Pics of my '56 straight axle gasser

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    Hi everyone, I'm hoping these pics come out. These are of my '56 210 2d wagon that I bought in Montana 4.5 yrs. ago. It was low mileage and had sat since '65. A roof caved in on it and thats when the problems began. I had to find a donor roof with the first 2' being good because thats what I had to replace. Quite a project for a novice. I put in new floor pans and did all the body work and paint myself (had some help from a friend). Painted right in my garage. Turned out pretty good. I always liked the mean/challenging look of the gassers, so I bought a straight axle from Speedway and installed it myself. The interior kit I bought from Ciadella. I tried the seat covers but just couldn't get it. Had them professionally installed along with the headliner. I did the rest myself. The rear seat is original. The front buckets and console are from a '63 Impala SS. Always wanted them since I was a kid. The material and color scheme are original for '56. For the drive train, I wanted something different. Something you might see in this gasser originally. Didn't want a crate motor or a sbc engine. I wanted a 409 but they were too pricey for me. Instead, I chose its smaller brother; a 348. I went to my local machine shop and asked what we could do with this motor. The machinist said to make it a stroker motor. Sounded good to me although at the time I didn't know what he meant exactly; I do now. We bored it .30 over, installed a 454 bb crank and 396 rods. Pistons are forged and special made by Ross. WOW. Were they costly. 9.5:1 compression and the cam is from Isky-a little bit spicey hydraulic-with Edelbrock aluminum heads and intake. Edelbrock 750 cfm carb, MSD spark box. I was told by the machine shop, that with the cost of doing this motor, I could have bought a 454 BBC crate motor and had money left over. Boy, he didn't lie. But, this is what I wanted. The motor runs real good and I'm very happy with it. Should also mention I'm running a 700r4 trans. and a stock 3.70 posi. From previous post, you can see that I'm still struggling with the steering. I haven't done anything more with it yet. Still would like to have a 525 manual steering box. I'm presently having an addition built on my garage which will have a 4 post lift. When thats done, I'll fool with the steering again. Just tired of laying on cardboard. Well, thats about it. I'm sure I forget something. If so, please ask. Thanx for looking, Carmine.
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    I see the pics didn't come out as planned. Not sure why. There were at least a total of 12-14 pics. This was complicated for me. Not sure I can do any better. Sorry.
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    Carmine.... PLEASE try to fix it
    we gotta see this ! !
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    X2:D
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    That wagon is bad ass.
    Bob needs to increase allowable size for attachments. You have to make pictures too small to get them to upload.
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    Upload to Photobucket, copy and paste the img tag line.
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    Yes, by all means, post the pictures and tell us more. You fit here very well.
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    Well, I'm trying again. Here is the link to my album on Photo Bucket:

    http://s1243.photobucket.com/albums/gg541/fearthis5657/

    I think this will be better for viewing. Carmine
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    :clap:clapLooking good,Carmine ! In 1968/69,we built a 56 2 door wagon for NHRA stock class,only to have the powers that be refactor the engine camshaft to the point that it was no longer competetive :bang . A drivetrain swap,and it was my "street rod ' for years,brings back a lot of memories!:clap:bow
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    Photobucket is an advertising %&%$# up.... but that car is worth the effort !
    MAN, is that thing clean, and tasteful :deal

    very nice
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    Sweet, and a 59/60 steering wheel!
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    NICE IDEA DOING THE FACTORY STYLE UPHOLSTERY ON THE BUCKETS
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    Very Nice:beer
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    Outstanding!!!
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    :clapGreat looking car ! First class :clap
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    HOLY CRAP! THAT GASSER HAS AN ATTITUDE I like absolutely everything about it.:beer:beerGreat pics. Leo
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    Carmine,
    Absolutely fantastic...:clap I love the Impala buckets with the factory interior...:deal Factory 348 valve covers I love it...:browI think you nailed it in every respect...:beer
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    Awesome! That car is done right! It seems so many people get it wrong. They take every "gasser" cliche and throw it at something times 10. Your car is just right. Not too much, not too little. You really got the look and feel of how a car would of really been done back in the day. Well done A++++++!
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    Looks Great :bow
    Hope to have a tri five some day :think