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Projects Thought I'd finally start a build thread.. 1957 Ford Ranch Wagon, Gene Winfield DONE!!

Discussion in 'The Hokey Ass Message Board' started by goldtele, Aug 20, 2013.

  1. goldtele
    Joined: Sep 16, 2006
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    Since I've become addicted to all of the build threads on here and have gotten so much help over the years I thought I'd finally start a build thread on my 57' Ranch Wagon. As always this started just as a " daily driver" and has grown to a full on custom build as I can't leave shit alone! I'm a full time musician so found this wagon and thought this would be killer to throw my gear in and drive to gigs in plus have a cruiser for the wife and kids.

    Here a are a couple of pics when I first got it. (I'll try to keep this pic count down as I just entered year 3) First thing I did was put a 302, C4, Disk conversion etc.
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  2. goldtele
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    Took it over to my buddy Mike Webb's shop to start on the body work as the 2 year old wasn't digging all the banging.
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    I really didn't like the taillight seams.
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  3. goldtele
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    Couldn't hang with all of the handles and locks holes on the tailgate either...
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    Took all of the side trim off so might as well get rid of the fuel door.
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  4. Cool- I'll watch. Wagon guys gotta stick together.
     

  5. goldtele
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    I've never liked all of the seams on the front ends of the 57' fords so decided to weld them all up and do something with the headlights.
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  6. 40Standard
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    from Indy

    nice looking wagon. keep us posted on your progress
     
  7. goldtele
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    Finally getting there!!
     
  8. autobodyed
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    from shelton ct

    i dig those 2 door wagons, i'm also a big fan of customs, so i'll be watching. decide on a color yet?
     
  9. goldtele
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    I'll get there. LOL I'm digging through almost 2 years worth of photos to try to do it in order. Sorry if a couple are out of order.
     
  10. Oooooh, this is gonna be cool! Love those two-door wagons!
     
  11. goldtele
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    Front end all primed up. All body seams gone, stone guard molded in, hood all smoothed out. This is really not looking like my gigging wagon anymore. Doh!!
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    I said I can't leave stuff alone.... Gotta get rid of the speaker grill on the dash
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  12. goldtele
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    Now with the front end and dash smoothed out I'm really not liking that cowl!!!
     
  13. Wowcars
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    This is going to be good. Soon I'll be starting a thread on my '54 RanchWagon. (I've been saying that for years...)
     
  14. goldtele
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    I decided to get rid of the cowl
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  15. 57JoeFoMoPar
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    Nice build so far! But all that work and you kept the bug eyes?
     
  16. chevy54man
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    from NC

    Man your wagon is looking great!
     
  17. I was just thinking I have heard that line before!:D

    It's looking great,,,keep the photos coming! HRP
     
  18. Wowcars
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    Jerk. :D
     
  19. Somebody's gotta keep you on your toes!,:D ,besides,you know how much I love wagons! HRP
     
  20. falconizer_62
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    Nice! I'll be watching. It's nice to know that progress won't be stalled :). I am also a musician who purchased a wagon with similar intentions and ended up with a huge custom project. Mine won't be going to gigs except country clubs and marinas...

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  21. 95ttoplt1
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    from Tennessee

    Very nice. Did you have to do any rockers or floors?
     
  22. junior58
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    Very cool, big fan of 57 Fords
     
  23. loudbang
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    cool build but how you going to get cooler or hotter with no air coming in the cowl?
     
  24. 40fordtudor
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    you beat me to it----
     
  25. Nice build.

    My parents had a four door Country Sedan, red and white with the town and country radio. The folks would make a bed in the back for me and my brother to sleep on during trips to visit grandma. Great memories.
     
  26. VoodooTwin
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    from Noo Yawk

    Musicians always get to do rockers.........;)
     
  27. okiewelder
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    from central Ok

    awesome work!!
    I will send you mine when you finish with yours. I have three of four cars in line ahead of it. Not sure if I will get to it in this life time. Atleast not until I retire
     
  28. goldtele
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    Thanks Guys! Very little rust so the rockers and floors were actually great! No cowl vent I'll just have to roll with the windows down ;-)

    ACCUAIR Time!
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  29. goldtele
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    Sorry for the out of order pics but I'm just getting around to posting pics....
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    She's sitting much better now!! 4-link in the back, bags in the front. had to put a new driveline tunnel in and notch the frame but made sure the back seat still lays flat.
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  30. goldtele
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    Primed it and threw a guide coat on it just to see it sit all one color.
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