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Post by kyle1979 on Thu Mar 20, 2014 7:54 pm

Sorry it took me so long to get these posted, but here she is the day I bought her!

a1979kyle's 1973 Chevelle SS 454 Wagon album on Photobucket


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Post by kyle1979 on Thu Mar 20, 2014 8:11 pm

I have more recent pictures that I'll post soon.  I've torn down the front end and acquired a rebuilt 454 that I plan to install after I get the new front end parts installed.  I hope she can move under her own power by summer.

If you happen to have any leads on parts, especially door panels, seats that are in good 'driver' condition, please PM me.

The frame is solid, but the floor pans are a mess.  Any advice/interchange possibilities would be much appreciated.

I'm also not in love with the turbine wheels, so if they are something that may interest you and you live close to Kansas City, also PM me and we can work something out.
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Post by badtemper44 on Thu Mar 20, 2014 9:57 pm

Looks likes a great starting point, a solid looking foundation. If you weren't so far out from me I would be interested in the turbines, maybe sometime I will be in your neck of the woods or vise versa! Love the car though, thanks for sharing!
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Post by Mcarlo77 on Thu Mar 20, 2014 11:37 pm

There are a couple of wagons up my way. Here's a pic of one of them. Obviously, the upper door panels won't be the same as on yours. Can't remember what kind of shape the interiors are on either. Be glad to check them out if you want to send me a list.

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Post by 1973montec on Fri Mar 21, 2014 7:15 am

^^^^^^^ i take it that hood has not been opened in awhile^^^
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Post by 77mali on Fri Mar 21, 2014 8:06 am

Nice wagon Kyle.  Keep the updates coming, as long as you don't do this:  LOL
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Post by kyle1979 on Fri Mar 21, 2014 9:34 am

My plan is to keep it fairly stock, so you don't have to worry about me doing anything crazy like that! The 454 that is going in it is actually from a 1973 Chevelle.

I'm considering putting in buckets and a console, but am not sure about it yet. I've already acquired buckets, the console, and a steering column.

I'm definitely going to upgrade to full gauges. I was lucky to find a full gauge setup out of a 73 El Camino SS, so it has the correct style gauges/font on the gauges.

I know the old adage is to love the one you've got, but I was one of the guys who was hot after that yellow 73 wagon on eBay/Craigslist back in fall 2013. My wife really preferred the yellow (our 69 SS is Daytona yellow), and it was definitely more solid than the basket case I brought home. That one was simply too expensive to ship to Missouri. Does anybody know where it ended up?
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Post by kyle1979 on Sun Mar 30, 2014 10:13 pm

I've added several new pictures. I got to the point today where I'm finally ready to begin reassembling the front end once I get the A arms back from the shop that is pressing in the bushings for me!
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Post by Trbulnc on Thu Apr 03, 2014 2:36 pm

Mcarlo77 wrote:There are a couple of wagons up my way.  Here's a pic of one of them.  Obviously, the upper door panels won't be the same as on yours.  Can't remember what kind of shape the interiors are on either.  Be glad to check them out if you want to send me a list.


Where is up here? I need a lower rear section from a drivers fender in good shape for a patch panel. That pic looks like that fender could be. Lol

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Post by Mcarlo77 on Thu Apr 03, 2014 3:35 pm

"Up here" is in Minnesota...and you aren't going to find fenders on these cars that aren't rusted. Sorry...
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Post by kyle1979 on Mon Sep 08, 2014 12:25 pm

Finally got the wagon out from storage and made some headway yesterday!
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Post by driveit on Mon Sep 08, 2014 12:54 pm

Good to see. Keep the updates comin and we will cheer ya on. lol... Just make sure there are pics along the way.
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Post by thatfnthing on Mon Sep 08, 2014 1:31 pm

Lookin' good!
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Post by jerry46765 on Mon Sep 08, 2014 4:02 pm

Maroon with silver stripes, I like the color combo.  
Looks like a sweet project.

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Post by 77mali on Mon Sep 08, 2014 5:40 pm

Holy cow that frame looks clean.
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Post by badtemper44 on Wed Sep 10, 2014 12:26 am

Those wheels look good on there!
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Post by w451973 on Sun Sep 14, 2014 6:39 pm

Those Vette wheels do look good on there. Keep the pics and updates coming. Love those wagons.
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Post by kyle1979 on Sun Nov 30, 2014 12:35 pm

Sadly, I need to sell this with a baby on the way, so I've provided some additional information in the For Sale forum and here.
http://kansascity.craigslist.org/cto/4783079170.html
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Post by thatfnthing on Sun Nov 30, 2014 1:17 pm

That's too bad, you've done some nice work on the car! No chance of just mothballing it until time/money permits later?
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Post by kyle1979 on Sun Nov 30, 2014 4:46 pm

That was what I had intended to do, but I just have too many other projects. I really need to get rid of 2 of them... just not sure if the other one I'm going to sell is going to be the 73 Z or the 79 El Camino.
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Post by Limey SE on Sun Nov 30, 2014 10:10 pm

Problem Solved keep the family friendly Wagon and dump off the Z and el camino !!!
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Post by kyle1979 on Mon Feb 02, 2015 1:37 pm

My amazing wife has come through and let me keep her, so she's off the market!
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Post by Limey SE on Mon Feb 02, 2015 2:07 pm

HAPPY FOR YOU KYLE ! That was a great start to a cool build !
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Post by Joe73 on Mon Feb 02, 2015 2:13 pm

Awesome.
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Post by thatfnthing on Mon Feb 02, 2015 2:22 pm

kyle1979 wrote:My amazing wife has come through and let me keep her, so she's off the market!

The car or the wife? Both, I should hope, cuz they're both awesome. Smile
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