Rod & Custom Feature Car
Dave White
Plainville, Connecticut
'56 Pontiac Safari

The 51-year-old frame has been treated to some nice upgrades, starting with a Fatman Fabrications IFS, which brings the nose down 5 inches. Rear springs from Eaton Detroit Spring drop the rear 4 inches. Rack-and-pinion steering was added and the stock brakes were replaced with discs. The rearend is a 12-bolt from a '71 Chevy, spinning 3.08:1 gears with Positraction.

A stock '91 Corvette TPI small-block is right at home under the hood. Dave runs the stock exhaust headers, feeding into a pair of Flowmaster mufflers, and exiting through side pipes. He added a B&M converter with 1,800-rpm stall speed to the TH350 automatic, operated by a Lokar shifter.

Wheels & Tires
BFGoodrich whitewall radials, measuring P255/70R15 and 225/70R15, roll on 15x7 and 15x6 steelies, dressed up with single-bar Hollywood flipper discs.

Body & Paint
The stock Pontiacs were loaded with chrome. David retained the forward side trim, hood strips, rear fender strips and tailgate pieces, headlight eyebrows, and all top trim, removing what was left of the rest. The gargantuan front bumper and grille piece was replaced with '54 Corvette grille teeth, turn signals from a Harley, and modified '55 Chevy bumpers-all of which radically cleans up the front of the car. The headlights were replaced with frenched tri-bars and the clunky stock taillights were swapped for '59 Caddy lights. A '55 Pontiac rear bumper was flipped and split. Bob Balkow repaired the rusted sheetmetal and radiused the rear wheelwells to show off the whitewalls. Rick Tennan applied the two-tone paint in the booth at Kenny's Auto Body, shooting PPG '04 Jaguar Radience Red with Vanilla Shake off-white on the top.

Walt at A1 Upholstery (Stratford, Connecticut) covered the split bench front seat, rear bench, and door panels in beige Leatherette. The center of the dash was filled and now houses a Classic Instruments speedometer, matched by a full range of other CI gauges. The Billet Specialites steering wheel turns on an '87 Chevy tilt column. Lokar provided the shifter and pedals. A/C is from Vintage Air. A Panasonic AM/FM/CD changer hidden under the rear seat is controlled remotely.