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1961 Chevy Brookwood Wagon build

PostPosted: Fri Apr 08, 2016 9:26 am
by dustyoldbodyman
Folks,
Here we go. I will try to get a build thread going here for my 1961 chevy Brookwood Wagon. It is currently at JB Customs, but I will back up a bit to capture the stuff that I did a while back to get this re-power started.

Re: 1961 Chevy Brookwood Wagon build

PostPosted: Fri Apr 08, 2016 9:33 am
by dustyoldbodyman
The thing I have really struggled with on here is posting pictures - I hope I can get that going - this type of thread sucks without pictures... :ugeek:
61 wagon.jpg
No project should begin without a rendering

Re: 1961 Chevy Brookwood Wagon build

PostPosted: Fri Apr 08, 2016 9:45 am
by dustyoldbodyman
Some changes have taken place since that drawing - I will not be adding the 69 Z-28 hood scoop. I will run the stock hood.
So here is the story:
I was working in Troy for the now deceased Saturn brand and was living in Milford at that time.
I had re-routed my commute through Commerce and Keego Harbor to miss out on all the bad traffic out on 96 - 696. I would drive by this car daily for a few months and finally had to stop and look at it. There was a for sale sign in it early on, but that had disappeared. Once I finally stopped, I found the sign - laying on the seat.
I had to go ask about it. The guy said he was still interested in selling it and was going to be moving to Taylor in a few days (glad I stopped)... I drove it - 235, 3 on the column, manual everything and thought this would be a great car to own (my first car was a 1961 black Bubble Top Impala, 283, glide, red and white interior) especially given I was born in 1961. It ran Really well and did not have any bad habits. He was at $1500 and I could not pass it up.

Re: 1961 Chevy Brookwood Wagon build

PostPosted: Fri Apr 08, 2016 10:28 am
by dustyoldbodyman
I have a photo of it when it was on the road, but its not electronic. I will have to scan it in and get it up here later.

The car was roadworthy at that time but dangerous - in my mind as it had a single barrel carb low compression 235 that ran great but was a real POOCH and with a 4300lb car to pull around, aceleration was very different than the rest of the traffic. Worse yet, the drum brakes provided a perfectly LLLEENNNGGGTHHHY stopping distance that would enable this blue barge to never be able to stop like the other cars around it. Then there was that wonderful factory manual steering... 47 turns lock to lock and parking lots? yeah, what a bummer. So in my infinate wisdom, I began to convert it over. This took place while I lived in Milford and got me to the point you see here:

Re: 1961 Chevy Brookwood Wagon build

PostPosted: Fri Apr 08, 2016 10:50 am
by dustyoldbodyman
The conversion was to get these things on the car:
V8 power, 600 GM Power Steering (G body, S Truck) box, front sway bar, Disc Brakes in front - power disc and at that time a 5 speed manual - now it will be a 700 R4 automatic. The transmission goal in any event is to have overdrive as the factory rear gear is a 3.90.
While living in Milford, I scored factory 283 small block V8 frame mounts while in Tennessee on a business trip - went to a guys place one afternoon after work and unbolted them from a car out back. Then the 600 box was mounted and I used an M Van Idler arm and a center link also from the M Van. I had a machinist I know (Dave Melcher) make up tie rod end sleeves to attach the tie rod ends - I cannot say what the outer ends end up being, but it all came together. The steering box uses a flaming river u-joint coupler at the box.
The front brakes are C-3 Corvette. I installed them spindles and all they literally bolt on. Corvette is a "Rear Steer", so the Brookwood steering arms had to be used and they needed their attachment holes to be made larger as the Corvette spindles use larger steering arm attach bolts.
If you look close, you can see all of this in the pics.

Re: 1961 Chevy Brookwood Wagon build

PostPosted: Fri Apr 08, 2016 10:52 am
by dustyoldbodyman
By the way, that small master cylinder by the brake booster is a Nabco clutch master cylinder from a Datsun Z car that was originally going to be used with the Camaro Hydraulic Clutch. I don't need it now that the car gets a 700 R4 :D

Re: 1961 Chevy Brookwood Wagon build

PostPosted: Fri Apr 08, 2016 10:56 am
by dustyoldbodyman
Gotta take a break - more later 8-)

Re: 1961 Chevy Brookwood Wagon build

PostPosted: Fri Apr 08, 2016 11:25 am
by dustyoldbodyman
So here is a teaser - I finally found this in the archives from 09... yeah, I'm dating the project a bit.
This is the doner vehicle for the powertrain:

Re: 1961 Chevy Brookwood Wagon build

PostPosted: Fri Apr 08, 2016 11:27 am
by dustyoldbodyman
This computer has full adobe P-Shop stuff on it - I figured out how to get the pics to the right size. Its a real accomplishment for this old dude... 8-) 8-) 8-)

Re: 1961 Chevy Brookwood Wagon build

PostPosted: Wed Apr 13, 2016 9:03 pm
by DdoubleD
Cool project. Keep us posted.