Today’s car is a 1951 Ford Country Squire Woody and it is owned by Bill Young. It is finished in a lighter version of the stock color of Hawthorne Green Metallic and a Light Parchment and wood interior. The exterior wood is Mahogany trimmed in Tiger Maple except for the rear deck lid which is faux painted wood like the originals. It is powered by a 230 hp, 302 cu in, 4.9 liter, V8 with a Holley double pumper carburetor. Transferring that power to the rear wheels through a Ford C4 3-speed automatic transmission and delivering that power to the rear wheels through a Mustang peg leg 3.25:1 rear end. OK, I have admit that I did not know what “peg leg” meant and that it refers to a non-positraction rear end. Helping slow this baby down are powered assist hydraulic drum brakes all around. The front suspension is independent with coil springs, double action shock absorbers and a stabilizer bar. In the rear are 9 leaf semi-elliptical springs mounted longitudinal with double action shock absorbers. This car has the rack and pinion steering along with Vintage Air air conditioning.
The original MSRP was $2,025.00. The standard wheel color was painted black, if you wanted to have the wheels painted the same color of the car that was a dollar extra per wheel. The total number of 1951 Fords produced was 1,013,381 of which 29,617 were Country Squire Woody Wagons. This was the last year of a real wood woody. The estimated top speed was 80 mph with a 0-60 mph time of 17.9 seconds. I saw this car at the Johnny Rockets located at 1550C Rosecrans Avenue, Manhattan Beach, CA. This Cruise Night is running every Wednesday Night from June through August from 4-8 PM.
This is a great example of an exterior restored with originality in mind with an update drive train. It will do well at Woody car shows, and Cars and Coffee events, or just cruising to the beach in a very cool Woody. Thanks for riding along. Frank