1955 Pontiac Safari Station Wagon
In early 2002, after selling the '49 Olds Woody, we were in search of another cool ride. Elaine found this car for sale on the internet, but unfortunately it was located in Iowa. My buddy, Mark Ball is an OTR truck driver so he and I picked it up in his semi. The car had just gone through a 4 year long frame off restoration, so basically all the hard work was already done.
It had been slightly lowered and had 16" American wheels when I bought it. The first thing I did was drop the car on down. I stepped the lower A-arms in front and shortened the springs. In the rear I replaced the 2" lowering blocks with 4" blocks and reworked the rear shackles. I then installed 4 - 20x8 Billet Specialties Vintec Dish wheels with a 245/40/20 up front and a 265/50/20 out back.
I then added Flowmaster exhaust.
I added a Lunati cam, replaced the generator with an alternator, and built a fake Lingenfelter style fuel injection box which actually housed a 450 Holley.
The restorer of this car put all new factory type leather in the interior, as well as Daytona weave carpet. So the new interior was completely stock in appearance. This car also had factory power windows and a padded dash.
While I owned the car it appeared in several magazines, and was featured in the January-February 2005 issue of Pontiac Enthusiasts Magazine.
I sold the car in July of 2004.