63 Chevy II Wagon
We were just finishing up a real nice 71 Camaro project and actually sold it much faster than anticipated, when this Nova Wagon “came our way”.
I should say “was rescued”, because after surviving in the Bakersfield, Ca. desert for 46 years, this little “Longroof” needs some TLC. It was packed with sand, and mud and road grime all baked into every crevice and it’s underbody in that famous Central California desert heat for 46 years. Funny enough that helped preserve it, because there was virtually no rust issues upon inspection.
The good thing about this car is that it is a “runner”. With a good solid 194 c.i.d. inline six (straight six to some of you) and a powerglide tranny, a straight accident free body, new brake-work, all new electrics under the hood and decent suspension, our only worries are cosmetics. Yes, that will include minor body (ding, scratch) work, major paint work, a front windshield, new grill (to replace that chicken coop screen) bumpers and then a whole new interior. A complete Color change is a must and that “rattle can” paint job will be taken down to the metal.
It’s okay really. It is actually how we like to find our cars for restoration because it then allows us to get a little creative and put our Fred’s Garage signature touches on them.
We intend to leave the overall stock theme of this car and put just a slight modern twist on it and clean up the drivetrain as well.
We think this will make the car more valuable in the eyes of the next owner.
Look for stories about our other cars and our “Road to SEMA Camaro”.
We have gutted the little beast of all of its worn out cloth and make-over cheap vinyl. New seats have a nice saddle brown, pattern on them. Doorpanels will be stock in appearance saddle and carpeting saddle as well. Dash will get a stain low gloss black treatment with a new saddle dash covering.
The underbody has been scrapped clean will get POR-15 covering and then original satin black paint job. Rear end and driveshaft are being detailed.
This clean stock little Hauler will remain 90% original as it will be put up for sale by June.
Please inquire if interested sometime in early May. We will have the portfolio of the restoration available then.
Fred’s Garage, LLC