Hey, all. I'm new here - and appreciate the warm welcome; thanks! It was suggested I start a thread here, so here goes. I'll try to keep it updated and welcome any and all advice and comments! Last month a friend gave my husband and me the opportunity to buy his 1959 Kingswood wagon. He'd owned it for ten years, using it to haul band equipment and decorating it each Halloween for our city's annual parade. We headed over to his house to have a look... and saw that the condition was not quite what we had hoped. However, the price was right, and the thing ran, though roughly and belching blue smoke, if you primed the carburetor. Plus, all the chrome and trim pieces were there, and all glass, save for two door windows, was good. But most intriguing to us was that it was just a cool old wagon, the likes of which I'd never seen before. I was familiar with Chevrolet's 1959 sedans and convertibles, but could not recall ever seeing a station wagon in this iconic style. I thought this big ol' nine-passenger wagon was deserving of being saved. Still decorated from the last Halloween parade... The rust looked pretty bad... And the interior was grim. And under the hood... the original Blue Flame straight six. I scraped a bit of gunk away with my fingernail and uncovered a bit of bright blue, the color the engine was painted. So, husband and I talked things over for a few days... I talked to a few classic car people and nearly every one of them said, "Run, don't walk" away. "Buy an already-restored wagon for a lot less than what it will cost you to fix this one up." Surely common sense advice, but I guess we're not always sensible people. Then, I called a body shop owner who had done excellent work on my daily driver, a 2007 Nissan Pathfinder. I remembered that, in his spare time, he restored cars to sell at classic car auctions. He met me at the friend's house, waded through the tall grass to look it over and said, "It's do-able." So.... we decided to buy it. The next week, we had it delivered to the body shop. More later... time for bed!