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Survivor! Aaron Stein’s 1950 Chevy

The traditional custom treatment might not seem natural for a survivor, since most customs incorporate body mods and a new paint job. Aaron Stein found a creative way around that with his 1950 Chevy.

“I was lucky enough to purchase this car from the original owner,” Aaron says. “The car was repainted back in the ’60s, but otherwise all original.”

“The passenger door got damaged when I had the car transported,” Aaron continues. “Since I had to fix the damage, I figured I’d shave the handles, fender emblems, and trunk. We mixed up a color as close to possible and just fogged on the areas, then my detail buddy buffed it all out and kinda blended it. I wasn’t trying to make it perfect; the car has some dings and scratches from being old, but I like it like that – gives the car some personality.”

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Underneath is a different story. “The car was built to drive,” Aaron says. “We pulled the body off the chassis and updated the drivetrain with a 5.3 LS motor, 4L60E transmission, and a ’55 Chevy rearend. We kept the stock three-speed column shifter and made it work with the new trans. From a quick glance you’d never guess this car was updated.” Dropped front uprights from Noble Fab and Jamco rear leaf springs lower the ride height.

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“The plan was to build a simple, reliable cruiser,” Aaron says. “This car has been done for three years and has been driven from California to Texas, SoCal to NorCal, and everywhere in between. And yes, all these highway miles are rolling on Firestone bias ply 6.70 tires.”

Photos by Aaron Stein

Editor, Goodguys Gazette

Damon Lee began snapping photos at car shows when he was 10, tagging along with his father to events throughout the Midwest. He has combined his passion for cars and knack for writing and imagery into a 20-year career in the automotive aftermarket, writing for titles like Super Chevy and Rod & Custom and, more recently, working for respected industry leaders Speedway Motors and Goodguys Rod & Custom Association.