This 1947 custom Woody was modified in 2014-15 by Roush with a
modern-style Ford 302ci V8 engine, Ford AOD automatic transmission
and the addition of power steering. This updated also included the
Billet Specialties Tru Trac engine FEAD system that packages the
new engine in the older engine bay. The Ford AOD automatic
transmission replaced the 3-speed manual transmission that the car
was originally built with. This, along with the power steering,
modified the vehicle drive characteristics. The rear axle was
replaced with a Currie-supplied Ford 9-inch rear axle assembly with
a 3.75:1 gear ratio. Other items added included a fabricated,
quiet-tone 2-1/4-inch exhaust system with ceramic-coated pipes and
mufflers. The electrical system was changed from 6 volts to 12
volts. This included a new Optima battery, revised instruments and
a 12-volt engine cooling fan. A larger, high-capacity radiator was
added to the chassis and a 4-wheel power disc brake system with
dual system master cylinder was installed with new brake lines. The
vacuum-operated windshield wiper system was replaced with a 12-volt
electric wiper system. The 3-pedal floor-mounted system for the
manual transmission was replaced with a 2-pedal system consistent
with the automatic transmission configuration. The windshield was
delaminating and was replaced with a new period-correct one. A
righthand outside side mirror was added for increased safety. Many
new hoses, fuel lines, electric fuel pump, brake lines and wiring
items were added as needed by the conversion. This Woody wagon
comes from the personal collection of Edsel B. Ford II and is
autographed as well.
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