Thursday, October 29, 2009

More 4-door fun: 1956 Chevrolet

1956 Chevrolets get the least amount of love from would-be Tri-Five owners. Tri-Fives being 1955, 1956 and 1957 Chevys. I’ve always had an affinity for the middle child of Chevrolet’s Tri-Five trinity. My dream car was a ’56 Bel Air 2-door post that my dad owned during my high school years. It was black with a Muncie 4-speed and a 396-cubic inch Chevy big block. A Dana 60 rear end with 3.73 gears transfered the power to the blacktop. The trunk was butchered and filled with shabby home-made wheel well tubs. I didn’t care about craftsmanship. There was plenty of room for giant rear tires that I never got to vaporize at the drag strip. I can still feel the velour diamond tuck and roll seats and Grant steering wheel in my once 16-year old hands. Anytime I see a ’56 Chevy, I remind my dad that he should have kept that car for me. Life happens and things always change. The ’56 was sold for around $2,600 in the late 1980’s. My dad also ended up selling the red ’55 Chevy 210 he owned at the time. He was one 1957 Chevy away from owning a complete set of Tri-Five Chevrolets. It’s been twenty-one years since those memories were burned into my consciousness. Seeing this old 1956 Chevy 4-door was just what I needed for a walk down memory lane. I hope you enjoy it as well.
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Unknown said...

Where is this one?
I bought one like this, same color, V8, in the middle sixties for $79 from a car lot in Birmingham, AL. Cracked block, busted transmission, one Ford wheel on right rear. My brother an I pulled it home (bad clutch too). I built an engine (283 had a 265), rebuilt the transmission, new clutch, crane cam, three two barrels, and painted it. Drove it for many years, finally gave it to my older brother, after someone ran it to it. Junk yard wanted two hundred and fifty dollars for a beat up rusty fender!

Junkyard Life said...

I bet you wondered if the car was worth fixing at the time. New clutch, engine, transmission - good grief, you could buy another beater - that ran! - for $300 in the '60s.

This old '56 was hauled out of Texas to North Alabama.