1955 Chevrolet Handyman: Project Wagon

1955 Chevrolet Handyman

Long before I was able to drive, I had dreams of being a handyman/woodworker. Of course, once I got my driver’s license my dreams changed drastically. Although I have looked back and thought it would be neat to have a handyman business that runs a fleet of Chevy Handyman wagons as work vehicles! Not only would it combine two dreams, but think of the marketing potential. As a matter of fact, looking at this ’55 Handyman here on eBay in Waterport, New York, I’m kind of tempted to start said handyman business. At $4,800 it seems like a decent project, of course there are some issues that make me nervous. The engine and transmission are long gone, as is all the car’s paperwork. The seller states that the title was lost in a fire, so depending on the State you live in that could be a big problem. I’m also a bit nervous about the rust on the chassis, but the seller claims the car is solid. While I would love to have a Handyman wagon, I’m not sure I would want to tackle all the issues this one has, only to get worn out hauling tools and lumber. But think how cool it would be to see this Handyman zipping around with some vintage style signage and a load of lumber hanging out the back! Would you save this wagon?


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  1. mike D

    first off , NY was not a title state before 73, so this would have a transferable registration ( personally think that ppl toss around the term ” title” indescriminatly ) so all you would need from the seller is a bill of sale with the VIN on it.. I am no expert, but, I think the frame looks ok ( correct me if I am wrong) also the seller states there is an issue with the rear windows and the crank, I think on the handyman the windows were fixed, or at least you had to slide them . the shade of green that it is reminds me of the old phone company vehicles this would make a good advertising vehicle a small 8 would be all it needs .. but it would take some big bucks

    • Jay

      The rear windows do roll down on Handyman wagons. Though they don’t roll down all the way. Windowed sedan deliveries would have fixed rear windows. Nomads had sliding windows.

  2. The Walrus

    Forgot that the Handyman Specials came with multi-use steering wheels.

    • Ed P

      The vise grip steering was a one year only dealer installed option and very rare. Add $2.95 to the value of the car.

  3. justin

    I think that turning left with vise grips would be problematic.

  4. JW454

    It looks like this one served time as someone’s hippy-mobile. That is definitely some wild interior panels.
    Again, I’m thinking ’60s gasser project.

  5. Dan

    Wish I had kept mine, sold it couple of years ago. 350 with 350 turbo, powerdisc brakes, 12 bolt rear, and power steering.

  6. cory

    Absolutely love those. Almost more than a nomad. This one is above my skillset, and price seems high, but would love to see it saved

  7. Dolphin Member

    The ’55 Chev wagon sitting in the muddy driveway is OK….

    but I REALLY like Dan’s.

  8. Dan

    Thanks Dolphin, that car has an incredible body, was a southern car all its life…..floorboards looked like my 2012 Jeep….

  9. JamestownMike

    This one looks like a super solid car considering it’s a 55 and being in NY! The body’s biggest needs are floor pans and sandblasting the undercarriage. Definitely worth saving……..but not sure about the $4,800 buy it now price.

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