How often have you heard the line, “I’m just going to fix a couple of things and leave it a driver,” followed by too much time and money later with, “Well, one thing led to the next, and it got carried away!” That was Bob Cummings of West Richland, Washington, with this ’56 GMC. Bob bought the pickup, drove it home, got out the air tools to fix a couple of things, and after 12 years it is finally back on the road.
Bob got a good start on the mechanicals, which ended up as a Camaro clip with Heidts’ narrowed control arms and RideTech ShockWaves up front. Out back he installed a 9-inch via a four-bar setup along with a pair of airbags. With the chassis handled, the driveline was the next step. Bob chose a GM Performance 502-cube Tri-power–equipped big-block backed by a hefty TH400.
Next came a couple of body mods, like rounding the door corners and shaving the driprails, just like he’d seen in an old Classic Trucks tech article, but soon realized that he was in a bit over his skill level and needed help. To make a long story short, Riley Morris and the three other 20-somethings at Rocket’s Hot Rod Garage in Sunnyside finished making the thing pretty, including the highly modified ’91 Chevy Sportside bed (another one of Bob’s bright ideas that ended up being major work). Finally, in spite of his help, the boys got him on the road this past summer. CT
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