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1963 Chevy II 400 Series Station Wagon

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Year: 1963

Model: 400 Series Station Wagon

Engine: 4.8L Vortec L20 V8

Body/Exterior: Bare Metal

Front End: Heidt’s Mustang II with 2” drop, 5/8” narrowed control arms, and power rack and pinion

Transmission: 4L60E

Rear End: 63 Chevy

Exhaust: Fabricated

Wheels/Tires: Budnik G5

Interior: None

Electrical: American Autowire Highway 22

Accessories/Options: None

Sound system: None

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Kink to the original thread, I thought about re-vamping it but decided to just start a new one because I think the old thread was closed to comments. I thought this way may be a little more enjoyable for everybody.

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I bought this wagon way back in March of 2014. I had started a build thread on the site some of you may remember in the build area. Somewhere between then and now multiple things happened. Photobucket decided to go sour and bugger up my thread. I also moved into a new house. The wagon got put to the wayside, as can happen.

Fast forward to now. I have finally gotten settled into the house and plowed through my large list of home improvements. The garage is setup and I am finally starting to get back into my wagon.

As a recap, I bought this wagon in Scottsdale. The plan is to make this a nice cruiser. The main goals are reliability, comfort, and looks. I want the thing to sit right, ride nice, and be something I can trust to get my family anywhere we want to go at the turn of a key. I put a home-built Heidt’s Mustang II front end on it and a triangulated 4-link of my own design. It will be powered by a 4.8L that I got out of a 2009 Silverado along with the matching 4L60E. I am going to run a Holley Dominator ECU, along with their intake, injectors, fuel rail, fuel tank, and everything else that they recommend to go along with it.

Here are some old pictures to catch everyone up.

Day I loaded it on the trailer.
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I fabricated a lot of stuff in our old house that had a 2 car garage before we moved into a house with a much larger, to me, 3 car garage.

This is the car as it sat after I got my garage cleaned up and was prepared to start getting into the wagon again.

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I want the car to have a modern engine but still look like an old small block (ish). Here is the engine with an adapter that mounts the truck drive by wire throttle body to an old school air cleaner that I modified to fit.

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More to come, it may take me a bit to get everything posted to bring everybody up to speed.
 

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That's an awesome car! The budnik wheels look great on it!!!!!! I love the air cleaner on the dbw throttle body. What size tires?
Thank you! The wheels are Budnik G5's 17 x 7 in the front and 17 X 8 in the rear, custom backspace for the application. Been awhile since I bought them so I would have to dig for the specs. I thought they complimented the trim & lines of the wagon well. Tires are BFGoodrich G-Force Sport tires, 245/45/17 in rear and 215/45/17 in front.

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1963 Chevy II 400 Series Station Wagon

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Year: 1963

Model: 400 Series Station Wagon

Engine: 4.8L Vortec L20 V8

Body/Exterior: Bare Metal

Front End: Heidt’s Mustang II with 2” drop, 5/8” narrowed control arms, and power rack and pinion

Transmission: 4L60E

Rear End: 63 Chevy

Exhaust: Fabricated

Wheels/Tires: Budnik G5

Interior: None

Electrical: American Autowire Highway 22

Accessories/Options: None

Sound system: None

Comments:
Kink to the original thread, I thought about re-vamping it but decided to just start a new one because I think the old thread was closed to comments. I thought this way may be a little more enjoyable for everybody.

Old build thread
is the body on that thing really that incredible? I thought my wagons body was nice. That driver side looks killer.
 

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I am hoping to make the switch to 17's one of these days so thanks for the answer. Stock wheel tubs etc out back?
Yes stock tubs in the rear but it is not a factory rear end, it’s actually out of a 57 Chevy and has been narrowed

What process did you use to strip down to bare metal?
I used a $40 gallon of zip strip and a razor scraper from Lowe’s to get 99% of it off. I would brush on a layer, let it sit for 15 minuets and take off the layer that it let me, then repeated until I cut thru the factory red oxide primer. Then the last little bit I got off with a DA and 80 grit paper. Very time consuming and tedious.

is the body on that thing really that incredible? I thought my wagons body was nice. That driver side looks killer.
It actually very nice except for some minor spots. I did discover that both fenders and the hood were replacements somewhere along the line. When I stripped those the last layer was black instead of red oxide like the rest of the car. They seem to be decent so I’m going to use them. The hood even has the correct holes for the 63 hood emblem and the fenders have all the correct holes for the trim. I’m guessing they were GM replacements because they had the factory light blue under the dark blue. I have no idea if there’s a way to tell for sure though.
 

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Here’s a picture of some rust in the very front tip of the fender. I just cut it out, and welded in some new metal I bent as best I think it turned out pretty good. Both fenders had the exact same rusty spot
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I’m still trying to decide how to fix the quarters, they both have rust holes.

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1963 Chevy II 400 Series Station Wagon

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Year: 1963

Model: 400 Series Station Wagon

Engine: 4.8L Vortec L20 V8

Body/Exterior: Bare Metal

Front End: Heidt’s Mustang II with 2” drop, 5/8” narrowed control arms, and power rack and pinion

Transmission: 4L60E

Rear End: 63 Chevy

Exhaust: Fabricated

Wheels/Tires: Budnik G5

Interior: None

Electrical: American Autowire Highway 22

Accessories/Options: None

Sound system: None

Comments:
Kink to the original thread, I thought about re-vamping it but decided to just start a new one because I think the old thread was closed to comments. I thought this way may be a little more enjoyable for everybody.

Old build thread
Pretty cool! I “finished” my 63 in August, 2020, and the 4.8 LS motor really was the best choice. I had only paid $350 for it, and with twice the power on the original 194, she scoots fairly well at freeway speeds, and the DBW engine allowed an easy cruise control switch mounting for travel comfort.

congrats!!
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Pretty cool! I “finished” my 63 in August, 2020, and the 4.8 LS motor really was the best choice. I had only paid $350 for it, and with twice the power on the original 194, she scoots fairly well at freeway speeds, and the DBW engine allowed an easy cruise control switch mounting for travel comfort.

congrats!!
Nice installation! I would recommend to come up with an airbox that takes air from outside of the engine bay. I noticed a huge difference on my car after making an air filter box that took air in from behind the grille. The intake air temps dropped 50 degrees and the engine ran much nicer, less sluggish in the summer heat. The filter location and tune was just like what you have but the filter was in a box and the air cam in the front. (y)
 
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