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Wagon Guys......What's the difference on a Parkwood or Brookwood?

Discussion in 'The Hokey Ass Message Board' started by RoadFarmer, Aug 20, 2011.

  1. I found a '61 chevy Wagon that I think can be had for super cheap. It's really straight, has the third row for seating, SBC (im guessing 283) and looks to have a 4-speed.

    It's a brookwood, I've seen there are Parkwoods also, anyone know what the difference is?

    What should it be worth? IT has some rust in the bottom of the tail gate and two of the doors. The rest is real straight.

    Thanks for the help. I'll post pics this afternoon
  2. Mr48chev
    Joined: Dec 28, 2007
    Posts: 29,546


    The state of trim on it. I think my grandparents had a 61 Parkwood and the Brookwood was a level up from that if I remember right.

    From poking on this site it looks like there were Parkwoods, Brookwoods and Nomads in 61.

    It sounds like fun and to me is one of the best looking wagons Chevrolet built.

    I know that a pair of grandparents can pack a passel of grandkids in one and head out for the hills or on vacation pretty comfortably.
  3. Thanks for the help....I figured if I could get it cheap enough, it'd be cool to do for the fam after my '55. I'd rather have a hot rod......but itd be fun to take the whole fam damily on a trip too.
  4. belair
    Joined: Jul 10, 2006
    Posts: 8,714


    The Nomad was a 4-door, I guess in place of an Impala wagon. Sounds like a fun car, good luck with it.

  5. scrubba
    Joined: Jul 20, 2010
    Posts: 938


    Brookwood = Biscayne

    Parkwoods = Bel Airs

  6. Here's the pics, what do you guys think?


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  7. Furious Styles
    Joined: Aug 5, 2011
    Posts: 6

    Furious Styles

    I love wagons and that looks pretty complete, if it is reasonably priced it has lots of potential, one of my favorite chevy wagons.
  8. slinginrods
    Joined: Oct 6, 2008
    Posts: 422

    from florida

    i had a 69 parkwood,i always wondered myself the difference.
  9. Torkwrench
    Joined: Jan 28, 2005
    Posts: 2,518


    Looks very solid....Course, I'm used to rusty Illinois cars. :(:(:(
  10. Jethro
    Joined: Mar 5, 2001
    Posts: 1,582


    Like scrubba said....
    Brookwood = Biscayne, although it was the only model to come as a 4 door and a 2 door wagon, mostly used by delivery people and handymen .Bottom of the line

    Parkwood= Belair, a little more trim and available with the third row seat

    Nomad= Impala, most options and trim and powertrain choices , only available in 4 door though....of course I'm talking about the 59-60 models
  11. Snatch it up if the price is right....My favorite longroof!
  12. 1961 Chevrolet Full size wagons
    Brookwood 6 Passenger Biscayne trim line
    Parkwood 6 Passenger Bel Air trim line
    Kingswood 9 Passenger Bel Air trim line
    Nomad 6 Passenger Impala trim line
    All were four door
    "61 Wagons are not very common. It would be a very cool car to build. Good luck!
  13. tommyd
    Joined: Dec 10, 2010
    Posts: 11,350

    from South Indy

    Cool, Has the sufboard.errrrr luggage rack already!
  14. Haha ya, I was diggin the rack too!
  15. I was actually coveting the rack... I have a '59 'Crookwood' :)
  16. damagedduck
    Joined: Jun 16, 2011
    Posts: 2,342

    from Greeley Co

    it's just plain old farm junk..give me directions & i'll be there in a bit,LOL.......i love long roofs/wagons.snatch it up!!!
  17. pumpman
    Joined: Dec 6, 2010
    Posts: 2,674


    Here is our family funster, I really don't know the difference between the two brands, ours is a two door with no third seat. That wagon looks pretty darn nice.

    Attached Files:

  18. Nomad, Parkwood, Brookwood. Nomad had Impala like side trim, Parkwood had Belair single like side trim, Brookwood had no side trim....
  19. Lone Star Mopar
    Joined: Nov 2, 2005
    Posts: 3,098

    Lone Star Mopar

    So whats the word..any luck?
  20. scrap metal 48
    Joined: Sep 6, 2009
    Posts: 6,075

    scrap metal 48

    Get it.. Wagons are cool.....
  21. It's parked in the backyard of an abandoned house here in town. I found someone that knows the guy who owns the house. He said that the guy lives about 45 mins away and usually checks on the place a couple times a year. I gave him my number and he said he'd call the guy. My middleman gets a lot of business from me at work, so hopefully he puts in a good word for me. I can't quit thinking about it!
  22. I'm not sure what to offer the guy for it. Any ideas guys? $1000?
    I don't HAVE to have it, but it'd be cool to scoop it up as a future project.
  23. TexasDart
    Joined: Oct 11, 2007
    Posts: 853


    if it's a true 4 speed car from the factory that is pretty rare and makes it worth more.

  24. That what I was wondering.....283 with a 4speed in a base model wagon....has to be pretty rare...not that i care about its originality
  25. flatout65
    Joined: Dec 1, 2007
    Posts: 98

    from mid tenn

    you sure it wasnt a 3 on the tree converted to the floor?

    roof rack and 3rd seat with no bumper steps makes me think somethings not stock on there. so their could be other things swapped around

    if it was near me i'd snatch it up, but i also have a huge thing for 61-63 chebbies....all types!
  26. I thought the same thing about maybe a 3 on the tree converted to floor....I looked at the column...and didnt see a spot where the shifter should be, but maybe someone did a deal good instal back in the day. I probably wouldnt keep the manual trans in it anyway. I want something my wife can drive and feel comfortable in.
  27. F-6Garagerat
    Joined: Apr 12, 2008
    Posts: 2,652


    a friend of mine had a brookwood. he bought a totaled 409 impala and took all the drivetrain and put it in the wagon. it was cool as hell and looked factory.
  28. In '61, 4 speed was only available with a big block. that would be 348 or 409.
  29. 58 Yeoman
    Joined: Aug 7, 2009
    Posts: 467

    58 Yeoman
    from Lacon, IL

    It also has one piece bumpers...
  30. slammed
    Joined: Jun 10, 2004
    Posts: 8,151


    Less than $2000.00 is a deal. Pull the trigger. There are a set of Supremes in the classifieds. Getting it running and I can buff that beach up nice for cheap!

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