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Projects Barn Find 1930 Woody

Discussion in 'Traditional Hot Rods' started by xhotrodder, Dec 27, 2013.

  1. xhotrodder
    Joined: Jul 2, 2009
    Posts: 1,610


    On Dec. 21, 2013 a buddy of mine sent me an email with the following pictures. Seems he found a 30 Ford Model A Station Wagon in an old garage on a piece of property that sat vacant for 5 years. Guy made him buy an old 70 Nova 4 dr. 6 cyl. also, and remove it, before he could get the woody. Plans are to get engine running, brakes and wiring working, and drive it as is. It is one of 3115 built in 1930. Enjoy!

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  2. xhotrodder
    Joined: Jul 2, 2009
    Posts: 1,610


    Here is a little extra information he gave me on it.
    This Barn find occurred in December of 2013.
    My friend Big John called me about a 1930 Ford Woodie located right in our neighborhood, only 3-4 miles from us !
    It belonged to a friend who's Grandfather had willed it to him and the house had just been sold and the car had to be removed in 10 days or the new owner would take possession of all contents.
    His grandfather had driven the woodie to work on a daily basis and used it regularly for towing a small trailer because it had provisions for a 2" ball to mount on the 1936 Ford rear bumper. One day in 1950 he drove it home and it quit in the driveway, it was pushed into the concrete block garage and parked until 12-21-2013.
    He removed the four spark plugs in an effort to diagnose the running problem and never put them back in, creating a very stuck engine today.
    It is a "Raulang Body" with the metal body tag affixed to the right front corner of the wood near the cowl. Raulang made the wooden bodys for Ford in 1930 - 1932 at off site plants then shipped them fully assembled to the nearest Ford assembly plant. The wood came from Henry Ford's Iron Mountian Plant where wood for automobile interior structure is milled out and kiln dried. That plant was at full capacity in 1930, so the dried lumber was sent to Louisville Ky to the Mercer woodworking company for milling to spec and sub assembling some of the all wooden station wagon body. Then the sub assemblys were sent to the Raulang plant where the station wagon bodys were built and finished. They were then shipped to the Ford assembly plant to be mated to a finished cowl and running chassis.
    The Murray body company also made some of the 1930 model 150-B wooden station bodys, but the Raulang company produced the bulk of the 6500 bodys for the 1930-1931 years and all the bodys for the 1932 year's production
    The odometer shows 09811.9 at this time and the gas guage shows -0-.
    It still has the original mechanical braking system
    The original grill shell is still straight , with excellent chrome finish and
    black paint in the lower insert
    The sheetmetal shows evidence of a dark brown finish
    The wood inserts have a dark color of paint applied
    The other wood has a lighter color of tan paint.
    All the glass is still intact
    Each of the four fenders has at least one welded crack repair from back in the day
    The seats still have an original appearing vinyl/cloth type covering

    The barn roof was not leak free and the driver side running board , splash pan and the sidemount spare fender have rust through damage, however the wood , remarkably shows little if any water rot damage.
    The little woodie was apparently 'loved' and had some cool modifications :
    1940 Standard 16 " wheels with proper small hubcaps and Mohawk 'Motor Chief ' 3 inch whitewall tires, all four matching tread pattern.
    The two rears had been recapped.
    Southwind heater, complete with the knob and red stripes
    Dual horns under the hood
    Matching fog lamps
    Sealed beam headlamps
    A professionally made x-brace from each headlamp bar mount to frame rail to minimize front fender vibrations

    Three of four tires were flat, but took air once jacked up while the left front tire which was not accessible still had 1950 air in it !
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  3. aplayer
    Joined: Dec 2, 2006
    Posts: 148


    Love it. I'll be watching.
  4. golftech
    Joined: Oct 31, 2013
    Posts: 4


    Dang some people have all the luck, looks great!

  5. Awesome find!
  6. Phillips
    Joined: Oct 26, 2010
    Posts: 1,336


    Wow great find! Please post on your friend's progress.
  7. Wow! That's an amazing find, and only a few miles from home. It just goes to show that there's still a lot of treasure to be found out there, folks.
  8. goatboy
    Joined: May 9, 2009
    Posts: 617

    from kansas

    awesome find, would love to get one of those for me, how bout you keep the nova?
  9. Great find. HRP
  10. tfeverfred
    Joined: Nov 11, 2006
    Posts: 15,792


    Those old Woodies are neat! I wish him good luck getting it back in running order.
  11. 1950heavymetal
    Joined: Sep 9, 2008
    Posts: 323


    Great car, never seen one before. Looks like a fun project.

    Might want to rename the thread title to:"got a woodie for Christmas"!!

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  12. brady1929
    Joined: Sep 30, 2006
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  13. 54monarch
    Joined: Feb 28, 2011
    Posts: 37

    from Calgary

    I love to see time capsules like this one, I can picture his grandfather driving it. It is awesome that it hasn't been messed with in so long.

  14. Mildsteel
    Joined: Dec 27, 2009
    Posts: 74

    from VALE N.C.

    Talk about a lucky dog!
  15. adam401
    Joined: Dec 27, 2007
    Posts: 2,435


    That us so rad holy shit!
  16. chopo
    Joined: Feb 20, 2006
    Posts: 1,265


    lets see that carb setup
  17. GaryB
    Joined: Dec 19, 2008
    Posts: 3,529

    from Reno,nv

    now that is a real start
  18. Retro61
    Joined: Jan 23, 2006
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  19. rockabillyred36
    Joined: May 25, 2013
    Posts: 19

    from ohio

    Amazing find

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  20. Stormtron
    Joined: Apr 30, 2009
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    Way way cool.

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  21. rustyironman
    Joined: Mar 26, 2011
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  22. 49ratfink
    Joined: Feb 8, 2004
    Posts: 18,057

    from California

    interesting side windows. had to go do a google search. didn't see another one with windows like that.
  23. RARE57
    Joined: Jan 28, 2012
    Posts: 69


    "Great FIND for your Buddy" !!......A "Time Capsule" !!......"Amazing" !!... "LEAVING IT ALONE..YEAAA" !!!
  24. skoh73
    Joined: Apr 17, 2008
    Posts: 1,553


    Holy cow! Good on your pal for not messing with it. If you've never seen a hen's tooth before, you have now!
  25. kyvetteman
    Joined: May 13, 2012
    Posts: 760


    I bagged a Boone & Crockett buck in that area in 1990, but never dreamed of anything like this being in the vicinity. Great score!
  26. hotrodhoodlum
    Joined: Oct 25, 2009
    Posts: 5,805


    keeps the hope alive that they are still out there
  27. oldsjoe
    Joined: May 2, 2011
    Posts: 2,540


    Now that's a lifetime of Christmas presents! WOW what a COOL DEAL!
    Joined: Jul 30, 2009
    Posts: 2,065


    WOW ! that is awsome
  29. Super Streak
    Joined: Nov 22, 2011
    Posts: 267

    Super Streak
    from Florida

    Some guys have all the luck!
  30. mike bowling
    Joined: Jan 1, 2013
    Posts: 3,556

    mike bowling

    Nice score! Glad he got it before the wood was shot- at least you can find the tin. Have fun with that one! Mike from Mass.

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