The '56 was originally a New Mexico government work truck so there was a lot of rust that needed to be removed, mostly on the underside. Starting with a stock frame notched out, the truck was ready for the build. Kevin wanted more power so he decided to toss in a Ram Jet 350 crate motor, which he then had machined and built by Absolute Speed & Performance in Parker. Now with more power underhood, it was decided that a 700-R4 tranny would be a perfect counterpart to the nice, new small-block. But you can't utilize all the power without a good suspension to keep that baby on the road, so they decided to go with a Total Cost Involved IFS with lowering springs while running a Ford 9-inch with Ridetech adjustable air suspension for the rearend to complete the subtle hot rod stance. To further enhance the truck's look Kevin went with a custom set of Goodfellas wheels running 18x8s up front and 20x10s in the rear, all wrapped in a nice set of Falken FK452s. Muffler Time of Camarillo also got into the mix with this truck by adding their custom-built exhaust, which I must say, sounds terrific.
Not wanting to go too flashy with the paint, Kevin went with a Dark Burnt Orange for the top with a Pearl White lower half, brought together with subtle burgundy graphics mixed throughout. Oak was then brought in and used to bring the bed up to snuff-and did the job quite well. Shaving the tailgate and adding a pair of '39 Ford taillights were just some of the tricks done by Alex and Javier Garcia. With the paint and body finished and looking pristine, the interior was treated to a complete overhaul. Kevin went with a leather and suede combo in the colors camel and tan. The dash was shaved and painted to match the exterior and the door panels were fabricated to create that one-of-a-kind look Kevin was after. There was no way he was going with the stock radio so he had a custom console made to hold his Pioneer stereo system. Sounding off the beats are two 61/2 three-way speakers and two 6x9 speakers backed up by two Planet Audio 10-inch subs (each in its own custom box) powered by a JL Audio power amplifier. Kevin loves his music as you can probably tell, and he definitely lets everyone else know as he drives by jammin' out.
"I constantly either flew out there or bugged Mike everyday by phone asking for pictures" Kevin says. Mike had to keep reminding him that these builds take time! After a few new gray hairs (for the both of them) Kevin got his truck back and couldn't have been happier. Kevin says if he were to do something different it would be to have it built closer to home and maybe even toss a bigger motor in it, but it turned out great no matter what. He says just seeing the looks on people's face is the best part of this build. "Well that and my grandson going nuts over it, and saying he can't wait to take this hot ride over in about 18 years!" It's a fine, fine piece of work Kevin; be proud, enjoy it, and always have fun with it!
1956 Chevy 3100