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Danchuk Manufacturing 1956 Chevy - Birth Of A '56

Part IV: Brick By Brick

By Dakota Wentz

Brick by brick, my citizens, brick by brick."

Just as Rome was not built in a day, neither was the Danchuk '56, which explains why we're already on Part Four! We're rounding down the homestretch. What started as a decent '56 Chevy has been transformed into a restoration with all the T's crossed and I's dotted. If you remember in the beginning, Danchuk took their showroom/R&D '56 drop-top and blew it apart. Then, they took it to Huntington Beach Bodyworks and had Rich and Willie metal-finish the body (Danchuk even flew Willie in from New Zealand). HBB then went on to paint the '56 Tropical Turquoise and India Ivory. While the sheetmetal was at one shop, the engine and trans were sent up north to Chuck Smith Performance Services, where they received the royal treatment. As for the chassis, Danchuk did an in-house job on restoring it.

With each task finished, all that is left to do is drive it home. The body and body parts are at HBB, where they have just been finished being rubbed out and are ready to be put on. Danchuk figured it would be easier to bring the rolling chassis with motor and trans to HBB than to transport the pieces 30 miles to their place of business. With the van loaded up with the chassis and several employees ready to work, they headed out to piece the car together. Once at HBB, the Danchuk crew teamed up with the HBB crew and took the time to build the '56, brick by brick. The team finished everything but the interior and wiring. Once the '56 was pieced back together, Danchuk loaded it up and took off. Back at the homebase, Danhuck is going to wire the car and finish up any minor details. The '56 will then undergo one more operation when the interior and convertible top are installed.

SOURCES
Danchuk
3201 South Standard Avenue
Santa Ana
CA  92705
800-648-9554
http://www.danchuk.com
By Dakota Wentz
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