Friday’s Forties

I know I seem to be stuck in a rut concerning forty Fords, but I do think they represent what I like to work on most. My recent research concerning a 1940 Ford Woody has been really interesting and informative. I started out seeking a cowl thinking they would be hard to locate. The fact is I found 10 of them in a matter of thirty days. Granted, most of them were just a cowl and not the complete floor pan with good wheel wells. I also located some wood parts and various brackets that are required to fit the wood together and attach to the floor pan. The parts are very expensive for a 40 Woody compared to the 46-48 Woodies I have owned. For example, the hinges, rear fenders and dashes are super expensive. The rear tailgate handles are also very expensive and they are not reproduced as far as I know. I enjoy talking to people all over the world about Woodies and their experiences. I once again subscribed to the Woodies Times in order to help locate parts. I may not find all the parts required but I sure enjoy the search.

The 40 Woody Wagons I have located all seem to need new floor pans and I learned that Paul Bradley makes an excellent exact copy. The pans are different from the passenger car. If you can locate a good cowl, which is Woody only, then you can piece together the rest of the floor and sub rails. I don’t want to go that way but it can be done if you can measure, cut and weld. The rear wheel wells would require a competent metal man which we have some of the best in the LA area. Fortunately, I have located some complete cars with and without wood. The East coast seems to have the most woody parts available for the builder. You can even purchase new sub rails if required. The interior window metal trim can be duplicated in wood as they are usually rusted from the weather. Remember, this is a hot rod woody not a restoration of the popular model. After many years of piecing cars together, I can tell you that buying the most complete car you can afford is the way to go.

On a sad note, I learned last evening the Mike Fennel passed away. He was a very nice man and a true craftsman. His restoration shop turned out everything from high end hot rods to Pebble Beach winners. He will be missed. My condolences to the family.

Have a great weekend and “Cruise for the Cause”.

Stay Tooned!


Tim has lots of experience is putting together 40 Fords including a Woody wagon. This is a hot rod Woody just finished so he is full of information if I need it. Yes, the CMG is the color of choice with the blond wood.

This one was located right here in Pasadena. Note the originality of this beautiful wagon. Side mounted antennas were dealer installed as the factory antenna was mounted in the upper windshield cowl area and it could be rotated down when not in use. The drip rails are steel on this one but I found one that had aluminum ones. Would that be correct?

I found this one on the net and learned a lot about building a woody. I like the mahogany insert panels on this one. If you are a purist then see the next build.

Monterey Speed and Sport located this cherry pie (except floors) and put it back together stock. It was also painted in the CMG color. How would you like to answer and ad and find this hidden in a garage for years?

Rear fenders are unique to the woody and they are hard to locate for a reasonable price. The solution is to repair yours or have some coupes re-shaped. Nice metal work on this one.

Note the excellent fit of these fenders. You can tell this is a hot rod by the rear suspension. Note the metal window trim on the inside of the wagon.

This is a different wagon that is going together as a hot rod. I don’t recall seeing a bare metal woody like this in a long time. Boyd used to have one but it was a tudor creation he did for a Buick dealer in town. Other than the rear fenders, most of the sheet metal is not hard to come by. I would add steel wheels on this one.

Bradley pans are the way to go. Fresh steel and easy to install once the old ones are removed. Be sure to brace the body fully prior to removing the floor or you will be sorry.

Tim, the prolific 40 builder, has drug home another standard. It sure looks nice in the photos. I can’t tell if it is painted or in primer.

I love this view of the forty coupe. I know this trailer has seen lots of forties over the years.

Today’s 1947 Ford Woody

I went to look at this one today. The car was parked on the street by my doctor’s office. I had to stop and have a look. The car came out of Texas when the market was booming for woodies. The sheet metal is very nice but the wood needs lots of work. $$$ It would make a nice car, but the asking price is $60K keeps most buyers away. If the wood were in good shape, this would be a decent deal. The car was complete running and driving mild hot rod with a hot flatty.


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