Welcome aboard, carslayer55! I had to look up where the heck Benton City was. Kinda Tri-Cities area it looks like. Love '55s and always like the look of a rodded up 2-door wagon. Can't wait to see your vision.
There's a 2-door '55 locally here for about $3k that looks promising if someone else wants to join in.
Another big welcome to you Carslayer. Love 2 dr wagons. First car I ever did an engine swap on was my buddy's '55 2dr wagon. He got it when he turned 16 and got his license, but it came with a 6 and three speed OD. We swaped in a nice 283 with a mild cam and 4 barrel. With the OD you got 4:10 gears so it ran pretty well. Lots 'o memories with that car. Glad you could join and start a build thread in the project section so we can see what the heck you're up to. Good luck with your ride and I'm looking forward to seeing it. Mark L