Now at a comfortable point in life and wanting to return some of the love, Mr. Matthews decided to treat his ’56 to a redo, and not just clean it up and new valve cover gaskets, we’re talking a complete renovation. Starting at the bottom, Blanche sits on a Roadster Shop chassis with a Ford 9” sprung with a four link out back. A Strange True Track differential wears 3.70 gears, while Wilwood brakes on all four corners keep Blanche out of where she doesn’t belong (like the back of a Prius).
Always a man to keep with the times, the small block was yanked and a brand new GM LS3 with a Hot Cam was slid into place, backed by a 4L70 transmission. An ECM from a 2002 F-Body runs the show, and Larrie pointed out that he has 480hp and a warranty on his entire drivetrain. Did Larrie just find the meaning of life? Roadster Shop headers whisk the spent gasses to a three-inch system that features exhaust tips sunk into the bumper. Headlights are HID units; in fact, every light-emitting orifice in this ’56 uses LED technology, all of them except the glove box. Inside you’ll find a classy tan interior, but Larrie isn’t a fan of leather seating so the seat wears 1957 Chevy cloth inserts. The dash has carbon fiber accents to tie in with the VHX-55C instrument system with carbon fiber face styling, and the few billet pieces mesh well with the vintage look. Nothing seems out of place, not even the hotel towels on the floor! Those have been in there for years, and Larrie isn’t the least bit ashamed to have them on board.