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Restored 1955 Chevy Pickup - In Loving Memory

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Every classic car owner we meet has a specific reason for owning and restoring his or her vehicle. Unlike a new car, you can't simply drive to your local dealership and purchase a classic with the exact options you're looking for. These timeless vehicles are chosen, built, and rebuilt with a purpose beyond going from "point A" to "point B".

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John Hoisington, of Anaheim, California, built his 1955 Chevy pickup truck in memory of his mother. She passed away in 2010 as a result of cancer, and he restored his truck to honor her memory. He also uses the vehicle to spread the word about cancer awareness and early detection — certainly a noble cause.

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John's 1955 Chevy pickup is painted in simple gloss white, with chrome accents and bright red seat upholstery. A lowered suspension tucks staggered 19-inch mesh wheels under the fenders, blending an aggressive stance with a staid paint scheme.

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Under the hood, there's a 327ci /  V8 with an array of performance parts — a high-flow carb, MSD ignition, ceramic-coated headers, and more. The engine is paired with a built TH-350 automatic transmission. The combination gives John's 1955 Chevy pickup plenty of power for cruising around town or roaring up to highway speed.

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John's Chevy truck is his daily-driver, so it serves as a frequent conversation-starter wherever he goes. This allows him to share his mom's story, and promote cancer awareness. John's other ride is also tailored to this goal — it's a black Harley-Davidson with airbrushed pink ribbons on the tank and fenders.

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If you have an old Chevy pickup truck, Classic Industries can help you restore it to like-new condition, or to customize it to your heart's desire. Click the button below to get a free Chevy truck restoration parts catalog.

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