Phantom Woody Wagon
1929 Ford Phantom Woody Wagon
1929 Ford Phantom Woody Wagon
Let's face it, woodie (or woody, opinions differ) station wagons are cool looking. When they're custom made and attached to the imposing, full-sized bodies of the 1930s and 40s, they're just about the last word in suburban sophistication. It's hard to imagine these gleaming concours art statements in supermarket parking lots, (or down at the beach with a surfboard strapped to the roof), but they were once everyday transportation.
For consignment, we answer the question of what would happen if you took a 1929 kit car and made it a woody? Well here is your answer as we are graced with a 1929 Ford “Phantom “ in woody wagon form, mixing the use of fiberglass, maple and birch, and we have a very cool hot rod creation.
Molded fiberglass panels have been expertly put together on top of a TCI frame and these are taking the form of the 1929 Phantom, (Phaeton?). All bathed in Mercedes-Benz Aztec Gold. She has an open cowl flip to the side hood, chromed front radiator surround with bar mounted flanking headlights and a dual bar front bumper below. Running lights are attached to the firewall cowl and running boards create common ground for the curved fenders which arch gracefully over deep dish 15-inch chromed steel wheels with a center moon cap all wrapped in black wall tires. The woody passenger cabin is a totally handmade maple framed and birch insert paneled passenger compartment “box” if you will. This is in excellent condition with no signs of any rotting or finish chip off. This wraps around the back where we see a lift gate covered in wood with a rear rectangular glass insert. Taillights are on stalks and a set of curved dual bar bumpers round the corners protecting the rear curved fenders. A near perfect canvas top in tan has the roof covered.
Seating for 5 comfortably is inside in the form of tan tuck and roll vinyl bomber style front buckets and a rear curved back bench. Door panels are wood and have a leather pull on them as well as power window toggles. Nice short loop tan carpeting covers the floors and some nifty bamboo floor mats protect the carpeting. Upfront the dash has been cleaned and painted in the Aztec Gold, and it has a custom chromed instrument cluster featuring white faced Dolphin vintage styled round gauges. A snazzy Grant rally wheel wrapped in wood with a modern take on the banjo style wheels of yore is fronting the dash with an adjustable column. The headliner is wood lath with horizontal and vertical oriented laths to create a solid structure. All warm and inviting in this wood and tan vinyl interior, very simple but very effective.
Under the open cowled hood sits a gleaming all metal and polished consigner stated 427ci V8. This is topped by dual Edelbrock carburetors and an Edelbrock intake manifold. On the back is a TH400 3-speed automatic and an 8.8-inch Ford rear axle. A very nice presentation for the engine.
A TCI Frame has all the structural aspects covered and the molded fiberglass takes care of the rest. No rust, just dual Turbo muffler exhaust, clean body hangers and 4 bar suspension up front. In the back is a 4 link with coil over suspension. Disc brakes are now upfront, and drums left for the back.
It fired up with a mighty roar and off I went to the test track. Here it had a tendency to spin the rear tires (I wonder why!). It ran very smoothly, had a nice smooth cruise, handled well and stopped very efficiently and bias free for the panic stop test. The A/C has a condenser installed but nothing else is present for this A/C system.
A true handle built custom “Woody” box like wagon with a souped-up engine, new suspension and brakes and a beautifully warm and inviting interior. Hop in and drive away… in total style!
Classic Auto Mall is a 336,000-square foot classic and special interest automobile showroom, featuring over 600 vehicles for sale with showroom space for up to 1,000 vehicles. Also, a 400 vehicle barn find collection is on display.
This vehicle is located in our showroom in Morgantown, Pennsylvania, conveniently located just 1-hour west of Philadelphia on the I-76 Pennsylvania Turnpike. The website is www.classicautomall.com and our phone number is (888) 227-0914. Please contact us anytime for more information or to come see the vehicle in person.
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