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Faux Barn Find 1956 Chevy 210 Drag Car

Scrapper’s Delight: Intentionally trashy looking, Andy and Debra Bond’s 210 is quite a treasure

Chris Shelton Aug 19, 2017
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What do you do when you’ve outdone yourself? It’s a real problem for some of us. Andy Bond certainly found himself in that position. A series of builds, each increasingly nicer than the last, produced a hard act to follow—an immaculate 1955 210 sedan. So a noteworthy follow-up was well-nigh impossible.

But then it struck him: Why not build the worst of show, give it 2,500 bhp, and drive it on the road?

The opportunity arose in the shape of an already derelict 1956 210 sedan. “It was a tired old U.K. street racer that had been laid up in Scotland for a few years,” says the motor salvage broker (he buys and sells used-car parts). “A rolling shell battle-scarred by a few hard-earned trophies,” he adds.

1956 Chevy Faux Patina Drag Car Driving 2/67

He delivered the hulk to Martin “Brain” Kerr at Tubeworks Custom Fabrication in Cheltenham (in England, for future references). There, the chassis got updated from SFI Spec 25.1 to 25.3—all 4130-series tubing.

He delivered a fat-block to ICE Automotive in Silverstone. Nick Davies and Rob Loaring poked and stroked it to 650 ci. A 4.675-inch-stroke Bryant crank swings Oliver rods and 4.75-inch-bore ICE Automotive pistons. An ICE Automotive billet roller camshaft and Jesel rockers pop the valves in a set of Brodix cylinder heads.

Tubeworks’ 304-series stainless headers with Burns merged collectors feed a pair of Precision Turbo 88mm turbochargers. They, in turn, feed a Hogan’s Racing manifold modified by ICE Automotive. A MoTeC M1 ECU throws precisely timed amounts of fuel and spark at the whole mess to make gobs of power.

1956 Chevy Faux Patina Drag Car Engine 3/67
1956 Chevy Faux Patina Drag Car Engine View 4/67

Those gobs go through a ProTorque torque converter into a Rossler Turbo-Glide (a two-speed TH400). Greater amounts of those gobs go to a Mark Williams modular axle by way of a Mark Williams driveshaft modified by Tubeworks. That rear axle houses a Strange Engineering aluminum 9-inch case, which mounts a 3:1 gear on a 35-spline limited-slip carrier and Strange axleshafts. The housing mounts to the chassis by way of a bolt-on four-link with an antiroll bar and a sliding-mount Panhard bar.

The front suspension consists of a modified Strange Engineering GT MacPherson strut kit with rack-and-pinion steering. The brakes at both ends match: Strange Engineering rotors and four-piston calipers. The Pirelli P3000 tires up front measure 175/65R15 on 15x4 Weld wheels and the rears are Hoosier Quick Time 33x22.5-15s on 15x12 Welds.

1956 Chevy Faux Patina Drag Car Grille 5/67
1956 Chevy Faux Patina Drag Car Tail 6/67

As impressive as it seems, that kit pretty much gets outshined by the exterior finish. Nick Williams at OCS Paint in Northamptonshire built up a foundation from bare steel and composites and applied the white and Daytona Yellow pigment. Then Neil and Jacob Melliard at Prosign did the graphics.

The pattern suggests otherwise but there’s hardly anything tattered about that body. In fact, all that remains of the original parts is the roof, quarters, and bulkhead. DRE Racecar Composites built the nose, doors, and two-piece trunk from carbon fiber. Tubeworks handmade the aluminum grille insert and the rear bumper. Marguard made the polycarbonate windows.

1956 Chevy Faux Patina Drag Car Interior 7/67
1956 Chevy Faux Patina Drag Car Shifter 8/67

Following the race car philosophy, the interior is sparse: a MoTeC C127 data logging display, JAZ aluminum seats, a MOMO wheel on a Strange Engineering quick-release hub, and an 8-track. An 8-track that perpetually plays Chuck Berry, according to Andy.

It’s rusty. It’s crusty. But Andy and Debra Bond’s ’56 may well be the worst of show. But at the same time, it might be well-nigh impossible to beat. Whatever the case, Andy’s kinda painted himself into a corner if he expects to top this.

1956 Chevy Faux Patina Drag Car Rear 9/67

Tech Check
Owner Andy and Debra Bond, Swindon, U.K.
Vehicle 1956 210 sedan
Engine
Type Big-block Chevrolet
Builder ICE Automotive (Silverstone, U.K.)
Displacement 650 ci
Bore 4.750 inches
Stroke 4.675 inches
Cylinder Heads Brodix
Rotating Assembly Bryant crankshaft, Oliver connecting rods, ICE Automotive pistons
Valvetrain ICE Automotive billet roller camshaft, Jesel rockers
Induction Precision Turbo 88mm turbochargers, MoTeC M1 ECU, Hogan’s Racing manifold modified by ICE Automotive, air-to-water intercooler
Exhaust Tubeworks 304-series stainless headers with Burns merged collectors, 5-inch exhaust with Borla mufflers
Output 2,500 bhp
Drivetrain
Transmission Rossler Turbo-Glide
Rear Axle Mark Williams modular axle with Strange aluminum 9-inch case, 3:1 gear ratio, limited-slip carrier, 35-spline Strange axles
Chassis
Front Suspension Modified Strange Engineering GT MacPherson struts
Steering Strange Engineering rack-and-pinion
Rear Suspension Bolt-on four-link, antiroll bar, sliding-mount Panhard bar
Brakes Strange Engineering rotors and four-piston calipers
Wheels & Tires
Wheels Weld 15x4 front, 15x12 rear double-beadlock
Tires Pirelli P3000 175/65 front, Hoosier Quick Time 33x22.5 rear
Interior
Seats JAZ Products aluminum
Instrumentation MoTeC C127 data logging display
Steering Wheel MOMO
Steering Column Tubeworks with Strange Engineering quick-release hub
Shifter Hurst Quarter Stick
Exterior
Body Chevrolet roof, quarters, and bulkhead; DRE Racecar Composites nose, doors, and two-piece trunk
Body Prep and Paint Nick Williams, OCS Paint (Northamptonshire, U.K.)
Paint White and Daytona Yellow
Graphics Neil and Jacob Melliard at Prosign

Photos by Matt Woods

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