For someone who has been in the metalworking business for 47 years, it takes a lot to make a project challenging. That's why we knew we were in for something special when Guy Hansen of Villa Park, California, told us he decided to build a truck as a personal challenge. His company, A-W Engineering, has been producing precision metal parts and tools since 1965, so it's safe to say he knows a thing or two about metal. All this experience was focused on the 1956 Chevy truck you see here, and several years later, the result is astonishing.
Guy picked up the truck for $1,500 back in 1994, and soon began the teardown. His plan was to create an extended-cab model that the factory never offered, yet keep an OEM look—with a little custom flair, of course. So, the first step was to stretch the frame a full 15 inches to accommodate the larger cab. Once this was complete, a full 1986 Camaro front clip was welded in to update the front suspension. A Currie Ford 9-inch axle was sourced for the rear and supported by a four-link, and Gabriel coilovers were added to all four corners. Finally, a complete set of four-wheel disc brakes were fitted and topped off with classic 16- and 17-inch American Racing wheels and Toyo tires.
With the chassis handled, Guy applied his fabrication skill to creating a unique extended cab. Using two regular cabs, Guy sectioned and welded them together, carefully forming custom side windows to achieve his desired look. As if this wasn't enough, he also sectioned the hood to remove its center hump, widened the rear fenders 3 inches, and shaved the door handles. Guy even painted the truck himself, choosing a beautiful pairing of PPG Champagne and Raspberry pearl hues, on top of which pinstripes and gold leaf were added by DA Designs of Whittier, California.
Inside the newly formed extended cab, Elegance Interiors of Pomona, California, added upholstery that would rival the impressive exterior. A two-tone painted dash, red carpet, and custom center console tie in the exterior theme, and luxurious champagne leather with red piping and suede inserts adds a high-end feel. Lexus power seats and Vintage Air A/C bring this classic into the modern age, while tunes emanate from the new Pioneer stereo system. The extended cab's added real estate also allows for plenty of extra legroom and storage space.
When Guy set out to complete this project, he intended to challenge himself and create something that has been often attempted but never perfected—a classic, extended-cab Chevy pickup. Even with his substantial fabrication experience, it took him several years of hard work, but it's clear the stunning final product was worth the effort. Guy would like to thank the A-W Engineering team, Russ Bassett Corporation, Elegance Interiors, and his wife Nancy for their support on the project.
Inside the Build
Year Make Model:
1956 Chevrolet Pickup
Owner and City/State:
Guy Hansen • Villa Park, CA
Type: 1986 Camaro 305ci V-8
Induction: Polished aluminum intake plenum and runners
Exhaust: Jet-Hot coated Sanderson headers, custom 3-inch exhaust with MagnaFlow mufflers
Transmission: 700-R4 automatic, custom-fabricated extended two-piece driveshaft
Rearend: Currie Ford 9-inch with 3.40 gears and positraction
Front suspension: 1986 Camaro control arms and spindles, Gabriel coilovers with 3-inch lowering springs
Rear suspension: Gabriel coilovers, four-link
Brakes: Four-wheel disc
Wheels & Tires
Wheels: American Racing Torq Thrust II, 16x8-inch front and 17x9-inch rear
Tires: Toyo Versado LX
Champagne leather with red piping and smoothed and painted dash panels give the interior a
At first glance, this clean, classic pickup looks like it could have just rolled off the f
The same attention to detail was carried over to the engine bay, with a multitude of polis