The Jalopy Journal
Discussion in 'The Hokey Ass Message Board' started by 70cst1, Sep 3, 2007.
Bit of a rare one. Also saw a burgundy 56 4 door wagon with flames driving by my house
There was this older guy that had a Turquoise Green and White 1956 Chevy for his teenage daily driver. He was always one of the fastest sedans around, according to my brother. So, the thing was, the owner never told anyone what was in the motor. Stock 265 from the factory was what he told everyone. But, since no one ever saw him doing any “take apart and installing” anything, that was the believable story.
But, somehow, it was a fast hardtop sedan. Faster than most cars around the Bixby Knolls cruising grounds.
The guy with the 56 Chevy was one of the early guys who started modifying his car. He liked being the top dog at the teenager hangouts and gabfests. So, the 265 became a 283 with more speed goodies like dual quads and a different cam set up. By 1959-60, he went the farthest of any of the local hot rod guys. His next step was a bore to make the newly purchased 283 into a 301. Now, it was fast and getting faster.
The facts were slowly coming to light.
C/Gas or C/Stock?
The reversed photo shows the Lion’s Dragstrip classification. We knew back then, but for all of these year later, the classification is a mystery. A 265 would put the 1956 Chevy in C/Stock... whereas, the 301 or 352 SBC mods would have put him in C/Gas.
There were very few 301 SBC motors in a 1956 Chevy or for that matter, any Chevy sedan back then. In the history of Bixby Knolls, the only other guy may have been Tom McEwen and his string of 55, 56, 57 Chevy sedans with modified motors… and the statement of … it came that way from the factory ! HA! Of course, we all have seen the Lion's Dragstrip classification photos showing D/Gas or C/Gas... Same neighborhood, same high school, same Chevy sedan type, but different timeline listing.
But, the topper was and still is a mystery, the 56 Turquoise/white Chevy may have had a Stroker Kit from Reath Automotive to create a huge 352 C.I. SBC motor. No one alive ever had proof, although we did see the 56 Chevy Bel Air in action.
Told my wife this is temporary, left it on the trailer which has worked pretty good. Had to drive to find Sun yesterday to let the paint dry
That 57 is from my hometown, Torrington Ct
Went to a nice local show this morning. This was bone stock.
Near Perfect stance, I would go 1" higher out back
Needs a straight front axle......
I can appreciate the sentiment but, axles are overrated.
A good looking chord
Ahhh good man he is. Master Line axles.
Perfect .Any idea on the front tires?
. I don’t, other than it sits perfectly.
Top of the line.
Hey, you kids, look close, this is not a BelAir!
Nope! It's 210 hardtop... And a damned nice lookin' one, too!!!
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