View Full Version : Got a new (to me) '55 Cp. today

Jerry Forrester
06-09-2010, 03:51 PM
Today is the second time it has seen the light of day in 30 years.

Jerry Forrester
06-09-2010, 04:05 PM
Engine number V350218. I think that makes it a 259 CI.
2bbl. automatic.

Jerry Forrester
06-09-2010, 04:10 PM
Came with every piece of chrome and stainless.
Plus it came with an NOS driver side front fender and a pair of used GT front front fenders with the inners.
But, I'm going to need one tail light and a pair of park light housings. Those pieces are too badly damaged to be saved.

06-09-2010, 04:16 PM
Nice catch!

06-09-2010, 04:18 PM
Congrats on your find. Mine is coming along, can't wait to see what it will look
like when I get it all back together.
Benny Vickrey

06-09-2010, 04:21 PM
Engine number V350218. I think that makes it a 259 CI.
2bbl. automatic.

Actually V350218 makes it a '55 Commander 259, that's it!

The Carb. or Transmission can be whatever was ordered. The H.P. is lower on '55-'56's because of the thick head gasket, netting about 7.5 to 1 Comp. making only 170 H.P. with 2 Brl.

Jerry Forrester
06-09-2010, 04:29 PM
StudeRich, You are a retard. <G>
I did not say the engine number made it a 2 bbl automatic. That's why '2 bbl, automatic' is on a separate line of text.

Jerry Forrester
06-09-2010, 04:34 PM
The glove box looks like the car came off the SB assy. line no more than two years ago.
Here's what the label on the bottom of the glove box looks like.

Jerry Forrester
06-09-2010, 04:45 PM
Aside from the two tone paint and the automatic tranny, this was a super cheap Commander. Note the block off's for the heater, defroster, radio, cigar lighter and clock.
Someone did, at some point in time, install a defroster with an orignial water control valve.

Jerry Forrester
06-09-2010, 04:48 PM
How much do you recon that NOS front fender is worth?????

Nelsen Motorsports
06-09-2010, 04:53 PM
I dig the Ponchos in the background.

06-09-2010, 05:06 PM
Well...I am happy for you getting the car.:) On the other hand, I was a little disappointed when I read where you got all the pieces.:mad: I was already scheming to work up a trade for some chrome work. Good luck with it anyway.:D

06-09-2010, 05:09 PM
Some People have all the LUCK!!! Or is it all the money? I love the 55 coupes. have never owned one. Maybe someday... NT

Jerry Forrester
06-09-2010, 06:03 PM
Some People have all the LUCK!!! Or is it all the money? I love the 55 coupes. have never owned one. Maybe someday... NT
It didn't take much moola to get this car.
I did not make an offer on the car, the owner told me how much he wanted for it (and the three extra front fenders) and I paid him.
For all of it, I paid what I think the one NOS fender is worth.
BTW, there may be an NOS passenger front fender (included with the deal) if the guy can locate it , I hope he finds it.

Jerry Forrester
06-09-2010, 06:08 PM
I just cranked it up.
Good oil pressure. 35 pounds idling, 45 pounds at about 2000 RPM.
No coolant in it, I couldn't run it long.
Burned about a pint of gas and shut it down.
I think maybe a valve is sticking.

06-09-2010, 11:06 PM
Nice deal, Jerry! Now, you don't repair pot metal, but patience and skill can bring that one back? <G> Some things can just be pictured as finished, I guess...heh, heh. Takes me back to when I first saw mine. That car has stolen my retirement, penny by penny.
All simplified posts aside, that was awful funny, btw.

06-09-2010, 11:14 PM
Two new front fenders?? It should be easy for you to chrome plate them then, right? :)

06-10-2010, 06:37 AM
Jerry: What's the story on the rest of the cars in the picture? How they happened to all get there, what they are, etc? Or is that a picture of your personal stash? <GGG> BP

06-10-2010, 09:40 AM
Jerry, if I get to meet you again at South Bend, next year, I hope we both have our 55s there. Well done!

06-10-2010, 03:58 PM
Looking at the steering wheel, your 55 had the deluxe trim rather than the regal? Does it have the butter knife side stainless? S.I. has repopped the tail light housings. I have a couple of originals that you could try to mend, if you're interested. deluxe trim code would be "3", regal would be "5". They saved the "7" for the presidents (e.g. speedster). I have a regal, but the deluxe showed off those body lines just as well.

Jerry Forrester
06-18-2010, 08:38 AM
Today is the second time it has seen the light of day in 30 years.
The '55 Rustobaker I've been working on seems to be pumping more oil than usual out the fuel pump breather hole. Is there a fix for this other than a new fuel pump?

06-18-2010, 09:10 AM
Jerry, I have not had many problems with the oil from the vent hole. Usually, if the vent hole is spewing stuff it has been due to a pin hole in the diaphragm spitting out a combination of oil and gas! Most of the problems with oil from these pumps in my experience has been the actuators pivot pin. On most rebuilds, and many of the cheaper aftermarket pumps, they simply punch or drill out the pivot pin hole and put a new one in securing it only with an "E" clip or "Brad" the ends. The result is that in short time with very little wear, these pumps begin to leak more and more oil around the pivot pin. There used to be offered a "AC" kit that contained a shorter pivot pin, two little brass plugs to press in the holes along with a special tool for installing them. As you probably know, the oil lubricating circuit returns the oil down over the timing gears and the cascading oil lubricates the fuel pump cam and actuating lever on the way back into the oil pan. The oil should not be flooding out of the breather hole on the fuel pump. Check and see if it smells of gas. If there was a big failure of the diaphragm, the pump would not be pumping gas to the carb. However, a very very tiny failure could cause it to pump gas and diluted oil until the diaphragm fails completely.

06-18-2010, 09:53 AM
Talk about a "Barn Find" !!!

06-18-2010, 10:16 AM
I still think you ought to name that car 'Patina'...:p


06-18-2010, 02:46 PM
Nice find Jerry. I bet Robert just LOVES this one.

52 Ragtop
06-18-2010, 02:52 PM
Just don't paint it "Yellow" 'cause then we'll have 2 yellow pos's! LOL

Nice find Jerry.


06-18-2010, 03:56 PM
I do believe I have 4 of those wheels on the right front.Spinners included.

Jerry Forrester
06-18-2010, 07:13 PM
Nice find Jerry. I bet Robert just LOVES this one.
I don't think 'love' is the word he uses to describe his feelings for this one.
I think it must hurt his eyes cause he refuses to look directly at it.
When he is forced to look at it, he just shakes his head.

Jerry Forrester
06-18-2010, 07:18 PM
Nice find Jerry.

When Jeff was here last week, I think his exact words were "OMG, that thing sure looks better in the pictures than it does in real life".