1955 Chevy Gasser
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Description: Back in 1970, a gentlemen, named Richard Ruth, who had a hot rod shop in CA, was awarded a contract with Universal Studios to supply 2 custom street racers for an upcoming movie, Two Lane Blacktop.  Although the studio did not have a specific car, or type of car in mind, Richard advised them on what type of car would be fitting of the role it would play in the movie. Richard purchased 2 base 1955 Chevy 6 cyl 210's, and then proceeded to turn them into what some consider the ultimate street racers.  He chopped off the frame from the firewall, and welded on a lightweight frame with a bent solid axle and coil over springs. He replaced the hood/fenders, doors, trunk lid with fiberglass components. He gutted the interior and replaced all the glass around the car with plexiglass. He swapped in a Big Old's  9.3" 4.88 posi with custom traction bars. After explaining to his local chevy parts dealer that he was building 2 high performance chevys for an upcoming movie, providing Chevrolet with advertising exposure, the dealer was able to get Chevrolet to donate two M22 rock crusher trannies, and two brand new big blocks.  One car ( #1 car ) received a new crate L88 427,  and the other car ( #2) received a new crate LS5 454, and then Richard installed tunnel rams on both engines.  Well, some of us know the movie, and others not, but after the movie, Car #2 was sold to one of the studio mechanics, for his son to drive to high school !!!  However, before giving it to his son, the 454 was removed and a SBC was installed.  The car was then sold to the next owner in Canada, and changed hands several times before coming back to the US.  Car #1 was kept by the studio, and then painted black for the next movie it was in, American Graffiti.  Steel doors were reinstalled, so it had windows, and a full interior was reinstalled as well, again needed for the role it played in American graffiti.  The  #1 car was sold to the public, changing hands several times, and currently remains like it was as seen in American Graffiti, still with its L88 engine. The #2 car, since initially being sold, was repainted, and some other modifications performed, but now, the #2 car has been returned back to the way it was in Two Lane Blacktop. It now has a 496 big block, with rectangular port heads. The picture is of the #2 car. It was used for interior filming of the actors.  It had square tube channel welded onto the bottom of the frame, to support scaffolding that was fitted to either the side or rear of the car, to film the scenes taken in the car.  The #1 car was used to film the car from a distance.
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Posted by: davy442filter in E-Bodies Cuda Challenger Message Forum - 1955 Chevy Gasser January 10, 2021, 06:38:29 AM

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