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1956 Chevy 210 Handyman - Chuck Wagon

Chevrolet put this 1956 Handyman Wagon on the Road. Chuck Miller’s Love for it Keeps Bringing it Back.

Just the Facts
Year: 1956
Make: Chevrolet
Model: 210 Handyman
Owner: Chuck Miller
State: Washington

Chuck Miller's 1956 Chevrolet Handyman isn't his first love but it's probably pretty damn close to it. "I first saw it at a Portland swap meet in April 1979," he begins. He tied the knot with it that November. "I used this car as a daily driver for 12 years."

But something happened on the way to the latest spray booth. Though it never went back together quite the same way as it came apart the car always got the same white and green colors The General deemed fit for it the first time around. This time Chuck took the opportunity to change the car's entire character.

It looks slicker but the body remains pretty faithful to stock. Larry Foss in Montesano nosed the hood, modified the hood bird, and shaved the door handles, antenna, and exterior mirrors. He shot the body in its latest PPG Concept series hues. Oregon Plating in Portland freshened up the brightwork.

The car earned its colors according to what's beneath its skin. Over the years Chuck raised the wagon's status by a succession of engines, each bigger than the last. This time Jim Andrew in Castle Rock, Washington, machined a 454 and Longview's Terry Major built it as a 468. Lee's Transmission in Kelso built the TH400 and a Gear Vendors overdrive hung from it transforms the rather low 3.55:1 screw into a more big-blockfriendly 2.8:1 when the need arises. The limited-slip carrier transmits power through Summers Brothers' 31-spline shafts.

When Chuck stepped up to the 9-inch axle he also adopted a four-link rear suspension. The front suspension consists of 2-inch dropped spindles, tubular control arms, and a modified Saginaw 605-series steering box. RideTech ShockWave air spring dampers suspend the car and 11-inch-diameter Wilwood rotors and four-pot calipers stop it. Chuck's bladder will probably fill up well before the 22-gallon stainless fuel tank runs out.

Anticipating more long-distance treks, Chuck specified a Vintage Air climate-control system. Longview's Jeff Shelton trimmed the cabin in Morbern Allant leatherette and Daytona-weave carpet but not before Kelso's Dale King wired the car and Kevin Truedson installed the audio gear.

So did Chuck Miller achieve perfection with this most recent rebuild? So far he's pretty damn happy with it. At the very least we can't imagine how we could make it any better, at least better by rational means.

But then again most of us don't know what it's like to spend 35 years with anything, much less a car. Not even 22 percent of all marriages last that long after all. So even if Chuck can't call his wagon his first love he can certainly call it a lasting one. And we've been known to do some pretty crazy things in the name of love. Sharing one's retirement fund with a car certainly qualifies—and we can certainly identify with that.

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1957 Chevrolet Two-Ten Handyman Station Wagon 265 V-8 Turbo-Fire ( © GM Corp. CC-BY 3.0)

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1956 Chevrolet Handyman Custom Wagon

  • Engine
    350/430 HP
  • Trans
    Automatic
  • Color
    Red
  • Interior
    Black

Estimate

$100,000 - $150,000

Highlights

  • Featured in August 2005 issue of Street Rodder
  • Custom rotisserie build completed by Randy's Body Shop in Paducah, Kentucky
  • Body was acid-dipped
  • Custom firewall and inner fenders
  • Custom one-piece power-actuated tailgate
  • SSR Red with BMW Sterling Gray matte-finish bumpers
  • Chevrolet ZZ430 crate engine no. 13
  • Custom fabricated air cleaner
  • Holley 4-barrel carburetor
  • Dressed engine compartment
  • Street and Performance headers
  • 2 1/2 inch stainless exhaust, Flowmaster mufflers
  • Aluminum driveshaft
  • 700R4 automatic transmission
  • Currie rear end with 3.70 gears
  • Heidts tubular A-arm front suspension
  • Custom crossmember
  • Power rack and pinion steering
  • Wilwood 4-wheel disc brakes
  • Custom leather interior by Bobby Griffey Interiors in Knoxville, Tennessee
  • Modern Camaro bucket seats, custom console
  • Flaming River Waterfall steering wheel
  • Lokar shifter
  • Vintage Air
  • Classic Instruments gauges
  • 18 and 20 inch Billet Specialties Rail Series wheels
  • Low profile Michelin tires
  • Featured in August 2005 issue of Street Rodder
  • Custom rotisserie build completed by Randy's Body Shop in Paducah, Kentucky
  • Body was acid-dipped
  • Custom firewall and inner fenders
  • Custom one-piece power-actuated tailgate
  • SSR Red with BMW Sterling Gray matte-finish bumpers
  • Chevrolet ZZ430 crate engine no. 13
  • Custom fabricated air cleaner
  • Holley 4-barrel carburetor
  • Dressed engine compartment
  • Street and Performance headers
  • 2 1/2 inch stainless exhaust, Flowmaster mufflers
  • Aluminum driveshaft
  • 700R4 automatic transmission
  • Currie rear end with 3.70 gears
  • Heidts tubular A-arm front suspension
  • Custom crossmember
  • Power rack and pinion steering
  • Wilwood 4-wheel disc brakes
  • Custom leather interior by Bobby Griffey Interiors in Knoxville, Tennessee
  • Modern Camaro bucket seats, custom console
  • Flaming River Waterfall steering wheel
  • Lokar shifter
  • Vintage Air
  • Classic Instruments gauges
  • 18 and 20 inch Billet Specialties Rail Series wheels
  • Low profile Michelin tires

The sporty Nomad or stylish Bel Air might have stolen the spotlight from the 1956 Chevrolet station-wagon lineup, but the no-nonsense two-door Handyman remains an ongoing favorite of Tri-Five customizers. This 1956 Chevrolet Handyman Wagon build began when the acid-dipped steel body was mounted on a rotisserie and treated to a custom firewall, cross member, inner fenders and one-piece power-actuated tailgate. Randy's Body Shop in Paducah, Kentucky, finished the wagon into Chevrolet SSR red and matte-finish BMW sterling gray bumpers and trim paint that helped land the award-winning “longroof” in the August 2005 issue of “Street Rodder” magazine. The custom Handyman is powered by Chevrolet ZZ430 crate engine No. 13. GM Performance Parts produced only 430 of these limited-edition small-blocks factory rated for 430 HP with 23-degree cylinder heads and a hot camshaft. No. 13 makes the number with a Holley 4-barrel carburetor under a custom-fabricated air cleaner. Street and Performance headers meet 2.5-inch stainless-steel exhaust tubing with Flowmaster mufflers for peak performance and signature sound. The engine is backed by a 700R4 automatic transmission that channels power to the pavement through an aluminum driveshaft and Currie rear axle with 3.70:1 gears. Bobby Griffey Interiors in Knoxville, Tennessee, transformed the original workaday cabin into grand-touring luxury with handcrafted leather upholstery and bucket seats from a contemporary Camaro. Classic Instruments gauges sit in the original dash location and the custom center console features controls for Vintage Air conditioning. Upgraded rack-and-pinion steering and Heidts tubular A-arm front suspension together with Wilwood 4-wheel disc brakes and low-profile Michelin tires on 18- and 20-inch Billet Specialties Rail series wheels mean contemporary road control is as easy as putting both hands on the Flaming River Waterfall steering wheel and a foot on the gas.

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