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P.O. Box 3617
Santa Barbara, CA 93130

Phone: 805-451-8434

1940 Ford Woodie Wagon

Vehicle Story

We are Greg and Shelly Chandler from Buena Park, CA and we are the very proud owners of this 1940 Ford Woodie Wagon. You will often see us with our two furry friends Fluffy and Coconut. Our home club is So Cal Woodies but we are members of all the CA Woodie clubs from San Diego to Santa Cruz.

The car is original steel under the custom paint job and 90% of the wood is the original Maple. We have updated the mechanics to include an LS-1 engine with an Inglese 8-stack electronic fuel injection system and a 700R transmission. It also has modern suspension, power disc brakes, power steering and AC. The boards on top were hand shaped by Floyd Smith and they are sitting on a custom-made rack.

We don’t really know its history but we’ve had it since 2014. It’s a road proven “driver”. We enjoy taking it out to Woodie shows and car shows up and down the CA coast and sometimes AZ. And in 2019 we shipped it out to a Woodie show in Maine and then drove it over 3000 miles back to CA.

Woodies were the original “Station Wagon”. Through the 40’s the main mode of transportation around the country was by train. If you owned a hotel or a resort you needed a “wagon” to pick everyone up at the train “Station”. Of course they were sold to families and adventurers too. Every major car maker sold a Woodie wagon in those days, between the late ‘20s and the very early ‘50s. In the 60’when the surfing craze took off these cars were 10 to 20 years old A teenager could pick one up comparatively cheap and could stick their boards in the back or on top. That’s how they became associated with the surf culture.

One of the best things about having it is the great friends we have met with it. Woodie people are the best.  We hope you have enjoyed taking a look. If you see us by the car feel free to say hi or ask questions. Thanks for looking and we hope you have a great day.

Greg and Shelly.

  • Year 1940
  • Make Ford
  • Model Woodie Wagon
Would I consider selling it?
Yes, if the price is right