How about this 1956 picture of Don Walde (below), his little brother, and best friend getting ready to go to school in Don’s ’48 Fleetline? He bought the Chevy when he was 15 with money earned from mowing lawns, washing cars, and whatever else he could do to earn a buck or two.
By the time he was old enough to get his license, the Fleetline was lowered 4 inches in back, had a genuine Sears, Roebuck, and Co. dual exhaust system with 22-inch Smittys, was nosed and decked, and had a backyard suede paintjob applied by Don and a friend.
After a series of V-8–powered cars and trucks he’s returned to his roots, and the sweet sound of a Chevy straight-six with dual exhaust. The truck he now drives is a ’53 3100, with a dropped axle and a 235 equipped with tri-power, HEI, Fentons, and 22-inch Smittys.
Ed Moore sent in these pictures of a unique custom that has been in his family since the early ’60s. Originally built by Nick Dunkavich of Meriden, Connecticut, in the early ’50s, it’s a ’40 Hupmobile Skylark sedan that was made into a convertible by using the rear clip from a ’49 Dodge Wayfarer roadster, using the Wayfarer top and lift-out windows. A ’40 Plymouth donated its bumpers.
The Hupmobile was shown at the 1956 Hartford Autorama, in red paint, and then shown again at the 1959 World’s Fair Auto Show held in West Springfield, Massachusetts, after being repowered with a ’48 Mercury Flathead 3/4 race engine and repainted Aztec Gold. The Merc engine received a 3 3/8-inch bore and stroke with Edmunds heads and Offy manifold. There’s red and black upholstery, Stewart-Warner gauges, and a T-Bird speedometer inside, and the top was custom-made to suit.
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