Q: Greg, in 1956, I bought a brand-new 1956 Chevrolet BelAir sporting the 265-cubic-inch Corvette engine with dual four-barrel carburetors. It had a 3/4 cam, Lockspark dual point distributor, electric windshield wipers and was finished in two-tone Matador Red and Dune Beige. It was built at the St. Louis, Missouri, Chevrolet plant that was about 7 miles from where I live today. About the time I bought this car, I only saw two that were similar but they were not BelAir models.

In 1971, the engine developed a slight noise on the right side toward the rear with 114,000 miles on the odometer. Rather than blow the engine up, I pulled it out and had it rebuilt. The problem was the No. 8 piston that was coming apart.

Greg Zyla writes weekly for More Content Now and Gannett Co. Inc. He welcomes reader input on collector cars, auto nostalgia and motorsports at greg@gregzyla.com or at 303 Roosevelt St., Sayre 18840.

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