Custom Cruise Friday
There is something about the cars featured in movies and television shows that capture our imagination and lead to life-long obsessions; which also end up being featured in a Custom Cruise Friday feature from Don Wheaton. Glen Hauk came of age watching “American Graffiti” and was immediately taken with legendary profile and performance of the 1955 Chevrolet Two-Ten coupe. He was so enamored with the car that he took to building and customizing models until he was able to purchase one for himself. As a 16-year-old young man, Hauk spent quite a bit of time and quite a few paychecks working on his car. Not only did it become a noticeable car around his hometown, but was also a force to be reckoned with on (and off) the race track.
“I ran the track at Speedway on slicks at 10.9 seconds (in the quarter-mile,)” Hauk said.
Unfortunately, life and its many ups and downs will always be the number one enemy of car collectors. Hauk had to sell his original 1955 Chevrolet Two-Ten several years ago. It wasn’t until fairly recently when he was able to get back behind the wheel of his dream car.
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Hauk’s wife Shelly knew how much he must have missed his first car. She spent untold hours searching every corner of the classic automobile world to bring the car back to her husband where it belonged. During the course of the search, the Hauks found a nearly identical model – same year, same trim – in Wisconsin. After having the car shipped to St. Albert, it was time for Hauk to let his boyhood imagination run wild and build the 1955 Chevy Two-Ten exactly the way he wanted it. But first, the couple had to finish their garage expansion, which added a whole year to the car’s restoration timeline.
The car was eventually sent to Kustom King in Spruce Grove for some needed body work, though much of the metal was intact and showed little rust damage. In order to be in such good shape at the time Hauk under took restoration, the previous owners must have kept the car away from harsh Wisconsin winters which can eat up a vehicle in short order.
“The most fun moments of the build were evenings and weekends spent tinkering,” Hauk said.
What Hauk refers to as tinkering, the rest of the automotive world would call building one of the most high-performing 1955 Chevy coupes of all time. A Edelbrock/Musi 555 cubic-inch V-8 engine was placed under the hood. It’s capable of making 720 horsepower and 700 pound-feet of torque. Since Hauk was going all out in the restoration of his car, he also added a number of new high-tech components that could be just as at home on a 2017 Chevy coupe. During the course of the build Hauk added, a third brake light, backup camera, LCD monitor in the dashboard, GPS navigation, premium stereo system and electronic gauges.
The orange and cream exterior paint scheme was chosen right from the very beginning. However, for something truly impressive and unique, the interior attributes for the 1955 Chevy Two-Ten should be the gold standard for upholstery choices. Gabe Lopez in California is the artist responsible for the fine leather interior.
“When I saw the finished interior I was awestruck,” Hauk said. “It smells like a leather factory.”
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Given the high performance this car is capable of producing, many owners would have chosen to chop the roof or otherwise shave down elements to make the car more aerodynamic. Hauk quickly dismissed this idea out of hand.
“I fell in love with the ’55 Chevy just the way it is, with the full roof height and all the trim,” Hauk said. “(But) you have to respect its power.”
Since the restoration project was completed in July 2015, Hauk has been very successful in the shows in which he has entered the car. There may not be many certainties in life, but one this is for sure, Hauk isn’t giving up this car any time soon.
“A lot of heart, time and effort when into it,” Hauk said. “This one I built to keep.”
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