John Cain's 1955 Chevy Sedan Delivery
(from Volume 17, Issue 188)

Those who have been to Old Town since pretty much the inception of the Saturday Nite Cruise might be familiar with John Cain. Along with a group of his friends (and fellow Red Line Rodders members), John has been attending the event faithfully, rarely missing a single Saturday. When we met John he would bring out his yellow 1936 Plymouth Sedan (which he still has), but for quite a while now his main ride has been the 1955 Chevy Sedan Delivery, featured here.

The Delivery came from California, with John having owned it for 15 years now. He bought it from a man named Ralph Hurst, who restored it out of Sebring, Florida. The car was completed when John bought it, but he added the “Double Nickle” signage to the delivery panel to indicate that it is a 1955. John also put in Vintage Air, plus a set of American Racing mag wheels.

Under the hood resides a 327 Chevy motor with an Edelbrock 600cfm carb, and 350 Turbo automatic, which when combined with the Camaro 10 bolt rear end sporting 3.08:1 gears makes it a great highway ride. Which is good, because John likes to really drive the car. That has included events in Florida, plus trips out of state, like to Charlotte, North Carolina, where he drove it on the track during a Goodguys event.

One Saturday morning about 10 years ago John was in line outside of Old Town waiting to go in for the Saturday Nite Cruise when a man came up to him and said that it used to be his car. John asked him how he knew that, and the man proceeded to tell him the name of the man that John bought it from, in addition to showing him pictures of the car in California. He had moved here from California, wound up having to sell the car, and Ralph bought it from him. What are the chances of that happening?

Inside the mostly stock confines you’ll find gray velour and black vinyl, the Vintage Air outlets, and a trio of gauges under the dash to keep tabs on the motor. A lot of people that see the car call it a Nomad, so when John had the “Double Nickle” lettering put on the Delivery panel he also had the painter add “It’s Not A Nomad!” in small letters. That doesn’t keep some people from making the initial mistake, but at least the car can correct them without somebody having to speak up.

In addition to the ‘55 Chevy Sedan Delivery, John also owns a couple of other cool cars. That includes a yellow ‘36 Plymouth Sedan, which is powered by a 302 Ford, C-4 automatic, and 8-inch Ford rear end. Plus a white 1962 Chevy Impala SS with a red interior, which has a 327 engine, 350 automatic, and factory air conditioning. John isn’t the only one in his household doing some cruising though, as his wife Laura also owns a black primered 1953 Chevy Pickup, powered by a 350 Chevy and 700R4 overdrive automatic. Both John and Laura are some of the most easy going and nicest people you’ll ever meet, and always add to any event they attend, both with cool cars and pleasant personalities. CN