The wagon rolled off the assembly line in salmon (pink) with the proper interior trim. Nope, you just don’t paint a mean ol’ thumpin’ hot rod pink. With this in mind Alloway opened up the wide array of colors at his disposal—black. While the crew at Alloway’s labored away on the bodywork the application of the PPG black to the body, Cloud White to the roof was applied by Bobby himself and fellow shop member Scotty Troutman.
Inside the body the majority of the flooring was kept stock with the exception of moving the driveshaft tunnel up and the widening of the wheel tubs via a 2-inch band to accommodate the 20x10 wheels. On the subject of wheels … and tires, Billet Specialties manufactures the ET-style slugs exclusively for Alloway’s. The fronts are 17x7 and the rears are 20x10. Michelin 225/55R17 rubber is used in front, and 275/55R20 are used in the rear.
The OEM taillights were freshly restored with brilliant chrome and polished stainless trim
When asked what was the most challenging part of the build, we envisioned a number of responses but never did we think we would hear what Bobby uttered. “The roof.” (Bobby is a man of few words!) For those familiar with stock mid-’50s Ranch Wagons you will know the term “bubble look” when referring to the roof. Bobby wanted to remove this visual and give the roofline a cleaner more pleasing appearance so between his shop and the Barillaro’s the roof saga begins. First step was to cut 2 inches (the bubble) out of the roof skin and then weld up the top. There, it’s finished. Well, not quite. Turns out Bobby didn’t like that look either. Second step was to remove the newly massaged top and replace it with a ’65 Plymouth roof from a four-door wagon—and turn it around. Yep, what was once pointed forward is now pointed backward! The end result is a pleasant and sleek looking line to the roof.
The grille is stock but straightened and dipped in fresh chrome at Dan’s Polishing in Adamsville, Tennessee. Other stock items retained were the front and rear bumpers but all the bolts and studs were removed and smoothed over along with the factory headlight buckets now running modern sealed beams and followed up with OEM taillights nestled within new chrome trim. Other sheetmetal that was modified were the firewall and inner fender panels handled at Alloway’s and Barillaro Speed Emporium.
Stock hinges never looked so good but they can be made to sparkle with plenty of prep.
Inside the wagon the factory dash was retained but the radio and air control holes were filled. In place new vent holes were drilled for the Vintage Air A/C and heat system and Classic Instruments gauges grace the OEM cluster. Other dashboard appointments include the ididit tilt column topped with a Lecarra wheel. The pair of ’63 Ford Galaxie bucket seats are stitched in black leather by Steve Holcomb of Pro Auto Custom Interiors in Halls, Tennessee. They also handled the black Daytona weave carpeting over liberal amounts of Dynamat insulation. Several of the custom interior appointments include the door panels with billet trim, the center console that houses the modified Lokar shifter, and the Alloway shop–fabricated rear bench covered again in black leather.
It’s a shop truck, albeit a very nice one but one suitable to take to a rod run and show off your shops talent as well as chase parts.