Brian and Christine Sargeson: Wheels readers
Occupation: Happily retired
The Car: 1955 Chevrolet 210 two-door sedan
I have owned many street rods and classic cars since 1978 and always wanted a 1955 Chev. After many years of searching, I found a custom ’55 that had been sitting in a garage for 10 years.
It has an interesting history, starting its life in Saskatchewan. A grandfather gave it to his grandson to drive to London, Ont., where he attended university. When he arrived in London, he no longer wanted the car, and it sat beside a barn for a few years.
The car was purchased and restored in the early 1990s with a new interior, a 350 small block V8 engine, disc brakes and a bright, red paint job.
The new owner’s friend worked for CFPL Radio 98 AM in London and convinced him to let the radio station buy the car as a promotional vehicle.
Sponsored by Radio 98 and London’s Merla-Mae Ice Cream, the car was outfitted with a $15,000 sound system and named the “Classic Chev Sound Machine.”
Ballots to win this classic Chevy were printed, and the boom box on wheels toured the London area all summer long. On Sept. 22, 1995, the winner was announced.
The prize winner, Russ, was excited about his win, but he had little time to drive it, as he ran a boating business, and it sat in the garage until November 2006, when I purchased it.
I had a minor accident in 2010 while waiting to fill the gas tank. Someone ran into the passenger door.
We decided to do a complete restoration at that point, but there was no guarantee that the paint could be matched.
Angelo, Debbie, and the team at A & D Performance in Brampton — a family owned automotive repair shop with over 20 years in the business — did a fantastic job of turning my concept for the car into a reality.
Every panel was removed, stripped and reinstalled better than they came from the factory, and a Bel Air emblem was added to the dash.
A new 350 engine and rebuilt 350 tranny was put in. Upgrades included new rack and pinion front end, Flaming River steering column, vintage air, a custom console with integrated shifter, wiring harness, billeted pulley system, chrome alternator, power steering pump, etc.
It was given a flawless two-tone House of Kolor tangelo pearl and snow white pearl paint job and a set of custom-made 17” USMAG wheels, and low-profile Bridgestone tires were installed.
Then came what Christine and I think is the best part of the car, the custom leather interior designed and installed by Peter Giampa, of Tack Auto Upholstery in Loretto, Ont.
The Krist Kustoms pattern/pleated front bucket seats with custom made matching rear seats are made to look like buckets. Trim, door panels, kick panels and moulded arm rests are designed to flow from the front to the rear of the car. Matching pleated head liner and carpet and leather panels extend right through the trunk as well.
Completed in August 2013, the car is a joy to drive, and we are very proud to show it off.
I am a 27-year member of the Brampton Street Rod Association. We have been running a cruise night every Tuesday from June to September since 1989, and we’ve been at Shoppers World Brampton for the past 15 years.
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