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Technical Convert your Model A Tudor to a Woody?

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  1. Jive-Bomber
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    Convert your Model A Tudor to a Woody?

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  2. This has been on my long list of someday projects (that will likely never happen). Here's a few I've come across.
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  3. Tim
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    ^ that blue one is rad!
     
  4. Stogy
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    How to change your Ford into a Chevy...:D...Seriously that's a Wide Glide as Model A's are Shoulder to Shoulder just about Stock...Shaggin' Wagon...:D
     
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  5. Join the Woodies Club and you can get a set of plans to make your own surf wagon, I have a set but not the bravery yet,,,,
     
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  7. patmanta
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    1. MASSACHUSETTS HAMB

    Out this way about a third of the time you find a Model A on CL it's just a cowl sitting on a chassis (or a doodlebug). These are prime candidates for this treatment.
     
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  8. Stan Back
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    Anyone ever see a Model A made into a Sportsman?
     
  9. woodiewagon46
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    The nice thing about Ford Station Wagons up until about 1938, is that they all had flat panels, no compound curves. Yes, the National Woodie Club offers plans for building a Model A, Woodie.
     
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  10. el Scotto
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    Hmmmmm.... you people are awful... I have all the components to make a woodie except the wood. Cowl, fenders, chassis....

    Like I REALLY needed another cool project....

    All that being said, who’s go some simple plans to build one? :D

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  11. Stogy
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    At the width of the one in the OP? That a good Foot Wider than Stock...
     
  12. patmanta
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    1. MASSACHUSETTS HAMB

    Found a pic on Flikr titled "1944 Ford Model A Sportsman" that looks to be in a museum.

    https://www.flickr.com/photos/sjb4photos/21827116695

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    Led me down the rabbit hole to find it seems to reside at the Gilmore Car Museum: Model A Building.

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    via https://www.diecast.org/diecast98/html/asp/forums/lounge/viewMessage.asp?id=115560

    And finally to a Hemmings article on it.
    https://www.hemmings.com/blog/2013/10/16/e-t-gregorie-explains-the-ford-sportsmans-origins/

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  13. KevKo
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    If I'm reading the original article correctly, the wood is just attached to the outside of the Tudor doors and quarters. That seems an odd way to do it.

    Story on that "Sportsman" is it was a display chassis somewhere in Dearborn. Employees made the body and presented it to Hank the 2nd to use at his vacation property. I like it.
     
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  14. pprather
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    The nice thing about Woodies is that in addition to dealing with old car rust, you also get to deal with wood rot.
    I like Woodies, but they appear to be high maintenance.

    Phil
     
  15. a boner
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    Yes, no reason to hack up a good Model A.....just need from the cowl forward, with the rest made with wood!
     
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  16. Stogy
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    Yeah what are you actually gaining? They did say cut the back off so some real estate may be gained there...if body was cleared the extra room would have been quite significant...One big thing given up would be potential crash safety not that either way would be safer.

    Buses at the time looked similar to the original post albeit the Popular Mechanics @Jive-Bomber posted is a little more appealing to my Hotrod eyes...

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    Credit to Photographer, Owner
     
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  17. fourspd2quad
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    I always wanted a woodie wagon and planned to build one eventually. I recently had one fall into my lap that I couldn't pass up and in my neck of the woods you never see one so I had to pounce on it. Solid body that needs only new wood panels. The sad part is that it chased my 409 Belair out the door. :( Oh well sometime you have to give up something you really love to get something you really need.......now I'm only one "little deuce coupe" away from having most Beach Boys tunes covered. :)!!!
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  18. zeke1270
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    All wood Model A I built. IMG_0024.JPG IMG_0030.JPG
     

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  20. chev34ute
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    That Sportsman is really tricked out but I think I have it figured. It looks like a 28/29 Cowl with a 30 hood stretched over it. I am still trying to figure out the gas tank. Was the filler neck moved over to the drivers side, or was the tank relocated under the seat or to the rear ?
     
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  21. PONTNAK123
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    my old Woodie I owned twice 133.JPG 156.JPG 183.JPG 139.JPG 139.JPG 147.JPG
     

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