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Custom 1956 Chevrolet Stepside Truck - Night Crawler

A Resurrection to a Better Life.

Kevin Aguilar
Aug 1, 2006
Photographers: Kevin Aguilar
Photo 2/5   |   1956 Chevrolet front Drivers Side View
Though Victor Gallegos is a cool cat now, he didn't always have his head above the water. He led a life that was heading him straight down the tubes. Victor met up with some serious trouble, and he needed some straightening out. His involvement in "criminal mischief" with his homeboys granted him a visit to the slammer. That was when local law enforcement booked him for vandalizing, and he took that time to decide on making himself a better life. With a furiously mad father, he sat down and asked for advice from his dad. Victor wanted to do something with his life, and he agreed with his father to stop hanging out with the friends that got him into the whole mess. From then on, he started to spend more time with his father, and together they would build a truck as an outlet for Victor.
Even though he watched his father play with street rods and build them straight out of their garage, he was never really into cars. Though his dad drove clean street-ready vehicles, it wasn't enough to interest him in the sport. And through time, he developed his own interest in lowriders, trucks, and then retro-style vehicles. Once he was on his road to recovery from his run-in with the law, he started to spend more time with his father.
Photo 3/5   |   1956 Chevrolet custom Suspension
Before all the mess happened, Victor had this '56 Chevy and a '97 Blazer that he was trying to work on. The plan for the Blazer was to body-drop it and cut it for 22-inch wheels because the old pickup was to be fixed for use as a means of transportation to work daily. That changed as the truck was being worked on. It was 'bagged in a simple way, and the steps and rockers were taken off in order to lay doors. And since he kept the truck in running condition, it was dragged all over the state of Texas.
Photo 4/5   |   1956 Chevrolet engine Compartment
Then, Victor made his way to a rockabilly-style car show in Austin, Texas, and was entranced by the retro look. He liked it so much that he decided to rebuild his truck in that style. The funny part was that he had already dragged the crap out of his doors and needed to redo the underside of the body panels. That was taken care of, as the front clip was swapped out for a Camaro clip that works better than the original stuff. The rear three quarters of the frame was rebuilt with 2x3-inch box tubing and a triangulated four-link rear suspension. Then, a beefed-up 350 Chevy small-block that was built by his father was dumped into this big clunker. Adding some steel wheels with whites around them and a flat black paintjob, Victor then had his own retro Chevy.
Photo 5/5   |   1956 Chevrolet tailgate
His life has had its ups and downs, but with help from loved ones, Victor has gotten back on his feet again. He has come a long way, and in his hours of free time at night, he used that valuable time to build this truck. It took lots of long nights of work, but it's kept him from getting in trouble, which has been valuable to him. Victor would like to thank his friends Mark Zarate and Tim Garza for their help and support during his ordeal. And he would like to give a special thanks to his father Greg Gallegos for being there when he needed him the most.



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