Cruisin’ With Cheese Whiz It was a little more than 20 years ago when Scott Sullivan invited me to accompany him on a cross-country adventure. The plan was to prove his 1955 Chevy—to be later dubbed the Cheese Whiz car—was no fairgrounds queen. He wanted to drive his slammed Pro Streeter from Dayton to Los Angeles and then run 10s on the dragstrip. The story ran in the Dec. 1988 and Jan. 1989 issues of Hot Rod, and there were multiple roadside distractions including cracked wheels, blown tires, stuck overnight in the Utah desert, and surviving a tornado. So when Scott invited me to co-drive out to the Street Machine Nationals, I thought, what could go wrong? Thankfully, Mickey Thompson helped out with a new set of tires for the ’55 to replace a set of 10-year-old, two-ply dirt track rear tires and aging fronts. The new M/T Street Radials made a wondrous change to the 1955’s steering response and handling, while the addition of a set of single-adjustable RideTech shocks on all four corners allowed Scott to fine-tune the ride quality. After a quick test drive on Wednesday night, Scott said, "Man, I can’t believe how much better this thing rides. I should have done this a long time ago." If you think that Scott Sullivan works out of some professional-looking shop, think again. This is his normal working position on the 1955—lying on his back. This is also a great view of the new Mickey Thompson Sportsman S/R 33x22x15-inch radials and the new RideTech coilover shocks. If you think that Scott Sullivan works out of some professional-looking shop, think again. Scott and the 1955 are now both a little older, but the Lingenfelter-built 496 under the throttle pedal is as strong as ever. Scott and the 1955 are now both a little older, but the Lingenfelter-built 496 under the t We stopped several times for fuel, since the Scott-built custom fuel tank only holds 12 gallons. Scott also built the red 1951 Henry J., now owned by Bill Jergens. While we were at the fuel stop, a trucker came up to take a photo and told me his friend’s name was Henry J. According to the trucker, his friend’s father owned one of those cars and claimed his son was conceived in the back seat, so he named him Henry J. We’re not creative enough to make up stories this good. We stopped several times for fuel, since the Scott-built custom fuel tank only holds 12 ga Scott convinced his buddy, Joe Davis, to follow us in the Scott-built red Henry J., while Elaine Erisman rode shotgun. We didn’t have any difficulties, and the drive was pleasant, while I resisted the urge to tweak the part-throttle air/fuel ratio. A lack of proper tuning equipment and carb gaskets kept me from doing my normal, "Hey Scott, you don’t mind if I tweak that carburetor for you, do you?" routine. Fuel mileage was a bit of a buzzkill, but hey, it’s a Lingenfelter 496ci Rat. We broke up the seven-hour cruise with a stop at Bret Voelkel’s RideTech shop in his hometown of Jasper, Indiana, and got a tour of his expansive new facility. We also passed Rod Saboury pulling his new Corvette to the show on the freeway, which was a pleasant surprise. After an easy day on Friday, we decided to hook up with Matt and Debbie Hay, Rick Dobbertin and wife Mary, Rod and Tina Saboury, Street Machine Nationals book author Toby Brooks, and Scott and his crew. Sitting at the table at Applebee’s, I got the feeling that this could have easily been 1986. We may all be a bit older, but the thrill is still alive. We approve of Chuck Johnson’s 1979 Caprice. Formerly big-block-powered, he recently swapped an LS1 with LS6 heads and a Thumpr cam. This is a stealthy cruiser. We approve of Chuck Johnson’s 1979 Caprice. Formerly big-block-powered, he recently swappe J.J. Miller of Effington, Missouri, wanted us to see the registration stickers on his 1977 Caprice. He says he’s been to every Street Machine Nationals since the beginning of the show. He used to work at the printing press where Car Craft was printed, so he always had first access to the magazine when it was literally hot off the press. "I entered every show and was never shut out, because I was the first one to get the registration form," he says. J.J. Miller of Effington, Missouri, wanted us to see the registration stickers on his 1977 « | 1 | 2 | 3 | 4 | » | View Full Article By Jeff Smith Enjoyed this Post? Subscribe to our RSS Feed, or use your favorite social media to recommend us to friends and colleagues!