Wednesday’s Wood

It seems appropriate to write about Woodies on Wednesdays. The natural beauty of the all wooden bodies up to 1948 seem to be my favorite. The full wood headliner is really a site to behold when riding down the coast highway. Granted, the cars have a lot of squeaks and moans but that is what makes the music you require when driving your Woodie.

Original bodied Woodies have more gaps and squeaks than the new wood bodies being built today. This is do to the tight gaps, joints and fresh glue being used. Many prefer the all original woodies but I like the all new wood bodies being created by some notable builders like Chris Messano. His finishes and woodworking skills are some of the best in Southern California. Don’t get me wrong, if you can find an original Woodie with a great wood — buy it and make it yours.

I have two available on my site that are original wood bodied wagons. One is a modified and the other is stock except for a dropped axle. Which brings up the question of whether to modify or restore the wagon you choose. I prefer the modified ones as our group drive theirs all over California. You can drive the flathead powered wagons, as many do, but our freeways command easy drivability. The choice is yours.

Today I will show you some of each style that I have seen in our travels. Could there be a Woodie in you future?

Stay Tooned!


Finding one this nice is hard to do but the original wood was perfect and would save you a lot of money.
Ruby was a new body build by Doug Carr years ago.

The all wood headliner is a beautiful site going down the road.

Hercules can build you a complete brand new Woodie and you supply sheetmetal.
All new wood on this 38 looks fantastic.
The all stock Woodie is a beautiful wagon and expensive in today’s market.
My friend Steve has a primo 40 Deluxe wagon that is all stock.
My first Woodie project was this nice 1946 Ford with all original wood.
The 1939 wagon has sleeker lines than the 1940.
This is one of my favorite 1946’s which is owned by a friend of ours.

These two are available currently. Both are very nice.
Found in a barn on the East Coast is this jewel 1937. A true survivor!!

This is how the top photo turned out. Built by Tim Bedford for a customer.

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