So much for the "pretty" side of this hot rod, let's get down to some serious nuts and bolts. The chassis is a Kemp's-fabricated one-off made from 0.125-inch wall steel that features dimpled holes for added strength. It also employs Detroit Speed Engineering (DSE) front and rear suspension components. The DSE tubular control arms that use C5 (late-model Corvette) spindles, antiroll bar, power rack-and-pinion (stock '56 Chevy steering column topped with a Quality Restoration genie wheel), and remote reservoir AFCO shocks. A Tilton master cylinder and pedal assembly operates the Wilwood 13-inch rotors capped with six-piston calipers.
A 355-inch Rodeck block was built by FX Engines with a sheetmetal intake by Hogan Racing w
In back a John's Industries 9-inch rear outfitted with 4.30 gears (hang on!), axles, and a Detroit Locker differential are used. More DSE, AFCO, and Wilwood can be found in the DSE four-link, Panhard bar, AFCO shocks, and Wilwood 13-inch rotors but this time with four-piston calipers. On the subject of "four" the EVOD Industries one-off wheels anodized by Indy Metal finishes measure 17x7 and 17x10 with Goodyear RSA 215/55R17 and 275/60R17 rubber.
The heartbeat of this Chevy isn't the original inline-six or the coveted first-generation 265 small-block but rather an '80s-era 355-inch Rodeck built by FX Engines. It's dressed for success with SB2 aluminum heads, a Hogan sheetmetal intake topped with a Holley HP 750-cfm four-barrel, a Powermaster alternator, MSD ignition and wires, and ARP hardware. Pumping the power ratings up to 510 hp and 442 lb-ft of torque comes from using a Jesel valvetrain, COMP Cams stick, lifters, and Manley valves. Exiting the spent gases are Kemp's-fabricated 1-7/8-inch primary tube headers that aggressively grow to 2-1/2-inch exhaust tubing that flows back to a pair of Series 40 Flowmaster mufflers. All of this sits forward of the Tremec TKO 600 five-speed, which works nicely with the 4.30 equipped rearend, custom shifter, and a John's Industries driveshaft.
Reminiscent of an early oil bath air cleaner, the Kemp's-fabricated piece is a work of art
Inside this Tri-Five rests almost too many changes to keep track of but we will try. The bench seat is a stocker, with four-point belts, but is now covered in Tuscan Green leather stitched at Rad Rides by Troy. Note the liberal use of Kemp's-fabricated aluminum work on the door panels with sheetmetal work on the steel custom dashboard that's outfitted with an FMP Metals dash insert. Corralled is a custom set of Classic Instruments gauges that feature the Camel Toe Racing logo on the center-mounted tach. Don't bother looking for the speedo, it doesn't exist. Other gauges are the obligatory water temp, oil pressure, volt, and fuel orbs. The gauges also favor custom bezels made from the machinery at Rad Rides by Troy. Bringing all of these electrics to life is an American Autowire system installed at Kemp's. By now you are probably asking, "Is that a rollcage?" And the correct answer would be, "Yes". More customization from Kemp's includes this eight-point rollcage made from 1-5/8-inch-diameter tubing with 0.125-inch thick walls.
Well, there you have it. It's a Tri-Five all right, and as fine an example of a '56 any of us would ever hope to find. Talk about a sharp-dressed man, well here's the ride to take any one of us to a black tie affair.
A full rollcage runs the length of the interior and is built into the dash as well as the
The Classic Instruments gauges featuring the Camel Toe Racing logo are housed in Rad Rides
Everything you see was fabricated at Kemp's, including the core support, front grille, and