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Daytona Dream Cruise: Tri-5 Tuesday

LongRoofian November 6, 2012 All Things Hoon

A couple weekends ago this olelongrooffan attended one of the venues for the Daytona Beach Dream Cruise just a mile south of my Taj Mahal at Bellaire Plaza.  I don’t usually take images of tri-5 Chevys as they tend to be fairly ubiquitous at car shows and cruise ins in my neck of the woods.  But at this event I grabbed a few just because I usually don’t.  Fairly dubious reasoning but hey, I am the olelongrooffan and do crap just to see what I can get away with.  Not here in the Hooniverse though.  The overlords have kept me around and I kind of like it here.  Anyway, if my fellow Hoons are interested in checking out a few more, feel free to make the jump,

Other than maybe ’32 Fords, the ’55, ’56, and ’57 Chevy model line up is probably the most modified grouping of automobiles. Even the non rodded ones are so over the top restored that they are in better condition than when they rolled off their assembly lines.

And with no real records of numbers matching, options installed, and build sheets for them, most restorers throw the entire book of options on them and call it a day.

Others just slap some fresh paint, install a 283 and put a set of Cragars on it and have the car of their childhood dreams.  This olelongrooffan kinda wonders what the values of these old buggies are going to be when this generation of owners pass on into the garage in the sky.  I mean, I certainly have no interest in purchasing an over restored 55 Chevy Belair Convertible for $50 large.

My folks had a ’58 Belair back in the late ’50s and the next GM automobile I remember in TheGentlemanFarmer’s livery was a ’66 Deuce and a Quarter he bought off the Bishop when the Bishop upgraded.   I do remember my paternal grandfather having a ’56 2 door post sedan early in my lifetime.

And I am fairly certain Man didn’t name his “Our Southern Belle.”

image copyright Hooniverse 2012/longrooffan

Currently there are "2 comments" on this Article:

  1. danleym says:

    I generally don't care about Tri-5s at all, just pass 'em by at a show. But the one with the fiberglass front clip, that looks really good.

    Also, as many of these as I have seen, I never noticed until now that both of their wipers park in the middle and swing to the outside.

  2. mdharrell says:

    "This olelongrooffan kinda wonders what the values of these old buggies are going to be when this generation of owners pass on into the garage in the sky."

    Indeed, and that's far from an exclusively Tri-5 point of concern. As an example, I think the Model T clubs are still doing okay, but T values mostly remain modest while both the visceral connection and the perceived utility continue to dwindle.

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