I was going to wrap my frame but I don't plan on beating on this one, I have done a 4" step notch for the rearend. I have a set of Foose Legends 18" fronts and 20" rears and I'm hoping to lay the frame on the ground all aired out. The tires I mounted are insane 325/25/20 rear and 265/35/18 fronts. I am raising and widening the rear wheel tubs. The motor came outta my 71 Chevelle SS LS6 car, I ran a 383 stroker for the last 6 months waiting to rebuild the LS6. LS6 is done and going back into the Chevelle and the 383 is going in the Wagon, dynoed at 461RWHP and a 200 shot of NOS. All my cars go through a full rotiserie restore. My plan is for a protour look. I am also currently building a 76 Austin Mini with a turbo'd Vtec, LMAO people won't know what the heck just flew past them.
If you have the time full ground up restores on these wagon is well worth it. They can and will fetch good money if done right.
One other thing to add, these wagons are probly one of the hardest things to find parts for. Right now I am having a heck of a time finding the two rear peices of glass and the rear window. I am converting my 4dr wagon to a 2dr wagon and it has crossed my mind to turn it into a panel delivery style since the glass is so hard to find and since the rear wraps around no one around here wants to try to make the rear side glass.
You def have a lot going on. Have you tried going to Car-Part.com? It's online link to all junk yards inventory all over the US. But I think a panel wagon would be sick! I want to get a frame and wrap it so I can transfer everything onto it. I want to pull the body off and get it fully restored. The engine is a new 327, and the car itself has only 80k on it. I got the car for a steal cause he thought the tranny was blown. The torque converter bolts vibrated out from 3 wheelin around a corner =) I put thread lock on some new bolts and was on the road. It is going to be a long project due to lack of funds, but it is going to be sweet. I got it to do a standing 3 wheel last night! Then the bracket/bolt for the trailing arm and shock broke just after that. So I am on the search for parts too =( I will put some pics of the 3 wheel in my garage today.
I also forgot, the reason I don't know HP is we don't have any dyno's up here. And I want to get it nice and built before I even do that. And as for the Mini, RIGHT ON! Those are awesome! I love my Subaru to death. Everyone wants to race ( haha I'll beat them cause they drive a wagon) but they get smoked!:biggrin:
I agree not my style,year of wagon here either. 50s and 60s are in my mind the best. Funny story about the torque converter, first time we ran the Chevelle on the dyno I broke a flywheel. I had a factory one installed and when I hit the NOS it just flew apart, went out and bought a Moroso one and everything is all good now. This 383 in my opinion is a little extreme for the wagon but who says you need to use the power all the time, it's just nice to have there when some punk with a Mustang thinks he's king sh!t.
LMAO I bought this 4dr parts car for $300 and scored huge !!! Mint grill, great windsheild, mint hood, chrome dash pods and best of all 12 bolt posi rearend !!!! What an awesome find, it's turns out this was a 348 car (motor and trans missing) and stock they came with 12 bolt rear's.
I just spotted a 63 Wagon TODAY in a storage yard. Next time I go by I'm going to see if he has a phone # on the FOR SALE sign in the window. Who knows if the price is right I may pick that one up as well, I'd say it's 95% rust free ( little cancer in the rear quarters ). Whats one more car in my yard.
:jealous: My car is pretty much rust free :tongue: I was very happy when I got it. Unfortunately once I got the juice working, and the car running well on Friday the shock bolt broke I went to a junk yard, and they were so rusted, there was no getting them off. I have to get some new ones. I am very excited to see some pics of your 60'!! I agree that the 50's - 60's are the best wagons! After that I don't really like the style.
I wish I had the ability to do a frame off. I just don't have a garage big enough. I have a couple wagons, one daily driver and one "fun" driver. The "fun" driver is ten feet tall so parking is a problem. I ended up having to park in my back yard.:redface: