- Jan 4, 2012
- Alberta, Canada
- 1955 Buick, 1929 Willys, 2004 SRT-4
So I have been spending alot of time at my parents farm and thinking about the projects that were there. I had been wanting to do an easier build than my Whippet that would have room for the family (wife and 3 kids). My dad bought this 1956 from a neighbor and they had owned it since new. It has 38,000 miles and ran when parked inside in the 70's. It is almost completely rust free and only has a few minor dings on it. Interior is in relatively good shape as well. My plan for it is to leave the body as is, it is straight and the patina is pretty cool. I will have the seats fixed with new foam and covers but hope to leave the headliner, door panels and carpets in place. Rewire it with 12V with a painless wiring kit. For the chassis I will rebuild the front end with new rubber, the rear will get a new diff with posi and some stiffer springs(hauling travel trailer) and disc brakes all around if I can find a good kit. For drivetrain I plan on using the 5.7L gen 3 Hemi and either a 4l60 or a Chrysler 545RFE (5 speed OD). I hope to be done the Whippet this fall so I can be working on this new one all winter. My company was awarded the SW ring road here in Calgary so I will be in town for the next few years with alot more time for cars hopefully. Forgot to get a proof pick with the gear shift so I will do it next time I am down there.