Back in 1997 Ron and Bessi Mentzer's '56 Chevy showed up as the subject in a Garage Scene story run in CLASSIC TRUCKS. At the time it was under construction and Ron had stressed that the project was a long-term, free time undertaking. Well, 13 years later he's stayed true to his word and sent us a few shots of his finally completed homebuilt Chevy.

Ron powered the pickup with a 350/350 combo backed by a 3.08:1 GM 10-bolt rear. The small-block has been outfitted with an Edelbrock intake and 600-cfm carb. Chassis-wise Ron installed a front clip donated by a '67 Chevelle and also adapted a pair of 42-inch ladder bars off an old sprint car and fabricated a homemade Watts linkage to hold the aforementioned 10-bolt rearend in place.

Ron also performed the Chevy's cockpit makeover-the original bench was replaced with a pair of bucket seats and was treated to multiple yards of Bow Tie upholstery and charcoal carpeting. The bed wood work is his design and handiwork as well.

It's always nice to see a project come together, and we're happy the Mentzers remembered their promise to show us the finished product.

If you have a Classic Cruiser and want to see it here, email at least six high-resolution photos and background info to jim.rizzo@sorc.com, or mail prints to: Classic Trucks, Attn: Jim Rizzo, 1733 Alton Pkwy. Ste. 100, Irvine, CA 92606.