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Wichita, Kansas '56 Ford

Discussion in 'New to the H.A.M.B.? Introduce yourself here!' started by Barnyard, Mar 12, 2012.

  1. Barnyard
    Joined: Oct 17, 2010
    Posts: 13


    Hey, name's Burton, and I recently bought my '56 Country Sedan.
    Straight six, 3 speed with O.D., assuming it has either 3.73 or 4.11 gears in a Spicer 44.

    Un dug it out by Belle Plaine, from a '56 grave yard.

    Plans: Y-block or small block, 5 speed conversion, clean interior, and leave the outside just like that.

    Nice to meet you all!

    The hood is off of my brother's old '56, that I believe is somewhere on this website, slammed flat black '56 2 door. Anyway, the hood meant a lot to me because family, etc.








    Lots of pictures, because people like pictures.
  2. Welcome, Burton, from the Pacific Northwest!

    Good luck with your project; looks like it had a twin - in the graveyard background.
  3. Barnyard
    Joined: Oct 17, 2010
    Posts: 13


    Yeah, it was a triplet. There's a light green one, pictured, and there was a pink and white one off to the back. Which is where I'll be sourcing my front end from.

    Gonna be a real fun... project.
  4. loco_gringo
    Joined: Sep 2, 2009
    Posts: 583


    Welcome from Texas. Nice car, nothing better than a 56 Wagon.

  5. Barnyard
    Joined: Oct 17, 2010
    Posts: 13


    Thanks, thought I'd be different from everyone and there 2 doors. :D
  6. Old F.A.R.T.
    Joined: Apr 13, 2007
    Posts: 292

    Old F.A.R.T.

    Welcome from Salina...looks like you got your work cut out for you.
  7. Barnyard
    Joined: Oct 17, 2010
    Posts: 13


    Oh yeah, I do. And I'm probably moving somewhere that doesn't have a garage. So I gotta start making one of those things too. :(
  8. tommyd
    Joined: Dec 10, 2010
    Posts: 11,375

    from South Indy

    Welcome from Indy.
  9. travisfromkansas
    Joined: Mar 23, 2008
    Posts: 2,711

    from Gypsum, KS

    Welcome from up around Salina. Cool looking ride you have there, can't wait to see it at a show or rolling around!
    Joined: Sep 6, 2009
    Posts: 393


    Welcome from Herington![​IMG]
  11. leadsledmerc49
    Joined: Jul 25, 2010
    Posts: 106


    Welcome fellow Wichitan. Good find, enjoy it.
  12. glasstop55
    Joined: Mar 10, 2012
    Posts: 5


    If you need some parts or help with the car, look up Jim Winters from Wichita. He's a big 55-56 Ford man.
  13. Barnyard
    Joined: Oct 17, 2010
    Posts: 13


    He sounds really familiar, I'll check him out.

    On a side note, thanks everyone for the warm welcomes. Glad to be here, and with people that share the same passions.
  14. JeffB2
    Joined: Dec 18, 2006
    Posts: 8,927

    from Phoenix,AZ

  15. Matthew
    Joined: Sep 8, 2005
    Posts: 166

    from Burien, WA

    Bringin' em back, one car at a time! Greetings...
  16. Willy_P
    Joined: Mar 19, 2011
    Posts: 762


    Welcome from Kansas. Hey Burton, you've got your work cut out for you, but it will be worth it. That's mine on the left, with all the rust on the inside, and "fred flintstone floorboards". I think the whole pan will have to be replaced, but it will be worth it.
    We come through Belle Plaine about once a year on our Texas pilgrimages to see family.
  17. metalix_421
    Joined: Mar 24, 2010
    Posts: 890


    welcome from Oklahoma
  18. Welcome from OKC! Your a brave man.
  19. Chefbiz62
    Joined: Jul 25, 2011
    Posts: 94

    from Omaha, Ne

    Welcome form Omaha...You'll be cruising' in no time...
  20. Welcome, '56 Fords are the shit! I would run a Y-Block if I where you they sound awesome! Plus they are SUPER reliable!
  21. Old Tin and New Tin
    Joined: Jun 2, 2011
    Posts: 301

    Old Tin and New Tin

    Welcome from Wichita. Just take it one piece at a time and stay within your budget. Remember this is a fun project and don't make a job out of it. You will have it on the road and enjoying the fruit of your labor in no time.
  22. Barnyard
    Joined: Oct 17, 2010
    Posts: 13


    On the subject of "you're a brave man"; I'm 19, this is my FIRST project car, and I've always had a liking for this car, so yeah, I really have my work cut out for me. I know how to work on new stuff, and absolutely love the simplicity of the old stuff.

    Y-block power is a really big possibility, but availability and prices aren't in my budget yet.
    Might start off with a frankenstein straight six or a 302 to get me moving for now.

    Status update about car!
    No floors.
    Frame damage, extensive. Front cross member is gone.
    Rust, everywhere. Anything and everything on the bottom is either gone or going away.
    Fenders are trash, front radiator/header panel are trash, can't fix grille in current state.
    Quarter panel and rear end have extensive damage because brother pushed car into garage using Expedition.
    All but one door works.

    ON THE BRIGHT SIDE. Regardless of what brother and friends say about this car, she will make it. She's my "Christine". I see a lot in her, and she's going to become a mean wagon once again. Through all the blood and sweat, I think she'll turn out quite nicely.

    Her pretty side:
  23. 60 ford
    Joined: Nov 23, 2007
    Posts: 1,806

    60 ford

  24. robleticia
    Joined: Oct 15, 2007
    Posts: 2,497


    Welcome from Texas!
  25. DozerMek
    Joined: Mar 17, 2008
    Posts: 404

    from Chapman,KS

    Welcome from Chapman.
  26. Arthur1958
    Joined: Jun 29, 2009
    Posts: 230


    Welcome from down the road in Ark City.

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