Stored 30 Years: 1936 Ford Model 68 Woody Station Wagon – SOLD!

Jul 2020 | Classifinds, Wagon Wednesday

July 27th Update: While updating our database for our latest Wagon Wednesday features, we confirmed the listing for this 1936 Ford Woody Wagon just pulled from storage after 30 years expired this past weekend.  With no fresh listing posted, we’re calling this special Ford, “Sold!” We hope the next caretaker eagerly gets their new purchase roadworthy again and enjoys it with the existing patina in place.

If any enthusiast tries to tell you all the great Barn Finds are long gone, just point out this faded Brambolino Blue 1936 Ford Model 68 Four Door Woody Station Wagon recently listed on Craigslist in Schuylerville, New York reported to be a recent barn find stored for over the past thirty years.  Offered for for $32,500, a review of the Hagerty Insurance Online Valuation Tool confirms the second owner had their Woody priced between the #3 “Good” appraisal of $49,500 and the #4 “Fair” (Daily Driver) estimate of $28,500.

Ford completed a major redesign of its car lineup for the 1935 model year that still relied on a transverse leaf spring front suspension, however it was relocated ahead of the axle to allow more interior volume as well as pushing the grille and made more prominent by de-emphasized and more-integrated fenders.  Ford designers lowered the body and new “Center-Poise” seating improved comfort.  In one of its earliest examples of vertical integration, The Ford Iron Mountain Plant in the Michigan Upper Peninsula manufactured wood panels from Ford owned lumber.  Ford offered two model lines:  the Standard and the DeLuxe which made up the vast majority of total sales.  All Fords now came equipped with the 221 cubic inch flathead V8.

Changes for 1936 were minor and featured an inverted pentagonal grille with all-vertical bars beneath a prominent hood and three horizontal chrome side strips (on DeLuxe models). The V8 DeLuxe was now called the Model 68. A concealed horn, long a prominent part of the Ford’s design, also brought the car into modern times.  Other major changes for 1936 were the use of pressed steel “artillery” solid wheels instead of wire wheels.

Based on the pictures provided and limited description, this Woody appears complete and assuming its was in dry storage during the past 30 years, the wood appears to be in restorable condition.  If you are going to tackle the restoration of a Woody Wagon, this is an example of what you likely want to start with.  It begs the question however on what you would do with this example:  Restore or Restomod?  Comment below and let us know and good luck with the purchase!

Here’s the seller’s description:

“1936 Ford Woody Wagon recent barn find
stored for over 30 years
selling on behalf of second owner
serious inquiries only, no texting
call Colin 518-210-2345 No Texting”

What would you do with this ’36 Ford Woody: Restore or Restomod?  Comment below and let us know!

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