Carrol Allen's Chevies were manufactured more than three decades apart, but they share a couple of things. Each car was the low cost offering from Chevrolet in the year of their birth and each has been reborn thanks to its owner's considerable automotive skills.
Carrol Allen says he completed a full frame-up restoration of his 1929 Chevrolet 2-door Coach after 12 years and quadruple bypass surgery. Although it's regularly driven to car shows, on classic Chevy tours and in parades, the burgundy beauty looks as fresh as the day it was finished in 1995.
Allen's 1963 Chevy II hardtop did duty as his son's high school car, but was in rough shape, covered with hail damage, when he decided it was time to bring it back to life. Dechromed, smoothed and covered in Victory Red paint, the little Chevy was re-engined with an Astro van V-6.
The '63 Chevy II featured a clean, simple rear design, with squared off combination tail light/backup lights and a horizontal spear across the deck lid. Robbies Hobbies handled the replating of the front and rear bumpers.
The old inline 6-cylinder engine was replaced with a 4.3 liter Astro
van's V-6 mated to a 700R4 automatic overdrive. Mercury Bobcat front
suspension with rack and pinion steering was added, along with tubular
braces to stiffen the front of the car.
The S-10 pickup rear end used under the Chevy II actually proved too narrow, so the owner had a friend custom-mill a set of wheel spacers to move the 7-inch wide Unique wheels to the proper location in the wheel wells. The rear tires are also Winston radials, but in a larger 235/60R15 size.
Allen removed most of the side trim on the car, but chose to retain the small`6' fender badge because the car is still powered by a 6-cylinder engine, this one modern V-6, which replaced the old inline 6.
The header panel above the windshield contains a crank mechanism that allows the glass to be cranked up a few inches for interior ventilation. The windshield wiper operates via a conventional vacuum pump, not the crank.