The Shaggin Wagon
June 16th 2006 - I got the Cruising Wagon I wanted. I found it on Ebay and we went to go get it. It was in Hutchinson, Kansas and I needed help getting my new ride home. Called a couple friends and setup the tow rig and off we went.The Wagon was a big letdown as it wasn't anywhere near the condition the seller described it as. I however didn't go all that way for nothing so I completed the deal and brought it home. After a bunch of new parts and money spent we still couldn't get it to run right, I got frustrated and stuck it under a tarp to consider my options.
July 16th 2007 - Pulled the car cover off and started it for the first time since last fall. Started right up without problems and ran much better than I expected or remembered. Last fall no matter what was done it just wouldn't run right. That's the reason I put it away to figure out what to do with it. Got busy with the 73 and since it's almost finished it was time to take another look at the Wagon.
Here you can see the dash pad needs replacement, I also have a few "tricks" to freshen up the interior.
And the engine... needs a little cleanup
First order of business... tires. I had the extra tires I have mounted on the wheels from the 78 parts wagon and got them installed. The original wheels that can with the wagon were uni-lugs and since I had correct wheels...
Next was the front spoiler from the 78 parts wagon
The front spoiler is installed and I also installed the NOS grill I had waiting.
Then I cleaned up the interior and Installed the new dash cap. Also my little trick with the silver sharpie was used to referb the trim a bit.
One day it was to hot to go in the house (no AC) so I decided to cleanup the engine compartment. Started with engine degreaser and moved on to dawn dishwashing soap and various scrubbies and brushes. Once the engine is out for the swap I'll clean it up better, for now this looks much better.
After it was all cleaned up I said... what the heck, let's take it to The Show! in Grand Rapids, MN for the Northern Cruisers 23rd Annual Weekend of Wheels. As always the 73 "Boss" get's lot of attention but the wagon was a big hit too. Many were curious what my plans are and interested to see it when it's done.
Once we got back from the show I just had to get a shot of the ponies...