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My 56 Chevy and how I miss it.

1956 Chev 210 sedan, original.

I purchased my 1956 Chevrolet 210 sedan in April 1981 and sold it in November 1984. The car was originally from British Colombia, Canada and came to Ontario, Canada in the 1970's. British Columbia's kind weather to cars is what saved my 56 from the rust demon. The car was solid and original in all the usual rust spots for these cars. I did all the required mechanical work early on and then painted it white in 1982 and then added the red in 1983. I have always been an original accessory junkie with all my cars and this car was no exception. The car had a beautiful great running 235 in line six cylinder motor, so all I did there was rebuild the carb,do a compete tune up and all the detail work. The 56 came with a three speed stick on the tree and no power accessories. I drove and showed the 56 a lot and picked up a number of awards along the way. I decided in late 1984 that I wanted an original 57 Chev Bel Air hardtop, so I sold the 56 and bought a 57 shortly after. I have great memories of my 56 Chevy and yes I really do miss that gal. Cheers.


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Mario on Dec 29, 2020 said:

Great pictures of you 56 George! I always had a soft spot for the 56 Chevy. I took my road test in my Aunt's 56 Chevy and passed first time in 1964. I was high on the hog, as they say! I loved the sneaky way of adding gas to the 56 too. I pumped gas at a gas station for the summer and had to know all the tricks on different cars. Love your pictures. Is the blue the original color before painting it white? I like all your add-ons too. Cheers, Mario

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57timemachine on Dec 29, 2020 said:

Mario, that 56 was one tone blue originally but it would have been painted at one time before me, back in the 60's or 70's. This is the only Tri Five Chevy that I have ever owned that was one tone originally. The paint on the car was really good, looking back and I should have just added the white and made it two tone. I really had it bad for red and white two tone at the time, so I had to do it. Cheers.

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azmusclecar on Dec 29, 2020 said:

Ahhhhhhhh yes the old hidden gas tank filler neck location.

I worked pumping gas and yes you had to know your stuff back then, or look like a dork and have to ask the owner if the car actually uses gas or is it electric?

This would throw the owner off just a tad as they pondered that, afterall it did have a battery.

Who looks stupid now I ask??????????

Nevermind....the answer came to me...

Another great link by the Master Linker......

Awesome work our fine "young" poster with a past.

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57timemachine on Apr 16, 2021 said:

The concealed gas cap was brilliant, having it behind the tail light. GM lead in this idea in the 1950's starting with Cadillac. Personally I think the 56 Chev hidden gas cap is the best one. Cheers.

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