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PostSubject: 59' Wagon   Sun Feb 20, 2011 6:21 pm

http://s935.photobucket.com/albums/ad191/Pontiac-59/SafariRod%20-%20The%20Prairie%20Schooner/

Here's my Prairie Schooner...picked up this beast just 30 miles from home from the original owners daughter in 2006. The car was bought new in Edmonton (45 miles from my house) so thats pretty neat. Bought the car as you see it on the trailer for $2300...not complete but the condition was AMAZING and there was NO body work done to it. I thought this was the only car like this around and that is why it grabbed my eye in a back alley while I helped a friend shingle his roof. Turns out that through a complete random cold call on parts at a place that I actually didn't think would even know what a 59' looked like, the guy knew another guy that had one, and wanted to sell it. The parts car had no engine, which suited me fine, but did have just about every part I needed to finish mine, as well as some NOS chrome kits, tail lights, headlight surrounds and MORE. I was PUMPED!!!!!! Since 06' we've had the car at several different shops but hadn't found "THE guy" until last year about this time. We got in contact with a guy near here that was as excited as we were to see the finished product and that proved to be a Godsend! The car came with a V6 but we have since dropped in a Nailhead from a 69' Buick...the car has about 70,000 miles and the engine had 69,000 so that was pretty cool how that worked out. Added power steering and brakes, have (and am anxious to get on!!) 18 and 20" Coy's wheels with spacers. Just last week I got the car back from paint, it's now got a brand new windshield, and is currently being upholstered by a local guy. Should be posting some finished pics in a couple weeks! Once I get the car home I need to do the timing, new distributor, get the exhaust done and do some work on or replace the carb and then she should be ready for summer cruisin'! It's been a long time coming but I can see the light at the end of the tunnel at last! Pretty cool to find a site like this with others as intrigued by the 59' as I am Smile I'm currently looking from some of the front end chrome if anyone has or knows of any...


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PostSubject: Re: 59' Wagon   Mon Feb 21, 2011 11:28 am

glad to see another canadian!! thats an awesome wagon!! Is it a canadian or american 59? You should also check out canadianponcho , great bunch of guys on there also.

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PostSubject: Re: 59' Wagon   Tue Feb 22, 2011 12:14 am

Hey, the wagon looks great! Hope to see some more progress pics when you can. I'm nearing completion on my 59 wagon (US car) as well, if I could just figure out how to post pictures!
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PostSubject: Re: 59' Wagon   Tue Feb 22, 2011 2:03 pm

Damn, $2300 is a bad ass deal. I'd love to find me a wagon. That thing is too cool!

Which nailhead is it? Surely it's not a 69 nailhead...


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PostSubject: Re: 59' Wagon   Thu Feb 24, 2011 4:33 pm

Hello again guys...this is a Canadian car, one owner until I found it in a back alley. Pretty sweet to find it so close to home. The engine is a 340 Nailhead from a 69' Buick...I don't know a whole lot about these engines but I just happened upon it and its a great runner and something unique so we snapped it up and threw it in. Starchief-59' do you know much about it?
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PostSubject: Re: 59' Wagon   Thu Feb 24, 2011 5:44 pm

Show us some pics of the motor. They never made a 340 nail head and they killed the nailhead in 66.

Buick did have a 340 non nailhead V8 in 65?-maybe until 69.

At least it's not a small block chevy Rolling Eyes

That's a damn sweet car. '59 GM wagons are some of my favorite cars

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PostSubject: Re: 59' Wagon   Thu Feb 24, 2011 6:08 pm

Hmmm...there has been some confusion around this engine...it did come from a 69' Buick but perhaps it wasn't the original engine. From what I can find online, the Buick 400' was a 340hp engine...not sure if thats where that number came from? Have a look at see what you can tell me. Unfortunately this is the only pic I have of the engine right now and the car isn't here right now. Anyway wisdom or light you could shed on this would be much appreciated!

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PostSubject: Re: 59' Wagon   Thu Feb 24, 2011 6:12 pm

markymark wrote:
Hey, the wagon looks great! Hope to see some more progress pics when you can. I'm nearing completion on my 59 wagon (US car) as well, if I could just figure out how to post pictures!

Cool markymark, we head down to Osoyoos every August for a week and I'm hoping to take the Schooner this year if I can get my wife and 3 girls on board Smile If we do I'd love to stop and see what you've got, we usually spend the night in Vernon on the way
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PostSubject: Re: 59' Wagon   Thu Feb 24, 2011 7:00 pm

It's definitely not a nailhead, other than that I can't say for sure.

From what I remember the 400s and 430s had different valve covers but the small blocks and 455s had similar valve covers. I'm not exactly sure what it is but someone should be able to ID it.

Here is the 300 that was in my 67 Skylark


And here is the '67 big block 430 I was going to put in it.

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PostSubject: Re: 59' Wagon   Fri Feb 25, 2011 1:07 am

SafariRod, that'd be awesome, just email me-were only a kilometer of the highway you'd be taking. Hey, I grew up in Sherwood Park in the 70/80's -good memories of that area and my old 55 Chev!
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PostSubject: Re: 59' Wagon   Fri Feb 25, 2011 3:32 am

Cool lookin' wagon. Can't wait to see finished pictures! Not quite sure about the 20's though, but that's just me and my crusty nature when it comes to classic cars......
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PostSubject: Re: 59' Wagon   Sat Feb 26, 2011 6:59 pm

I've never been a fan of big wheels on old cars either. It just doesn't look right to me

Did you find anything out about that motor?

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PostSubject: Re: 59' Wagon   Sat Feb 26, 2011 8:04 pm

How are you lowering the car Safarirod? Im assuming you are from the concept pic you had posted. Disc brakes? Alot of your mods should be easy seeing its a Chevy undercarriage.
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PostSubject: Re: 59' Wagon   Sat Feb 26, 2011 8:15 pm

He should be able to get drop spindles for it

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PostSubject: Re: 59' Wagon   Mon Mar 07, 2011 8:49 pm

well, looks like the engine is a 340 from what I have been able to surmise...should be better than the little guy that was in the car from new at any rate. As far as the wheels...COME ON guys!! Don't judge em' til they're on Smile I can certainly appreciate the classic look but I think this thing is going to look pretty good with the big wheels. Not sure what I'll do yet for lowering, might end up putting it on air at some point but I think we'll just get her rollin' for this summer as is and then decide if and when to pour more money to it. I could also get drop spindles as well but I think air might be more fun to do.
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PostSubject: Re: 59' Wagon   Fri Apr 15, 2011 12:23 pm

Hey, hows the schooner coming along?
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PostSubject: Re: 59' Wagon   Sat Apr 23, 2011 12:53 am

Hey Mark, coming along GREAT! Took it for the the first tool around the block tonight actually. Tues she's going in for exhaust...inspection on Wed and then she should be registered unless they give me grief on the inspection I guess. So awesome to rip around in it tonight...I'm so pumped!
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PostSubject: 1st car show - not a winner but she sure turned some heads!!   Wed Aug 03, 2011 2:07 am

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PostSubject: Re: 59' Wagon   Wed Aug 03, 2011 10:41 am

Nice!! The wheels looks awesome-the big wheels help fill out those huge wells, especially on the canadian models. Are you BC bound with it?
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PostSubject: Re: 59' Wagon   Fri Aug 12, 2011 1:32 am

Hey Markymark...thanks for the compliment, I agree the wheels make that car look a lot more like a hot rod than a family wagon. Car is currently getting all new brake cylinders and balls joints, fixing a rad leak etc....we flew out to BC this morning for a wedding and won't be making our annual trip to Osoyoos this year unfortunately Sad Maybe next year we'll make the voyage but this year we just weren't quite ready. So fun to have it on the road though! Hows your sons car coming along??
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PostSubject: Re: 59' Wagon   Fri Aug 12, 2011 1:33 pm

Too bad ! My sons car has been stalled for the summer-too much to do around the farm including my daughters wedding! Its our winter project. We did however pick up a rebuilt 283 out of a 59 Corvette, which we'll be mating to a 700r-so just collecting stuff for now I guess.
I guess some other year. I hopefully will have more pics of my car up soon-seats have just been done!
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PostSubject: Re: 59' Wagon   Wed Aug 17, 2011 3:40 pm

Damn that looks good

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