Riz, I am building a “classic” hot rod from a ’56 Chevrolet 1/2-ton. I am putting in a ’66 327 and ’67 Muncie M-22 four-speed. Do you have a recommendation on motor mounts? I am keeping the original frame, front axle, steering, and braking components. I do not plan on cutting the transmission hole larger for the shift linkage to fit but will design an adapter to move the linkage forward unless you know of someone who has marketed one. This truck will be similar to one I fell in love with when I was a young boy. One of the local hot rodders lived up the street and built one that I hope to re-create. Thanks for your response. The truck still had the original AM radio in it. What a find.

Gregory S. Du Val

Hi Greg, Sounds like a cool project! I just happened to use a pair of Speedway Motors engine mounts in my ’57 and they worked out perfectly, and I’m sure they’d work for you too! The Speedway part number is 7204771. It’s a bolt-in mount kit and comes with everything you’ll need. You can see/order it at www.speedwaymotors.com/chevy-to-1955-1959-Chevy-Pickup-Motor-Mounts,8473.html. RIZ

Mr. Rizzo, I just want to tell you that I’m one of the people that are thankful that you look past the flaws of some of our pride and joys, and still put them in your book. I know each one of us probably wishes we could have all the Extra money to make our cars to Perfection, but especially in today’s economy we know that 99-percent of us don’t have that kind of cash. So thank you for show-casing some of the less perfect ones.

I have recently been blessed to purchase my Grandfathers ’54 Chevy pickup. It has been in the family for at least 45 years. When I found out that neither one of my Uncles were interested in the truck, I couldn’t stand the thought of my Pompo selling it to a stranger. I know the truck is very nice, and I plan to do work on it little by little, but my wife and I just had our first child shortly after the truck came off the transporter (from Cheyenne, WY) and I have not been able to spend the time or money perfecting it like some in the article would like! My Pompo is 74 and still going strong, I don’t know if I will ever get the truck to be as good as some would like, but the fact that you put imperfect rides in the magazine from time to time gives me hope that my Pompo might be able to see HIS truck in your magazine someday.

One last thing before I sign off, I live in Riverside County, and I am looking for a place I can trust and afford to chrome the grill on mine and my Pompo’s ’54. Do you have any recommendations that are close by?

Bernie J. Balland
Riverside CA

Hi Bernie! Thanks for taking the time to drop me a line! I’m really excited for you, I know you’re gonna have a ball both wrenchin’ and driving Pompo’s / your pickup. If you’re ever out cruising in South Riverside county, gimme a shout, it’d be great to get a chance to meet ya and see your ’54 in person! To be honest, these days it’d be a heck of a lot cheaper to buy a new replacement chromed grille than to have the original redone. Check out some of our advertiser’s websites, you’ll be surprised at how affordable new grilles can be. RIZ