1956 Imperial, The history

Why? Why not?

 In the early 2000's I was looking for a Hemi engine for the 71 Richard Petty tribute Charger. A friend told me about this "old Imperial with a hemi". I went to look at it. It hadn't run in years but appeared to be totally complete.  No obvious signs of damage or missing parts. A deal was made and I had it towed to my garage. There it sat, untouched for at least 10 years. Dodge reintroduced the hemi, reducing its uniqueness. 71 Richard Petty tribute Charger. A friend told me about this "old Imperial with a hemi". I went to look at it. It hadn't run in years but appeared to be totally complete.  No obvious signs of damage or missing parts. A deal was made and I had it towed to my garage. There it sat, untouched for at least 10 years. Dodge reintroduced the hemi, reducing its uniqueness. This soured me on the idea of removing this early, non race hemi, from it's rightful home just for show purposes in the Charger. 

So now what to do with this classic pink Chrysler? I knew a complete restoration would be a huge task. This car has so many parts and systems. I knew a running and driving car would be easier to sell if I decided to go that route.  I started with those intentions. I added some Coker tire wide whites for safety on the test drives. Then restored the brakes. Chose to upgrade to disc brakes. Still no takers on my sale price so I kept on working. At this point, 2019, I have decided to change the original color scheme to Desert Rose over Raven Black for the exterior. The interior will remain its original scheme.

It will definitely be an accomplishment to drive this one out of the driveway for the first time in nearly two decades. 


Interior

Engine 

Wiring

Chrome

Brakes

Paint and body

Reassemble 


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