Monday’s Wood

We were blessed with a gorgeous day at Dohney Beach in Dana Point, California. The sun was shining so bright we all got sun burned sitting by the beach. The final count of woodies was 140 which was a great turnout for the Southern California Woodies. They moved the show site to a new location in the same area due to the road damage where it is normally held. I actually liked it since you didn’t have to walk so far and the bicycles didn’t interfere with the spectators. Our group enjoyed the day and some great tri-tips (steak) by Dave. Lorraine made her favorite cookies and Jane supplied some banana nut bread — we didn’t lack for food.

The quality of the Woodies keeps reaching new plateaus. Several newly finished Woodies were in attendance and they were just perfect in detail and overall fit and finish. As Hot Rodder’s, we tend to look at gaps, and fitting wood is not like fitting sheet metal. It is not easy to add on to wood gaps. Chris Messano is the expert at making the wood structure into a fine piece of furniture with perfect gaps and varnish. Several awards are given to Woodie owners and Chris is recognized as the builder by many of the winners. A green Mercury Woodie was this year’s winner which Chris just finished. Congratulatios to the owner and builder for being recognized.

We stayed longer than normal, so the long trip home was about an hour longer than normal but we didn’t mind as a day with our friends, Woodies and the beach was well worth the travel time. We always look forward to this event and our thanks goes to the Southern California Woodie Club for their outstanding work on their 19th annual show. It was a good one.

Stay Tooned!



I like the poster so much I purchased a T-shirt.


Rich and Walt had their Black beauties standing tall for the show.


Our crew just relaxed and enjoyed the beautiful day at the beach.


Walt and Rich worked on his new Woodie all morning and made it look good with some detailer. It is hard to beat the look of a 40 Woodie.


This clean 46 Ford was fresh and very nicely done.


The Ford Coyote engine really fit nicely with no wires showing.


The dash had a flip-up grille which concealed all the A/C controls.


The Mercury woodies are really nice also but not often seen at the shows.


Jim won an award for his beautiful 34 Ford Woodie. Congrats Jim!


Jim has installed a LS3 in his Woody so he can splinter the wood when driving.


A very nice original 47 Ford Woodie was for sale and I don’t know if it sold. Woodie prices have come down from their previous highs a few years ago.


The Mercury was really a winner and much rarer than the Fords at the events.


A late arrival, but a vey nice 51 Woodie, was parked in the back rows. Surf Boards complete the look.


A rare Ponitac Woodie was in the show and was a favorite of many. See engine below.


We are seeing more of the LS series motors in Woodies.


I fell in love with these chairs but I never did see anyone sit in them. ??


Many Woodies leave the flathead engine and upgrade it for performance.


I have known this 40 Woodie for many years and the older couple drive to all the events in this stock Woodie.

My last chance for building a Woody


This is a 39 cowl and floor pan which is different from a 40. What do you think?

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