Alan Gonyea's 1967 Chevy II Nova Wagon
(from Volume 28, Issue 344)

story by owner Alan Gonyea, photos by Michael B. Kelly


This 1967 Chevy II station wagon is one of less than 12,000 wagons produced for the model year. This fine automobile was manufactured at the Willow Run plant during the 4th week of April, sold new on May 10th, 1967 at Washburn Chevrolet in downtown Santa Barbara, California, and spent the next five decades with its one and only owner, Miss Helen, the proverbial “Little old lady”.

Being a snowbird living here in Poinciana, Florida, and Swanton, Vermont I purchased the car in Dade City, Florida from a car enthusiast who acquired the car from Miss Helens’ estate sale. When I purchased it the car presented itself in an almost virginal state. Only in Southern California, with its mild climate, and cared for by a fastidious individual, will you be able to find such a rust-free gem. He had the paint refinished to show the true Butternut yellow shine because the California sun had bleached it to almost white.

The first thing I had done to the car was send it to Dale’s Hot Rod Interiors in Dade City, Florida for a complete leather interior. When that was completed it was shipped to Vermont, where I would spend the next year and a half redoing it to the way I wanted it.

I purchased an LS 6.0 engine with a Stage 2 cam along with a 4L65E transmission to put into the car. The engine compartment was wire tucked to hide most of the wiring. To cool the engine an Entropy radiator with twin electric fans were used, and to cool the inside of the car a Vintage Air system was installed.

The front sheet metal was removed, along with the original front clip, the firewall smoothed, and a new TCI front frame clip was put on with polished stainless A-arms and hardware. The rear of the car was changed to a parallel 4-bar system with a 9-inch Ford and 3.50:1 posi gear set. After all the changes I made the parts, firewall, and front end had to be painted so that was done at Auto Creations in St. Albans, Vermont. The wheels are US Mags, 17x7 inches on the front and 18x10 inches on the rear, with 205x45x17 and 245x40x18 rubber. The car still has the California black plate UDK615 that it was born with, now mounted on the front bumper.

To stop the car Wilwood disc brakes were used on all four corners with polished calipers, and the cable E-brake was replaced with an electric one. To get the right ride height I was looking for I installed AccuAir air ride on the car along with Shockwave bags. The system is set to go to ride height whenever the ignition key is turned on, and it can also be controlled via a cell phone. To keep track of everything under the hood from inside the car a Dakota Digital HDX dash was installed, and a Custom Auto Sound stereo was also added to play my favorite songs while cruising.

I am really enjoying the car while attending cruise-ins and car show, and meeting new friends both here in Florida and Vermont. On to the next project! CN