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 new 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. Tail lights 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
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. We
also note that a new gas pedal assembly has been installed. 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
consignor- 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. The engine has been the beneficiary of
a new starter, plug wires, and oil change while the transmission
has had a new valve body, filter kit, and gaskets installed.
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 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 650 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.