JUNE 1, 2011 A 1962 CHEVY II WAGON COMBINES NOSTALGIA AND BRUTE FORCE

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It is pretty hard not to notice a bright orange 1962 Chevy II station wagon.

 

Even if it was a stock color, they are a pretty rare sight, so we took immediate notice of Glenn Cain’s resto-modded compact wagon.

 

Glenn passed his driver’s test in a Chevy II back in 1973 and any car that was responsible for a car guy’s first pilot license will always have a special place in their hearts.

 

It is a rigid law of the land for car guys.

 

Special enough in Glenn’s case to seek out a Chevy II wagon at a later point in his life when he could take one and create a street monster with huge curb appeal. Glenn’s father found the car for him and Glenn drove it all winter in his first year of ownership.

 

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That would be the last hard duty for the car because Glenn had other plans for his little Bowtie wagon. He used a 327 block and heads from a Massey Ferguson combine/donor to build a solid power base for his Chevy II.

 

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The original three-on-the-tree has been replaced by a muscular Borg-Warner four speed that now shifts from the floor. A Ford nine-inch rear end handles the massive torque from the beefed-up Chevy small block.

 

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Four-wheel discs and a front- end upgrade ensure that the little wagon can stop and turn with the best of them.

 

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The entire process was done to very high standards that have given 21(and counting) 1st place trophies to Glenn over the past four years since its completion.

 

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The car is also a TV star– it was featured on The Food Network in a fake drive in scene. An appearance in Super Chevy magazine is also part of Glenn’s famous car’s history.

 

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It won the 2007 Powerama Show in Edmonton, Alberta Canada in a field of 640 cars, so it runs with the big dogs at every major car show.

 

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But mostly it is Glenn’s pride and joy because, no matter how many shows it wins, his Chevy II is a huge part of his car guy dreams from the past.

 

A high school crush with a very happy ending

 

Jim Sutherland

 

Many more happy endings athttps://www.mystarcollectorcar.com/2-features/stories.html

 

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