Candy the Dandy '57 Chevy
Posted for Buddy Love
As a candy apple red '57 Chevy with yellow and orange flames
pulls to a stop at an intersection invariably rationally sane
people have to yell out their car windows, "Hey nice car," or
wave like they have lost their minds.Owner Alan Strong, either
bragging or complaining, said, "One of the reasons I installed
air conditioning was to keep from jumping out of my skin every
time an exuberant admirer yells at me at a stop light.The
admiration does not stop at traffic signals; several times Alan
has almost been run off the road just because people wanted him
to know how much they love his car.The startling display of
affection is an experience certainly unique to Alan, yet maybe
not unique to most classic car owners.
The '57's universal appeal my have something to do with the
displays of affection however the 70's hot rod styling doesn't
hurt. The car is in some ways a survivor from another time.
Using DMV records and previous owner testimony to learn the
groovy '57's history it was found she was built in the mid
70's.The '57 was hot rodded with all that was vogue during that
decade except metal flake paint.
When asked Alan said, "The best I can tell the car was built as a
hot rod not a restoration." Several after market parts were added
yet many every day parts were left untouched.Speed parts added
were a fly wheel scatter shield with a connected Borg Warner 4
speed.The engine bay is toped with a holly 750 double pumper
sitting on an aluminum high rise intake manifold.When fired up
the engine has a noticeable distinct rumble from the headers and
dual exhaust.The car was built years before billet and even disk
brakes as horse power was thought of more than stopping power.
Stock drum breakes with the original one cylinder master cylinder
still has to fight the stopping battle.
To make the car trendy flashy and shinny, she was painted with
candy apple red paint with wild yellow and orange flames, thus
the name "Candy the Dandy '57".To update the inside, a cloth
interior was installed that was some what similar to the original
150's interior scheme.This car is exactly what most guys and gals
would have wanted in high school during late 70's, down to the
rally wheels.Alan commented, "I like the car the way it is so
much that I am reluctant to have her repainted in spite of the
rust and nicks."
"However," Alan said, "When I took ownership she was mechanically
in pretty sad shape except for the 383 cubic inch engine."Over
the years the steering box was upgraded to a 605 power unit along
with all front end bushing and ball joints.To make the old girl
handle better a sway bar was added in addition to 4 new
shocks.She still had a pair of 70'era leaking air shocks.Next, to
be repaired or replace was all the floor and trunk sheet
metal.Trying to save the embarrassment of a one wheel burn outs,
Posi-traction was installed.To overcome the Texas heat and to
have 12 months of cruising a Classic Auto Air conditioning was
During the last 5 years Alan has been member of the Dallas Area
Classic Chevy Club.Alan said, "My car is a 30-30.She looks real
good at 30 feet or going by at least 30 miles per hour. So,
showing my car has not been my main focus.I enjoy the club's
(DACC) dozen or so events that range from country tours to
attending drive-in movies."