When Bob Leach first set eyes on Hugh Sutton's second-series '55 Chevy pickup at the loical "Cruise In The Night" car show, in Malone, New York, he knew he'd found the truck that he was looking for; if only the seller would be willing to part. Turns out, Hugh needed to sell the truck to finance another projecthe had begun. The pair exchanged information, a friendship was formed, and soon the pink slip and keys to Hugh's '55 were in Bob's hands. Unfortunately, Hugh passed away shortly after selling the truck to Bob, so he decided to show it in memory of his friend and the family he left behind.
Bob's truck rides on the stock Chevy chassis, modified with a '76 Aspen torsion bar front clip, and 9-inch Ford rearend on parallel leaf springs. Wheel Vintiques steelies shod in blackwall radials provide the rolling requirements while a 454 big-block Chevy gets the truck going. Iron heads, and Edlebrock induction setup, HEI ignition, and coated exhaust ensure that there is plenty of "go" at hand at all times. Backing the big engine is an equally stout 700-R4 transmission with an upgraded shift kit. Monty Gilchrist applied the yellow hue after carefully massaging every square inch of the Chevy, which included shaving the driprails and hood, frenching the taillights, swapping out a roll pan for the stock bumper, and modifying the tailgate and bedsides. Horkey's Wood and Parts provided the Oak bed wood strips to nish off the exterior appointments. Upon purchasing the truck from Hugh, Bob decided to replace the cloth interior with leather stitched up by Dan Ulrich, of Trimrite, in Jensen Beach, Florida. Bob also recruited B-Man, Brian O'Hara to do a bit of `striping to accent the trucks great curves.CCT