Ford V8 Woodie Station Wagon
Changes to the Ford line for 1934 were modest. Most noticeable was the crisper shape of the radiator grille, with a sharper leading edge and fewer, bolder bars. Its chrome bezel was deeper and flatter. The V8 ornament on the grille was revised, as were the hub caps, and the headlamps and cowl lamps were made slightly smaller. Mechanical changes comprised a new Stromberg two-barrel carburetor, replacing the previous Detroit Lubricator single-throat component, and a redesigned air cleaner. Although not acknowledged in many sources, the four-cylinder engine remained available but was seldom ordered. Just 95 station wagons were so equipped. Despite a price increase to $660, production of the V8 wagon grew, reaching 2,810 for the model year.
Mengel Body Company in Kentucky had ceased to fabricate the wood body parts for Ford station wagons at the start of the year. Thus the production of wood parts became exclusively the domain of Ford’s Iron Mountain facility in the forests of northern Michigan. Workmanship at Iron Mountain proved to be first rate, and the completed bodies assembled by Murray in Detroit were of top quality. The station wagon bodies had several minor differences from their 1933 counterparts, including new exterior door handles, and revision of cowl ventilator and tailgate details.
This car was auctioned off by RM Auctions in August 2009 at the Portola Hotel & Spa and Monterey Conference Center, Monterey, California.
85 bhp, 221 cu. in. Flathead V8 engine, three-speed manual transmission with Columbia two-speed rear-end, solid front axle and live rear axle with transverse semi-elliptic leaf springs, four-wheel mechanical drum brakes. Wheelbase: 112".
Source: RM Auctions
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