The paint and bodywork was still underway when Patrick’s job moved him back to Southern California, and before long, the Chevy migrated back too. There was still work to be done, including rewiring. A retired electrician named George Rackstraw referred Patrick to Wayne Rogan at Wayne’s Hot Rod Garage in Shingle Springs, California. Impressed with the shop, Patrick decided to have Wayne finish the build on the truck. Wayne’s upholstery source Patterson Upholstery in Placerville, California. Shawn Patterson got a hold of saddle-colored leather to skin the Wise Guys bench seat and door panels. The Billet Specialties steering wheel is wrapped in matching leather, and mounted on a polished aluminum ididit tilt column. Speed, fuel, water temperature and oil pressure are monitored by VDO gauges mounted in a custom bezel from Boise Engineering, installed by Jim Helton and Wayne Rogan. Pedals and cables are from Lokar. Cool air comes from a Gen IV air conditioner from Vintage Air. A Custom Autosound 10-disc CD stereo system is mounted in the stock dash, feeding music through JBL speakers.
Now that the second build is finished on Patrick’s ’55, he should be able to enjoy a bunch of years of driving before tearing it apart again. And that’s just what he’s doing. He drives the truck every weekend, picking up trophies at area car and truck shows on a regular basis. He says that, with those rear gears and the overdrive transmission, the ’55 flies down the highway—and gets decent gas mileage along the way. Look for the ’55 in Redondo Beach at Ruby’s Diner or with the Caffeine Cruisers at Starbucks on Saturday mornings—or out on the street in the Southern California sunshine. CCT