Luis Velazquez acquired his love of Chevy station wagons from his father, who owned a 1967 example, and taught the youngster how to drive in it. Those fond memories were more than enough to cause Luis to want one for his own. He found this 1967 Bel Air in rural Tennessee, where it had been sitting for ten years and trailered the bow-tie back to his home state of Illinois. Those years of idleness and unuse had taken a rusty toll on the nine-passenger mover, necessitating the entire right front floor pan and some of the left side, along with the spare tire well, to be replaced with new sheetmetal. The body exterior had several areas of surface rust which were quickly remedied before further damage could take hold. “The wagon’s 235ci inline-six cylinder ran but it needed a good cleaning. I did some other work like replacing the radiator core, starter, single barrel carb and rebuilt the wheel cylinders and brake drums’ said Luis. For some added sparkle, the bumpers were rechromed and for those rainy drives, the wiper motor was rebuilt. “When I got the vehicle it was a powder blue which wasn’t factory correct. My brother-in-law did the body work and prep and then painted it in the correct silver blue color,’ said Luis. “The vision for the project was to restore something that the family once used for outings. It took a lot of cold garage years to take apart the wagon, some busted knuckles and of course money that was earned by sacrificing vacation time and working extra jobs to get the needed cash. Even my wife contributed to the effort.” All that energy wasn’t wasted: “Driving it is a great pleasure and when other drivers on the road give you the universal thumbs-up, that’s a reward in and of itself.”
1st Daily Cruise Night!June 30th, 2018
3 months to go.