Sometimes in business, deals are made to simply get the job done whereas at other times a deal can yield something rather unique once all the dust settles. It's kind of like let's see what it will take to make a plan work with a surprise pot of gold at the end of the rainbow. Nearly 30-years ago, businessman Raymond Currie had been working on a plan to help out a partner when as a part of the deal an old station wagon was offered in partial payment. Having always been a fan of old cars he accepted the wagon as a part of the agreement while not having any immediate plans for it. The car was rolled into the barn on the family property and forgotten about, becoming a halfway house for mice and a storage vault for untold treasures.
For his son Paul Currie of Brentwood, New Hampshire, the wagon held plenty of automotive dreams as he would regularly see its dust-covered shape through the dimly lit windows longing to be brought back to life whenever he visited. Having grown up in the Boston suburb Revere, Massachusetts, Paul spent plenty of early years hanging out at Revere Beach overwhelmed by the constant flow of hopped-up muscles cars and hot rods regularly making the scene. It wasn't long till he earned the keys to his first ride, a jet black 1969 Camaro and he wasted no time in getting a regular late night spot at Kelly's Roast Beef on the strip. Many cars followed as did an appreciation for vintage steel, especially Chevrolet.
Even though he had already owned a number of cool cars, Paul always thought about the wagon and how cool it would be to take it on as a project with his dad. Unfortunately his dad passed before they had the opportunity and the wagon remained under wraps. One afternoon while having some maintenance work done on the barn, the workers inquired about it. Turns out the wagon happened to be a very rare 1958 Chevrolet Yeoman two-door, mostly complete including all of its trim, interior and driveline. They persuaded Paul to let them clean it up and get it running again for him. This was a nudge that Paul needed to finally start on the project and pull the car out of the barn for the first time in 30-years. The trio of Henry Pineau, Matt Belanger and Jay Lee wasted no time in laying the initial groundwork on the hauler. At the same time Paul gained plenty of inspiration right from the pages of STREET RODDDER where he saw a feature on Paul White's decadent 1949 Oldsmobile 88 drop-top custom built by the team at Back Bay Customs in Portland, Maine. It was the magic he saw within the big Olds that prompted him to arrange a meeting with Paul and team leader Adam Clayman at BBC. After viewing the Yeoman and discussing the project they all shared the same ideals for bringing the car back with a fresh attitude while also embracing many of the original design's finer points. A deal was made and the wagon was dropped at the shop to begin its rebirth.
Wanting the car to have a dramatic low stance the BBC team got started by freshening up the factory X-frame by blasting it and treating it to a fresh coating of chassis black.
Out back the original rearend spins 3.36:1 gears and is suspended in place by a StrongArm CoolRide upper wishbone with RideTech lower control arms, CoolRide 'bags, single-adjustable shocks and matching MuscleBar antiroll bar. To nail the nose to the pavement, up front the factory IFS was updated with RideTech upper and lower StrongArm's matched to ShockWave 'bags and matching antiroll bar with the system completed using their AirPod control unit. To bring plenty of stopping power to the table an SSBC power dual master pushes juice through stainless lines to 14-inch Baer drilled and vented discs and four-piston calipers mounted at each corner. To bring it all to the street with plenty of class a set of 17-inch Foose Model F-209 Shockwave wheels capped with Bridgestone Potenza low-profile radials gets the job done.
Seeing that Paul was planning to put down plenty of miles on the wagon, the original tired stock engine was pulled and updated with a fresh Chevrolet Performance 350ci HP Deluxe crate V-8. Starting with a newly-minted four-bolt main cast iron block it was filled with plenty of factory performance starting with a nodular iron crank linked to powdered metal connecting rods wearing cast aluminum pistons urged by a hydraulic flat tappet cam to set the beat. Up top a set of iron cylinder heads with 76cc chambers generate seamless power while an Edelbrock Performer intake topped with an MSD Atomic EFI adds plenty of punch. A Mallory Unilite ignition lights the fire while Hedman headers link to a BBC 2--inch stainless exhaust and Magnaflow mufflers. Added details include a Vintage Air Front Runner Drive System; Edelbrock finned aluminum valve covers, custom hard lines. The crowning touch is a very exclusive one-off designed and hand-formed air cleaner by BBC. A TCI Automotive Street Fighter 700-R4 trans moves the goods to a custom driveshaft by Williams Brothers of Portland.
Thankfully the wagon had been spared the ravages of New England winters for three decades but it didn't excuse it from the telltale signs of old age being that the sheetmetal was well over 50-years old. Adam and his team first tended to all of the problem areas to prepare the body for the next step. This included fabricating outer rockers, door bottoms, floor sections, reworking the rear quarters and lift gate glass channels as well as creating custom rear floors to accommodate the updated suspension dynamics. From there the team metal finished the body, set all the gaps and prepared it for paint. Seeing that his dad's favorite color was green it was the perfect way to pay homage to him by having his lovely wife Alese and son Raymond-Grant work with Adam to have just the right hue blended. An Axalta Extreme Green was created accented by Pearl Effect White and the team laid down the vivid vibe bringing the project to life. To add plenty of dazzle, Pauls chrome refreshed the bumpers to newfound brilliance while the stainless trim was massaged back to life by Stan Stevens.
To add the final bit of allure to the wagon the interior needed to have the same amount of detail as the exterior. The team at BBC started by first restoring the factory dash, giving it a subtle look with a top coat of soft-touch clear coat along with refreshed factory dials from Instrument Services Inc. A Budnik Beveled Sport wheel perched atop an ididit tilt column carves the course while cool breezes from Vintage Air fill the cabin and tunes by American Autosound urged by Alpine, JBL and Focal pump up the beat. Adam laid out the American Autowire Highway 22 harness to bring everything together. For plenty of comfort a comfy combination of medium brown leather and fawn Alcantara was stitched in a classic pattern for the seats and side panels by Larry Cyr at ARS Interiors of Oxford who also installed the headliner and complimenting brown wool carpeting. This is one rare wagon that has been brought back to life perfectly for cruising the highways and byways of New England and we're sure that Paul and his family will put down plenty of family miles.