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A Chopped ’56 Star Chief

Was browsing around for cool cars like I normally do, and looked around for some shots ofcustomized star chiefs.  Since I think I’m restoring a fairly rare car, its interesting to see what other people have done with them.  I came across this heavily modified and chopped ’56 Star Chief.  Gave me some ideas for possible mods to my ride down the line.  I don’t like the looks of super heavily chopped cars, sometimes they go so far overboard you can’t see through the mail-slit window – but these guys seemed to do a pretty good job getting it right.  What do you think?

They did some pretty cool stuff with the bumpers painted black.  I know guys typically go with stripping the chrome from these things, but the cool thing about the Star Chief is the dual chrome strips running down the hood.  One of the few things that sets them apart from the ’56 Bel Air.

Check out the attached .pdf file from the ebay auction when this thing was sold.  They got rid of it for $4k!  Damn – that chop alone probably would have cost a couple grand to have done, and its got a decent engine in it too.

(Click on the link below to open the .pdf)


Some Scallops on the Chief

I went by SDRC yesterday and took a few pics of the Chief in the paint booth.  They were starting to lay out the scallops…this thing is going to look awesome!  It should be done on monday, I can’t wait to see the finished product.

Slideshow Here:

More Pics Here:



From 1956 Pontiac Star Chief
From 1956 Pontiac Star Chief
From 1956 Pontiac Star Chief
From 1956 Pontiac Star Chief

White Wallz

With my ’56 hopefully out of the paint shop next week, I have been searching for some 3″ wide white walls to add to the Chief.  Its going to have a matte hot-rod black base paint job with red scallops down the sides.  I decided to keep all the chrome trim on, which is not typical for hot/rat rod type cars, but I love all the chrome on there and can’t imagine her without it.  I think its going to turn out great!

Anyway, its got some radial 225/75 R15’s on there right now with the small 1/2″ white stripe.  I want this thing to look like a classic cruiser, so I have been checking around for some bigger whites, and I wanted bias ply tires so it looks original.  I found a couple sets on Craigslist, one guy up in the Bay Area, and another up in Oregon.  The guy in Norcal had a brand new, never mounted set of 3″ white walls, BFGoodrich Silvertown 820-15’s.  He offered to sell them to me for $465 shipped.  I almost went on that deal, but decided to check on the set in Oregon first.  They are re-treaded Firestone Bias Ply 820-15’s.  Never been mounted since they were retreaded.  This guy offered to ship them to me for $225 out the door.  I ended up going with this deal, they looked decent in the pics, and I don’t drive the car all that often, so I don’t care if they are slightly used.  Apparently it is quite common to re-tread bias ply tires, but you can’t do it on radials.



I know they will fit my stock 15″ wheels that are still on the car, but I posted up on the HAMB

and have had some responses that people think they may be a little big, and will rub when turning.  Apparently the car originally had 710-15’s, so these 820’s are about 2″ taller than the stock ones.  Since the car isn’t lowered (yet), I’m pretty sure they will fit in there, the wheel wells are huge.  I just hope there isn’t any problems with rubbing.  We’ll see, and regardless, for the price I got these bad boys, I’m sure I could throw them back up on CL and sell them if they won’t fit.  A new set of these tires run $930, so this is a hell of a deal.

More pictures and updates when I have em!


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