NOVAWAGON

All door jambs cut-in with new paint and final body prep for paint.  (NOTE the new 4-inch Cowl Induction Hood!!!!  Going to try to fit the big 2x4 tunnel ram setup under the hood for concealment purposes..  Haha!

All rust repaired with all new metal.  As you can see in the last two pics above we had to custom build all new drip-rail around the roof.   It just peeled off where it had rusted over the years, but miraculously the roof had no rust damage.  Car sanded and Sanded and SANDED.....  Interior removed and all interior metal was sanded included dash and then repainted Blitz Black with dashpad dyed to match.  Car has been primed and is now getting prepped for new Blitz Black Paint.

PHASE 3:  Sanding, Interior Color Change, MORE SANDING!!!

PHASE 2:  Assess Damage, Disassembly, Fabrication and Begin Repair

PHASE 1:  Beginning Photos

I bought this car on October 12th, 2014 from a gentleman in northern Maryland named Mike.  It was an original 194 six banger with a power-glide transmission. 

The story goes that this was the car of an elderly woman who bought it new in 1963.  She drove it every day and kept the maintenance up on it the best she could.  Well, one day the fuel pump stopped working and it broke down in front of a farmer's house.  The elderly woman walked up to the farmers house and asked if she could get a ride back to her home.  When the farmer asked what she wanted to do with her car (which now sat out on the road in front of his house), she said "I dont care, I have had it with that car, Do YOU want it?".  So the farmer asked if he could buy it and he did.   He never even got the car titled in his name.  It just sat in his old barn tucked away for almost two decades.

The old 63 wagon sat in the farmer's barn for 15 years or so.  Then one day his friend Mike was walking around the farmer's property with him and Mike looked over and saw something sitting back in his barn.  Mike said, "Hey, what's that back in that old barn?" and the farmer replied "Aw  that's just an old chevy wagon" and he proceeded to tell Mike the story.  They went back and looked at it and Mike ended up buying the car from the farmer and after a few days he got it running and drove it for the next few months.

This is where I come into the picture.  Mike decided to sell the car and I saw it for sale one day while looking around the "old inter-webs" as Richard Rollins would say from the hit show Gas Monkey Garage.  I called Mike and we talked for a while about the car.  Inevitably I bought the car.  I am third owner of this old wagon and I want to bring her back to life.  Whether it be riding in it , or just showing it at a local town car show, we are going to have fun working on it and showing everyone all the steps in the process.

Project 1963


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The building of my "new" 1963 CHEVROLET NOVAWAGON

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PHASE 4:  Begin Final Prep for Paint

Of course the car has a rust areas (What wagons don't.. Right??).  Lower front and rear quarters, rockers, one spot in drivers floor under gas pedal, and over each headlight, not to mention tailgate etc.  Not super bad for a car this age, but bad enough I can tell  ya.  I have pulled out the old 194 inline six and power-glide and we have started working on the right side of the car first repairing the quarters and rockers with MUCH more to do.

 

Metal Work, and MORE metal work.... Interior removed, welding, etc.  I have converted the front spindles to 5-Lug with new ball joints.  We will be removing the old 4-lug rear soon to make room for the new 9-Inch Ford with 373 Posi.

PHASE 6: New Drivetrain Components

Finally road worthy.  New interior has been installed and only thing left is headliner.   What a great build!!!!  My father and I had a blast putting this one together.  I hope everyone enjoyed watching the build.  It took just under a year to complete this one.  Today is October 5th, 2015.  Lets RIDE!!!

NEW Engine:  Small Block 355, 10.5:1 compression,  "secret grind" camshaft, Weiand Team-G Tunnel Ram and Twin 650cfm Holley Double Pumpers.
NEW Transmission: Turbo 350 with shift kit, 3500 stall converter.

NEW Rear:  Ford 9 inch out of a 76 Bronco (57.25 inches wide) with 373 gears and Posi

PHASE 5: Today is the Day...  PAINT DAY  3-26-15

Finally the car is all ONE COLOR..!!  I never thought it would happen.  Our body work isnt perfect, but we never claimed to be perfect....God knows, we are not body men.  I think it came out great keeping in mind what we started with.  I am proud of what we have done thus far and although we still have a long way to go, it has DEFINITELY COME A LONG WAY from it once was.  We painted both hoods just in case one of them needed a hole cut in for future induction purposes(haha!)... Hmmm... maybe even a 3 inch wide belt and pulleys turning soon after I am done...who knows... Anything is possible!   Also note the new V8 emblems on the front fenders (outside pics)...

PHASE 7: Putting Everything Back Together

PHASE 8: Completion

Ok, so now it is time to reassemble and start putting everything back together.  This includes engine installation, new wheels, tires, and copo dog dishes.  This also includes transmission installation, door handles, side body moldings, bumpers, grill etc etc.