Barn Finds Classic Cars 

1951 Chevrolet Deluxe Tin Woodie

From the outside, this Tin Woodie is starting to show it’s age and looks, well, a bit rough. Once you take a look at the inside and under the hood, you start to realize that there’s more than meets the eye! Reader Jerry W found this 1951 Chevrolet Deluxe in a hanger in Santa Monica, California. After getting it out and hauling it home to San Diego, he set about making it a really cool driver.

What Makes It Special? This 51 Chevrolet Deluxe was found in an airplane hanger. The hard work is done on this solid California Tin Woodie Wagon. It’s a bit of a Derelict style build. The body is straight and solid with loads of patina. That’s likely thanks to having been stored in a Santa Monica hanger. It’s now in sunny San Diego and it’s ALL Chevrolet! The original factory real wood interior with the original gauges restored by United Speedometer. The uncut original dash features its factory clock with new quartz movement & Custom Auto Sound AM/FM sound system. Dynamat installed from the top of the smoothed firewall throughout the rust-free floors of the seating area.

The Chevrolet 292 cui inline-six has been bored out to 301 CID with a Schneider Cam, Clifford Intake, Clifford Headers, twin Webers, DUI electronic ignition and 700R4 transmission. I can provide complete engine specs upon request. I also installed a Vintage Air AC system, 4-core radiator, power brakes and the rear end out of a ’63 Nova SS. Hanger stored California car with perfect floors and doors. Priced to sell at just $26,500. Interested parties can text me at 760-996-3040 and I will return call, or message me and I’ll get back to you.

As cool as ICON’s Derelict builds are, I really appreciate that Jerry kept the original inline-six in this one. Modern drivetrains are great, but by the time you are finished installing a fuel-injected V8 with all the necessary upgrades to make it safe, it’s difficult to return it to its original state. While this one has been upgraded a bit, you shouldn’t require extensive work to return it to its original configuration. Add a fresh coat of paint and this would be a really great looking car. Personally, I’d leave it as is and just enjoy it! It would definitely get lots of attention and would stand out in a crowd, plus the upgrades that have been done would make it a fun and dependable driver!


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