2828 Wiregrass Rd. Lakeland, Fl. 33810

Tampa Bay 

I bought my first ’57 Chevy Wagon in 1968 for $100. It was a 283

cu in power glide 210 4-door.

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In 1969 I replaced the 283 with a 350 from a new Impala; it was warranteed with a cracked cylinder wall. The factory did not put antifreeze in and it froze after its first winter freeze in New Jersey.

The block was sleeved for $35 and I had a new short block.

In 1972 I retired the body and removed the motor for my first ’55 210 2 door. I sold that car in 1977 for a new C10 Pickup with a 454. After about eight months without a TRI-Five I was reading the classifieds and found my current car. It was a 150 2-door for $585. I just could not pass that up.

Now, 31 years later the car has had 2 engines, 3 paint jobs and 2 interiors. The car was last done in 2001. I rebuilt the 235 cu in six with a ¾ race cam, a Holley 390 CFM carburetor on a Clifford manifold with Fenton Headers and a four speed transmission. I also added a new custom C.A.R.S 210 Delray interior, disc brakes and dropped spindles with rear 3 inch drop blocks. I wanted to be different with a six instead of a V-8 like 95% of all the other Tri-Fives.

The car has been very reliable and has been to many CCI Conventions on the East Coast which I have been a member since 1979. Joyce and I are also members of NSRA and Inliners International.

When we were in NJ we were members of the Garden State Classics and then the Jersey Cruisin’ Classics before moving to Florida in 1999.

Doug Ward