Chevy Legacy |

Chevy Legacy

When Lynn Zankich’s late husband, Mike, found their ’57 Chevy panel delivery in 1993, it was well on the way to becoming a camper van.

It had a table mounted in the back and a vent cut into the room, with plans by the owner to cut picture windows in the sides. But Mike saw its street rod potential and bought it.

Over a two-year period, he made many modifications and the result was a powerful, comfortable cruiser. Powered by a 396 CID Chevy engine, it motivates down the road with a Doug Nash 5-speed manual trans that hooks to a Dan 60 rear end. With power assistance for steering and braking and with air conditioning and six-way, lumbar supported power seats for comfort, it is a road car (or truck).

And on the road this Chevy has been. Its maiden voyage was with fellow Roamin Angels to Snowmass, CO, a trip organized by Dick Teague. Since then Dick has run several long-distance road trips under the name Big Dick’s Hot Rod Tours and the Chevy has been on most of them. Lynn and Mike went with the club to Washington state twice and once to San Bernardino in Southern CA. After Mike passed away in 2003, Lynn decided to keep up the long-distance cruising tradition. Although she had never driven the panel and didn’t even know which key started it, she has made two more trips, one to Coeur d’Alene , ID, and to Scottsdale, AZ. This is not to say there have been no problems. While driving along the 405 freeway on the way to Scottsdale, suddenly the horn started blaring and the turn signals stopped working. Since this was on a SoCal freeway, no one really noticed and when she reached San Diego, fellow Roamin Angel tourers did repairs. And Lynn plans to keep Mike’s cruising legacy alive by taking next year’s cruise to Del Mar, CA.

For more information about the Roamin Angels Car Club, go to, call 432-8449 or write to Roamin Angels, PO Box 1616, Grass Valley, CA 95945

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