Still, there were improvements to be made. Suspension left something to be desired. The seats were vinyl and had old metal spring underpinnings. Seatbelts weren't required in 1960, electric windows were a rarity and side mirrors were an option. Emissions simply weren't a concern.
"It looks like they used to look, but the ride is modern," Cline said. "It drives more like a late-model Camaro. It has power steering. It has a fuel-injected engine and a catalytic converter. It could pass an emissions test."
The car's original engine had about 50,000 miles on it, assuming it hadn't been rolled back. Cline intended to rebuild it, until he learned it had two cracked rings. He instead replaced it with a newer model, V-8 engine.
He decided to change the car's original beige body and cream top, experimenting with modern paint colors, including burgundy and a medium blue that just didn't seem right before he settled on Galapagos Green for the body and a subtly lighter Bamboo for the top.
"That color fits that car," Cline said. Sage green leather and cloth cover the updated seats.
The front bench seat was replaced with two and a center console recycled from a Cadillac. It was a loss of one seat position, but the wagon still holds three comfortably in the middle seat and has a rear-facing pop-up seat in the rear that holds two.
"Our girls love that," Trisha said. Their daughters, 7-year-old Mollie and 5-year-old Caitlyn, already are car lovers.
As the project proceeded, Cline couldn't resist kicking things up a notch.
He added low-profile wheels, 18 inches in the front and 20 inches in the rear. Next up was an exhaust system that took the car from a whisper to a little vroom-vroom. The exhaust was made in a shop in Nashville that could custom build mandrel tubing - that refers to a special kind of tight bend that is aesthetically pleasing.
The car looks as good underneath as it does on the top.
Probably the biggest modification is the air suspension system that can raise and lower the car several inches. It's the reason the car's middle seats no longer fold down to give a large cargo area - the compressor unit now fits between the second- and third-row seats.
Cline plans to show the car a bit more and then retire it from show life so he and his family can enjoy it. He will install seatbelts and perhaps side mirrors and hit the road for some fun trips.
"I'd like to take it on Route 66," he said.
Trisha is game, as long as he drives.
"I will not drive these cars," she said. She's afraid of damaging his hard work, although he is the one to remind her constantly, "It's just a car."
That's a lesson she's learned over and over as Cline buys and sells vehicles, often right out from under her.
"I can't tell you how many personal vehicles I have had," she said.
Cline says this one's not for sale. Well, maybe not.
"My dad would sell anything," Cline said. After all, there's always another car to restore.
"In the midst of doing them, he always says, 'I'm never doing this again,' " Trisha said. And then another car catches his eye.
Sure enough, the wheels are turning.
"I've been wanting to do a truck," Cline admits. Maybe an early '70s Chevy Blazer. Again, something big enough for the whole family.
Contact writer Monica Orosz at mon...@dailymail.com or 304-348-4830.