Keeping The Faith

"He promised to love, cherish and build her a '55"

Story by John Aschenberg and Linda Keel
Photos by – Julia Aschenberg
Linda Keel's Killer '55

Opening the hood you'll find a new Chevrolet crate engine displacing 350 cubic inches pumping out a conservative 330 h.p. An Edelbrock intake and carburetor finishes up the top end of the mouse motor and is topped off with a custom air breather from Johnson's Hot Rod Shop. Other cool amenities under the hood are from Billet Specialties, which include universal wire looms, oil breathers, and their Tru Trac Serpentine System. All spent gasses are exited through a set of Jet Hot coated headers by Hedman, and then sent on through a custom stainless steel exhaust system with Flowmaster mufflers installed by "Custom by Rogers". Last but not least, keeping everything cool down under is provided by a Griffin aluminum radiator. Sending the power to the rear axle is compliments of an '84 Chevy Turbo 200 tranny assembled by Keller Performance Automotive, adding a B & M 2800 rpm stall while the driveshaft modifications were handled by Jamie's Driveshaft's, Inc.

Chevy 350 c.i. crate motor

Next on the to do list was the body, which once again George teamed up with good friend Willie Eustace to tackle the necessary custom body work. The custom hood is a combination of two hoods put together with the removal of the hood bird. The front pan was molded into the fenders to give it a slick look, while the firewall and trunk was smoothed out which included the removal of any and all emblems and license plate bracket on the trunk lid. When it came time for fine tuning the body work, the '55 was handed over to Brian Elliott who was responsible for the blocking, final prep and squirting on the brilliant looking DuPont Dragon Fire Red paint.

Linda's '55 has that smooth look even from the back 3/4 angle

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