46 Years of Manufacturing Quality Suspensions and Chassis
HighYellow 1956 Chevy Truck built by Girl Gang Garage
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All Girl, All Original – Girl Gang Garage HighYellow 1956 Chevy 3100 Pickup
By: Carbage Online
After “Chevy Montage,” Girl Gang Garage’s Sarah “Bogi” Lateiner and Shawnda Williams decided to go more old-school with this 56 Chevy 3100 pickup truck.
When Girl Gang Garage made their mark with “Chevy Montage,” they knew their next build needed to fall back on the roots of hot rod building. Clean lines, classic parts, but a build that would still stand out was the plan set forth by Sarah “Bogi” Lateiner and rookie build leader, Shawnda Williams. The first task was to find the right truck that would work with their plans.
Fortunately, living and working in Arizona has advantages thanks to the drier, desert weather. The 1956 Chevrolet 3100 pickup they found was rough, but it was nearly all workable metal. Once at the shop, the Girl Gang Garage got to work with body work, filling in body lines, and replacing the wasted bed sides and rotted wood floor with new parts from Mar-K.
Once the body was to their liking, they set up a Mobile Environmental Solutions mobile spray booth and shot down the body with BASF paint in pearlescent white and Porsche Racing Yellow. The final step for the body was to install all new body gaskets, seals, and weatherstripping from Steele Rubber.
Underneath that beautiful yellow body is a TCI Engineering 55-59 Chevy Pickup chassis that’s been expertly engineered to work as an independent front suspension and four-link rear. The four-link is designed to allow proper movement of the Currie 9-inch rear for proper road carving while the independent front allows for a modern ride with minimal bump steer at its proper height.
However, it’s all supported and damped by a set of Ridetech adjustable coilovers that are made to work for both road and track. Hiding under those custom painted Detroit Steel Wheel Company 18-inch Delray wheels – wrapped in Nitto Tires NT555 G2 tires – are a full set of Wilwood disc brakes that give this truck proper and modern stopping power.
Inside, the driver and passenger share a bench seat but can’t help but to stare in awe of the design by Shawnda. The goal of Shawnda’s interior design was to complement the exterior with the interior. The polished Grant Banjo-style steering wheel fits right in with the hot rod theme while the dash and upholstery are color matched to the rest of the truck. Fortunately, the passengers don’t need to ride in discomfort, either. They can leave the windows up during the Arizona heat thanks to the Vintage Air A/C system.
Why would you want to, though? Under that hood is a Blueprint Engines 350CI Crate Engine. An engine that starts with a Small Block Chevy block that is decked and honed. It’s then bored out to .060-inch over. Once the rotating assembly is installed, they top it off with a pair of Vortec cast iron heads with a roller camshaft.
Girl Gang Garage then installed a set of custom valve covers, a Holley intake and carburetor, long tube headers, and a custom Magnaflow exhaust system. Keeping it cool, even in those blistering 100F days is a Ron Davis Racing Products custom radiator. The torque of that classic 350 small block is sent through a Thor stall converter and on to a Monster Transmission 700R4 SS.
With everything together, the Girl Gang Garage created another stunner of a vehicle and sets off a great start for rookie build leader, Shawnda Williams. There is no doubt that Bogi picked the right woman to lead the HighYellow 1956 Chevy truck after everyone saw it in the Blueprint Engines booth during SEMA 2019. We can’t wait to see what else these women will build using another TCI chassis.