CAL-RODS FEATURED CAR FOR OCTOBER 2015
By Doug Bithell
OWNERS: MIKE & VALARIE THOMPSETT
YEAR: 1957 MAKE AND MODEL: CHEVROLET 210 POST
COLOR: RED WITH PIN-STRIPING UPHOLSTERY: GREY VINYL/TWEED
ENGINE: 350 TRANS: 350 TRANS WHEELS: CENTERLINES
REAR END: STOCK CHEVY FRONT END: STOCK CHEVY
Mike and Valarie Thompsett are the proud owners of this month's featured car. This classic 1957 Chevrolet was born in Kanas City. It was originally Black with a 6 cylinder engine. It worked its way west & ended up in Temecula before Mike found it in 2010.
I asked Mike why the 57 Chevy & he replied “always wanted a tri-five Chevy”. He had looked for some time before he found this one, including a 55 he found in New Mexico which the guy sold before he got there to pay for it. But, he got his beauty.
The previous owner had put the V-8 in it & had started fixing it up. Seems he got into horses & kind of forgot about the 57 Chevy. So when Mike bought it, it had been sitting for awhile. He drove it home from Temecula to put his touches on it. The headliner was a little tattered so he went to work removing it. As he was proceeding to remove it a couple of rat nests fell letting him know they had been there first. He has been working on it ever since then & will be for years to come.
He has taken the 57 to the Veterans Show in Yorba Linda, Pasadena Show, Santa Anita, several local functions, & plans to take it to more shows in the future including the upcoming cruise to Mentone.
A fine representation of the Cal-Rods.