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Earls Pearl, The whole story

Discussion in 'The Hokey Ass Message Board' started by gripelec, Nov 10, 2008.

  1. gripelec
    Joined: Oct 26, 2006
    Posts: 257


    Ok,the car known as Earls Pearl is a 1955 chevy 2door hard top bel air and was customized in 1958 in Houston.The car is nosed decked and shaved a set of split Pontiac bumpers with buick bullets not sure what year probly 56 as is Alot of it.56 corvette grill quad and canted frenched head lights,hood and trunk corners have been rounded,front and rear pans are rolled,the crome trim cleaned up,57 packard tail lights double butted 59 steering wheel,Pearl white with candy fogg.Caddy sombrerros.The front upper and lower arms along with backing plates,tie rods,and linkage has been crimes and still is.white naugahyde in the usual pleat and roll style for the interior.It took three years to complete.The guys who created the car was a man named Jim Bishop of Cincinnati Ohio,and roburt leslie of Houston and Jim Earl.The original paint was sprayed by Ray milburn of Houston at the end of 1960 while Bpb Durant did the stiching.Total cost between 1958-1960????? 4,000 dollars.It won first in full custom class in 1962 in Dallas Texas,Autorama hosted by a club called Quartermilers and the NTTA in a town called larivee in North Texas.The car from what I can gather so far was wrecked and ended up in a scrap yard.A man named Lonny Hockey from Burnett Texas baught the car and drve it high school and then it was in a tornado and was parked for 20 years till a man named Kerry Jennings found of a cedder patch where the previos owner left it on his way to nam.In 1987 Kerry purchased the car and took to Winfields shop in Los one time it was thaught that Barris had worked on the the lights but did not.Barria sent Jennings to petterson publishing to find any publishing of the car in barrios hot rod magazines but came up blak through the years of 55-61.Jennife in the mean time proceeded with the car and winfield made some hub caps for the car.the car was sold to a west coast guy from 1988-1991.Jennings re purchased the car and braight it back to Texas.At a swap meet Jennings found a coppy of 1962 and the pearl was on the cover.He was amazed.The car had one 1st place at the auditorium in Dallas for full custom.Jimmy Vaughn a well known musician and brother of the late Stevie Ray Vaughn and former owner Mike Junk both had a copy of the Cars magazine at the street style show with car on the cover.Mike whose mother owns a local austin famous hamburger joint became Intrested in the car and purchased it.Jennings and mike re did the car and got it ready for the 1992 Dallas autoramma and won first place for full custom.The car was reunited with Jim Earl for a quick reunion at that time.I wish I could have been there to hear the stories that were told about that car.Mike had a run in with Jpnny Law and Spent some time away from the car.Mikes girlfriend at the time got a hold of it and messed it up pretty bad.It was in storrage and the fluids had been drained out.She drove like a bat out of he'll and over heated the motor,put water in it,cracked the block and on the way back the hood flew up and crashed against the roof ruining the hood like evryone saw it at pistons and paint.The car was parked and left for dead.I found it at Austin V Dub on the out skirts of Austin and fell in love with not knowing what it was or the history had to have it.I went back over and over again just trying to find out about the car and dreaming that one day I could own it.My persistance paid off.One day about a year latter and several threats by the guys at the shop to stop comming around I got a call from mike.We made a deal and without having the money said I'd buy it.My girlfriend now wife got a loan and I still to this day have know idea how the he'll I pulled that off talked her into getting a loan for the money.2 days latter I contacted Mike and we met for the first time at Frans Hamburgers.That has got to be one of the best days of my life.The pearl was finnaly mine.After 6 1/2 the car is on the road with the help of a hand full of guys Mark that owns the coupe that was next to me and the pearl at the show,Doyle Dew,Bob Bleed who made the hood at least fit on the car again thanks bob,Tje guys at Allies automotive for their shop and expertise,Roy Bartlet (Rip),Bill at the machine shop who assembled the mptor cause I was sick of messing with it after two flat cams,mike G for doing the heads,and last bit not least my wife who lined me the money after being with my crazy ass for only six months and seeing my vision.I hope y'all enjoyed this story it's one he'll of a car.To see the car search pistons and paint and you will find pics of it.I would post picks but don't know how,sorry
  2. gripelec
    Joined: Oct 26, 2006
    Posts: 257


    Mark Ford sorry Mark for not putting your last name...
  3. JohnJoyo
    Joined: Feb 19, 2005
    Posts: 1,381

    Alliance Vendor
    from Austin, TX

    the pearl is amazing. Thanks for being a hero and saving this car.
  4. gripelec
    Joined: Oct 26, 2006
    Posts: 257


    The fidgiter has pics

  5. Rudy J
    Joined: Sep 28, 2008
    Posts: 1,485

    Rudy J
    1. Austin HAMB'ers

    Congrats man! Great story...Killer car
    Last edited: Nov 11, 2008
  6. cracker head
    Joined: Oct 7, 2007
    Posts: 968

    cracker head

    car and its story are awsome! what are your future plans for it?
  7. Lee_ATx
    Joined: Feb 18, 2008
    Posts: 296


  8. MR. FORD
    Joined: Aug 29, 2005
    Posts: 1,636

    MR. FORD
    from Austin, TX

    Here's some more pics........

    Attached Files:

  9. gripelec
    Joined: Oct 26, 2006
    Posts: 257


    I'm probly going to drive like this for a while.Im waiting for the right people to work on it with me.I'm in no rush but I want to restore her the way she was back in 1962.The magazine articles help and there's a man I met who has access to a picture from the actual show in 1962 I met today thanks to this site and networking.He said he's going to tryto get it,man that would be soooo cool. anyways that's my plan.
  10. gripelec
    Joined: Oct 26, 2006
    Posts: 257


    Thanks for the pics Mark.
  11. Dreddybear
    Joined: Mar 31, 2007
    Posts: 6,031


    The car fuckin rules dude.
  12. MR. FORD
    Joined: Aug 29, 2005
    Posts: 1,636

    MR. FORD
    from Austin, TX

    Thank Fidgeter, I just moved 'em from his thread to yours!

  13. slammed1
    Joined: Dec 5, 2007
    Posts: 192


    Very nicely modded for a 55
  14. bobbleed
    Joined: May 11, 2001
    Posts: 3,106

    from Awesome

    Coolest car in Austin.
  15. Anderson
    Joined: Jan 27, 2003
    Posts: 6,653


    Very cool story. I really love that car...
  16. NotStockPhoto
    Joined: Dec 10, 2006
    Posts: 2,322


    Very Very awesome story thanks for posting it was amazing to see it at the show
  17. 31whitey
    Joined: Jan 2, 2007
    Posts: 2,214


    I cant wait to see it.

    The car has so much cool stuff going on and it works.

    one of the best customs ever....

    Really crazy its been through all that, and Im sure more, and it still rules.
  18. falfas55
    Joined: Apr 21, 2004
    Posts: 288


    That is a great car. Glad you have it. It'll be nice to see it restored back to it's glory.Keep everyone posted.
  19. touchdowntodd
    Joined: Jan 15, 2005
    Posts: 4,068


    damn ... i love that car!
  20. littlechris
    Joined: Jan 17, 2006
    Posts: 197

    from MILWAUKEE

    Im glad to see its on the road having fun again- awesome Graham
  21. Moriarity
    Joined: Apr 11, 2001
    Posts: 22,280

    Staff Member

    Congrats, great car, it looks like it is in amazing condition for how old it is. welcome to the 55 chev custom club

    kidcampbell71 likes this.
  22. Nads
    Joined: Mar 5, 2001
    Posts: 11,680

    from Hypocrisy

    What a cool car.
  23. westcoaster
    Joined: Sep 23, 2005
    Posts: 271

    from SoCal

    wow, nice custom. is that 55 sidetrim with the vertical piece removed (Earl's car)?
  24. Simmer Down Earl!!!! Simmer Down!!!

    Graham, from the first time I saw that car in your garage I knew it was kick-ass. I'm glad you took it to Pistons and Paint and think it looks good just the way it is. Congrats bro.
  25. HighSpeed LowDrag
    Joined: Mar 2, 2005
    Posts: 968

    HighSpeed LowDrag
    from Houston

    Does your wife have any idea of what she took a loan out for?

    Or does she just love you and do whatever she can?

    If you need help restoring it to whatever level, I'm down the street in Houston and do this for a "living". Keep me in mind.
  26. 60'shotrod
    Joined: Nov 18, 2007
    Posts: 2,913


    gripelec, That is one REALLY Great lookin' '55 Chevy that you have there.I saw the pictures of it at Pistons 'n' Paint and thought I would like to own it meself!!!!:D:D GREAT CAR MAN,You're a very lucky man to own it.
    Last edited: Nov 11, 2008
  27. SlowandLow63
    Joined: Sep 18, 2004
    Posts: 5,955

    from Central NJ

    I'm kind of up in the air on which '55 is my fav. Either way, yours and Mark's '55s are the tits, hands down the 2 coolest '55 Chevies ever. I can't wait to hopefully see this thing at the Roundup when I come down.
  28. buzzard
    Joined: Apr 20, 2001
    Posts: 4,335

    Alliance Member

    I really want to make out with that car.
  29. scrape
    Joined: Sep 22, 2003
    Posts: 1,131


    i dontno all those teeth might get in the way.... lol... car though....
  30. hellonwheels
    Joined: Jan 16, 2007
    Posts: 674


    Congrats on gettin' her running finally and on the trophy at P 'n' P. Sure was a crazy weekend. Thanks for sharing the history and lettin' me ride in it! -Michael J.

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