While all this was going on, the body was receiving its share of attention too, with a custom recessed firewall, shaved handles and badges, and a custom grille. A louvered hood and custom taillight lenses make a difference, but essentially it’s a mild custom, relying on paint for its “wow factor”, as so many ’60s customs did. Freund used PPG and House of Kolor products to produce the end result, with silver metallic scallops and a darker green metalflake roof. Note also that the grille recess and fenderwells have been finished in white.
White is also the theme inside the car, with the stock bench seats recovered by United Auto Trim in white vinyl, white carpet throughout the cabin and trunk, a white steering wheel, and even white weatherstripping. An ididit chrome tilt column replaces the original, with the shifter and pedals coming from Lokar. The stock gauge cluster was retained in a custom insert, but Auto Meter gauges mount under the dash in chrome pods. There’s more chrome, too, on all the window garnish moldings, another nice ’60s touch.
To say Jack is pleased with the ’55 would be somewhat of an understatement, especially as it realized that dream for him of having a high caliber car. When we asked what had been his most memorable experience with it, he replied it was when he’d won a trophy at a national event, especially as it had been shared with family and friends. We’d say he’s pretty happy with his ’55!
This ’55 150 Will Remain Just As Purchased