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  1. deucendude
    Joined: Oct 31, 2008
    Posts: 614

    from norcal

    IMG_1723.JPG I built this in 1993 and still going strong. Still own it. The same 406 chevy and 700 overdrive. Engine and trans unchanged.
  2. BlacktopScraper
    Joined: Sep 10, 2005
    Posts: 135


    My '55 Ford Ranchwagon, I've owned for about 4 years now. Originally from Albuquerque, NM. IMG_0280.jpg
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  3. Great looking car,what's under the hood? HRP
  4. enloe
    Joined: May 10, 2006
    Posts: 9,124

    from east , tn.

    Mine parked at the Southeast Gasser race in Brainerd Georgia this past Saturday.
    DSCN8037.jpg DSCN8058.jpg
    parked in the pit area
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  5. junkyard junky
    Joined: Jul 19, 2005
    Posts: 1,109

    junkyard junky

    Old picture of my wagon by the previous owner.

    station wagon 4.jpg
  6. Chevguy37
    Joined: Oct 9, 2007
    Posts: 172


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  8. Enloe, sometimes I wish I left my Olds wagon like yours.Bruce.
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  9. WOW!! That is one nice chevy.
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  10. Toymont
    Joined: Jan 4, 2005
    Posts: 1,379

    from Montana

  11. BCR
    Joined: Dec 11, 2005
    Posts: 1,262


  12. jnaki
    Joined: Jan 1, 2015
    Posts: 6,838



    Contrary to popular belief that 46-48 Ford Woody Wagons were the surfer’s cars of choice, that was something that the media back then used to portray what they thought was the thing. In most of the areas that we traveled to surf outside of the Seal Beach/Long Beach,CA area, the cars were pretty much the same. (Family cars, sedans, vans, and station wagons.)

    Surfers, by themselves were not wealthy and did not have fancy cars. Most of the cars were family 4 door sedans with the surfboards tied down on top by various means. Ropes around the board and looped through the side windows, the ropes pushed through the door openings and then when the door was shut, made a secure holding tension. Sure there were some people that had woodies, but to us, they were in the super small group. Today’s media would have us believe that everyone had a woody with surfboards stuck out of the back and they were all from beachside communities.

    A lot of the station wagons we see in the HAMB threads portray what the surfer look was to each person. They all look very cool and have that “feeling.” That was what happened back then, too. A wagon was useful because of the sleeping space in the back and for storage. But, there were many times that back seatbacks in the sedans were taken out and the long surfboards were inserted from the trunk area. That was a common occurrence back then and it served its purpose to go surfing.

    When surf racks came out, 2 door wagons could not mount the rear rack due to lack of a gutter holding spot. Remember, these were 10ft + longboards and needed ties in the tail end of the board. So, wagons like the Nomads were out, besides, they were too expensive, too. Today, short boards could be held in the 2 door gutter mounted racks easily.

    But, it did not matter what vehicle you took to the beach to surf, it was the destination, not the method… besides, who ever took a 2 door black Chevy 348/280 racer/cruiser Impala with a board sticking out at least 6 feet, to the beach to go surfing? Ha! That Cinderella turned into a 40 Ford Sedan Delivery for those "Surfing Surfaris." upload_2016-9-6_4-50-50.png

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  13. Mike
    Joined: Mar 5, 2001
    Posts: 3,539


    Whether or not a station wagon had full gutters depended more on make, model and year than being two or four door. My two door '57 Ford Ranch Wagon and two door '57 Chevy Sedan Delivery (same as two door wagon) both have full length gutters. My '59 two door Chevy Brookwood Wagon has partial length gutters, as do all GM wagons, both two and four door, for '59 and '60. My four door '61 Chevy Parkwood and my four door '65 Ford Country Sedan both have full length gutters. You'll find that most station wagons will have full length gutters, exceptions that I know of are the '59 and '60 GMs, and the hardtop (no posts) wagons that Oldsmobile, Buick, Mercury etc. built, and also the '55 to '57 Nomads and Safaris.
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  14. Never2old
    Joined: Oct 14, 2010
    Posts: 730

    from so cal

    Made the side trim from stainless when I couldn't find any good pieces. Have a few extra sets. 63 ins. 2.jpg
  15. surfcaliforniasurf
    Joined: Sep 17, 2007
    Posts: 402


    Here is my daily. 150K miles in the last 12 years. 27 States too.

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  16. gonmad
    Joined: May 17, 2007
    Posts: 1,756


    So is there a second edition? That looks just like the first (with the exception of two words of course!).
  17. moval57wagon
    Joined: Nov 12, 2011
    Posts: 34

    from So Cal

    My surf wagon in the early 70's was a 63 Studebaker Lark wagon with the sliding rear roof.
  18. sawzall
    Joined: Jul 15, 2002
    Posts: 4,738


    I sorta have a thing for woodie wagons ;-)
    my 1948 olds wagon
    and my 40 ford wagon

    never in my wildest dreams would i have thought Id own either of these.. lucky, and thankful.
  19. My old friend Rene' has a 40 woodie that he started on about 12 years ago but suffered a stroke in February 2015 and he is talking about selling it.
    I've thought about buying it but I am no woodworker and it needs a lot. HRP
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  20. Six Ball
    Joined: Oct 8, 2007
    Posts: 4,566

    Six Ball
    from Nevada

    "......never in my wildest dreams would i have thought Id own either of these.. lucky, and thankful."
    I had a chance to own a '49 Olds Wagon and I owned two '40 ford woodies and a '40 sedan delivery. I have none of them now. Never in my wildest dreams did I think that I was that stupid. :(
  21. DSmoke
    Joined: Sep 2, 2016
    Posts: 54


    Here is mine, 56 Country Sedan 8 passenger with 292 or 312 Y block, leaks a little oil and has rust in the typical spots. I bought it a month ago and my family loves cruising around in it. Working on getting a plan together for the build, a few minor changes but mostly just get it solid, running strong, and looking good on the exterior, then drive it as much as we can. I like the interior showing its age, but if I run out of things to do maybe I will re-do that too. The picture is from our first picnic with the wagon.

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  22. Yamaha970
    Joined: Apr 9, 2016
    Posts: 76


    1964 rambler... supposed to sell it today.kind of hope they dont call IMG_20160511_161120563.jpg
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  23. 40StudeDude
    Joined: Sep 19, 2002
    Posts: 9,474


    There are times when a car is sold and owners lose track of them...I'm happy to say the fourth owner of the '60 Chevy wagon (below) my brother and I built two years ago is happy with it. IMG_2965.JPG The car was sold to a guy in St. Paul that wasn't happy with it from the time we unloaded it. He sold it to a body shop in the area and they in turn finished it and sold it to a guy in Wisconsin. He phoned me recently wanting to know about the big block engine we put in it. We chatted about the car and what all I did to it and how I built it. He told me he loves the car and can't imagine anyone else not liking it. I asked if it had been painted and he told me the body shop had done a great job on the car. View attachment 3340699
    They did the finish bodywork and two-tone paint, rechromed the bumpers and grille and put on new wheels. He loves the color combo which is what my brother and I had planned for the car... other than that the car is exactly as we sold it...and I'm happy for the guy. Sure nice to see the fruits of our labor getting finished...

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  24. seatex
    Joined: Oct 24, 2006
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  25. fol
    Joined: Sep 26, 2016
    Posts: 68


  26. fol
    Joined: Sep 26, 2016
    Posts: 68


    DSCN0390.JPG DSCN0579.JPG DSCN0580.JPG DSCN0602.JPG my fugly '54 rancho, imported from California a while back... unusual in Australia (maybe the only down here?) sitting next to a mate's RHD '48 Buick (ex Sth Africa); jeez that 312 sounds nice, even non-car people comment on the music from the exhaust!
    Last edited: Oct 5, 2016
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  27. bowtie56jw
    Joined: Aug 2, 2010
    Posts: 217


    man that thing is bitchin!!!!!!
    now i have to sell my 57 and find one!
  28. When I started this thread I would have never believed so many of you own wagons. HRP

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