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Hardtop wagon project AKA: Project “Super Wagon”
1970 SUPER WAGON SPECS.
454 BUILT AROUND 500HP, TH400, 273 12-BOLT POSI,
CERAMIC COATED HEADERS & 3" EXHAUST,
EL CAMINO BOXED FRAME W/ BRACES,
1-3/8" FRONT AND REAR SWAY BARS,
POLYGRAPHITE FRONT, REAR & BODY BUSHINGS,
BOXED FRONT & RR CONTROL ARMS & HOP STOP BARS,
QUICK RATIO POWER STEERING BOX,
4-WHEEL POWER DISK BRAKES, 12" B-BODY FRONTS
16" CORVETTE RALLY WHEELS, 5 ON 5" LUG PATTERN
NOS BUMPERS W/ GUARDS,
NOS FENDERS & INNER (PLASTIC) FENDER WELLS,
NOS FULL FUNCTIONING COWL HOOD W/ PINS,
NOS FRONT & REAR FIBER OPTIC LIGHT MONITORING,
NOS ROCKER PANEL & WHEEL WELL MOLDING,
SS DASH WITH BIG BLOCK TACK.
TILT & (FUNCTIONING) CRUISE CONTROL COLUMN SHIFT,
WASHER FLUID MONITOR SYSTEM,
NOS MODIFIED HOOD LOCKING SYSTEM FROM CUTLASS,
NOS LOW COOLANT LEVEL SYSTEM FROM VEGA,
72 SKYLARK COOLANT OVER FLOW RESERVOIR,
LOW OIL SENSOR FROM 91 FORD OIL PAN,
UNDER HOOD LIGHT,
POWER WINDOWS, INCLUDING TAILGATE
POWER VENT WINDOWS
DUAL ACTION TAIL GATE,
THIRD SEAT W/ COURTESY LIGHT,
ALL BLACK INTERIOR,
73 EL CAMINO SWIVEL BUCKET SEATS
ROOF RACK & NOS SKI RACK (NOT GOING TO MOUNT IT),
NOS REAR AIR DEFLECTOR,
AIR CONDITIONING CONVERTED TO NEW FREON,
6 SPEAKER STEREO/CD PLAYER,
NEW CARPET, HEADLINER,
FIBER OPTIC ASH TRAY LIGHT & MAP LIGHT,
CLASS THREE TRAILER HITCH,
NOS VANITY MIRROR AND TISSUE DISPENSER,
NOS STAINLESS VENT SHADES, WINDOW TRIM,
FORD ESCORT DUAL REMOTE MIRRORS (PERFECT FIT),
STAINLESS STEEL FUEL AND BRAKE LINES,
NEW TINTED WINDSHIELD,
ALMOST EVERY NUT & BOLT NEW...
This is the first of many articles to come in VCEA's newsletters. In this first article let me give some background information to bring everyone up to speed. First off, Jim North, the VCEA President, and I were on a trip to Carlisle PA. Swap meet having a conversation and he referred to my wagon project as “the Super Wagon” and it stuck on me from there. The super wagon project is a complete frame-off re-construction of a 1970 Chevelle station wagon. I use the word re-construction because it is not a restoration. Not mush of the original vehicle will remain. This will not be an SS clone, but a classic rebuild of a sleeper wagon with modern technology upgrades. The plans are listed here on the right. I already have everything for it, I just need to do it! These articles will lead you right up to where I am currently.
For those of you not interested in wagons, HANG ON! There are lots of shared components to its little brother, the Chevelle. I will also be making many modifications to improve the 33 year-old performance.
Some of the many mods include making the 4-door sedan into a 4-door hard top (no posts between the door windows), 4 wheel disc brakes, fuel injected 468 CID BB w/cowl induction, th400 trans, 273 posi rear, boxed frame, every power option available from GM, such as power windows, locks, tilt wheel, fiber optic monitoring system, AC, rear defogger… and plenty of upgrades such as pulse wipers, cable operated hood lock, disc parking brake, quick ratio steering, 16” 5 on 5” lug wheels and much much more.
|Currently the wagon is completely striped down and disassembled. It is my honor to document this development with you from the very beginning. I an coincidently at the point in which every car enthusiast likes to hurtle, and that is the point in which the stripping shown procedure is over, now its time to work the other direction back up putting clean parts together.|
Having owned many Chevelles since my very fist car which was a 1970 Chevelle that I have been fortunate enough to hold onto to this day (the yellow Chevelle in the picture below on the left), Wagons are particularly interesting to me because they are much more useful. With the Chevelle generation growing up and having families, the wagon is the ultimate in SUVs. I can through the whole family and the dogs in it, tow trailers, haul parts to shows, drive safely in a stylish sleeper that the Cops leave alone and do all that in an overgrown Chevelle powerhouse. Not to mention that with the 116” longer wheel base, the wagon noticeably tracks better at high speeds.
This particular wagon has an amazing history. Some time in January of 1998 I visited a junkyard. I saw this virtually complete and rust free 1970 wagon surrounded by other cars with the words “crush” written all over it.
Chevelles are more then a passion for me and I
hope I can share some of that with you. Please keep these articles because they
will appear in each issue in chronological order. I plan on writing about each
system as I encounter it in logical order starting with the foundation, the
frame. Then rear end and rear suspension mods, rear disc brakes and disc parking
brake and 16” temporary wheels. Then moving forward with the front suspension
and 12” disc brake upgrade. Then the addition of steering, fuel & brake lines,
body bushings etc… on the rolling chassis. Followed by my building of the 486 BB with fuel injection and putting it and a th400 into the
chassis with drive shaft and temp exhaust to complete the full
rolling chassis minus the body. I will then move on to the body mods
and rebuild, finishing up with installing all the power options and
interior. Lastly, doing testing and tuning on each system. Sit tight
for the ride! I hope you will benefit and enjoy my articles.
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