Larry located a '57 Ford 312 Y-block engine that was bored .030 over. Desiring to keep things simple, he added an Edelbrock 600 carburetor and Pertronix distributor along with a pair of Y-block ram horn headers he'd found at a swap meet. Thunderbird aluminum valve covers and a Cal-Custom air cleaner give the engine the necessary sparkle, with a little help from a Powermaster alternator.
A Ford C-4 transmission of '83 vintage was bolted to the engine, only after they finally found a Flat-O-Mastic Y-block-to-C-4 adapter. A Lokar shifter was installed, and Cook Brothers in nearby Horseheads was called upon to shorten the original driveshaft. Larry bought a complete Mustang II front suspension from Fatman Fabrications, which got the front of the truck down where it belongs, a drop of 8 inches. Monroe shocks soften the ride, and brakes consist of 11-inch rotors and GM calipers.
While he was under the truck, Larry brought the back of it down 6 inches by flipping the rear axle, installing 1 1/2-inch adjustable mounts for the front section of the rear springs, and C'ing the frame. He added a sway bar to stabilize the ride and found a set of gears for the '59 rearend for boulevard cruising without being harsh on the budget.
The rolling stock consists of Wheel Vintiques steelies powdercoated black, 15x6 fore and 15x8 aft, wrapped with BFG Classic Coker wide whitewalls. Tire sizes are 225/70Rx15 up front and 255/70Rx15 out back.
All that remained to be done was having the front bumper chromed by Sandy's Bumper Mart in Syracuse, New York, and stretching a tonneau cover across the bed. Soon Larry had the truck back on the streets, enjoying the sound from the dual exhaust he added at Steve's Lifetime Muffler in Elmira.
Larry credits his wife, Cathy, and his friends Mike Ames, Bob Baker, and Charlie Quick with making the rebuild possible. We liked the little hauler so much that it garnered one of our Top 10 Picks at the Goodguys '06 show in Hershey, Pennsylvania.