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Projects 1951 Chevrolet tin woody wagon project

Discussion in 'The Hokey Ass Message Board' started by 38zephyr, Jun 21, 2011.

  1. 38zephyr
    Joined: Sep 3, 2006
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    I thought I would do a small build thread on my 51 Chevy wagon , just for fun and to document my progress . Bought the car 3/26/11 from a really cool guy in Monrovia Ca. It has a fresh 235 , powerglide , stock rear . 3 rows of redone seats , new brakes , exhaust and is pretty much complete . Pro installed repro floor , lots of cool stuff with it . He said the project stalled a couple years ago when he put the new engine in put it in gear and nothing . I figured worst case I'd swap the trans . Got it back to the shop , my buddy Rob goofed around with the linkage , we put fluid in it and started driving it ! Blew it all apart for bodywork and paint , went to put it away and a freeze plug blew on the back of the block , gushing water . Pulled the engine , changed the plug and detailed it while it was out . Took it to my buddy Jake's for body work , he fixed the little rust on the lower gate and above the left skirt , blocked it a couple times and put it in buff poly primer . It was original paint and otherwise the body is really nice . The previous owner found some cherrier fenders than the originals and swapped them , that's why the color is different . I don't think this car was ever hit or anything . Sent the chrome and stainless to get done , started gathering up all the parts and trinkets to make reassembly go as smoothly as possible . Shot it a nice beige color . Wood grained it myself and then cleared the whole car . Tomorrow it gets color sanded and buffed . Hopefully start putting it together this weekend . Only got a few pix today then the camera died . Thanks to Rob , Jake and Luis for all their hard work so far . If this is too stock a build for anybody sorry , I like these wagons a lot though
     

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  2. flyin flattie
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    man thats pretty. Wish I was good at wood cuz I would love to have a woody car but im not much of the wood worker
     
  3. Jalopy Joker
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    Wow-very nice (now drop it-chop it-etc-HA!)
     
  4. 38zephyr
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    It will have skirts and maybe a mild ass drag , sorta like this grey one I like a lot . Thanks !
     

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  5. DirtyEd
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    That is freakin awsome!The tin woodie is #4 on my all time gotta have list.I wish I couls find cars that nice around here.Oh well get job on the wagon.glad you did not paint it red like 99% of them are.
     
  6. 38zephyr
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    Rollin' on some stainless , new wide whites , back bumper , N.O.S. tailight , window channels and felts . Went to put the glass in and wasn't even close to the same size as the originals, big Chevy place on ebay selling glass kits doesn't know their ass from a hole in the ground , better refund my money . I called him up and he says oh sorry , I guess our patterns are wrong that's only the second set we've sold for a tin woody and the other guy said the same thing as you . They list like 30 sets of glass on ebay at a time . Went to the local ghetto glass shop and homie says it 'll be ready tomorrow for cheaper than the ebay place anyway .
     

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  7. xhotrodder
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    It's all tin. Thus the name "tin woody" . The wood is just paint. Which means the painter did a really good job.
     
  8. 40Standard
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    a nice looking wagon
     
  9. loco 52 ragtop
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    bad ass wagon, im going to have you do my wood grained [​IMG]
     
  10. 38zephyr
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    Thanks a lot you guys ! I have family in Houston , next time I'm there I can knock it out for you in a day . Maybe I'll do a quick little tech on graining when I finish this wagon and get a chance to get caught up if people are interested . It's very expensive to have done by a pro and you can have fun and get it looking pretty good for the cost of materials and some time if you do it yourself .
     
  11. 38zephyr
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    Rollin' on glass , grille , chrome , carpet , door panels , dash , steering wheel and a bunch of small stuff . Maybe seats back in tomorrow , w/s and headliner Monday , caps and skirts and maybe it's time for a cerveza .
     

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  12. 38zephyr
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    Seats Y mas , I don't mean to toot my own horn but ... BEEP BEEP . Just kidding
     

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  13. chaddilac
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    Wow, that looks great!
     
  14. GaryB
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    looks like a real enjoyable car ,needs a trailer
     
  15. Dave K
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    What a cool ride.



    Can a plane old Chevy wagon be made into a tin woody with paint ect or are they complexly different car?
     
  16. customizer2024
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    I would sure like to see that woodgraining tech.
     
  17. 1951Streamliner
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    Oh man what a cool car. that would be fun to have. Of course.. id have to get the Pontiac version...
     
  18. Ricky B
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    I like the way it's turning out !!! :cool:
     
  19. 38zephyr
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    Thank you very much for the kind words !

    All of these 50-54 Gm wagons are tin woody's if you add some graining it seems , they have some real wood inside and a lot of graining in there as well .

    I like the Pontiac version very much also , it's def. a bit fancier . Here is my Father in law's 52 that I did up a couple years ago . I argued with him in a nice way about the color like crazy , as it turns out I was wrong !
     

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  20. 40FORDPU
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    IMG_0226.jpg Buick used actual structural wood up until 1953. Here is a picture of my old '52. I like your car..great job.
     
  21. flynbrian48
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    Pretty car, and nice job with the wood graining. You definately need a trailer for it, it's the final accessory!:D
     

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  22. 38zephyr
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    Yep sorry , just meant Chevy/Olds/Pontiac wagons , Buicks are the real deal and real nice . I have this little trailer for it if I get a hitch on the wagon .
     

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  23. Boones
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    Love it. One day I woould love to own an original 49 chevy woodie (few made) to replace my 48 dodge woodie I have now. I love the 49-54 GM bodied wagons.

    40FordPU, I talked with you at the Belevue show a month back, I think you had a canoe on the roof, or is there two of those around here.
     
  24. 40FORDPU
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    Boones, it wasn't me. I sold mine last summer..although it could have been my old car.
     
  25. 38zephyr
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    Been busy ... Glass , caps , skirts , lotsa small stuff . Getting down to the home stretch . Actually drove it today , first time is the best !!!
     

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  26. 53Chief
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    Great job! I really like to tones on the lighter wood.
     
  27. plywude
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    from manteca ca

    Really looks good, you've got it done in time for "Woodies at the Beach" in Santa Barba Aug.20,2011..... pm me if you need info.....
     
  28. oldwagonlover
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    Great job on the wagon. I would be interested in learning to wood grain myself. I live in the Oakland area and am down at Disneyland as we speak.
    I am taking on a 47 Chevy wagon and still tracking down final parts for my ground up resto.
    Cheers,

    Joe
     
  29. 49ratfink
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    from California

    very cool wagon. I just saw one a few weeks back in just about the same color at "Woodies on the Wharf" in Santa Cruz Ca.

    there was 2 or 3 49-52 tin woodies there. no real wood ones. I've only seen one real wood 1949 woodie in the last 35 years of looking for such things.
     
  30. 38zephyr
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    Thanks a lot guys . Here's a wood 49 I saw , pretty bitchin' I thought .
     

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