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Hot Rods Homebuilt Woodies? Anyone Done It?

Discussion in 'The Hokey Ass Message Board' started by Fordor Ron, Nov 30, 2018.

  1. We had a thread going awhile back were a few guys had built woodies themselves with whatever cowl and fenders they had laying around.

    Unfortunately the Photobucket BS has killed most of our good pic threads so let’s start a new one.

    Anyone done anything like this or have any suggestions how to start a project like this?

    Seems to me like the flat panel delivery style vehicles would be the easiest to recreate.

    Here’s a few pics of my favorites to get us started.

    Thanks in advance.


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  2. 51504bat
    Joined: May 22, 2010
    Posts: 3,643


    Check out the posts by GB Sissons over on the Ford Barn and the FTE. He posted a detailed account of his jail bar woodie.
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  3. logride
    Joined: Nov 29, 2009
    Posts: 285

    from CB IA

    27 chevy touring car turned woodie.

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  4. cbillelder
    Joined: Dec 17, 2010
    Posts: 720


    Built my '36 woodie using a tudor sedan body that had a caved-in roof. Just cut everything off except the cowl and floor pan and built it from there. Been on the road a little over a year now. 100_1835.JPG
    Xman, vtx1800, edcodesign and 51 others like this.

  5. mgtstumpy
    Joined: Jul 20, 2006
    Posts: 9,155


    minn 34 master woodie.JPG Woodie.jpg
    Phantom 34 Chevy woodie

    Olds 3 08 b.JPG Coach built 1942 series 70 Oldsmobile, woodies were only produced in smaller 60 series

    Local 48 GM [Holden], only produced in sedan and coupe utility. No station wagons, only prototypes or coach built
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  6. My 34 chassis came with this home made woodie body on it. Cowl was a late 20s Buick, 33 chevy radiator shell and the wood [cheap 1/4" plywood] was bolted to a 3/4" square tubing framework. It was only tac welded and all came apart with a hammer. Had fairly nice lines for a box..
    34woodie12_07 (1).jpg
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  7. I’d like to see more pics of this one. Got any more?
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  8. The37Kid
    Joined: Apr 30, 2004
    Posts: 29,078


    This is going to be a great thread! Looking forward to lots of photos. Bob
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  9. cbillelder
    Joined: Dec 17, 2010
    Posts: 720


    Hi Ron-
    Glad you liked my woodie. Here are some more pics of it plus one of the body I started with. 100_1838.JPG 100_5080.JPG 028.JPG

  10. I have always wanted todo this. I am no wood worker though. Please keep this post going with more photos or maybe progress photos.
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  11. woodiewagon46
    Joined: Mar 14, 2013
    Posts: 2,059

    from New York

    The National Woodie Club offers plans to build a Model A Station Wagon. Any Woodie with flat sides, up until about 1938, will be a lot easier to build than one with compound curves. A table saw, chop saw, biscuit cutter, router and a few hand tools and you can get started. Being involved with Woodies for about 30 years I found that your choice of wood is critical. If you use maple, ash, or some other hard wood will make your car stand out from one constructed with pine and plywood. A word of caution however. To build a car as beautiful as cbillelder has, will take time and tremendous skill. Also, hardwood such as maple is very expensive.
  12. Latigo
    Joined: Mar 24, 2014
    Posts: 701


    Beautiful work! Keep them coming.
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  13. 34Phil
    Joined: Sep 12, 2016
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  14. tltony
    Joined: Jan 11, 2009
    Posts: 295

    from El Cajon

    This car was built from 1 1/4 round tubing and the covered with split and coped bamboo. Customer said he wanted a bamboo woody. 20180128_152759[1].jpg 20180128_152608[1].jpg
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  15. I like that^^^^ Wood ;) look neat with a thatched roof!
  16. 64-classic660
    Joined: Nov 16, 2018
    Posts: 44


    Love these woodies the ‘36 woodie on the Tudor sedan body is a beauty.

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  17. The37Kid
    Joined: Apr 30, 2004
    Posts: 29,078


    This '29 really looks nice, no sidemount and no steel panel in the drivers door to clear the sidemount spare. Bob

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  18. dana barlow
    Joined: May 30, 2006
    Posts: 4,793

    dana barlow
    from Miami Fla.
    1. Y-blocks

    MaxTiki'ed, chilled out.jpg More home made tiki then just woody by someone? cool.
    Last edited: May 28, 2022
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  19. A friend of mine built a 32 woodie starting with a rough 32 pickup, he used the frame and the cowl section, he made it a 2 door and made the body from cabinet grade birch.

    He later sold it to a guy in Florida that added a gas powered popcorn popper in the back and from what I was told the guy recouped his investment for what he paid for the woodie & retrofiring the popcorn equipment in one car show season.

    The smell would attract you and I thought 5 bucks for a small bag was insane and people wouldn't but it, man was I wrong, at Goodguys in Charlotte, North Carolina I broke down and bought a bag, then another & another.

    Before the weekend was over I spent 20 bucks and I'm not the only one gorging on popcorn.
    That guy worked his butt off and had a line from the time he got there until he quit for the day.
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  20. The37Kid
    Joined: Apr 30, 2004
    Posts: 29,078


    There is a '32 Pickup around here with Woodie style doors, really looks nice. Bob
  21. rusty rocket
    Joined: Oct 30, 2011
    Posts: 4,624

    rusty rocket

    I've always wanted to build a woody, being a trim carpenter by trade would(pun intended) make it a bit easier for me than the average joe. My pops has a cowl from a 28/9 model A pickup that would be the perfect canidate.
  22. With your builds I believe you could really build a nice woodie, go for it. HRP
  23. rusty rocket
    Joined: Oct 30, 2011
    Posts: 4,624

    rusty rocket

    Thanks man, I had better get my other projects done before I even think about a woody!
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  24. I really like this one.

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  25. Chaz
    Joined: Feb 24, 2004
    Posts: 5,016

    Member Emeritus

    Take your time and bend the wood, or bandsaw the curves. In my opinion Woodies made from all straight wood look amateurish. audel.jpg 53 FORD.jpg
  26. rusty rocket
    Joined: Oct 30, 2011
    Posts: 4,624

    rusty rocket

    Model A's were all straight panels. I wouldnt say they are amateurish. I think you can build a woody with straight panels but a guy needs a shaper to put some detail in the structural rails.
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  27. jim snow
    Joined: Feb 16, 2007
    Posts: 1,579

    jim snow

  28. woodyford
    Joined: Oct 16, 2006
    Posts: 13

    from Sweden

    swedish woody DSC03595.JPG

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    Who remembers. This one

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