Streetside Classics-Dallas/Fort Worth
5400 Sandshell Dr
Fort Worth, TX
Fort Worth, TX
You may see a vintage woody wagon on the road from time to time, but this 1949 Mercury Woody Wagon would prompt anyone to do a double take. It's the result of an unusually thorough and exacting build, with lavish attention paid to even the smallest details both inside and out. Combine this with a strong running and driving condition thanks to a 5.0L V8 under the hood, power steering and power 4-wheel discs, and a custom leather interior, and you have an iconic classic that stands out in even the most distinguished of automotive crowds.
The ultra-clean condition of the exterior draws you into this rare bird right away. You don't often see high-quality wood paneling on cars of any vintage, but it's on display here in top form with a uniformly smooth texture across the doors, quarter panels, and rear tailgate area. Getting all that wood to look this good is no easy task, and although it's not without an imperfection here or there, it's very impressive in person, further punctuated with all that shiny poly that was coated on top to protect it. From front to back, there are some great custom touches that make this Woody stand out from its brethren - a pair of bright headlights that loom over the chrome baleen-style front grille, the smoothed hood features a crisp crease that runs down the center and the split-windshield is outlined in a beautiful band of bright trim. These beautiful and well-placed add-ons aren't just about novelty, they blend together seamlessly for a truly impressive finish, and everything on the exterior is looking its best, including the numerous panels of glass that surround the cabin. Slashes of bright chrome on the fat front fenders look gorgeous, matching the beautiful heavy-duty bumpers at the ends of the wagon, and the covered spare tire out back looks so cool in between those ornate taillights. Man, this Merc looks great from EVERY. SINGLE. ANGLE.
Inside those wood-paneled doors, the entire interior was totally made over from scratch and the result is simply awesome. You can see so much creativity and impressive workmanship - and there's just so much to gawk at. The front buckets look like they may have originally started life in a modern car, so they're plenty comfortable and feature power adjustability and they, along with the two rows of bench seating behind them, have been recovered in two-tone tan leather and sit over an expanse of fresh carpeting. True to the Woody's original styling, there's plenty of, well, wood inside the cabin, covering the door panels from front to back, the window sills, the slats that hold the taut headliner together in places, and the absolutely beautiful dash. Seriously, take a look at that dash, it looks like a master carpenter's magnum opus. Original style gauges and chrome accents add even more character to that incredible dash, and everything is neatly organized at the helm for the driver, including the leather-wrapped billet steering wheel that's mounted atop a polished tilt column. There's plenty of welcomed functionality included as well - a Vintage Air A/C system, an AM/FM/CD/AUX head unit that powers upgraded speakers throughout the cabin, power windows and mirrors, and super-cool custom center console that houses cup holders and a couple of 12-volt outlets. There'll be no shortage of passengers clamoring to ride along in this one-of-a-kind wagon, but luckily this interior offers plenty of space to accommodate them.
A 5.0L V8 out of a 1993 late-model Ford sits inside the beautifully detailed engine compartment, dressed with some great visual add-ons that include a chrome Ford air cleaner, matching Ford Cobra valve covers, and polished components throughout. A big Holley 4-barrel carburetor atop a polished aluminum intake manifold feeds the powerful motor, an upgraded ignition system and modern alternator help it spark, while the block-hugging set of long-tube headers at the flanks feed into a throaty dual exhaust system below. A serpentine belt system and modern wiring/plumbing was added to up the dependability level, as well the giant aluminum radiator and electric fan up front that keep operating temperatures under control. The powerful motor teams with a TCI 3-speed C4 automatic transmission that, like the engine itself, is in top form, and it spins heavy-duty 10-bolt rear end out back. In addition to its substantial list of other attributes, this vintage Mercury is also a great driver in real world situations. Power rack-and-pinion steering make navigation easy and power 4-wheel disc brakes bring things to a stop with little effort, and the suspension was upgraded with lower tubular control arms, a big sway bar, upgraded coils and shocks up front, along with heavy-duty air shocks in the rear. A set of 15" Supreme Wheels chrome alloys add a little flash and have been outfitted with 215/70/15 front and 215/70/15 rear Cooper Cobra radial tires to complete the look
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