In May 31 issue, Russell County News By Ron Cowell, Columnist
A name well known in Russell and surrounding counties is Ron Tucker, or better known as Preacher Tucker and even sometimes called Ron “Records” Tucker.
Ron was born and raised in Russell county and has lived here all his life. He is now retired after eighteen and a half years of working for a local grocery store. He is also the Wed. night radio personality on WJRS radio.
With all the things Ron does and loves, one of his favorite things is messing with old cars. Not just any old car, it has to be a 1955 Chevy.
Back in 1971 Ron bought his first 55 Chevy. It was a six cylinder three speed on the column. After having that vehicle for only about six months he found it wasn’t just what he was looking for. When he started it up he wanted to hear the rumble of a V8 and not the hum of a six cylinder.
Ron told me he got about 10 miles to the quart of oil with that car. It didn’t take him long to figure out just what to do with that car.
Not being completely satisfied with the car, he sold it and bought his second 55 Chevy in 1972. This time he had the car he thought he had been looking for. This one was a 283 four speed. He kept it for about two years and grew tired of that car also. Just wasn’t quite what he was looking for. Then in 1974 the right guy came along and had the right amount of money so the car was history. Ron sold that one also.
It didn’t take Ron long to find his dream car. It was another 55 of course and also a 283 but had the 456 Rear end in it. It wasn’t much for top end but boy was it quick coming off the line. It was one of the hottest cars around at the time. This was truly the car Ron was looking for. It got nick named the Double Nickel and was seen around town and Somerset a lot. He hung on to this car until 1995.
In a weak moment Ron was offered a price that he felt he could not refuse for the Double Nickel so he sold it.. He said it was one of the biggest mistakes he made in his life and he still misses that car.
He could not stay out of the Classic car scene for very long so it was back to the newspaper and shopping for another classic Chevy. He ran across a 1969 Chevelle and ventured away from the 55’s and bought the 69. Needless to say that didn’t last long, it was just not a 55 that he was used to and wanted. He decided to sell the 69 and hit the road looking for another 55.
He ran across the 55 he now owns and has had since 1995. Over the years he has had it painted and kept up but this year he decided he was going to make it even better than the Double Nickel. He has bought a 350 motor that has been worked on and will flat out scream. He has a new transmission to put in the car. He has bough new wheels and a 411 rear end for it. He hopes to have it all together and ready to tear up the streets and enter into shows sometime with in the next year or so.
Ron is a true lover of the Classic 1955 Chevy and I’m sure before long you will see and hear him coming down the road in his rebuild 55.
He is a member of the Lake Cumberland Classic Car Club and has been for several years. Next time you see him just ask him how is the 55 coming along. He will be more than proud to tell you all about it.
You can hear Ron every Wed night on WJRS Radio. He has filled the Wed. night slot there for the past 26 years playing the good old country music, even mixes in a little of the old rock and roll once in a while. If you haven’t had the pleasure of listening to Ron “Records” Tucker be sure to tune him in this Wed. night. Give him a call and he will play you favorite country tunes for you.
Don’t forget the first Thursday of June The “Outsiders will be having their Cruise in at Lake & Shake and Town and Country Real Estate office parking lot. Then on Friday night the Old Boys Toys will have a Block Party at Sonic in the Key Village Shopping Center. Both events will get underway at 6:00PM. Mark them on your calendar and make plans to be there.
If your Car club is having an event and you would like us to let folks know about it drop me an email at firstname.lastname@example.org . All information on events must be sent in to me two weeks before the event.
If your club or organization would like to have one of the clubs bring their cars to you event we can arrange that also. Just drop me a line.
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