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History 1955 Chevy Gasser ... White Lightnin

Discussion in 'The Hokey Ass Message Board' started by Searcher, Nov 2, 2008.

  1. Hot Rods Ta Hell
    Joined: Apr 20, 2008
    Posts: 4,224

    Hot Rods Ta Hell

    Jeez...what a terrific thread! I've really enjoyed following this and the photos. The pics of the two "kids" (makes me feel old!) wrenching on the engine at San Fernando '67 looks like a shot out of Two Lane Blacktop. How cool is the HAMB!!!

    As an aside, there was a White Lightning 55 that roamed San Diego streets-especially 2nd street cruise in ElCajon, in the mid 70's. A white business coupe with "White Lightning" lettered in blue or black (IIRC on the quarters). I seem to recall it ran Cragars, but I don't recall it having a straight axle setup??? So it must have been a different car? Don't know what it was running, but heard it was quick. Always dug the car (I had a 55 sedan at the time too) and wondered what happened to it.
    Last edited: Jul 20, 2009
  2. strawberry
    Joined: Sep 13, 2008
    Posts: 291


    amazing story and what a great place to find lost friends from the car hobby ,
    you gotta love this stuff, great pictures !
  3. moon man
    Joined: Nov 1, 2006
    Posts: 871

    moon man

    great story,, was a nice 55 love the old days of racing, 4 speeds, 10,000 grand zingers..........
  4. jackal396
    Joined: Jan 13, 2005
    Posts: 693

    from oregon

    Great story and pictures.

  5. Gary Glover
    Joined: Jun 19, 2009
    Posts: 169

    Gary Glover

    Great story. I remember Dave at Walker Muffler and I still talk to Dave Christie. He is in the engine shop for Hendrick Racing.
  6. that's a nice 55!
  7. reichart90
    Joined: Jan 12, 2007
    Posts: 174


    anything new on this '55? It sure would be neat if it surfaced.
  8. Searcher
    Joined: Jul 8, 2007
    Posts: 620


    Nothing new, but still hopefull.

    It had enough special features ( lexan windows, etc. ) that it would be pretty easy to ID.
  9. Very cool history of this 55. Thanks for sharing the pics and the stories! Cant get enough of those old 55 gassers.
  10. manyolcars
    Joined: Mar 30, 2001
    Posts: 8,418


    We had a purple 55 here in 1968 with a straight axle.
    I remember that it didnt turn to the left properly and he had to back and cut a couple of times to cruise thru the Kokomo Drive in.
    Many years later I asked him what happened to the car and he said he sold it to a guy in the service who took it out west somewhere and was killed when it didnt turn left enough on a mountain road.

    My 39 Ford was the same when I got it...wouldnt turn sharp to the left but it was a simple adjustment to the draglink.
  11. Searcher
    Joined: Jul 8, 2007
    Posts: 620


    Heres a pic of the nice dash Fogger built in the White Lightnin. Also with lots of features that would make the 55 identifiable.

    And an old time slip from a pass at Lions that was probably made with the 427.....Fogger ?
    These are from Foggers scrap book.

    benchseat4speed likes this.
  12. My kind of thread! Great story. Fogger, nice build, on BOTH cars. Love the deuce too!
  13. Cut55
    Joined: Dec 1, 2007
    Posts: 1,978

    from WA

    You can see the photographer's foot! Lying down to get the low angle.
  14. shoprat
    Joined: Dec 23, 2006
    Posts: 1,109

    Member Emeritus
    from Orange, CA

    Love the 55. Hope you guys find it.
  15. out damn standing,
  16. Midnight 50
    Joined: Jul 27, 2008
    Posts: 568

    Midnight 50

    It's not JUST how cool as hell the story is on the car, or how old friends signed up and came in for one post after their ears started burning, but the fact that the car in question is so damn nice just raps it up. Top it off with a little internet magic of putting people together in seconds even with decades of distance and you got yourself "The HAMB".
  17. FlynBrian
    Joined: Oct 5, 2007
    Posts: 759


    That Is One BadAss 55!!!
    Fogger: The Edelbrock Crossram you ran on the smallblock, was it a STR10?
  18. Searcher
    Joined: Jul 8, 2007
    Posts: 620


    A lifelong friendship forged around Drag Racing, and other misc. BS :D .
    Same two guy more recently ( 40+ years more ) at a March meet, in front of another lifelong friends dragster ( Scott racing )
    benchseat4speed likes this.
  19. Jimv
    Joined: Dec 5, 2001
    Posts: 2,924


    what a great story
  20. mtrhead
    Joined: Jul 17, 2006
    Posts: 253


    like it's been said.. WOW!! what a great story..hope someone finds it.
  21. C/Gas55
    Joined: Mar 21, 2006
    Posts: 134


    This is by far one of THE koolest things I have ever read!!! Any new updates?
  22. Slim Pickens
    Joined: Dec 15, 2008
    Posts: 3,342

    Slim Pickens

    KILLER! Thanks TONS. Very cool. Slim
  23. Fascinating...
  24. Searcher
    Joined: Jul 8, 2007
    Posts: 620


    Nothing new so far......
    I'll have to get together with Fogger again and get some more pic's....he has an album full of photos on the 55.

    This car turning up could happen...lot's of stuff out there in back yards and garages...
  25. paco
    Joined: Oct 19, 2006
    Posts: 1,141

    from Atlanta

    WOW ..... this search & story is SUPER ...... I read it twice. Kick Ass .... hope the car turns up - that would be a ending to read about!

    I've been searching for my Dad's '34 Ford chopped top p/u for the last couple years without success but have not given up .....

  26. Nice thread, thanks for shareing. Best thing on this rainy sat. in ca.
  27. Fogger, I remember White Lightning well..... In the early spring of 1967, I got the bug to make my 1955 Chevy "150" into a gasser. I'm not sure why, but I ended up in your shop on Rowena Ave. I was buying my parts from Glendale Speed Center so they may have recommended your shop, I don't remember after all these years. I also talked to Blairs In Pasadena but I had a bad experience with them on a set of F.I. heads so I chose to have someone in your shop do the work on my 55. I don't remember who that person was and you stated that you were doing paint so it was not you.

    Any way, your car was inside the shop the day I dropped by. I instantly liked the stance and said that I wanted to have my car look the same. They added the straight axel, flipped the rear springs to the top of the housing and added traction bars. I was quite happy with the work even though it sat a little higher than I anticipated.

    I worked at Acme Rents of Hollywood and several weeks later a guy came in and told me to get over to your shop right away with the car. Upon arival, I was told that the wrong tubing was used to make the axel. He showed me the 4130 he should have used, and said that I should be really careful driving home so the axel would not break. Everything turned out fine after he replaced the axel.

    I would also like to find my old 55. I owned this car 3 times. I lived on Canada Blvd. And people were always coming up to my door wanting to buy my cars. I would often throw out a wild price and sometimes they would agree to it. (usually rich kids from La Canada) Then they would break or crash them and their parents would ask me to come and remove the cars for them.

    BTW I am a Road King member and I remember your 32 at our show last year. I think that is Larry Tadlocks 34 next to you in the picture you posted.

    Thanks for the memories hope you enjoy the pictures of my 55 from May 1967..............Clay
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  29. ssffnomad
    Joined: Jul 23, 2008
    Posts: 653


    . I was quite happy with the work even though it sat a little higher than I anticipated.

    Na, thats Just Right !
  30. stromberg
    Joined: Mar 25, 2010
    Posts: 131


    So Great!!! Hope the 55 is found again.

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