In last month's issue of Truckin', we introduced you to Joey Palumbo and his dad Jim in the story Building One For Dad Part 1. The two have shared an inseparable father/son relationship over the years and Joey, now 39 years old, thought it was time to show his appreciation and love for everything his dad has done for him. Jim and Joey started a father and son project together when Joey was a teenager in high school. Their dream was to build a '56 Chevy pickup together, but unfortunately the project lost traction and was never finished. The truck was stored in Las Vegas, where it sat neglected for years. Joey reclaimed it and towed it back to the ranch where it was entombed under a tarp for five years. Finally, it was pulled out from mothballs and Joey was determined to finish it and present it to his dad on his 64th birthday.
The truck was trailered to Muscle Road in Madera, California, where Dennis Patterson and crew tore the truck completely apart and started from scratch. The frame was stripped, boxed, media blasted, and painted. They were determined to finish what Joey and his dad weren't able to complete.
Last month's issue we covered the foundation portion of the build as Jacquez Arturo, Joey, and Dennis performed the final assembly of the Heidts front crossmember, front and rear suspension, Currie rearend, and Wilwood disc brakes to the original boxed frame.
This issue, we followed along as the '56 Chevy big window was completed just in time to be unveiled as the best birthday present this son could give his dad.
Turn Key Engines in Oceanside, California, built this potent Chevrolet LS6 5.7L engine tha
Jacquez used a 3/8-inch ratchet, extension, and 10mm socket to secure the coil packs.
After the mighty LS6 engine was dressed with a pair of Doug's headers and a Turn Key polis
The original '56 cab was in fairly good condition and after some minor body work it was gi
After a few serious block-sanding sessions, the cab was flawless. It was then prepped, and
The reworked, prepped, and painted bed was located on the framerails.
Mar-K white oak wooden bed planks were given many coats of clear and sanded between each c
A pair of new bedside steps were mounted to the support brackets.
The original reworked rear fenders were mounted to the bedsides.
After the Super Soft windshield weather striping was incased around the windshield glass,
The LS6 engine's fuel, A/C, lines, throttle cables, and electrical wires were all run and
Dynamat was laid over the cab floor to eliminate most of the road and engine noise and to
After the Dynamat and Auto Custom Carpet tan carpet was laid, the audio sound system was i
A custom split-back bench seat was designed and constructed by the Muscle Road interior sh
A Valor head unit with seven-inch monitor was carefully slid into the dash.
Autometer Pro-Comp series silver face gauges displayed continuous engine vital signs.
Almost complete, all that was needed was the hood, rear big window glass, tailgate, wheels
A set of KMC Nova wheels, 20x8-inch front and 20x10-inch rear were wrapped in correspondin
Finally, the rubber met the ground.
Underneath was just as impressive as the upper portion of this early-model masterpiece. Mu
After six months, the '56 Chevy was ready for its maiden voyage.
Your Questions Answered
Time Spent Working: Six Months
Assortment of hand and pneumatic tools, MIG welder, paint booth, paint gun, jackstands, sanding block, disc sander, DA, electrical wire stripers, crimping pliers, Phillips and straight screwdrivers.
Electric Life Power side one-piece window kit $328.00
Brothers One-piece side glass clear kit $598.00
Soff Seal Inc. Weather striping for doors and windows $145.00
Gibson Exhaust Exhaust tips $53.00
Gaylords Tonneau cover $1,100.00
Mar-K White oak bed floor kit $580.00
Vintage Air Air conditioning unit $1,200.00
Muscle Road Aluminum three-row radiator $239.00
Auto Custom Carpet Cut-pile carpet $225.00
Valor Audio Head unit 7-inch monitor $350.00
Fresno Driveline Steel Driveshaft $300.00
Dynamat Sound and thermal barrier material $310.00
Turn Key Engines Chevrolet LS6 engine with serpentine billet aluminum pulleys, Doug's headers, and 4L60E transmission package $12,400.00
Dupont Automotive Paint Basecoat B9031 Electric Currant $715.00, Primer 4904 $65.00, Sealer 2800 $180.00, Clear 2400S $450.00
Autometer Pro Comp Series silver face gauges: Tach 5-inch $140.00, Speedo 5-inch $220.00, Volts $48.00, Fuel $44.00, Water temp $53.00
Classic Industries Grille $289.00, Front bumper $135.00, Rear bumper $135.00, Door handles $65.00, Headlight assembly kit $180.00, Headlight bezels $85.00, Taillights $80.00, Windshield $180.00
Flaming River Polished stainless steel tilt steering column $769.00, Power steering rack $859.00
Nitto Tires Nitto 420 255/40R20 front $185.00 (Each), Nitto 420 295/30R22 rear $256.00 (Each)
KMC Wheels Nova 20x8-inch front, $337.00 (Each), Nova 22x10-inch rear, $419.00 (Each)
Flowmaster Exhaust Universal kit PN 15936 2-1/2-inch 40-series mufflers $275.00
(not including shipping, tax or labor)