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Old 06-02-07, 09:20AM   #1
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Default 56 4 dr ht

Recently acquired a 56 Cheftan 4 dr ht. The car needs a lot of work but runs and drives OK and the body if very good. It has a stock 316 with 4 bl. and Hydra-Matic transmission. Looking for parts to restore the car so if you have anything let me know.
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Old 06-03-07, 12:45AM   #2
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Nice car. May want to post up some ads in the forum here for your year of car too.
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Old 06-03-07, 12:45AM   #3
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Nice project! I've always felt that 4-door hardtops were under-appreciated. I like 'em- the style of a hardtop, with the convenience of four doors.
I've seen the '56 316 (actually 316.6 rounds up to 317) sometimes referred to as a 322. I haven't personally ever measured the bore and stroke of a '56. If you ever have your engine apart, I'd be curious to see what the bore and stroke actually measure.
The 4-bbl 316 had a fairly healthy power rating of (I think) 227 HP (except with low-compression heads, stamped 'L' by the engine number)- certainly not 'wimpy' for 1956!
Any particular parts you're looking for?
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Old 06-03-07, 08:42AM   #4
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Yes, need front fender chrome, all dash knobs and lighter knob, window rollers, esp. vent handles (white knobs all around). Spending a lot of time researching and getting literature on the car. I'm suprised that Pontiac had a larger V8 than Chevy, and with a 4 bl, also 2-4 available.
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