Woodie wagons

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As V-8 Woodie is a regular contributor, and had (has?) a nice '47 Ford wagon, and I am slowly building a '27 Ford Model T Woodie, I thought we might try to find any other Woodie fans out there with unusual wagons to share. I can recommend Colin Peck's book on Woodies, but there must be a lot more, both factory made or one-offs.

Here's a few to get started; 3 Ts, a '12, a 25 and a '27.

a thirties Rolls-Royce

a '41 Packard

a brochure shot of a 1960 Mercury

and a very clean restored '63 Falcon seen at a Sydney show recently

and my old '64 Galaxie

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GM, That'll be an interesting project, did you find your Model T in OZ or did you import it and are you custom building the wood body yourself? I found my 1947 Ford Super Deluxe V8 Station Wagon in Wandsworth in 1973, It's a RHD model, probably shipped to the UK from Canada. It was purchased new by Lord Digby of Minterne in Dorset and used on his estate, after his death in 1964 it was later sold to the London Rolls Royce dealers Frank Dale & Stepsons, unfortunately, that's about the time the original number LCE 1 was removed. After various different guises and thirty eight years on, the car is still in my ownership today.

My 1947 Ford V8 Woody - As found in South London in1973.

This was a front cover shot on the now defunct Restoring Classic Cars magazine January 1989.

This is a very rare 1956 Cadillac Station Wagon, reportedly once owned by the movie star Debbie Reynolds

The car belongs to Milton & Stewart Homan who own Dreamcars in Surrey UK.

As seen at the Rally Of The Giants in 2005. The car was featured in Classic & Sports Car in the early 1990s.

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GreaseMonkey wrote:

As V-8 Woodie is a regular contributor, and had (has?) a nice '47 Ford wagon, and I am slowly building a '27 Ford Model T Woodie, I thought we might try to find any other Woodie fans out there with unusual wagons to share. I can recommend Colin Peck's book on Woodies, but there must be a lot more, both factory made or one-offs.

Here's a few to get started; 3 Ts, a '12, a 25 and a '27.

a thirties Rolls-Royce

a '41 Packard

a brochure shot of a 1960 Mercury

and a very clean restored '63 Falcon seen at a Sydney show recently

and my old '64 Galaxie

Wow, the top four are cracking. That's what I call 'proper' craftmanship.

GreaseMonkey (not verified)

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GM, That'll be an interesting project, did you find your Model T in OZ or did you import it and are you custom building the wood body yourself?

The story so far on the T is that it was originally a nicely restored Coupe, but the chap in Sydney sold it a few years back and the buyer took the body off for a Hot-Rod. The running chassis passed through the club members and I bought it. Mechanically fine and complete, I decided to build a Depot Hack (as they were called) using plans of an original which I bought from Wagon Works in the USA. It is a copy of the popular York Suburban and will be similar to the '25 and '27 shown at the top. But first I had to source 'guards, running boards, radiator and bonnet, which I now have and when I have finished dent-bashing will soon go to be sand blasted, etch primed and painted. These jobs will be farmed out locally,  then I can start on the woodwork, which I can do here. Other commitments like work, and several other old Mercedes (now mostly moved on), mean progress is slow but I'll get there. There are several home-built T Woodies around, but I wanted one to look right for period, so I will stick to the plans. By the way, any true T fans reading this will know a '27 should have the gas tank in the front scuttle above the steering column, but to keep the correct type flat front panel and dash I am using an earlier type oval gas tank that goes under the front seat. It also has an auxillary Moore two-speed 'box and Rocky Mountain brakes for improved driveability.

Will post more as and when progress is made, just don't be holding your breath.

Chris M.

The '27 Coupe as it was when featured on the cover of the club magazine.

Got some tin to be getting on with.

Fully detailed set of plans from Wagon Works, will probably use oak with mahogany or cedar panels.

The story so far, once the panels are straight and painted I can start on the woodwork.

Quality cars indeed!

GreaseMonkey (not verified)

Glad to see you still have the '47 Woodie, looking good. Love that ex-Debbie Reynolds '56 Cad', I remember the C&SC feature, must dig that out again and have a look, but I didn't realise Stuart and Milton had it - top car!

Chris M.