Questions about '56 Monarch

I was playing with my car ('56 Monarch Lucerne) in Photoshop trying to find a cool new colour for it (it needs a restoration) Right now it's teal/white two tone. I think the stock colour is Black (I'm not
sure it's ford colour code 10, Trim HAA if anyone knows for sure what those are please let me know) anyway I liked what it looked like with a dark aqua and black two tone, but was wondering if anyone knows a really, cool unique colour combination!
Also the engine hasn't been started in over two years (I just bought a little while ago so it's not my fault!) and was seized. After some work I got it un seized, but I'm wondering about a rebuild. Would it be better to rebuild the stock engine (312 V8) or to get a turn key crate engine? what are the opinions on this?
lastly does any have an idea on what kind of hood scoop would be cool (pictures would be nice)? The one I'm attaching to this message I feel is just awesome in its own plain sort of way (the beast it's sitting on doesn't hurt it's appeal either) but I would like to know what else works good with these type of cars. Thanks for reading! I hope I get some reply's!
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littlehobo wrote:

Can't help you here. Color is very subjective, both to the vehicle it's on and the person looking at it. I do have a serious jones to squirt Candy Tangerine on something one day, but I don't think it would be a Monarch.

Didn't know they had the 312 yet in 1956. The engine decision is subjective as well. If you like a challenge, and you like originality, rebuild the Y-block. They are great engines, and lots of cool, period-correct accessories still are available for it. Could be a great mill. Street Rodder magazine did a full year rebuild feature on it (Why not a Y-block), which you can purchase from them.
If you would rather put in less time and thought (and $), then maybe a conversion to a 302 or 351 would suit you. Also, if you want to get into EFI or AC and stuff, it would be easier that way. Transmission choices open up as well.

Mercurys had a low, wide and flat sort of hood scoop style then, and something like that would look right, IM subjective O. I would not put a CJ, CI, LS or T-bolt bubble on a Monarch. I'd try to emulate the Merc-style.
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Thanks for the reply!
On Sat, 04 Oct 2003 18:24:42 GMT, "Whole Lotta Tom"

The engine maby a 292 I'm not 100% sure (my brother told me it was a 312, and he does all the engine stuff) I found this but it doesn't tell me where I can actually buy it. I guess I'll have to hit the book store :) http://www.rodandcustommagazine.com/tipstricks/74739/index1.html

It already has a full AC system (plus a power adjustable front bench seat). As far as the engine I'm just looking for a bit of power not too much, say between 350-400 horse. Can a 312 do that. Or would it be easier to crate it?

I guess that pic didn't get added right, I'm adding it this time for sure!

Cool thanks!
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