Register now to get rid of these ads!

Featured Customs Custom Wagons?

Discussion in 'The Hokey Ass Message Board' started by Rand Man, Jul 26, 2021.

  1. Rand Man
    Joined: Aug 23, 2004
    Posts: 3,969

    Rand Man

    I know station wagons were thought of as “your mama’s car”, but can one look good as a traditional mild custom? I want a nice custom car, but know I probably need something more versatile. I may go with a pickup truck. Why not a wagon? They used to use wagons as tow vehicles all the time. With some air shocks and a good hitch, I could tow my boat. I think the’57 Ford Ranch Wagon is a good looking car stock.

    Opinions? Photos? Photoshop? 97980FD6-44E4-4DD4-BACE-F4C1ED94B085.jpeg
  2. Rand Man
    Joined: Aug 23, 2004
    Posts: 3,969

    Rand Man

  3. Hollywood-East
    Joined: Mar 13, 2008
    Posts: 1,489


  4. Tim
    Joined: Mar 2, 2001
    Posts: 12,823

    from KCMO

    Oh man where’s the thread on the Ford wagon that’s in the new hopup. The nomad ish one?

    And Brian’s building s cool Plymouth wagon right now I’ll find threads to link later. I’m always up for a cool wagon

  5. oldiron 440
    Joined: Dec 12, 2018
    Posts: 2,300

    oldiron 440

    Gotta love the two door wagons!
  6. Fortunateson
    Joined: Apr 30, 2012
    Posts: 4,180


    I love that Buick! GM really should have built one, they had them in '46-47, not sure about '42.
    Big mike 1968 and 41 GMC K-18 like this.
  7. stuart in mn
    Joined: Nov 22, 2007
    Posts: 1,972

    stuart in mn

    In 1960 there was a Canadian Pontiac two door wagon, I've always thought it would be a great basis for a custom (Canadian Pontiacs used a Chevy frame, suspension and drivetrain.)

    dana barlow, papajohn, brEad and 7 others like this.
  8. stuart in mn
    Joined: Nov 22, 2007
    Posts: 1,972

    stuart in mn

    If you want a '57 Ford ranch wagon, look online for the wagon built by Steve Strope at Pure Vision Design (it isn't totally HAMB friendly so I won't post a picture, but it does have some nice design elements.)
    Big mike 1968 and 41 GMC K-18 like this.
  9. 41 GMC K-18
    Joined: Jun 27, 2019
    Posts: 1,760

    41 GMC K-18

    These are some cool ones that I just saw over the weekend at the good guys car show in Puyallup Wa. They are very cool.
    DSC_4861 (2).JPG DSC_4862 (2).JPG DSC_4826 (2).JPG DSC_4829 (2).JPG DSC_4827 (2).JPG DSC_5070 (2).JPG DSC_5076 (2).JPG
  10. bob3757
    Joined: Sep 26, 2008
    Posts: 164

    from Tigard, Or

    Here's my 1954 Plymouth wagon, bought in 2008, finished in 2011. 100_0106 - Copy - Copy - Copy.JPG 100_0107 - Copy - Copy - Copy.jpg 100_0107 - Copy - Copy - Copy.jpg 100_0108.jpg
  11. Mike VV
    Joined: Sep 28, 2010
    Posts: 2,411

    Mike VV
    from SoCal

    More of my two door wagons -




  12. loudbang
    Joined: Jul 23, 2013
    Posts: 37,824


    j hansen, 41 GMC K-18 and Stogy like this.
  13. BSL409
    Joined: Aug 28, 2011
    Posts: 597


  14. hugene
    Joined: Mar 10, 2014
    Posts: 24

    from pineola fl

    I love my 55 wagon, my being older it our friends to get in go with us.

    Attached Files:

  15. Al Twichell bought a brand new Ford Ranch Wagon in 1952 and built a custom that was featured on the cover of Rod & Custom in 1954, HRP


    Last edited: Jul 27, 2021
  16. Will_K
    Joined: Jul 23, 2021
    Posts: 27


    I'm personally a fan of the '55 Mercury wagon and I have one I'm intending on transplanting an FE block into. It uses the same body sheetmetal as '55 Ford but with the Mercury front sheetmetal (and the firewall is a couple inches deeper) and IMO the proportions look more proportional on the Mercury than the Ford with that extra length on the front end.
  17. j hansen
    Joined: Dec 22, 2012
    Posts: 2,303

    j hansen

    Two wagons from Sweden. Skärmavbild 2021-07-27 kl. 17.57.51.png Skärmavbild 2021-07-27 kl. 17.56.17.png Skärmavbild 2021-07-27 kl. 17.56.35.png
  18. slider-ok
    Joined: Oct 23, 2015
    Posts: 19

    from oklahoma

  19. Rand Man
    Joined: Aug 23, 2004
    Posts: 3,969

    Rand Man

    I thought my trophy wife would like it. She’s not too enthusiastic. Talk about a lack of imagination. Here’s a Winfield custom Ranch Wagon. FF8FD2EF-F769-4AD9-A0BB-C450D31EDE02.jpeg F974157D-9F6E-4BF6-96B3-24D6FB9A64B7.jpeg
  20. jnaki
    Joined: Jan 1, 2015
    Posts: 6,093



    When I bought my first 1940 Ford Sedan Delivery in high school, it was an eye opening experience. It was a hot rod for myself and my friends. It opened up a whole experience of not just a hot rod, but it was freedom to go where I wanted and enjoy every minute of being behind the wheel. It was my first hot rod and it sure seemed to be a good fit for my skills and adventures.

    The sedan delivery took me every where with a reliable Flathead motor. Everywhere except for uphill climbs into the local mountains during ski season. The stock motor just did not have it to go uphill for a long distance, unless I felt like having the transmission in first gear. Not!!!


    The experience of that Salmon Pink Sedan Delivery of my high school years came back to my wife and I a couple of years after we got married. The experience was wonderful as a teen and we were living a similar coastal lifestyle. So, we got another 1940 Ford Sedan Delivery, but this time it had enough power to go anywhere at any time. A 327 SBC motor made is so…
    But after 1000s of miles of coastal cruIsing and wonderful road trips, we noticed that the blind right rear quarter panel was bothering us while driving in traffic. We were unable to see out of the small outside mirrors. Larger van and truck mirrors could have solved the problem, but those were not cool on a small 40 Ford Sedan Delivery.

    So we were up against a wall…literally. That darn rear quarter panel just blocked our vision of the surround cars or whatever that was near us in that section of the road. It got so bad that we quit driving the sedan delivery at night. The daytime was slightly better by not with a 4 inch mirror on the passenger side.

    So, we sold it to another young couple and got a different family daily driver. But, years later, the idea of making a small Ford Sedan Delivery into a station wagon with windows on both sides popped up. HAMB’s photoshop expert,@themoose was asked to do a rendition of making a smaller sedan delivery into a station wagon.
    The Moose rendition was “spot on” and now, I cannot get the idea out of my mind. When my wife saw the drawing, she said wow, our next old hot rod with windows. And of course, A/C. The rendition of the red 1940 Ford Sedan Delivery was perfectly finished. My wife said that looks like our old sedan delivery with some great views from the surrounding windows. The Photoshop drawing should have been an option for the sedan delivery from the Ford Factory, along side the panel delivery and the larger woody wagon.
    A friend had a 1940 Ford Woody and my version was to convert it to an all steel station wagon with suicide doors for easy rear access. With the larger rear window and opening door windows as well as the longer rear side windows, there it the ultimate greenhouse views all around the hot rod. No maintenance on the wood or oddball top. Plus, our granddaughter would have easier access to get in the back seat with the suicide doors.

    Or, our granddaughter could drive us old folks, sitting in the rear comfortable seats, as we get on in age and creaky bones. Ha! The “front opening doors” is a better name than “suicide doors” in this case.
    Custom Station Wagons, What a concept ! YRMV
  21. arkiehotrods
    Joined: Mar 9, 2006
    Posts: 6,510


    I've had this wagon for over 30 years. I drive it a lot (300,000 miles a lot). Get one. Mrs Rand Man will learn to like it! 20170221_163052.jpg
    john W., blowby, Roothawg and 8 others like this.
  22. ^^^^{ I LOVE your Nomad! }^^^^When I was growing up we were a two car family. Dad liked convertibles, and station wagons. The wagons were for work, and to pull our boat or camper. The convertibles were for Church, and Sunday drives in the country etc. Dad was not a car guy. But he was, and still is the best Dad ever! Back then, I hated station wagons. If it wasn't an old Hot Rod, or a Vette I wasn't interested. Then I had a family too. And now I love all them old wagons. I still Love Hot Rods, and Vettes. Lol But our wagon is alot more FUN! It's just a family driver. I've had ours for 20 plus years. Yeah it's a keeper for sure. 072.jpg 457.jpg
    OahuEli, john W., blowby and 5 others like this.
  23. anthony myrick
    Joined: Sep 4, 2009
    Posts: 8,370

    anthony myrick

  24. anthony myrick
    Joined: Sep 4, 2009
    Posts: 8,370

    anthony myrick

    Love me a wagon.
    If you plan to tow, I’d recommend the Air Lift helper air springs.
    I think they ride better than the air shocks.
    Been around since the late 40s. Plus having an onboard compressor is handy.
    Last edited: Aug 3, 2021
  25. jnaki
    Joined: Jan 1, 2015
    Posts: 6,093


    Two of our first several longboards came from the Original Hobie Surfboards shop in Dana Point. From that point on, it was a place to stop for some local lore and great surf stories. Similar to hanging around a speed shop, like Reath Automotive on 10th and Cherry Avenue in Long Beach when we were in the throes of drag racing. The association went on until 1963, when I purchased my first Hobie, Phil Edwards Model at this shop. It was number 4.


    In our surfing adventures, my brother and I discussed our transportation choices many times. We started with the 58 Impala and two surfboards sticking out of the back trunk opening. That did not last long. Then we got a Flathead powered 40 Ford Sedan Delivery. That was very cool in the surfing community, not so in the normal cities and cruising spots.

    But, we did see some sporadic, woody wagons all over So Cal. Most were in “ratty” condition as they sat outside of their residences. They looked like a hurricane worked over the paint and wood at the last bashing during the summer. They were not the pristine custom woody wagons that we see today, cruising around to the car shows and events. If one was available sitting around and the cost was low, it showed up at our local beaches.

    The safety and security always was a hindering fact of those wooden wagons. The door panels were slightly bent due to weathering the heat and moisture of coastal incursions. The security of a “locked” woody was not the best around and easily broken into by some bad characters. 4 doors, wood to wood, material roof, and sliding windows would be a thing of the past.


    So, one of our ideas was, if we wanted a woody wagon style surf transportation, keep the outline of the wood rails in place. But, to replace the locking mechanisms with steel panels and the skimpy wooden locking areas. Now, the “woody” would look like a real woody, but have some added security measures and weather protection like a steel roof and good drainage channels for run off.

    A modern look for an old wooden station wagon… It was similar to having a sedan delivery with solid wall side panels, but with the look of a woody wagon. Money and time were the deterrents to completing this build. It may have been a dream, but we thought it would be one of a kind safe/secure station wagon, and attract lots of attention. YRMV
    Ron Funkhouser and 41 GMC K-18 like this.
  26. 0ldracer
    Joined: Oct 27, 2008
    Posts: 565


  27. Jalopy Joker
    Joined: Sep 3, 2006
    Posts: 27,249

    Jalopy Joker

  28. Roothawg
    Joined: Mar 14, 2001
    Posts: 21,822


    I have owned 3 different wagons and on the look out for a 4th. They are a great driver. Just in case anyone wants to parts with a 59-60 GM let me know….

Share This Page

Register now to get rid of these ads!


Copyright © 1995-2021 The Jalopy Journal: Steal our stuff, we'll kick your teeth in. Terms of Service. Privacy Policy.

Atomic Industry
Forum software by XenForo™ ©2010-2014 XenForo Ltd.