21 Years of Dedication: Australian Man Finally Realizes His Dream with the Incredible 1955 Chevy 210 Restoration

The Australian man spent a whopping 21 years building a 1955 Chevy 210, and you could say the entire endeavor was something of a dream project.

Per Hot Rod:

“I’d wanted a ’55 since I was a young fella,” Bill says, a panel beater by trade. “I couldn’t afford the car I wanted so I went looking for something I could afford.”

RealRides of WNY - 1955 Chevy Two-Ten

That search took Bill to South Australia where he found a bare rolling shell at Joe’s Golden Gasoline Classics. It may have fallen into Bill’s budget at the time, but it was missing everything and it was carrying plenty of rust, too.

Luckily, Bill could handle all that kind of work himself and he got busy in his spare time cutting out the cancer from the doors, sills, fenders, floorpan, and trunk. When he wasn’t repairing the rust he was scouring catalogs from Danchuk and Classic Industries, making lists of all the myriad parts he’d need to build a complete vehicle.

Thanks to a buddy sending him a few parts and a couple parts’ runs of his own, Bill was able to scrounge together a number of the necessary parts — including a firewall, floor section, right-hand-drive dash, and even a complete chassis — that he needed to complete his two-door sedan restomod job.

Bill clearly had the skills to get the job done. So why did his 1955 Chevy 210 project take so long to finish?

Life—and a couple of other personal build projects—got in the way of the project for a handful of years before Bill returned to the ’55. Around the end of 2015, Bill and wife, Penny, decided to draw a line in the sand and set a solid completion date for the car. This gave them just over a year to get the car done, just in time for Summernats 30 in January 2017.

One part of the build that didn’t change with the passing of numerous stylistic fads was Bill’s choice of color scheme. Even 20 years ago he had a clear vision for how the car would look.

“I’d seen this combination of PPG Vivid Yellow and Cream on a vintage Harley-Davidson and thought it would look good on the Chevy,” he says.

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