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Classics Unique on Every Level, This 1956 Chevy Handles as Good as it Looks

11:30  04 july  2018
11:30  04 july  2018 Source:   hotrod.com

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Auto enthusiasts get involved in the sport in lots of creative ways. Some enjoy an early start, growing up in an automotive family, while others wait until retirement years to adopt the sport. David Phillips from Dade City, Florida, recalls how it began for him back in 2007 when he was building scale plastic models. One of those was a bright red 1956 Chevy 3100 Stepside shortbed truck. He smiles when he recalls, thinking, "One day, I'd like to have something like that in my garage." In fact, that day is here. He still has the original model that got it started, along with this beautiful fullsize version. David is a financial information technology analyst and when it's time to take a break from the IT world, he turns his attention to creating an award-winning truck. Even cool hobbies, however, have their own set of problems.

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Evans believes there are five cardinal rules for assembling a car on that level : components, craftsmanship, color, stance, and detail. Unique on Every Level , This 1956 Chevy Handles as Good as it Looks .

The stamp 10A100454 indicates the following: 1= Chevrolet Motor Division; 0=1970; A= Atlanta, Georgia, assembly plant; 100454 is the last six digits of the vehicle’s VIN. Unique on Every Level , this 1956 Chevy Handles as Good as it Looks .

He found his 1957 Stepside in Jacksonville, Florida, not far from his home in Dade City. It was running and driving but it had a poor frame swap and lots of rust on the body. David smiles when he says, "I was good at tearing everything apart but not very good at putting it back together." Frustration set in after going through a series of shops over several years with little actual work accomplished. Fortunately, things took a turn for the better when he found Innerworx LLC in Sarasota, Florida. They began perfecting the body, replacing the front fenders, doors, and hood with aftermarket sheetmetal, then creating custom-made wheeltubs to complement the new bed. They followed up with repro chrome bumpers, grille, headlights, and taillights. New glass went in all around with one-piece side glass replacing the original.

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While the Innerworx crew was completing their part, David was fortunate to find two other shops to assist with the build. Since the goal for the truck was to create a magazine-quality vehicle, stiffening up the limp chassis was the first step. Hi/Low Customs in Dade City created a custom frame using 2x4 steel tubing with a step notch in the rear and narrowed to accommodate the wider wheels on the wish list. Back when the build originally began, David had decided on a Mustang II frontend, coilovers, and a Jag rear, items that were state of the art at the time. As the years passed, however, better options became available. He scrapped the original plans and decided to go with newer, more modern technology, choosing a fully independent front and rear suspension from a C4 Corvette.

The Vette upgrades were paired with an AccuAir e-Level air suspension that creates the truck's pavement-sucking stance. Mounted in the bed, a pair of chrome ViAir 480c compressors fill RideTech ShockWaves and the ENDO-CVT 5-gallon reserve tank. Since the original brakes were so weak that you'd stop only after you ran out of momentum, the new Lokar master cylinder on the firewall and pedal assembly in the cab now activate pizza-sized, Corvette Z06 disc brakes. The final powertrain upgrade was the set of Raceline 20-inch Burst5 rims and Toyo rubber, filling the wheelwells and getting the chassis rolling. The long list of suspension enhancements meant the old Chevy could hustle briskly through the corners and give the local autocross competitors a lesson in leadership.

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Being a landscaper by trade, he looked no further than his work truck to find the torque-abundant, electric-over-hydraulic snowplow motor that would handle the job. Unique on Every Level , this 1956 Chevy Handles as Good as it Looks .

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The motor, a small-block Olds V-8 that came with the truck, needed an upgrade and just a few small changes were planned. However, you can probably guess the rest. David wound up polishing almost everything on the fully rebuilt engine, now shiny from top to bottom. Before the long list of refinements began, the internals were refurbished by the experts at Bullfrog Performance Speed Shop in Zephyrhills, Florida. They bored the 400ci V-8 0.30 over and fitted it with SBC I-beam connecting rods and SBC pistons. Improvements to make it haul began with an Edelbrock intake matched with a Holley Sniper EFI, reworked heads, and MSD HEI ignition to light the air/fuel mix. Exhaust is ushered overboard via polished Hedman Hedders and Black Widow Pro mufflers that create a throaty baritone rumble. Cosmetics to make it shine began with the painted-to-match Caddy air cleaner, custom valve covers, polished alternator and power steering pump, along with the March Performance pulley set. Keeping temps in line is the job of the high-flow water pump, Griffin four-core radiator, Flex-A-Lite fan, and Derale transmission cooler. Once the efforts were complete, the rejuvenated V-8 sent a solid 360 hp to the rebuilt 700-R4 trans, equipped with a performance shift kit and 2,500 stall speed. It was the perfect blend. The vintage truck's handling was now precise enough to get you out of the trouble that the big 400ci V-8 got you into!

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Fast forward a few years. The Monte Carlo cruiser concept kept haunting Larry, prompting him to purchase a new vehicle for his better half. Unique on Every Level , this 1956 Chevy Handles as Good as it Looks .

He often uses it as a commuter from his house in northern California to Southern California, where he recently took a long vacation, visiting friends in Los Angeles and San Diego. Unique on Every Level , This 1956 Chevy Handles as Good as it Looks .

With the finish line almost in sight, the plush interior began with analog gauges from Dakota Digital on the smoothed dash and an ididit column holding a Race Line half-wrapped leather wheel that matches the rims. David wanted a mix of comfort and elegance so he chose a pair of bucket seats from a Scion xB, cut down and reupholstered in tan leather and suede, adding custom door panels and a headliner to match. Between the buckets, the arched styling of the center console is more than just a design element, holding the A/C controls for the Vintage Air and the flush-mounted e-Level Touch Pad for the air suspension. Hidden underneath are the batteries for the truck, miles of wiring, and amps for the stereo. The tragedy of wimpy factory sounds and absent bass was addressed with a sophisticated JL Audio system controlled by a Kenwood touch-screen monitor. Twin JL Audio amps power two 10-inch subs behind the seats and the Focal 6.5-inch separated component sets in the doors.

After shaving the cowl, wipers, mirrors, firewall, and inner fenders, the Innerworx team wrapped up their portion of the build, painting the truck a custom-mixed version of PPG's Blue Blood Red. Aired out, the vintage Chevy has the perfect stance, and with no bed floor spectators get a clear view of the elegant suspension. Future plans call for a motorized Red Oak floor that will raise with linear actuators and additional performance upgrades. Although the truck was originally purchased to be a simple weekend cruiser, it's clear that this pristine Chevy is going to be spending most of its time in the winner's circle. What does David think of his low-slung, mechanical art piece in the driveway? "That $15 model led to something considerably more expensive but it's worth every penny!" David sends special thanks to the many friends and family but especially his wife, Brandy, for her support throughout the project. Also a big thanks to his best friend, Adam, for the numerous conversations and brainstorming sessions.

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That’s good , because he’d hate to redo it after nearly three decades of planning and building. The only other alternative would be to sell it , and, well, that just wouldn’t seem right! Unique on Every Level , this 1956 Chevy Handles as Good as it Looks .

1956 Chevy 3100 Stepside

CHASSIS

Frame: Custom chassis fabricated from 2x4 steel tubing with a step notch and narrowed rear

Rearend / Ratio: C4 Corvette fully independent narrowed rear, 3.50 gears

Rear Suspension: Custom four-link, ShockWave 'bags

Rear Brakes: Corvette Z06 13-inch rotors with four-piston calipers

Front Suspension: Corvette C4 independent front suspension, ShockWave bags

Front Brakes: Corvette Z06 14-inch rotors with six-piston calipers

Steering box: Corvette C4 power rack-and-pinion steering

Front Wheels: Raceline Burst 5, 20x8.5

Rear Wheels: Raceline Burst 5, 20x10

Front Tires: Toyo Extensa HP 245/35-20

Rear Tires: Toyo Extensa HP 275/30-20

Gas Tank: 16-gallon fuel tank mounted in the rear of the bed

DRIVETRAIN

Engine: Late-'70s Oldsmobile 400ci V-8, rebuilt by Bullfrog Performance Speed Shop, Zephyrhills, FL

Heads: Ported and polished factory heads

Valve Covers: Aftermarket Chevrolet

Manifold / Induction: Edelbrock intake manifold and Holly Sniper EFI Master Kit

Ignition: HEI

Headers: Polished Hedman Hedders

Exhaust / Mufflers: 2 1/2-inch brushed aluminum exhaust with polished Black Widow Pro 250 mufflers

Transmission: Rebuilt 700-R4 with a performance shift kit and 2,500 stall speed, rebuilt by Bullfrog Performance Speed Shop, Zephyrhills

Shifter: Chrome ididit column

BODY

Style: 1956 Chevrolet 3100 Stepside shortbed

Modifications: New glass front and back, one-piece side glass, shaved cowl, wipers, mirrors, firewall, custom inner fenders

Fenders Front / Rear: Aftermarket front, original rear

Hood: Aftermarket with Eddie Motorsports billet hood hinges

Grille: Aftermarket chrome

Bed: Open to display the custom chassis and suspension

Bodywork and Paint by: Innerworx LLC, Sarasota, FL

Paint Type / Color: PPG custom-mixed shade of Blue Blood Red

Headlights / Taillights: Aftermarket

Outside Mirrors: Shaved

Bumpers: Chrome reproduction, front and rear

INTERIOR

Dashboard: Smoothed

Gauges: Dakota Digital

Air Conditioning: Vintage Air

Stereo: Kenwood DDX672BH double-DIN touch-screen monitor, JL Audio XD1000/1, JL Audio XD 400/4, JL Audio 10TW3 subs, Focal 6.5-inch separated component sets in the doors

Steering Wheel: Raceline Burst 5 polished steering wheel

Steering Column: ididit chrome with shifter and polished mounting brackets

Seats: Cut down Scion xB bucket seats

Upholstery By: Innerworx LLC in Sarasota

Material / Color: Tan leather and suede

Carpet: Mercedes tan velour

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