Rare Pro-Street 57 Chevy Wagon
If this wagon was from California, you’d prob ably think it’s a mighty nice surf board hauler, but this Chevy rumbles around the highways and byways of Indianapolis.
Our buddy George bought the worn out old wagon four years ago for a fair price. It needed plenty of work, but he knew two-door wagons are a rarity and thought the nice body style would make a great street machine. He was right, the car looks great and it’s very rare. In 1957 only 14.740 150 Handyman wagons were produced and very few are around today. When he got the car home it was disassembled and rebuilt from the chassis up. The front end was left stock, but the rear frame rails were narrowed and rebuilt with square tubing. A nine-inch Ford differential was narrowed and in stalled and is equipped with Posi-Traction and 5.14 gears. The original ’57 Chevy rear springs have been retained and moved in board with traction assistance from ladder bars and Competition Engi neering wheelie bars.
Horsepower is supplied by a ’79 Chevy 350 that has been bored and equipped with Venolia 8:1 blower pistons. The heads are stock 194s, with valves actuated by a Speed-Pro cam running a 0.455-inch lift and 295-degree duration. An Edelbrock intake manifold is topped by a Dyers-prepared supercharger and dual Holley carbs. Accel sparks the fuel and ex haust exits through Hooker headers. Torque from this brute is directed through a Coan Turbo 400 with a Coan 4500 stall speed converter. A B&M Quick Silver unit handles the shifting chores.
The ’57 body is super cherry thanks to Ames Body Shop. When the ’57 was ready, Marshall Price applied the 1976 Corvette Yellow enamel paint job. To complete the exterior, the trim was polished and the bumpers were straightened and chrome plated. To give the car the Pro-Street look, Weld Wheel Superlites are used with Goodyear 7.35×15 front tires and 15x33x19.50 Mickey Thompson Sportsman rear tires. To finish off the car, the interior has been equipped with Mustang bucket seats and black velvet dia mond tuck upholstery. Other features include Stewart-Warner gauges and a Grant steering wheel.
George belongs to the Vintage Wheels car club and attends all of the local car events. He drives the car on weekends for pleasure and has taken it to the drags to see how fast it was. His best time to date is a I2.68-second elapsed time at 118 miles per hour. Not bad for a street machine. The ’57 is called Puff The Magic Wagon; we’ll call it a real Tuff Puff.