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A few pics of my 56 Chevy survivor!

Discussion in 'The Hokey Ass Message Board' started by Barnfind 56, Nov 24, 2009.

  1. Barnfind 56
    Joined: Nov 19, 2009
    Posts: 190

    Barnfind 56

    Just wanted to share a few pics of my 56. I purchased this car as a roller in April from California. It spent damn near its whole life in Sunnyvale, Ca. All original paint and body panels. It hasn't been on the road in over 25 years til now. I did a 60's theme on the car using 28" Hurst cheaters with steel wheels in back, vintage 15x4 Rocket front wheels, fenderwell headers, 64 Impala SS bucket seats, 60 Impala steering wheel, etc. Everything is vintage except the drivetrain. That is where I wanted to do something really different with this look. I installed a 2001 LS1 with 6 speed manual trans. This car is a blast to drive and gets great gas mpg! I am doing the Hot Rod Power tour with my Dad in this car next June since it is starting only 20 minutes from my house.

    My pictures suck but you get the idea.

    Joined: Apr 27, 2007
    Posts: 612


    That is VERY nice - great find. I love the patina.
  3. merc-o-madness
    Joined: Aug 23, 2004
    Posts: 1,544


    too bad the engine didnt survive
  4. redlinetoys
    Joined: May 18, 2004
    Posts: 4,300

    from Midwest

    Very cool car, though I would leave the hood shut (lol!)

    Just kidding really. Build it the way you like it.

    I bet it is reliable, smooth, fast and fun (and it looks bitchin!)


  5. floored
    Joined: Apr 11, 2007
    Posts: 470


    Were you waking the dead?
  6. ShakeyPuddin55
    Joined: Dec 22, 2004
    Posts: 1,902


    That car is very tasteful. I bet it's a blast to drive.
  7. 40FORDPU
    Joined: Mar 15, 2009
    Posts: 3,360

    from Yelm, Wa
    1. Northwest HAMBers

    Nice car, always liked black and white paint on those cars.
  8. Nice ride brother......enjoy the Power Tour with it.
  9. touchdowntodd
    Joined: Jan 15, 2005
    Posts: 4,068


    ouch on the motor... ouch... i was all excited.. then jesus just stomped on my balls
  10. JeffreyJames
    Joined: Jun 13, 2007
    Posts: 16,612

    from SUGAR CITY

    Love the car!!! I would yank the engine out asap and thow something a but cooler in but if it drives and stop fuck it!! Enjoy that thing for a good long while.
  11. Barnfind 56
    Joined: Nov 19, 2009
    Posts: 190

    Barnfind 56

    Wow I kinda new I was going to get that reaction about the motor on this web site. Oh well, the look on people's face at a car show is funny. I think they are just expecting to see a greasy looking small block in it. It draws a crowd wherever I take it. I just got it going this summer and took it up to Car Crafts summer nationals, and I wasn't even there 10 minutes until Car Craft came and got me to do a photoshoot with the car! Look for it in a upcoming issue of Car Craft if anyone gets that magazine anymore.
    Thanks for the compliments though!
  12. rgaller
    Joined: Jun 28, 2009
    Posts: 213


    Very nice, EFI is the only way to go nowadays. I'm going to do something similar with my '55 2-door sedan, except with a TPI. It only has 30,000 original miles on it, and it doesn't run right.....carburetors and all that crap is for the birds.
  13. Looks really nailed the look.

    I'd admit I like the motor...if I was on another site! The engine is acceptable because you drive it and your going on the power tour! Have a good trip!
  14. de-fenders
    Joined: Jul 10, 2006
    Posts: 672


    Now that is cool!!!
  15. And here I was hoping to see a dual quad,solid liftered,heavily cammed,high compressioned, high winding 327 4 speed under the hood....Other than that nice car!
  16. Midwest Rodder
    Joined: Dec 7, 2008
    Posts: 1,768

    Midwest Rodder

    Nice car, the stance is perfect.
  17. Chevy55
    Joined: Nov 6, 2008
    Posts: 409

    from Nebraska

    Very nice car and I dig the period correct outside even if the motor is not. I did not know that you could get fenderwell headers for an LS motor. Cool though.
  18. Malcolm
    Joined: Feb 9, 2006
    Posts: 7,884

    from Nebraska

    Great looking car. That's gotta be a blast to drive - those LS motors run HARD. With the hood down, you'd never even know what's lurking under it. :cool:


    Hahaha.... whatever. EFI is great, and all, but you know as well as I do, carburetors can be extremely reliable, trouble-free, and simple.
  19. tfeverfred
    Joined: Nov 11, 2006
    Posts: 15,792

    Member Emeritus

    That's a cool car. I'm a carb man myself, but you did great with what you had. Nice job. I'll be on the look out for the media rag.
  20. chevy57dude
    Joined: Dec 10, 2007
    Posts: 6,960


    Nice. The boys are being pretty merciful about the engine, probably because the car is so damn cool! The LS engines are strong, kinda like the way OHV engines compare to flatheads. Its all in the heads.
  21. TagMan
    Joined: Dec 12, 2002
    Posts: 6,202


    Of the Tri-5 Chevy's, the '56 is my favorite and I'm really digging your ride.

    You might, however, want to consider keeping the hood closed, at least around here.
  22. dudley32
    Joined: Jan 2, 2008
    Posts: 2,143


    Really glad you didn't paint it up..looks good..too bad about the
    drive train...but that's just me...d32
  23. 1320/150
    Joined: Oct 9, 2009
    Posts: 647


    I think the ls motor is awesome. I would not change a single thing on this car!!!!!!!!
  24. J&JHotrods
    Joined: Oct 22, 2008
    Posts: 549


    Very nice ride dude, congrats. A little bashin on ya for the powerplant is to be expected here, but IMO it's hard to not appreciate how easy it is to make big power with the LS engines, carbureted or not. I dig it!!
    Would it be more acceptable if it was a carb'd LS?
    Last edited: Nov 24, 2009
  25. henny496
    Joined: Jan 1, 2008
    Posts: 18


    Is that ever a nice car. I hope you are enjoying it
  26. FalconMan
    Joined: Sep 9, 2008
    Posts: 1,375

    from Minnesota

    I love the car, the look, and the motor. You did it right !
  27. noclubjoe
    Joined: Aug 24, 2005
    Posts: 639


    thats some funny shit
  28. that cars rocks the house,I dont care what guys say that is a smart choice if your going to run the car and get killer mileageI'll watch for ya in the funny papers,errrrrrrrrrr HotRod mag
  29. Super cool lookin' 56! It must run pretty hard with that LS motor too. How hard was the swap? I'd bet you got the only LS1 powered anything with fenderwell headers.
  30. 61falcon
    Joined: Jan 1, 2009
    Posts: 772


    the car looks good, congrats on a job well done. that to me is what hot rodding is all about.

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