We are the proud owners of this 1955 Chevy. We adopted her from my friend Sally who owned it, her husband Ivan got it brand new for a business car. Sally loved it and Ivan fixed it up for her painting it Ford tractor blue! She drove it for years and loved it mightily. In her later years she decided she needed to sell it and talked to Dayle and he offered to buy it mostly to help her out and Sally was SO happy to "keep her in the family". Sally named it Bessie Ann.
When we got it wasn't running and had sat for several years without being started. We trailered it here and drained all the oil and gas out of it and put in new gas and lo and behold it started! The engine was in need of rebuilding. Our son Travis decided to take her to his house so he could work on it.
It will be a big job, he will have to pull the engine and transmission, get the engine rebuilt and replace several other components. This is her interior and we'll have to have that replaced, too.
We've gone for a few rides in it and it's just fun to cruise along in her.
When the interior is done I'd like something that matches the blue better. I actually would call the color turquoise.
My dream is to drive Bessie Ann in our Corbett 4th of July Fun Festival Parade.. next year.
Here she is getting ready to go to our son's home. I am happy Travis is going to help her back to her glory.
Caleb closed the barn door for a better photo. :-)
The other side and our garage barn and my carport.
I love her hood ornament - it's kind of like a cross between a jet airplane and an eagle. It's not perfect, kind of pitted, but Dayle thinks it's fine and is appropriate to her age.
I was 6 years old when this car was built and Dayle was 8. :-)
It was poignant to see her drive away but it helps to know she'll be better when she comes home.
Bye bye, Bessie Ann!
We went over to our son's house for dinner yesterday, we're easing our social distancing to include our son's family, and he showed his dad what he's done already.
When Bessie Ann came out of the barn I did a walk through assessing things. I've been asked before what was IN the barn that I feature often in my blog. WELL.. a lot of automotive stuff from our sons and Dayle, some furniture that belongs to Kristi and a lot of flotsam and jetsam. Our grandsons are doing some work for us to earn some $$ and today Hayden swept out the barn. We have stalls in the back that we used for our dairy goats, horse and one sheep back in the day. On the right middle was the milking parlor with two goat stands where the goats would hop up, get their head's secured, fed their COB (corn, oats and barley) while we sat beside them and milked them.
I'm amazed at how neat her interior is with how old she is.
Her hood ornament.
What is funny is we're a Ford family, but these two Chevy's became part of our "stable". We embrace diversity. :-) We have our grandsons here for a few days. They have been staying home and being careful the same as we are. It's nice to have them here as we've missed them very much.
Today is Memorial Day here in the USA. We honor our military men and women who have given their lives to keep America free and safe. Our thoughts are with the families that suffer the loss of their loved ones.
((hugs)), Teresa :-)