Texas Hold 'em

The owner of this 1955 Chevy 150 Sedan is Mike Vigil of New Smyrna Beach, Fl. While Mike doesn’t necessarily play poker every day, he does claim to have the hand that everyone would love to be holding; a 30 plus year Chevy Shoebox that had been in a barn – in storage – for over 30 years! The best thing is that it was a solid rust-free car that had a hay bale, which fell from the loft, lying on the hood, as the only damage to the car.

  Mike was originally from Van Nuys, California (home of the American Graffiti movie!) and so, what better way to lay claim to his roots than build a sweet ’55 Chevy. Now, the purists will cringe, but this was an unmolested car with the original 6 cylinder with “three on the tree” that needed no major bodywork except for the damaged hood. Mike always had a yearning for that ’55 that would rival 55’s of such famous films as American Graffiti and others of that time period.

  He began the quest with a complete tear-down of the car that he and fellow “Mr. 55-56-57” Himself; Derick Hayman of Edgewater, Fl. completed themselves. Out came the engine and its replacement was a 383 Blueprinted and stroked Crate Motor, dyno’d at 478ft lbs and 445 hp. Hooked to a 700 R4 Trans with a 2,000 Stall Converter its gears are changed via a B&M Mega Shifter. A Borgeson Power steering Box (600) with a chrome tilt steering column handles the turning duties. Street Lite Aluminum Race wheels (black anodized), 30x12x15 rears and 26x8x15 on the front (Mickey Thompson flame tread Radials) with Ceramic Disc brakes all around (slotted and drilled) take care of the rolling and stopping action quite well. Exhaust is handled by Super Comp Hooker Headers with Magna Flow Mufflers and a 3 inch exhaust.

  They pulled the body off the frame, cleaning and installing a ladder Bar Suspension with coil/over shocks and dropped spindles up front, to get her down “in the weeds”. Mike didn’t want to cut the body so frame modifications were made to handle the wide rear rubber and keep that arrow perfect body intact. The rear end is a narrowed 8.8 Ford out of a GT Mustang, with 31 spline Moser axles housing a 4:10 posi. Once all the modifications were done, it was painted Jet Black by Matrix and the roof was painted a PPG Sparkle Silver to match all the bumpers.

  Mike’s daytime business is Oceanside Carpet Cleaning but his nighttime passion is getting this beautiful 150 Sedan out to let her breath and show all the locals its heels as he cruises to and from all the local shows we have here while those in the North/East are hunkered down for the winter. Mike has been here for about 30 years now and that’s why he likes it – nice weather most all year round reminding him of his childhood and all those famous cars cruising up and down every week on Van Nuys Boulevard.

Great Job Mike – you’ve definitely got the “Texas Hold ‘EM Hand” everyone would LOVE to be holding, let alone out there cruising every week! He wanted a Hot Rod but it looks like he got all ACES to Me. 

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