According to Bill Muller, it seems every car show is loaded with Mustangs, ‘Vettes (and nearly every other Chevy model), a spattering of Mopars and pickup trucks. Now, he thinks that those vehicles are well and good and Muller himself owns a restored 1968 Corvette and a sweet ’55 Chevrolet 2-door hardtop Bel Air, but it’s his 1952 Sedan Delivery that he really cherishes. We don’t blame him.
Sedan Delivery’s are a rare breed today, but back in the day they were everywhere. Before the major OE’s were making work vans, sedan delivery’s were work trucks, plain and simple. We can remember the Helm’s Bakery sedan delivery trucks roaming the streets with goodies behind their paneled exterior. As such, the majority of sedan delivery’s were worked hard and left to rot somewhere. That makes Muller’s Chevy so rare. He’s taken great pains to bring it back from the brink and the results are eye popping.
The car is a real standout in all regards too. Heck, just the Honda red PPG paint job makes it hard not to notice. Long, low and red is a time honored hot rod tradition. But that red theme is continued on the inside too, but with a hit of white to put it all in perspective.
As we all know, traditional hot rods have red and white “tuck and roll” upholstery. Muller seems like a pretty traditional guy, so he naturally went with red and white for the interior of his delivery. Being Florida, Muller also made sure that the air conditioning was working perfectly as well. He is currently looking for a drastic stereo upgrade as well. It’s a long way to anywhere when you begin in Florida, so Muller figures that a killer sound system will make the miles fly by.
Traditional doesn’t mean that when Muller needed to freshen up the engine that was in the delivery when he bough it, he went the bore and rebuild route. Deciding that the KISS method was the way to go, he just dialed up Chevrolet and bought himself a new 350ci crate engine. Sometimes the simplest method really is the best.
To give a bit of power to the crate, Muller added a 4-barrel carburetor, and open element air cleaner with a K&N air filter and long tube headers. Other items have been added as well to make sure that the engine is running clean and strong. It has to as Muller says that though he installed it nearly 13 years ago, the engine has gotten him to Daytona more than 10 times for the Daytona Turkey Rod Run.
Of course, thanks to the many customs he owns, Muller figures that it actually has less than 10,000 miles on the plant. He did however keep the 350 Turbo Hydro transmission that was in the car when he bought it. It’s been moving the delivery down the road for many years and there didn’t seem to have any problems with it, so Muller thought that there was no reason to change it now.
Some things needed to be changed now though. Muller says that he takes semi-regular trips in his delivery from his Ft. Lauderdale, Florida home to the surrounding areas. He’s made a couple of trips to the Keys, a few to Daytona, a time or two to Naples and Ft. Meyers and other Florida hot spots, so he’s good about keeping the delivery up on mechanical issues as well as just looking good.
The latest additions were new BFGoodrich T/A tires. The T/A’s give the delivery a nice low profile while keeping the big vehicle glued to the road. Muller says that he’s considering a new set of Wheel Vintiques wheels to go along with the BFG’s. In that, we wholeheartedly agree.
Muller also changed out the brakes, shocks and springs in preparation of the new cruising season. We applaud Muller for replacing these vitally important mechanical pieces before he went ahead and bought the new stereo or a set of wheels. We know how hard it is not to go with the bling first, but safety is paramount, so good job there.
This Sedan Delivery is a sweet piece, but Muller’s had a lot of practice in building hot rods and this one is just one of his latest. His list of past and present rides is impressive. He’s owned a ‘50 Buick 2-door hardtop, a ‘53 Ford 2-door hardtop, a ‘59 El Camino (one of our personal favs), a ‘31 Ford 2-door sedan, a ‘27 Ford 4-door, a ‘32 Nash a host of ‘55 Chevy’s, and as he says “a bunch of Corvettes.”
Due to a health related issue, Muller says that he’s sold most of his collection, though he has kept the choicest cars. One is the delivery. Another is his cherry 1955 Chevrolet Bel Air 2dr hardtop and a completely restored 1968 Corvette.
After making a deal with an old friend who had some space in his warehouse, Muller says that he keeps the cars safe and indoors and away from the harsh Florida sun and salt air.
Muller says that ever since he took auto shop in high school (1956-’59), cars, trucks, motorcycles and boats are his life, his hobby and his business. Emblazoned on the side of the Chevy is his official title: Capt. Bill Muller’s Steel City Delivery. We’re not sure what it is he delivers, but we know that when he pulls up in this beautiful Chevrolet Sedan Delivery, everybody is happy.
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