Wednesday’s Deuce Woodie Wagons

The Woodie Wagon has long been popular with the coastal communities and while rare, the Deuce woody still shows up in all sorts of configurations. Pure stock, slightly modified and one-off styles are seen at today’s events. I remember when Boyd built a tan colored one for Don Smith and it was one of the first Deuce Woodies I encountered when I moved here in 1984. I would later have the opportunity to drive it and immediately fell in love. As with most love affairs, things became obvious that wouldn’t work for me. The Dan Drum interior was beautiful but way to small and uncomfortable for my body. You may recall seeing the car sitting on the beach with Nick Matranga’s Deuce 3-window which I also drove for a short spell. My long time friend Walt owned both of these at one time. I lost track of the 3-widow but the Woodie is still in Southern California  and belongs to a Japanese fellow.

The front cowl section is the area that needs reworked to make it flow more smoothly with the wood. Leaning back the front post also improves the lines in my opinion. Another area required attention is the think strips of side wood. A thicker side molding takes away the box look. I still love Boyd’s version the best. Since the production numbers were really low you can bet Deuce lovers will be building one of Hercules reproductions in the future. NSRA’s 2016 Giveaway car is one Cecil’s units. Quite a nice price to win. I think the Deuce Woodie can be made to look good with a little effort. After all, we are Hot Rodder’s aren’t we!

As the Memorial Day approaches, take time to thank those who served so we could enjoy the freedom we have.

Stay Tooned!



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Walt has a future Deuce Woodie project to keep him busy. The side strips have not been installed.


The stock Deuce with a hot Flatty always makes a nice ride to the beach.


A stock interior adds class to the Deuce.


The dressed flatty requires lots of polishing which comes naturally for Gary who owns Sherm’s.


Legend Jim Lattin always has some great rides like this Deuce Woodie.


He even has his own brand heads with 16 spark plugs.

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Stock ones show up at swap meets  and have been well preserved. This was at Turlock a few years ago.


The Brizio chassis was unusual for Boyd but the car rode better than the 3-window. Note the front cowl was reshaped and the Doug Carr wood fit flush.


I have been showing the Hercules body that Steve is building and here is another version.


This fellow built his own from a sedan cowl and made it a tudor version which allowed pushing the seat back a few inches.


Some ideas for a tudor with fenders like Dan Fink built.


Some versions were built without fenders also like this one.


Dan and his staff built the entire metal structure in his shop. Geoff did a lot of the work while I was there. The Speedwagon was based on a Thom Taylor design.

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Sid, of upholstery fame, built a nice woodie using a Brizio chassis. It has been for sale for a few months on various sites.


The Hercules Deuce Woodie is the Grand Prize at the NSRA 2016 event in Louisville.


The finished product looks good to me. Dale you need this in your collection.


For comparison, here is a bone stocker. To me they were not the most attractive Woodie I have ever seen.

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