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Body Swapping a 1956 Chevy 210 on Roadkill Garage

Roadkill Garage is back for Season 5, with new episodes coming out weekly! Nows the best time to get caught up on last season and 3,500+ hours of automotive content on the MotorTrend App! GET THE BEST DEAL EVER and subscribe for only $1 a month! David Freiburger and Steve Dulcich are back, and right away theyre getting into something that might upset you. Remember back in Episode 69 of HOT ROD Garage , when Tony Angelo and Lucky Costa revived the 1965 NHRA H-Class champion 56 Chevy 210? Well, Freiburger and Dulcich are capitalizing on all their hard work by swapping the solid body from Freiburgers 1956 Chevy onto the mint rolling chassis of the 1965 NHRA class winner. To be fair, the car that Tony and Lucky worked on wasnt completely original to begin with. The chassis was junk and the original 205-hp, 265-c.i. V8 was gone, with a random 350 put in its place. Tony and Lucky set out to bring back some of the original glory by returning the car to its 1965 class-winning spec with the help of shop manager, Calin Head. Restoring a 1956 Chevy 210 to NHRA H-Class Spec --> The 56 Chevy 210 Coupe that brothers Marlin and John Snyder campaigned in 1965 ran in the H/Stock class in NHRA. Running low 15s, the build was relatively mild but still a national champion, nonetheless. Just about everything had to remain stock in H-Class; the only real modifications allowed were rear gears and exhaust. Engines could be tuned within stock specs, but that wasnt much more than a four-barrel carburetor and a slightly hotter cam. Tony and Lucky found a 170-hp version of the 1956 265ci V8 from an old Chevy truck and set about building to it to the spec the Snyder brothers ran in 1965. They started with rebuilt heads, adding hardened valve seats so the engine could run on unleaded gas. They swapped the intake manifold from a two-barrel to a four-barrel, topping that with a period-correct and rebuilt Rochester 4GC carburetor. Next came a cam out of a 1960s 327, generally the same as the 265 cam but with a little more lift and durationa cheater cam. They finished off the build with white-painted long-tube headers and a fresh small-block Chevy red paintjob. Related: Inside Tony Angelos HOT ROD Garage 1972 Drift Cuda The HOT ROD Garage boys dropped the refreshed 265 between the rails of a freshly restored 1956 chassis, bolted a Saginaw three-speed manual to the of back it, and set out removing the championship-winning body from its junk chassis. Calin tried to remove some of the black paint to uncover its original 1965 racing livery, but over the years many of the panels were removed or repainted. Ultimately, Tony and Lucky were able to run 15.76 at 86.64 mph at Famoso Raceway on a 100-degree day. Adjusting for weight and temperatureTony and Luckys rebuild was about 300 pounds lighter, missing most of the interior and bumpersthose times were right in line with what the Snyder brothers were running in 1965. Whats most surprising is how reliable and consistent the 56 Chevy was, especially with Tony behind the wheel. He does have a reputation for breaking things. Prepping a Vintage Drag Racer for the Kingman Route 66 Street Drags Fast forward a little over a year, and now the old champion is in the hands of Freiburger and Dulcich. But what are they doing with it, and why? For the first time in 10 years, the Kingman Route 66 Street Drags are being held, and Freiburger and Dulcich want to run the period-correct racer on some period-correct tarmac. We mentioned earlier that some of you might be upset about Freiburger and Dulcich swapping the body of the Snyder brothers old race car in favor of a much more solid 56 Chevy body, but the reality is the old racer was practically junk. The original engine is long gone, the chassis was a rotted mess, and the body is equal parts patch panels and rust. Someone someday might restore the racer body to its original glory, but it definitely isnt going to be the Roadkill Garage team. After harvesting all the good interior bits from the black carsteering column, pedal assembly, dashboard, and so onFreiburger and Dulcich gave the new body a coat of rust-inhibiting paint inside. The new body has hardly any rust (for a Roadkill Garage car anyway) and the boys want to prevent any more from eating away at the car. Lets be real, this thing is going to spend the foreseeable future in Dulcichs backyard with the windows down exposed to all the elements. A new gas tank and fuel lines were installed; a new alternator replaced the old-school generator; and some new rear shocks were bolted on in an attempt to tame the wheel hopping issue. To complete the build, a sparkly new windshield was installed, and some new rolling stock was bolted onWheel Vintiques reproduction Tri-Five wheels with Coker Tire Pro Tracks in back and Cragar SS Unilugs with Coker reproduction BFG bias-plys up front. Now the boys are ready to haul this piece of nostalgia to run on the Mother Road! The post Body Swapping a 1956 Chevy 210 on Roadkill Garage appeared first on Hot Rod Network .

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