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Discussion in 'Traditional Customs' started by Jive-Bomber, May 19, 2020.
When you get tired of having the same car everybody else has
These were pretty damn cool...
Being a second generation surfer and growing up in a 56 F100 panel I knew that when my time came I would have to have a longroof. Also, growing up going through all my pops little books I absolutely loved customs. A mild custom surf wagon was a no brainer for me. Never once dawned on me that 4dr wagons wouldn’t make a cool custom. Here’s my 4dr parts car.
Still very cool !
If the one I presently have looked as good as this one, I'd be a happy man.
Yes they are!
Had this one in the mid 70's.
I've had several wagons over the years. Me, I think it might be a carry over from liking sedans rather than coupes in the earlier cars. Here's some that I currently own.
My 54 Stude Conestoga.
My 60 Lark, 2dr. wagon
My Soon to be daily driver, 54 Conestoga.
It's engine. Wiring and exhaust system need to go in.
I’d like to think that they became cool after all the mercs were customized.
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Too me never, 55-57 Nomad/Safari yes. All others no. Same with 4dr sedans. Other than 1 4dr back in early 63 for about 4 months I've never owned a 4dr sedan. Wives have but not me and at 76 I don't intend too
Practical AND cool at the same time. Imagine that!
Here's some vintage pics of the October 1954 ROD & Custom "cover car" (err, I mean "cover wagon") from @mrspeedyt's family photo albums:
all images from @Rikster's Custom Car Chronicle Al Twitchell 52 Wagon article
Norm Ricardo’s ’59 Ford Ranch Wagon ... painted by Darryl Hollenbeck (@hollenbeck32):
I'd say that the Ford in the lead photo and probably most of the others that were done when they were reasonably new were bought as practical family haulers and as they were the only ride the owner had got mild custom touches just as a hardtop or coupe might. Most probably didn't buy the car with the idea of customizing it. Get into the late 50's and the 60's and wagons often had the big engine package in them and quite often nice ones a few years old could be bought out of the back rows of car lots for half of what a hardtop might cost. I only had one classmate that drove a wagon and that was a 57 that was stone stock and we tended to razz him about it once in a while but then some of the guys figured out that he had rigged a bed in the back and he and his girlfriend and later wife of 50+ years made pretty good use of it. That was in the days before dark window tint too.
I remember a couple of mid /late 50 wagons being used as tow rigs at the drags in the early 60's that had some mild custom work done. Nothing radical, just enough nosing and chrome removal and a custom grill , and paint to show that they were something special rather than a kid and grocery hauler.
Nomads became cool to me the first time I laid eyes on one 50 years ago. Had to wait until I got old for the rest.
My parts runner with 74 year old paint....
That photo of your woody is outstanding. It is the sign of the times... surfers are prepared for anything at anytime. Ha! Nice quiver, too. Those woody wagons were part of the So Cal culture from the early days of surfing. But, during our time, not many were seen at the beaches unless the owner was a 20 something. It had something to do with high cost versus driving a family station wagon that eventually became the daily driver to the beaches.
Our high school parking lots had station wagons, hot rods, sedans, and not one woody in our 4 years of high school. But, at the beach we did see a woody or two. Our friends from Newport Beach and Corona Del Mar had a couple of woody wagons, but their area was a little high dollar for our tastes. Coupes and sedans were the hot rod of choice, with a station wagon, let alone a woody, being the last thing used unless it was available as a family 2nd car.
The customization of station wagons for us was a non starter. The money was used for daily driving and long road trips up/down the coast in search of good waves. As most would call our station wagons, "beaters" that is a little over the top. They were well used and for some, upkeep was the last thing to do for that era of surf wagons/road trips. We were all teenagers with little in monetary support to keep our cars/station wagons running. But, they were useful in all sorts of teenage lore.
My first car was a well worn 1955 Nomad. Bought it when I was 18 and kept it for 20 years.
They’re not. They weren’t then and they ain’t now. A wagon beat walking. Not by much, but enough.
Are those letters on the hood lip of the Twitchell wagon? Anyone know what they spell? Looks like 5 letters so it's not Ford.
Are those piecrust slicks I see on the first wagon?! Either way, more pics please!
My 53 Chrysler New Yorker
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And bygod the word has been spoken. Mid 50's Ford's for everybody!
When I was in high school vans were just starting to become popular. Unfortunately a lot of girls weren't allowed to date guys with vans for obvious reasons. My solution was a '65 Falcon 2 dr wagon. No issues with girls not being allowed to go on dates in it and just as much room in the back. Started out as a 289 2 barrel and C4. Ended up with a solid lifter cam, headers, and a T-1o 4 speed. Had to sell it when I got drafted but never lost the 2 dr wagon itch. Bought a '54 Ranch Wagon last year but I guess I'm getting older, it will have a 302/AOD comb.
This is on it's way to being cool. I'm using '49 Chevy bumpers, a '59 Imperial grill, shaving the chrome (because it's AWFUL), and painting it a dark garnet with white pearl top. Wagons, HO.
I don’t know, but but I hope they stay cool until Ryno and Earl Scheib finish our project.
The good news? My old man bought a new Nomad in 1958.
The bad news? It had four doors.
Not sure if you understand, i was being a smartass I'd rather have my wagon than have a car like everyone else has.
To quote my dad about any objective, personal taste.........
"They are okay for who likes 'em."
I always wanted a cool wagon so when I found this
100 percent stocker. My friends didn’t think much of her
But with time and money. She’s become a star. I get more comments
When I’m out
Love those wagons
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