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This Two-Tone Paint 1958 Chevrolet Yeoman Resto Mod is Beyond Amazing

As good as wagon can get minus the wood grain trim

Published July 18, 2017

Some 30 years ago, late Raymond Currie acquired a rare, one year only model, 1958 Chevrolet Yeoman 2-door station wagon as partial payment for one of his business deals. Like it so often happens, he stored it in a barn and paid no further attention to it. But his son Paul Currie had. Paul grew up in Revere, Massachusetts and often came back home to Brentwood, New Hampshire for visits. There, Yeoman beckoned him from under deep layers of dust and all kinds of silly trinkets. When his father passed away, Paul decided to do some maintenance work on the barn. Workers, naturally, dug out the wagon and that’s how this restoration began.

Paul Currie already changed a number of cool cars beforehand, but Chevy wagon he knew for so long was something special. His first having been a ’69 Camaro, Paul developed a deep affection towards the Bow Tie brand. After the initial groundwork was set, he paid a visit to Back Bay Customs from Portland, Maine. There the terms were agreed upon and real work was quickly set out upon.

First things first, the BBC crew started with some chassis work. Up front, they installed RideTech upper and lower StrongArm, while original rearend got bolstered by StrongArm CoolRide upper wishbone and RideTech lower control arms. 14-inch Baer discs with four-piston calipers adorn all four corners, and so do Bridgestone Potenza low-profile radials wrapped around 17-inch Foose Model F-209 Shockwave wheels.

Like any true resto mod, Paul’s 1958 Chevrolet Yeoman too, benefited from engine swap. Out with the old and in with the new Chevrolet Performance 350ci HP Deluxe crate V8. BBC also installed their own stainless exhaust with Magnaflow mufflers. The system is mated to TCI Automotive StreetFighter 700-R4 transmission and custom driveshaft made by Williams Brothers of Portland, Maine.

Sheetmetal was left surprisingly intact. At least as much as 60-year old car’s sheetmetal which had been languishing in a cold New Hampshire barn for three decades can be. This made the restoration easier, but still didn’t make it easy on Adam Clayman’s BBC crew. Axalta Extreme Green with Pearl Effect White accents were chosen as new colors. Green was Paul’s father Raymond’s favorite color. Maybe Raymond didn’t live long enough to complete a father and son restoration project but his son Paul still found a way to include him into it.

Interior was a different matter. It needed a complete overhaul so BBC team started with seats and door panels. Medium brown leather with fawn Alcantara was chosen to complement brown wool carpeting. Dash received new custom Instrument Services Inc. dials and Paul chose Alpine, JBL and Focal for sound system suppliers. After the work got completed, Paul was left with one extremely rare mint condition Chevy Yeoman wagon. Low-slung beauty should serve Paul for plenty of miles and unforeseeable amount of time. It’s no less than this meticulous wagon deserves.

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Nikola Potrebić
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Despite driving a piece of junk, Nikola still manages to survive the harrowing experience called "A road trip in a Yugo," day in, day out. On the other hand, precious few things move him as muscle cars do. Especially those from the bygone golden era, which makes him wonder why wasn't he born a few decades earlier? Well, at least he's been given the opportunity to enjoy the likes of the Pontiak Aztek, Chrysler PT Cruiser, Fiat Multipla, and other lovely millennials, right? Come to think of it, I'll stick with my Yugo. Thank you very much.

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