and a 750 dual-feed Holley carb that was installed in April 2008, it all started to come together. It has a Muncie (M21) 4 speed trans and Hurst shifter from a ‘66 GTO. Two and a half-inch Flowmasters, Ford 9in posi w/3:50 gears and drilled/slotted rotors (front), drums (rear) help to put some whoa to it. American Racing wheels (225/70 15’s ft - 235/70 rear with spinners makes it a roller! A new Ididit steering Colum and “shrunk” ‘59 Impala steering wheel with Sun Tach and gauges that monitor all the “vitals” keeps Greg in control.

If you challenge this ’55 about all you’ll see is the LED taillights and third brake light with Halogen headlights that light it up all the way to the finish line. Greg and Michael did most of the work on this car and it all shows off well for sure as “One Fine ’55”! We’re digging it Greg!  

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