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Kevin & Monica Nichols 1954 4 Door Sedan

 

Kevin & Monica Nichols 1954 4 Door Sedan

March 2016

Kevin & Monica Nichols 1954 4 Door Sedan In 1954 this Chevrolet was manufactured in the Cincinnati Ohio plant and bought new by a gentleman that lived in Louisville, Kentucky. In 1984 the car was sold when the owner had to move into an assisted living center. A gentleman named Marvin Robinson bought it with 69,957mi on the car for his daughter, (age 17 at the time), to go back and forth to school with thinking she would be safe in it being such a large car. Well, the way kids are, she said she would not drive this car and have her friends see her in it and said it would be too hard to steer anyway. A friend of Marvin’s neighbor purchased it and brought it from Bloomington, IN to Fort Wayne, IN and it sat in his barn. 1,316mi later and in November 1996 I saw it outside and it had snowed on it, so I stopped in and bought it from Mr. Kean for $1,000. I had been looking for an “underdog project”, or to break the norm of the 2 door, V8, Tri five syndrome. This was going to be a challenge with availability of the accessories going away and basically, reproduction parts limited to floor pans and quarter panels and a few shinny parts. So collecting and restoring the parts first was priority, then the frame off restoration and drivetrain to follow. To catch a person’s attention the car was finished as a mix of different models from ‘53 and ’54 with some trim from ’55 and ’56. And then a few nostalgic aftermarket accessories from JC Whitney’s and Western Auto was added like the static straps, “Sono Curb” curb feelers, and JC Whitney “Bloomers”. My wife’s mother let me start the rebuild in her garage until we bought our first home a year later, and being she had passed prior to finishing the car I named her “Marilyn”. Then prior to dad’s passing he had given me ’54 plates that he had saved from one of his vehicle’s that I now run on the car. Engine - 1954 Chevrolet, Original 235 ci bored .60 over, Howard’s ¾ cam, Offenhouser dual carb intake, Dual Carter Weber 2 barrels, Offenhouser Bee Hive Oil Filter, HEI w/Accel Super Coil, Fenton Headers, Flow Master Series 30 Strip, and two Speed Power Glide Transmission. Body - 210 converted to a BelAir, 1953 Cadillac Eldorado Headlight Bezels, JC Whitney “Bloomers”, Continental Enterprises Continental Kit, 1953 Pontiac Rear Belt Trim, & ’56 Trunk V Interior - Trunk is 1955 BelAir Door Trim, Script, and ’54 Hardtop Dome Lights, Green & Ivory Vinyl, 210 Door Panels Reversed Pleats, 1953 Chevrolet Convertible Seat Pattern, Pleated Package Shelf, Rear Door BelAir Script also on Interior of the Rear Doors. Paint - Chrysler’s “Cool Vanilla” and Ford’s “Jewel Green Metallic”, the dash is done with a matt finish. Kevin & Monica Nichols, Churubusco, IN