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Discussion in 'The Hokey Ass Message Board' started by xxxl, Mar 26, 2020.

  1. xxxl
    Joined: Feb 28, 2011
    Posts: 43


    Getting ready to start on this, I've owned it 40 years, finally time to do it! 20200321_162601.jpeg 20200321_162612.jpeg 20200321_162703.jpeg 20170913_103745.jpeg

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  2. Slopok
    Joined: Jan 30, 2012
    Posts: 2,713


    You should have plenty of time now, with the lockdown and all!

    After 40 years you have an awfully clean garage!
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  3. wvenfield
    Joined: Nov 23, 2006
    Posts: 5,483


    If in Michigan I'm assuming you stored it indoors. Solid.
  4. B.A.KING
    Joined: Apr 6, 2005
    Posts: 3,979


    Dang! i want a 56 handyman wagon sooooo bad. Keep us posted please.

  5. mcnally351
    Joined: Apr 12, 2011
    Posts: 447

    from boston

    Nice!!! Get on it
    Joined: Jan 7, 2016
    Posts: 2,308


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  7. Greg Rogers
    Joined: Oct 11, 2016
    Posts: 538

    Greg Rogers

    Sweet!! Only thing better than a 56 F100 is a 56 Chevy wagon.
  8. Gotta love the 2 door wagons, what's the plan? HRP
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  9. When it comes to Handyman wagons the 56 is my favorite. What's the plan?
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    Looks like a solid start. Here’s pics of my ‘56 210 wagon. I has a few too many doors, but it’s a wagon, so doors are necessary.
  11. jaracer
    Joined: Oct 4, 2008
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  12. '56 150
    Joined: Jan 23, 2011
    Posts: 104

    '56 150

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  13. chevy57dude
    Joined: Dec 10, 2007
    Posts: 6,957


    A little battered but the metal is there! Great start, intact originals like that are rare these days. @'56 150 clarified for me what goes on the rear quarter panel near the tail light. A script.
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  14. catdad49
    Joined: Sep 25, 2005
    Posts: 5,630


    Great start and solid looking for a Mich. Car. I'm in, what's next?
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  15. xxxl
    Joined: Feb 28, 2011
    Posts: 43


    I'm using what I have "in stock" to build it. 1996 LT1 700R4, 9 inch rear, steel wheels, static drop.

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  16. sawbuck
    Joined: Oct 14, 2006
    Posts: 1,902

    from 06492 ct

    take your time ...i would not rush into it ....great wagon !
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  17. 40Standard
    Joined: Jul 30, 2005
    Posts: 5,924

    from Indy

    very solid looking, love the tri 5 chevy wagons
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  18. wheeldog57
    Joined: Dec 6, 2013
    Posts: 2,357


    I am IN
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  19. flatford39
    Joined: Dec 3, 2006
    Posts: 2,800


    You hoarder!!!
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  20. flatford39
    Joined: Dec 3, 2006
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  21. Butch M
    Joined: Oct 14, 2008
    Posts: 1,595

    Butch M

    cool love 56 chevy wagons
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  22. Your 1956 Handyman is my favorite wagon too (especially since I have one)! I think you have the ideal year LT1 to use. Is yours from a Corvette, Camaro/Firebird or Impala SS ? The Corvette would be ideal otherwise the others front accessory drive and A/C will will hit the crossmember so you'll need a Corvette front accessory drive. Mine has a 283 with a stock powerglide but it really needs an upgrade. I too have a low mileage 1993 LT1/700R4 that I was considering using, but I also have a built 413 SBC I could use too. I'm already finding out the '93 LT1 I have isn't the best candidate for the swap due to first year batch fired fuel injection with the MAP sensor instead of the the MAF sensor, along with a one year only computer. I've been looking for the easiest route so I've been studying this long thread on the website about a 1955 Chevy/LT1/4LE60 swap that gives a lot of information along with other threads there. It might help you out too. I'll be closely watching to see what route you take on yours.
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  23. Here is a bunch more links to threads that may help you out.

    Here's a link to a Wire Harness/ PCM Programmer:

    I see you might be needing a complete set of glass too. I got a complete set of everything from Auto City Classic in Minnesota on Ebay. A great deal, all of it for $975 plus $160 shipping for $1135 total. It comes very well packed in a big box on a pallet from FedEx. This for a 210 model but if you give them a call I'm sure they can get you the correct glass for your 150 for the same price as it is on Ebay.

    I've also installed the Rain Gear wiper system and a Vintage Air system in mine (minus the compressor and hoses until I figure out the engine swap.|Make:Chevrolet&hash=item59382f6ec4:g:XxoAAOSwJRldmN~g&vxp=mtr

    Here's mine:
    Last edited: Mar 28, 2020
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  24. 56sedandelivery
    Joined: Nov 21, 2006
    Posts: 6,695

    Member Emeritus

    I've always wanted a 56, Model 150, Handyman Wagon; only thing, other than a Willys Coupe I'd trade the Delivery for. Friend of mine, who deals in 55-57 Chevrolet cars AND parts, had one; he recently sold it and the new owner is Gasser-fying it. I had a Model 210, Handyman for a while, but it was't plain enough for me. Little trim/chrome, little accessories, and generally, little demand as most guys want something more "dressed up". I am Butch/56sedandelivery.
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