A 1956 Model 3200 Turns Into A 3100 Model Chevrolet Pickup
Scooter’s Truck Stop
By Scott Strenzel, aka Scooter from Scooter’s Garage
Years ago, Ralph Derickson’s neighbor bought a 1956 farm truck from a young guy that was having a divorce. He also ended up not restoring it and sold it to Ralph. First off, Ralph didn’t like the 3/4 ton step side long box look. So he cut 10 inches out of the frame and did all of the rest of the metal work to have it become a 3100 short box model.
What we are looking at took Ralph about three years. He used a ‘70s Ventura front clip, so it has power steering, power disc brakes and a Caddy tilt and telescopic steering column. It’s running an ice cold Mark IV air conditioning unit. The rear end is also from the Pontiac Ventura and its been lowered about six to eight inches. The front end also is down in the weeds about the same amount.
The straight six 235 engine is the one that came with it, but Ralph had it rebuilt and messed with in many ways. It would take a whole separate article to cover it all. I will hit the high spots. It has a raft of aftermarket parts that have it now running a hard-to-make-happen 2-barrel Carter/ Weber dual carb setup with polished stainless headers. Ralph also is running a turbo 350 transmission. It has a HEI distributor and as you can see, the entire engine has exterior chrome and has been detailed to the max.
Those cool wheels began life on a late 70’s Z-28 Camaro and have the spinners added that cover up the system it takes to remove a wheel.
The refinished bed also has been refinished to a show level.
And, Truck Round-Up readers, it’s being driven a lot.