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1964 Chevelle Station Wagon

Tom Hicks Nov 17, 2017
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In the summer of 1982, I drove from Vancouver, B.C., all the way to Tijuana, Mexico, in search of a 1960s GM product to call my own. I was looking for a diamond in the rough and was ready to consider almost anything. After hitting the Mexican border, I started back north, and eventually ended up in Crescent City, California, where I spied a faded aqua 1964 Chevelle two-door wagon at a shop on the main drag. It was the first one I'd ever seen, and it needed just about everything, but I was too young to walk away!

Being a Sunday, the business it was parked in front of was closed. Once back in B.C., I called and found it was available for $1,000, so I knew my place as long-term caretaker had just been assured.

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After I collected my prize, the long restoration process began. The original, numbers-matching 283 was bored 0.030 over, and an M20 Muncie was installed to replace the worn-out original three-speed. All the trim is N.O.S., as nobody was reproducing Chevelle stuff at the time. I found a front bench seat out of a two-door sedan from a swap meet tip, and N.O.S. fabric was sourced to repair the damaged seatbacks. A solid floor pan, a correct jack, and some sweet cardboard sun visors came from a local boneyard. An SS steering column was installed.

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I feel fortunate that I have been able to hang onto it for all these years. It wipes away a lot of my 60 years when I turn the ignition key!

In closing, I'd like to offer a big tip of the hat to friend and mentor Wayne Chapman for his involvement in the project.

012 Readers Rides Hicks 1964 Chevrolet Chevelle Wagon Rear Three Quarter 1 4/10

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