I talk a lot about Ford’s Wooden Wagons from 1932-51 as I have always liked them. My father had a 1949 wagon that we used to go fishing and pull his boat. I was real young but the car stayed with me all those years. The wagon was placed in the remote side of my brain until moving to California in 1984. We lived a mile from the Pacific Ocean in Laguna Niguel.
Living so close to the ocean, I often would drive my delivery down to Doheny and watch the surfers ride the waves. I often saw this 46 Woodie with an Endless Summer license plate and decided that would be the year I would like to own. I offered him a trade and some cash, but he wanted money only. My children persuaded me to keep the delivery so I waited until I retired to buy my first Woodie Wagon.
The purchase of a wagon is a big decision if the wood needs refinished and replaced. Our best source is Chris Messano in San Pedro, CA. He is the best and charges around $50K for a complete new wood body fitted and installed. Too rich for my pocketbook so I look for good wood when I buy a Woodie. I don’t mind patina wood as they look like a true surf wagon. I will probably never own a Woodie Wagon again but I sure do love them and the events that are Woodie Only.