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Rock n’ roll forever

By Staff | Jul 15, 2008

Above, this 350 Chevy engine is the secret behind Eric Anderson’s rockin’ ‘56 Chevy delivery sedan. EDN photos by Michael Tidemann

If you thought Eric Anderson’s toys are something, you should see his toy box.

Eric Anderson of Orleans has a car collection that will pop your eyes out, but a top choice, for paint job at least, would have to be his 1956 Chevy delivery sedan.

Once used by flower delivery businesses, this early version of the panel boasts a very unstock 350 Chevy engine with turbo 350 and packing 325 horsepower. The engine was built by Jasper Engines of Jasper, Ind., and when Anderson saw the car, it was love at first sight.

The paint job is right out of 1956 too. It shows two couples jitterbugging ’56 style.

Other cars in the Anderson stable include a ’34 Plymouth four-door sedan that his wife Patt has had since 1972. There’s also a 1946 Hudson Commodore coupe that Anderson’s father-in-law Don Vietch has owned for some time and has the original paint job.

Anderson with his daughter, Kristin, who runs a diving school and photo studio in Australia, stand next to the Chevy.

There’s also Anderson’s 1953 Buick that he’s had for three years. The car was rebuilt in 1969 in Tucson, Ariz., and has a 455 with automatic transmission churning out 320 horse.

Anderson is also restoring a 1972 Buick Riviera with 455 engine and a charcoal mist body.

And then there’s his 1967 Chevy El Camino, an Arkansas car he just got a few weeks ago. The car originally had a 283 and now has a 350. Anderson will swap the engine out for a more historically accurate 327. Anderson has a special fondness for 1967 El Caminos, since that was what he had for his first new car.

“I’ve been into cars for a long time,” Anderson acknowledges.

Maybe it’s partly that he’s in the contracting business, but Anderson has a bridge crane in his shop that could let him swap out several engines at a time, not to mention a hoist in the corner. Few pro shops are so well equipped.

You can see Andersons’ cars and others at the Black Knights Car Club Sweet Corn Days Car Show from noon to 4 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 2 along North Sixth Street in Estherville. Registration will be held from 10 a.m. to noon at the corner of First Avenue and Sixth Street.

The entry fee for contestants will be $10 with dash plaques going to the first 100 entries and door prizes for registrants.

Trophy awards will be given at 3 p.m. to the top 25 entries by participant vote. Special awards include Mayor’s Choice, Best Ford, Best GM, Best Mopar, and Best Paint.

For more entry information, contact Marty Domek at mdomek@yourstarnet.net or at ME’s Body Shop at 712-362-3950 or Ron Anderson at rander@mchsi.com or 712-362-3063.