My '56 Chevy Del Ray was MINT, even for 1962. It was equipped with a 3-speed floor shifter from Honest Charley Speed Shop and a Sun 5000 RPM tachometer mounted on the steering column. I rolled it on a icy road two days before Christmas 1962. I bought a beige 1959 Impala 2-dr HT with a 283 engine and a 4-speed six months later with a $500 loan for the down payment from my father. I salvaged the 4.56 Posi rear end and later used it on my '59 Impala. The only engine parts I salvaged from my '56 Chevy was a pair of Corvette valve covers.
Of all the cars I have owned, I liked my lemon yellow '56 Chevy Del Ray the best. It came from the factory with a 4.11 rear end because it had 3-speed transmission with OD. I replaced the 4.11 open rear end with a 4.56 Posi Traction using new GM ring and pinion gears.