In December of 2013, our old friend Jim Brennan wrote a Weekend Edition post highlighting a unique wagon for sale. The car was a bright yellow 1957 Chevrolet Wagon. In the ad, the car looks rough. It’s sitting on a trailer and it’s still-bright paint might be shining but the rest of the car is clearly in need of attention.
The ad goes on to state that the car is fitted with a running 350, floor shifter, and a clear title. Located in California, it was registered as a Non-Op project car. With a sub-$5,000 asking price, there was a chance it would get scooped up and find a new loving owner.
Guess what? That’s exactly what happened and the new owner reached out to give us an update.
We’ll let the owner take it from here:
So to give some back story on the wagon, I saw the ad that Hooniverse shared but didn’t bother to check it out. Fast forward a year or two and I see a wagon for sale not realizing it was the same wagon in the story. I went to look at it and it was in worse shape than the seller let on.
A deal was made and I had the wagon towed from Sacramento to Carson City. I went through the front end rebuilding all the ball joints, bushings, tie rods etc. I did a disc brake conversion and added power steering, tilt column. I replaced the rear springs with new ones and new bushings as well.
There was some rust in the floors and I stole an idea from a VW I saw at the Bug-O-Rama in Sacramento. I covered the floor with sound deadener and then license plates.
It had no headliner so since I had a vision of doing a surf/ Tiki theme with the wagon I put bamboo in place of the headliner.
I had the seats done to match the door panels. At one time this car was loved. I found the paint under the side mirror to be a metal flake yellow that was still shiny.
I installed a LoKar shifter, topped off with a wooden tiki head that I found in an antique store. I replaced all the broken glass, and added a roof rack that I got from a friend. The rack was used in the 50’s for a shuttle service here in Nevada. New wheels and tires and the car has finally made it out of the garage after two and a half years.
So there you have it. This is a great update on a cool, unique, old wagon. Thank you Joe for reaching out! We love hearing stories like this. And thank you for keeping this one running and on the road.