1936 Ford Woodie Station Wagon
(Featured on 5th December 2013)
Registration: 568 FAY
Sellers original description:
1936 Ford model 68-790 ‘Woodie’ station wagon -Original Canadian-built right-hand-drive car sold new in the UK.
Car was originally restored in the mid-1970s before being sold to an executive of the Ford Motor Company who took the car to Paris for 15 years. It then returned to the UK and was owned by a Ford dealer before being acquired by its current owner in 2008.
The car then underwent a three-year complete restoration which includes 1937-spec flathead V8 motor with all new bearings, crank reground, new piston rings and bearings – all machining done by renowned Ford flathead specialist Belcher Engineering.
Gearbox rebuilt using NOS parts by Ford gearbox specialist Alan Brock. NOS 3.78:1 rear end gears installed by Belcher Engineering.
Car has been converted to 12v using an alternator kit from MACS in the US and a Mallory electronic distributor and coil. Brand new Stromberg 97 carburettor just fitted.
Custom-made stainless steel tubular headers and twin pipe exhaust system using Smithy mufflers.
Wide whitewall 600.16 tyres.
Main maple wooden frame is original although the bottom rear tailgate has been rebuilt as a previous owner had cut part of it off to install a towbar. Sliding side windows and rear upper wooden tailgate have been added.
Dashboard recently re-finished in burl walnut finish at Wicked Coatings of Poole, Dorset, and featured in the January 2013 edition of Classic Monthly magazine.
The car was featured in January 2011 edition of Practical Classics magazine and has also featured in Vintage Truck magazine in the US. It has also featured in numerous books including British Woodies and is on the front cover of Wooden-Bodied Vehicles.
The car has also been awarded ‘Best in Show’ at the annual all-Ford gathering at Gaydon Motor Museum 2010; won 1st place in the Brooklands Natter Concours 2011; Best 1930s car Classic American Auto Club event at Brooklands 2011 and was awarded the ‘Most Original’ award by the Pre ’50 American Auto Club at Knebworth 2011.