Lastly received underneath my 65 Valiant station wagon ! It has been manner too lengthy since I’ve had this automobile in service.It began manner again in early January of 2021 after I was stopped at a site visitors gentle.I went to place the automobile in 1st and the shifter jammed .After shifting it round a bit it freed up and off I went.It appeared to shift simply advantageous so I simply continued on my manner in the direction of dwelling with a cease on the retailer.Got here out of the shop ,went to place the automobile in reverse and there was nothing there .I crawled underneath and noticed the linkage to the reverse lever dangling .With the assistance of some man that got here out of the shop we pushed the automobile out of the parking area and I headed for dwelling.I nonetheless had the 4 ahead gears. It turned out to be a damaged lever within the shifter . I pulled out one other shifter I had and put in it . As I used to be hooking up the rods to the gear levers I received actually dangerous vertigo . I used to be performed for the subsequent couple days then I attempted once more.Obtained it attached and it would not work proper.Then extra vertigo .This went on for weeks . Lastly I got here to the conclusion I needed to take away the transmission .There was one thing occurring that prompted this lever to brake contained in the transmission so I figured I might throw one other one in . I’ve three further 4speeds for my Rat Wagon! I used to be pondering as I unbolted it.The vertigo had let up and I used to be kind of again to regular.These rocks in my head lastly re aligned themselves I suppose. Obtained the transmission out and found the clutch was worn and in want of substitute too so I took it out.Had a brand new one within the basement so I modified it. Work at Steve’s occurred and there went 5 months then Summer season got here and went as I went as much as my camp . Then I had different issues to deal with and the wagon simply sat.Lastly the opposite day I attacked it .Obtained the transmission put in yesterday .At the moment it is raining so nothing is going on on the automobile.The shifter has been all rebuilt. That is subsequent then I’ll check it .If I’ve a driving automobile I can lastly transfer ahead and get it right down to my pal Steve’s home the place we’re going to restore this little wagon.Working right here at dwelling is sort of unimaginable .It is actual third world with a driveway of damaged concrete all uneven.Every part takes 4 occasions longer due to the wrestle that goes on coping with this.It is harmful and really irritating. So,immediately I am completely happy.I lastly have ahead movement with this lengthy stalled out mission.I miss my wagon.
I am unable to wait to begin on the physique work .I’ve good rust free straight fenders , doorways , quarter panels to make use of. I’ve a pleasant 65 Barracuda grill and entrance valance to make use of that may change the entire look of the entrance of the automobile .I additionally received a rust free higher hearth wall and cowl piece from a man in California that I am gonna weld in to exchange the one within the automobile now that’s rusted on the hood hinge mounts.And I’ve a very nice rust free hood. So,my wagon is getting back from the useless but once more .I received this automobile totally free again within the mid 1990’s it was a complete wreck that ought to have been crushed however I took pity on it and determined to reserve it.That is what it regarded like after I introduced it dwelling for the primary time.Who would have thought I might get 30 years of actually good service out of this !
Then I fastened it up to make use of for a piece automobile and work she did !
After a number of years in white primer I did a brush & curler paint job on her with Rustolium and he or she regarded fairly good so she stayed in use This was 2011
And right here she is in 2020 up on the Canadian border for one of many many journeys she made as much as my camp on a kayaking journey .
So now she’s going to get a brand new lease on life.Not solely is she getting a physique makeover however I’ve a very candy 170 cu in slant 6 that has been all rebuilt ready to exchange the one which’s in there now with 250,000 + miles on it. I am a MOPAR man for certain ! So, immediately I prepare, dig out all that I want and with a bit of excellent fortune I am going to have my outdated pal working once more by the top of this week. Retirement is a wonderful factor !