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Collected Specs for Two Lane 55 Chevy

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  • From: CT
Collected Specs for Two Lane 55 Chevy
Posted by Lyonsperf on Friday, May 07, 2010 1:09 PM

Hi Everyone,

I just finished re-watching Two Lane Blacktop and compiled a list of features about the 55 Chevy. I did this because I am currently scratch building one and needed to know the details. I did a lot of searching on the net but most photos were either black & white or not very close up.

I hope this helps others in their quest to build this great car.

Thanks,

Matt

ENGINE

Orange 427 Block
Aluminum Heads
Weiand Tunnel Ram
2 Inline Mounted Holley Carbs
Green Fiberglass Flex Fan
Delco 10SI Alternator
Chrome No Name Valve Covers
Gray Sparkplug Wires
Black Ribbed Radiator Hose
Black Rubber Fuel Lines
Chrome Radiator Cap
Sheetmetal firewall
Black Cowl
Exterior
Primer Gray with weathering streaks
No windshield moldings
Black rubber windshield gasket
Homemade Hood Scoop Pop Riveted on
Chrome Door Handles
Chrome Front directionals
American Daisy Rims
Firestone Slicks, Extra pair in trunk
Chrome trunk emblem
Interior
White headliner with black trim
Sun Super tach, Black on dash
two fiberglass lowback front seats with vinyl covers
Deist race harnesses
Black door panels w/ chrome handles
No back seat or rear firewall
4-Point Roll Bar, Black
13" Chrome Steering wheel with Black foam rim
Drivers door opens from inside
Black stock dash w/ radio
Flip top gas tank filler in trunk floor
Plexiglass Side windows, frt sliders, rear stationary
Black tool box in trunk with extra tires
Rusty rear view mirror
4 speed Shifter w/white ball
Misc
White fender dump headers
Coilover front shocks
tube front end with radius rods
Tilt nose
Fiberglass trunk lid, pinned
Blue Lincoln Floor jack with yellow handle & wheels
Rear disc brakes
White shifter ball
White shoe polish class number on windows, B/H1  156
Rear Tires stick out beyond fender lip
Rear wheel openings radiused for easy tire changes
Chrome rear bumper, no front bumper
Chrome grill and hood molding
No side trim
Gas door still visible
If the only tool you have is a hammer, All your problems look like nails.
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Posted by philo426 on Friday, May 07, 2010 5:04 PM

I think it is mentioned  when they stop at a gas station that the engine is an LS6 454.

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  • From: B.F.E USA
Posted by plasti-shack on Friday, May 07, 2010 5:29 PM

Don't forget...vent windows completely removed Smile

Thanks for sharing all the details with us Thumbs Up.

Toss that stupid diecast in the recycle bin and build something !

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  • From: CT
Posted by Lyonsperf on Friday, May 07, 2010 7:16 PM

According to the Two Lane Blacktop Site, The race car was a 427 with aluminum heads. The stunt car and the interior shot car (which is the one the website is all about) were 454's. They just said 454 in the movie.

If the only tool you have is a hammer, All your problems look like nails.
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  • From: Michigan
Posted by Wreck Warrior on Friday, May 07, 2010 11:09 PM

from the Feb, 99 issue of chevy high performance:
"giant lift bars, a drop tube solid front axle, plexiglass windows that slide sideways, & a tunnel rammed rat motor with two 4 barrel carbs"

"radiaused rear wheelwells, no back seat, & a fiberglass front end, doors & decklid"

there wer 3 cars built for the movie, a camera car, an on camera car & a stunt car with a full cage, the on camera car was also repainted & used in american graffitti & in the pic the front bumper looks blacked out.

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  • From: CT
Posted by Lyonsperf on Saturday, May 08, 2010 6:33 AM

The tilt nose wouldn't work with a front bumper. In the movie you can see there is no bumper just the front apron. Most racers take the bumper off to reduce weight for better weight transfer to the rear tires.

If the only tool you have is a hammer, All your problems look like nails.
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  • From: Lake Crystal, Minnesota
Posted by Chris B on Saturday, May 08, 2010 8:57 AM

 I have these on my Fotki site:

 

 

 

 

With their little roped off area that was the best I could get. It was a busy area for sure. Cool car.

 

Chris

My Fotki page Full of car shows, my builds and some model contests.
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Posted by voyager on Wednesday, May 19, 2010 12:14 PM

I presume you know of this site?

http://twolaneblacktop.yuku.com/topic/26/t/Restoration-Photos-of-the-Two-Lane-Blacktop-39-55-Chevy.html

 

shows details of the restoration of the camera car.

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  • From: CT
Posted by Lyonsperf on Thursday, May 20, 2010 9:06 PM

Thanks for the link voyager. I would also add that modelhaus carries the American 200-S Daisy rims. I got a set on order.

I should have some photos by next week showing the progress.

If the only tool you have is a hammer, All your problems look like nails.
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    April, 2004
  • From: Fort Wayne, Indiana
Posted by jimlindsey on Thursday, August 19, 2010 10:07 AM

 

A few more you should be aware of: The street tires were Firestone LeMans rain tires with yellow "Firestone" and a yellow ring(available from Replicas & Miniatures), the slicks were M & H Racemasters.

     The plexiglass windows in the driver's door were slid forward to open ina scene in the movie.

      There were disc brakes on the front end.

       The car had an Olds rear end with short ladder bars.

The twolaneblacktop site has lots of good info as does the special anniversary edition of the movie which has a second dvd disc with lots of photos of the restoration of the camera car.

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  • From: Bath, Somerset, United Kingdom
Posted by Cycolac Fan on Friday, August 20, 2010 1:45 PM

 I think the front wheels are 200-S ARE Daisy mags too aren't they?

The gas door is still visible on the rear fender because the gas cap on the trunk floor was a fake and not connected to anything!

In the original movie script The Girl decorates the rear of the interior with pin ups from magazines, some of the photos on set show various speed decals plastered across what appears to be a bulkhead where the rear seat back would have been. I'm not sure that all the cars had this because they appear to stow the race slicks into the trunk and rear seat area when the change the tyres early on in the film.

If you want to be ultra authentic paint the body powder blue before covering in in primer, the cars were built as fully finished show quality machines only to have the paint primered over for that race car look.

In an old copy of Street Rodder Pat Ganahl explains that Richard Ruth (who built the cars) took one out street racing before handing them over and made an easy $200.

Can you tell I love this movie? Big Smile

 

Mike "Good hands, bad taste in cars." Yes I'm a grown up 'playing' with toys but a lot of adults my age drink beer or play computer games - and I've got something to show for the time and money I've spent...

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