Your mission, should you choose to accept it, is to pick which one of these two black Ford woody wagons you’d be most interested in. And yes, we know neither are real wood–nothing but the finest Di-Noc. Both are being sold by auction, the 1959 Country Squire is listed here on eBay with an opening bid of $5,000 and is located in Logan, Utah, while the 1964 Falcon is listed here on eBay with an opening bid of $3,000 and is located in Alpine, California.
Let’s look at the ’59 Country Squire first. At first glance, the body looks very solid, and it is–for the most part. The seller tells us that it does have some of the typical rust for these wagons; some in the spare tire area, the rocker panels have had a cover placed over them at one time, the area over the rear wheels are showing signs of rust, as are the inner rear quarters, but that the floors show minimal rust.
The interior looks a little bit tired, and has some unusual features such as ’59 Edsel door panels. It is a 9-passenger wagon but the third seat isn’t correct and is missing some hardware. But if you are looking at this car, I doubt you are looking for a concours restoration candidate anyway!
Surprisingly, what you don’t see here is a 352 V8. Instead, this is a 1977 Ford 351 V8 along with it’s electronic ignition, a new two barrel carburetor and it’s automatic transmission (which the seller says is a two-speed; I thought it would have been three?) Assuming the original engine was broken, I don’t have too much of an issue with this particular swap. However, if you want an original engine, perhaps the other Ford woody is for you!
This 1964 Falcon is certainly in a little bit more worn condition than the 1959, but it’s still worth a look. The paint is pretty faded and missing in spots, and there’s some rust around the roofline that may be difficult to fix.
It is a looker, though, and most of the metal is still there. Unfortunately the windshield is cracked, just like the one on the ’59.
And then there’s the interior. Oh my. I scoured the internet and was relieved to find this isn’t the stock interior. Between the seats and door panels, there’s no telling how many poor defenseless Naugas were slaughtered to produce this exquisitely tacky interior. While I am a big fan of making do when it comes to seats, this is one set that I’d want to cover up before anyone else saw them. Oh, the period Grant wheel is going to have to go as well. Perhaps this one would do instead? Nonetheless, you have to remember that this car is only $3,000 without a reserve.
If only it ran! The seller tells us there are some suspected carburetor issues, and if this hasn’t been messed with too much, I suspect it can be tickled into running quite quickly. So, my question to you is this: which woody would you prefer, and why?