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CAL-RODS FEATURED CAR FOR MARCH 2015

by RAY MAHONEY


OWNERS:  JOHN & LINDA GLASS

YEAR:  1955   MODEL:  CHEVROLET 210 HANDYMAN STATION WAGON

PAINT:  GUN METAL/CHARCOAL GRAY & SILVER.

ENGINE:  350 CI      TRANSMISSION:  TURBO 350

MATTSON RADIATOR & HORSE COLLAR

VINTAGE AIR   REAR END RATIO: 3.00 : 1  

1 ½ “ HEIDT DROP SPINDLES


     1955 was not the first year for Chevrolet to have a true OHV V-8; but it was the first successful V-8.  It was also the first year for Chevrolet to introduce the ‘shoe box’ body, which Ford had since 1949.  Out were the three hump hoods & in with a more sleek design with a wrap around windshield.  While the ’55 Bel Air models grabbed all the attention, the wagons were relegated to big families & later the surfer crowd.

     Station wagons bring back a nostalgic time of family outings to the beach, picnics or drive-in movies.  This head turning classic ‘Long Roof’ belonging to John & Linda Glass however says cruising in style, comfort, & of course hot rodding. John’s been a hot rod guy since age 15, inspired by his father, a mechanic in WWII, & a hot rodder too.  John’s first car, a 1935 Chevy Coupe, was a project he bought from a neighbor for $25. Soon it was on to a ’41 Studebaker Champion, & a ’55 Ford Ranch Wagon, but was interrupted when John joined the Navy.  He flew into Vietnam in 1968 during the Tet Offensive as the air strip was being mortared & a year later left with the field being mortared again.  John was stationed on the Mekong Delta in Nha Be Naval Support Activity Base as a support team for the Navy seals.  Once out of the Navy it wasn't long before he was back into hot rods, dirt bikes & motorcycles.  John rode a Harley Davidson for 25 years but decided that with a family it was time to sell his Harley & found a person at the Pomona Swap Meet who would trade him the ’55 wagon for his motorcycle.  His friends thought he was crazy but John saw the possibilities in a Salmon/Peach colored station wagon with fender skirts.

Originally painted Shoreline Beige & Glacier Blue with a 265ci engine from the G.M .factory in Van Nuys it’s all Californian just like John & Linda, both born & raised in California.  With a total production of 29,419 model 210 wagons built in 1955 one would expect to see more of them today; even so it wouldn't be as cool as this one.   Sporting a 350 small block, a turbo 350 trans, CPP steering, ceramic coated Hedman Hedder exhaust & the biggest A/C ‘Vintage Air’ manufactures to cool the large cavernous interior for those Hot August Nights in Reno that John & Linda love to attend.

John and Linda take their wagon to Cal-Rods cruises, In-N-Out, Hot August Nights in Reno, Dr. George car show & plenty of local Veteran car shows. 

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