"The Hot Rod"

1956 Chevy Shortbox


The "Hot Rod" project got it's start from these two trucks. Parts from each of them will be combined to get the desired results. The first one is a 56 3100. The second one is a 55 Cameo.


I started by grafting a Volare torsion bar suspension to the frame. I installed a 9" Ford rear end. The leaf springs are from a 1960 T-Bird. I mounted them directly under the frame rails to allow more room for wide tires. I also installed a Master Power frame mounted power brake setup.


All of the body parts were media blasted to remove the several layers of paint.


I put my 57 body on the "Hot Rod" frame to exersize the Gremlins from the chassis work as I continued body work on the 56 body that I am using. This picture is from my "shakedown" cruise to the 1998 Goodguys Heartland Nationals



Here is the current status of the "Hot Rod"

283 High Performance engine, 350 THM tranny with shift kit, 9" Ford rear with 3.25 gears, Frame mounted power brakes, Smoothed front bumper, Smoothed firewall, Smoothed dash, Dakota Digital dash, Lokar shifter, Tilt/telescoping steering column with LeCarra wheel, Twin spot lights.

The story of the Rose Trailerette Single Caster Wheel Trailer

The Rose Trailerette was manufactured by Frank Rose Mfg. of Hastings, NE in the 1930's and early 1940's. Many were sold by mail order via the Montgomery Wards Catalog. Production of this trailer was discontinued when the plant switched over for war production during World War 2.

The early Trailerette featured a single caster wheel. Model A hardware was used for the door handle and tail lights. The original hitches were U shaped and attatched directly to the rear bumper of the tow vehicle. Some later models featured a plastic bubble style cover.

Future modifications to include:

Restified Cameo bed, Halibrand wheels, Interior upholstery-seat/headliner/door panels. Etc..........


Feel free to contact me with comments or suggestions.

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