Diane Callaway’s 1956 Chrysler New Yorker

Anyone that follows me knows that I have wanted a 5 window Pickup for a very long time and I still do. However, sometimes life just hands us something and we have to seize it. That is the case with this. It had an original Hemi motor in it that we are using for another project. The car is in really good shape and I just couldn’t cut it up for the motor. The guy I got it from gave me a 440 motor that was running for it. Right now we are at the stage of removing the Hemi. What is exciting for me about this whole project is that I should have it up and going in a very short time frame.

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This is how we found it. I am suppose to be getting the rest of the trim back.  The body is really straight.

 

I really like the lines of this car. It is much larger in person then I thought it would be when I first saw the pictures of it. It does have a lot of surface rust or rust coming through the original paint.

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This trunk is bigger then most insides of cars today. It is huge to the point it has multiple tires in it and still have tons of room. Awesome road trip in the making.

 

Most people want a two door to turn into any type of project. I prefer a two door but I want to build this for a long trip car. In that case a four door works. It has a wonderful leg room and is really set up for comfort. Most of the modern cars have so little leg room that even for someone like myself it is really uncomfortable to go anywhere distance wise.

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I am missing the grill I am suppose to be getting that in all the other trim that is missing. If not I will figure out something else to make it interesting.

The original hemi that is now out of the car. I have a 440 that is going into the car to replace this.

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Over all the car is in great shape. I will need to replace the oil pan on the new motor, an oil pump, and an extension for the oil pump. It needs a bit of sheet metal work inside. It needs the rocker panels redone and new floor pans. I am having the seats redone not sure how much that is going to cost but they smell awful and are missing some of the stuffing.  It will also needs suspension work which is over $500 just for that due to the age of the car and lack of choice of parts.  I also want to update the braking system due to the age of the car and we have much nicer systems available now. I will update this project as we make progress on it.

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