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?