1955 Chevrolet Specifications




 


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1955 Chevrolet Specifications – All specifications contained on the web page is based on the information available at the time of publication approval by Chevrolet. Since then some prices, colors, materials, equipment and specifications may have been changed.

The following specification can be found below – 1955 Chevrolet exterior dimensions, power plants, suspension system, controls, body construction, body equipment and factory installed optional equipment.

 

ENGINEERING SPECIFICATIONS

CAR INTERIOR DIMENSIONS 

Sedans and Coupes: Overall length, 195.6. inches. Overall width, 74.0 inches. Loaded height, 60.5, inches (Sport coupe and Convertible 59.1 inches).

Station Wagons: Overall length, 197.1 inches. Overall width 74.0 inches. Loaded height, 60.8

POWER PLANT 

Engine: 6-cylinder , or 8-cylinder compression, valve-in-head engine (in choice of three power teams). Specifications listed below, and in center chart

Pistons: Tin-coated aluminum alloy, with expansion controlling steel struts, offset pins, and three rings.

Crankshaft: Precision-counterbalanced forged steel Rubber-floated harmonic balancer. Alloy iron camshaft.

Bearings: Precision interchangeable steel-backed babbitt crankshaft, camshaft, and connecting rod bearings.

Lubrication: Controlled full-pressure system. Floating oil intake. Crankcase ventilator. Refill, 5 qt. (V8, 4 qt.)

Fuel System: Downdraft carburetion. Automatic choke. Oil-wetted air cleaner. Thermostatic fuel mixture heat control. High-turbulence combustion chambers. 16-gallon tank (17, station wagons) with self-cleaning filter screen. Fuel filter inside of left rear fender, concealed by door.

Exhaust System: 30 inch reverse-flow muffler with three resonance chambers. Special 24 inch muffler for convertible.

Cooling System: Ribbed cellular radiator with pressure cap. Four blade fan and self-adjusting permanently lubricated water pump. Thermostat and by-pass temperature control.  Full-length water jackets around all cylinders. Capacity, 16 qts. (17 qt. with heater)

Electrical System: 12 volt system. 54 plate battery (50 ampere-hour rating at 20 hours). 25- ampere generator with current and voltage regulators. Solenoid operated positive-shift starter. All-weather ignition. Automatic centrifugal and vacuum spark control.

Mounting: Dynamically balanced on rubber cushions.

SUSPENSION SYSTEM

Frame and Bumpers: Double-drop box-girder frame (with special X-structure of I-beams in Convertible). Contoured wraparound bumper, with guards

Front Suspension: Independent coil spring suspension, with coaxial life-sealed double-acting shock absorbers. Self-adjusting spherical-joint steering knuckles with non-metallic bearings. Four lubrication fittings.

Rear Suspension: Semi-elliptic leaf springs, 58 inches long, by 2 inches wide. Lubrication-eliminating leaf inserts. Outrigger mounting, with compression shackles. Diagonally mounted life-sealed double acting shock absorbers.

Wheels and Tires: Short-spoke steel disc wheels; 5 inch rims. Full wheel discs on Bel Air models; hub caps on others. 6.70 -15.4 p.r. extra-low-pressure tubeless tires. Wheelbase, 115 inches. Front tread, 58 inches. Rear tread, 58.8 inches.

CONTROLS

Brakes: Hydraulic, self-energizing, with bonded linings. 11 inch diameter drums with cast alloy iron breaking surfaces. Breaking dive controlled by car suspension system. Mechanical, actuation of rear brakes for parking.

Steering:Recirculating ball-nut steering gear; ratio 20 to 1. Relay type linkage. Overall ratio, 25.7 to 1.

Driving Controls: 18 inch steering wheel (three spoke on Bel Air models; 2-spoke on others). Full circle horn ring on Bel Air, and “Two-ten” models; horn button on “One-Fifty” models. Transmission and direction signal control levers with mechanism inside steering column. Parking brake T-handle at left of steering column. Suspended brake and clutch pedals. Treadle accelerator. Foot-controlled headlight-beam switch. Light switch. Key-turn starter and ignition lock switch. Windshield wiper and ventilation controls.

Instruments: Speedometer. Fuel gauge. Heat indicator. Generator charge, oil pressure and country beam warning lights. Direction signal arrows. Adjustable indirect instrument lighting. Lighting automatic transmission selector indicator on instrument panel.

Vision Aids: Two windshield wipers. Full-width defrosting. Inside mirror. Two sun shades (one. “One-Fifty” models).

Driving Lights: Sealed beam headlights, protected by dual circuit breakers. Parking lights. Tail and stop light units, with red reflex buttons. Dual rear license lights.

BODY CONSTRUCTION 

Structure: Welded steel. Turret top with central bow (except Convertible). Full-length. Double-walled cowl. Unitized side sides and rear fenders. Lacquer finish

Closures: Rear-opening double-walled doors: Concealed hinges; swing-out type front door hinges. Door checks. Rotary locks. Pushbutton outside handles; lever inside controls. Button-on-sill latches, with rear door safety adjustment. Aluminum sill plates. Two-panel sedan and coupe deck lid: Concealed counterbalancing hinges, key release lift handle, slam latch. Extra-low truck sill. Box-section station wagon lift gate; Concealed hinges, self-latching supports, wedge lock. Double-walled station wagon tail gate: Exposed hinges, support cables with re-wind springs, slam latches operated by outside T-handle. Key locks for both front doors, deck lid, or end gates. Front-opening hood: Counterbalancing hinges, slam latch with safety catch. Convertible folding fabric top: Zippered-in rear curtain with vinyl plastic window, vinyl boot, hydraulic operating mechanism.

Insulation: Through ceiling and insulation. Extra top sound deadener in Bel Air, and “Two-Ten” models.

Front Ventilation: High-level air intake in top of cowl; individually controlled outlets in cowl side panels.

Mounting: Rubber cushion (except Convertible). Stabilized mounting of front fenders, hood and radiator.

BODY EQUIPMENT

Windows: Polished safety plate glass in windshield in all windows. Windshield: One-piece wraparound; vertical pillars. Door windows; Crank-down. Crank-operated front door ventipanes. Rear quarter windows: Crank-down (2-door sedans, coupes). Stationary (4-door sedan, Utility Sedan). Wraparound stationary (station wagons) with crank-down front sections (“Two-Ten 2-door model). Rear window: Wraparound (sedans, coupes except Convertible). Curved (station wagons).

Seats: Full-width; all-steel frames with S-wire springs. Front seat: Solid back (4-door models); split center-fold back (2-door models). Foam rubber cushion (Bel Air and “Two-Ten” models). Incline-plane seat adjustment. Rear seat: Foam rubber cushion (Bel Air and “Two-Ten” sedans, coupes). Folding seat (station wagons)

Upholstery and Trim: All vinyl (Convertible, Club Coupe, “Two-Ten” and “One-Fifty” station wagons); combination of pattern cloth, gabardine, vinyl (others). Chrome front seat inside wall moldings (Bel Air and “Two-Ten” models); windshield top and side molding (Convertible); roof bows (Sport  Coupe).

Floor Coverings: Carpet (Bel Air sedans, coupes; Club coupe). Rubber mats (others), also sedan and coupe trunk, Utility Sedan load space. Linoleum on platform, tail gate, and surface of folded rear seat (station wagons).

Appointments: Wraparound instrument panel with instrument cluster in front of driver, matching radio grille, and central glove compartment with key lock. Automatic glove compartment light, ash receptacle, and cigarette lighter (Bel Air and “Two-Ten” models) and electric clock (Bel Air models). Four arm rests (Bel Air and “Two-Ten” models, except two in station wagon). Two rear seat ash receptacles (Bel Air and “Two-Ten” 2-door models, one, Bel Air and “Two-Ten 4-door sedans). Two assist straps (Bel Air and “Two-Ten” 2-door sedans, Club Coupe). Package shelf (sedans, coupes, except Convertible).

Lights: Central dome light (sedans, Club Coupe, station wagons). Two rear corner lights (Sport Coupe). Two courtesy lights under instrument panel (Convertible). Manual control by light switch on instrument panel. Automatic switches at all doors (Bel Air models, “Two-Ten” 2-door models); at front door “Two-Ten” 4-door models.

Exterior Chrome: Hood ornament, hood and rear emblems, light bezels, radiator grille, bumpers, ventipane frames, handles, hub caps or wheel disks (all models). “V” on rear fenders, (V8 models). Windshield, window sill, rear side, and sash moldings (“Two-Ten” models). Windshield and side window moldings; rear window reveal (except Convertible); windshield pillar moldings; front sash, and rear side moldings (Bel Air models). Special top and belt moldings, and winged spears replacing sash moldings (Bel Air and “Two-Ten” station wagons).

FACTORY-INSTALLED OPTIONAL EQUIPMENT 

Four-barrel carburetor and dual exhaust system for V8 engines. Overdrive. Automatic transmission, in combination with either 6-cylinder engine or V8 engine. Low-pedal vacuum-power brakes. Hydraulic power steering. Direction signals. Electric windshield wipers. Tinted safety plate glass. Electric-power windows lifts. Electric-power front seat adjustment. Heater and defroster. Air conditioner. White wall tires.

 

1955 Chevrolet Specifications


1955 Chevrolet Specifications

1955 Chevrolet Specifications

1955 Chevrolet Specifications

1955 Chevrolet Specifications – Below is the engine specification of conventional, overdrive and automatic transmissions. They include the engine size, engine special features, clutch, transmission and real axle. Engines include a 123 horsepower 6 cylinder, 136 horsepower 6 cylinder and a 162 horsepower V-8. Rear axle ratios include 3.70 to 1, 4.11 to 1 and 3.55 to 1.

 

Power
Teams
Conventional Overdrive Automatic
Engine Size 123-hp Six 235.5 cu. in. displacement
3.56″ bore, 3.94″ stroke.
7.5 to 1 compression ratio
162-hp V8
265.0 cu. in. displacement.
3.75″ bore, 3.0″ stroke.
8.0 to 1 compression ratio.
123-hp Six
235.5 cu. in. displacement.
3.56″ bore, 3.94″ stroke. 7.5 to 1 compression ratio.
162-hp V8
265.0 cu. in. displacement.
3.75″ bore, 3.0″ stroke. 8.0 to 1 compression ratio.
123-hp Six
235.5 cu. in. displacement.
3.56″ bore, 3.94″ stroke. 7.5 to 1 compression ratio.
162-hp V8
265.0 cu. in. displacement.
3.75″ bore, 3.0″ stroke. 8.0 to 1 compression ratio.
Engine Special Features Concentric carburetor.
4 – bearing crankshaft.
Gear drive timing.
Dual carburetor.
5-bearing crankshaft.
Chain drive timing.
Concentric carburetor.
4 – bearing crankshaft.
Gear drive timing.
Dual carburetor.
5-bearing crankshaft.
Chain drive timing.
Concentric carburetor.
4 – bearing crankshaft.
Gear drive timing.
Dual carburetor. 5-bearing crankshaft. Chain drive timing.
Clutch 9 1/2″ dia. 10″ dia 9 1/2″ dia. 10″ dia
Diaphragm spring type. Life-lubricated throwout bearing. Strap drive.
Trans-mission Heavy-Duty Transmission
3-speed, syncro-mesh, selective gear transmission, with gearshift lever on steering column.
Gear Ratios:
First…………….2.94 to 1
Second…………1.68 to 1
Third……………1.00 to 1
Reverse………..2.94 to 1
Heavy-Duty Transmission plus Overdrive®
3-pinion, planetary gear overdrive, providing automatic fourth speed; gear ration, 0.71 to 1. Accelerator control: Electric cut-in, through releasing treadle, at approx. 25 mph.: down-shift to direct drive by pressing treadle to floor. Pull-out knob locks out overdrive.
Rear Axle Semi-floating, with hypoid gears. One-piece “banjo” housing. Hotchkiss drive.
3.70 to 1 ratio 4.11 to 1 ratio 3.55 to 1 ratio

1955 Chevrolet Specifications

1955 Chevrolet Specifications