When you think of a family project vehicle, most of us would assume that it's a father/son venture. However, we fail to realize that girls are into trucks too. I have to admit that a father/daughter build is unfamiliar because we don't hear about it often. Then I thought to myself, does it really matter who or what you are? Building an old pickup is cool! This raises the question of why we don't see more women building old trucks? What do you think happened when all the young men were shipped off during World War II? That's right, women took over the heavy lifting and did really well.
At the time, 13-year-old Rheanna Lumpert's dream was to own and drive a cool truck, but she wasn't old enough to drive. Rheanna could only fantasize about driving a classic pickup because, by herself, she didn't have the resources to make her dream a reality. Mario Lumpert, Rheanna's father, thought what better way to bring his daughter's dream alive than start a project truck with her.
So on her fourteenth birthday, Rheanna got the truck that you see here. That same day Rheanna's friends signed the truck with a permanent marker and got to pretend they were driving it in the backyard. The next morning the truck was stripped to the frame and the process began. Of course the truck was crude in appearance, but both Rheanna and Mario saw the diamond in the rough.
For the next three years Rheanna and her dad moved forward, but like any project, the thought of selling was very temping. See, Rheanna is in high school and the truck was not her only focus. Homework, softball, and plans for medical school were always on her mind. So to say that she has loads of time on her hands would be completely inaccurate. So when she could spend some time away from homework she would work on the truck, doing things like removing the gas tank, cleaning the framerails, and vacuuming out all the junk.
Today the truck is complete and driven to local car shows and cruise nights in the Scottsdale area. Rheanna is about to graduate high school and has her whole future ahead of her and hopefully the '56 will bring a highway full of memories. This truck goes to show that if you are a dad, grandfather, mother, grandmother, or child who gets involved with building a project, who knows - it might build a relationship that'll outlast the vehicle.
"Today the truck is complete and driven to local car shows and cruise nights in the Scottsdale area."
Rearend / Ratio: Chevy Trailblazer / 3.23 gears
Rear suspension: flipped springs
Rear brakes: Trailblazer disc
Front suspension: TCI Mustang II
Front brakes: TCI disc
Steering box: rack-and-pinion
Front wheels: Boss 338, 18x9.5
Rear wheels: Boss 338, 18x9.5
Front tires: BFGoodrich G-Force 225/45R-18
Rear tires: BFGoodrich G-Force 255/45R-18
Gas tank: under bed
Engine: Chevy 350
Heads: Edelbrock Performer RPM
Valve covers: Chevy Performance
Manifold: Edelbrock Performer RPM
Ignition: MSD, ready to run
Headers: Hedman 21/4-inch
Exhaust / Mufflers: Kirk Brown custom 21/4-inch / Magnaflow
Transmission: Chevy 700-R4
Style: '56 Chevy Stepside
Fenders front: stock
Grille: Brothers Trucks
Bed: Birdseye Maple made by Mario Lumpert
Bodywork and paint by: Mark Metz of Phoenix, AZ
Paint type / Color: House of Kolor / Metallic Candy Apple Red
Headlights / Taillights: stock
Outside mirrors: stock
Air conditioning: Vintage Air
Steering wheel: ididit, covered with Birds Eye Maple
Steering column: ididit
Seats: bench covered in leather
Upholstery by: The Interior Shop of Phoenix, AZ
Material / Color: leather / buckskin
Carpet: Mercedes Black