BUDGET-BUILT HEMI-SIX CHRYSLER VALIANT WAGON

Paul Cronin didn't let his limited skills and budget stop him from fixing up an old Valiant wagon

Chrysler Valiant wagon

LIKE many people, the idea of buying a tired old car and fixing it up yourself with limited skills and budget can be daunting. But that didn’t stop Paul Cronin from having a go anyway, and the result wasn’t rubbish! Check out his cool Chrysler CM Valiant Regal wagon. 

Chrysler Valiant Wagon 1“I’D ALWAYS wanted to have a go at fixing up a car, but with my limited skills and budget I was worried I’d ruin anything I touched. Then the wagon — now known as The Goon — came along. It was rusty and dented, had a good 265ci Hemi in it and was heading for the wreckers. The family who owned it wanted to see it saved, so they gave it to me. If I stuffed up the body, I figured I could always pull the motor out and still be in front.

Chrysler Valiant Wagon 4“I bought a cheap donor car and cut the good bits out of it and welded them into The Goon. The only welding I’d done was in high school — I got good at blowing holes in sheet metal and even better at welding them up. I’d never painted a car but I learned the beauty of acrylic is that if there is enough of it on you can sand it flat!

Chrysler Valiant Wagon 3“The whole thing owes me $1830, which includes buying the donor, power tools including a buffer, grinder, jigsaw and drill, paint and primer, the stereo and tyres. I offset the cost by selling bits from both cars, including a set of W35 jellybean mags. It took two years of ‘extreme part time’ labour, with lots of ‘how to’ searches on Google and help from mates. It’s not perfect but I learnt a lot by having a go.”

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