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Jim La Baugh

1939 Deluxe Woodie - A Ford legacy

My father passed away in 1999 and about two years later his '39 Deluxe Station Wagon passed to me. He obtained it from the original owner in New Hampshire in May of 1978. She had driven it until 1960 and then parked it in her barn. Although barn fresh, and having not moved in 18 years, it still rolled on to the trailer for the trip to my parents house in New Jersey. The photo below shows the car in its fresh out of the barn condition at the original owner's place.

 

The engine was not running, much of the wood had dry rot, and rust was in the usual places found on Woodies - around the rear fenders next to the wood and the front floor. Over the years my father went to Hershey to look for a few items while he planned for the car's restoration. In 1994 the restoration began when the '39 rolled off another trailer at the New Jersey shop that eventually took it down to bare metal and back.

 

As you can see from the photos below, the years in the barn had not been kind to the engine, interior, or the wood.

My father wanted to save as much of the original wood as possible, and some of the pieces with their decades of patina did hold up, but a fair amount of new wood was needed.

  

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Created: 02/28/08