Woody Wednesday

I have written so much about the 1932 and 1934 Ford lately that I though I would focus my attention on my other love — the Woody Wagon from Ford. I have been a fan of these old squeaky wooden wagons for many years and enjoy the events each year better than the car shows I attend. I will always be a roadster lover but if I could have another Woody in my garage I would have the best of both worlds — an open and closed Hot Rod. The wagons command a lot of garage space especially in the later 46-51 models, which sometimes presents a problem with closing the doors in the small garage depths we have in our homes in California. I have exactly 22 feet to the garage cabinets that occupy the front wall and I had to trim the rear garage door reinforcement to clear the bumper on Ruby. The 1940 has a shorter wheelbase (112″) and fits fine but is close also. I have never had a Deuce Wagon but with a 106″ wheelbase I’m sure it would fit fine. I did own a Deuce Phaeton with a luggage rack and bumpers and it had room to spare. Of course, if you have a large garage then can own some of each of the ones I am featuring in today’s post.

Enjoy the old Wooden Wagons and think about driving along the Pacific with the surfboard hanging out the back and your blonde girlfriend riding by your side. Yes, the age of the car, the driver or the passenger mean very little when it comes to owning and driving a Wooden Wagon.

“Think Fun, Sun, Surf, Wind in your face and someone special by your side!”

Stay Tooned,


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Hanging out at a lodge like this one makes a Woodie a natural vehicle for the setting.

Ruby sits perfect with her new MII front end from Poor Boys Hot Rods.

I love the 39 Woodie with the lowered stance and whitewalls. The tan top looks great with the CMG color.

Light wood in all the panels adds some beauty to the overall design of the beauty.


Gary owns one of the nicest Deuce Woodies around and drives it to Wavecrest often.

All Deuce Woodies were Winterleaf Light Brown with Black fenders. This is an original one on the Ferry.

Walt purchased JR’s and is in the process of making it his with some modifications. Note the side strips are missing.

Boyd used a Brizio chassis on this build for Don Smith and is my favorite Deuce Woodie Wagon of all time. The car is still in Huntington Beach as far as I know. A Japanese fellow purchased it and the Deuce Factory folks take care of it. Really small front seating area for a driver my size. Having said that, Walt owned it for a while and he is much taller than me.

Doug and Susie Carr built a show stopper in the 80’s and I fell in love with the look.

Hercules can build you a brand new one if your prefer. You will need to furnish the front clip. I have seen this one and it’s a beauty.

The 46-48 seems to be the most popular and available in our area.

Jim has owned his a long time as put thousands of miles viewing the Pacific on his travels to the events as an officer of the NWC.

The wooden slate top is what I prefer about the pre 49 woodies.

My daughter loves the Woody Wagons and has since she was a little girl.

I am partial to the 40 Woody for its smaller bulk than the 46-48 and beyond. New wood is expensive but makes the car brand new again.

The painting of the cowl is not difficult if you have a jig to roll it around.

Finding a survivor like this is most Woody lovers dream.

I watched this one being restored at SO-CAL a few years ago. Most need new floors and they are available .

Finishing the wood requires skill and patience to obtain the look you want.

Tiger Wood and Birds Eye Maple are popular choices for some builders.

Owners often make custom changes to the wood to suit their taste. Air ride is added for the Fairground look.


The two tone wood is also popular as was stock. Panels are easy to replace.

A very stunning wagon in green with blonde wood and black tires for the classic look of a Woody.

Of course, Boyd added his design to the 40 Woody for our local Buick dealer. I always thought the car looked too long with only two doors.

I prefer the stock interiors like this one because they just look like they should.

You probably wouldn’t want to turn this looker down if you wanted a 49-51 shoebox Woody.

I have known about this one for over 30 years and it has not moved from where it is stores. ” I’m going to fix it up some day!” Familiar story to most of us who hunt Woody Wagons.

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