Obviously, it took more than just a few cut coils to give the wagon its new, lowly stance. Actually, it took a lot more-like a '69 Camaro front clip (with RideTech spindles, shocks, and 'bags) and a 'bagged RideTech truck arm-style two-link on a Currie 9-inch rearend. Underhood you'll still find a Nailhead mill (built by Matt Bishop), albeit now one of a '65 401ci vintage and backed by a Bowler 4L60E automatic overdrive. With the exception of an original Caddy air cleaner and custom-made headers (by Johnson's Hot Rod Shop), the engine looks stock, and of course the transmission is practically hidden from sight.

And speaking of looking stock, that takes us to the interior. The wagon never left Johnson's shop for any of the stitchwork-it was all handled in-house using OE upholstery fabric material and carpet. Probably the only non-stock items used inside the Buick would be the Vintage Air A/C, which utilizes the factory controls and vents, and a full Sony audio system that has been integrated into existing components (such as the head unit housed in a vintage RCA Victor 45 record player) so as to conceal as much as possible yet barely compromise sound performance.

In the end, Bob got exactly what he bargained for. And while it may be hard for people to understand why someone would put so much time and effort into what you can't see, that's exactly what he wanted. Besides that, being asked where he got the cool hubcaps is more of a compliment that anything else!

Rod & Custom Feature Car
Bob Johnson
Gainesville, Georgia
1958 Buick Estate wagon