Monday, May 17, 2010

What I Saw Today

I know it has been a while since this olelongrooffan has had a What I Saw Today post. Sometimes I'll see something cool then I'll see something else cool and then all of the sudden I have a whole post that is to varied for a What I Saw Today post.

That is not the case here.

On Sunday, this olelongrooffan monitored a construction continuing education course down in Fort Pierce, Florida, about 150 miles south of The Birthplace Of Speed. It started at 8 am so this olelongrooffan drug his sorry *ss out of bed around 4:30 am and hot footed it down that Eisenhower Highway System and that connects these two towns.

However, on the return trip to the Taj Mahal, this olelongrooffan did his normal ritual of keeping my oleragtop off that highway system and instead utilized US 1 and A1A for my return trip.

And am I glad I did.

As I was travelling up US 1 near Vero Beach, this olelongrooffan spotted this beauty parked in the parking lot of a local diner.

Yepe, an early 50's Ford Woody Tudor Wagon. It was absolutely stunning in its bright fire engine red paint soaking up that Florida sunshine.

Plus, it is a Country Squire, a name I had previously thought was introduced in the early 60's. It is wonderful to learn something new every day.

And although this olelongrooffan prefers stock in all things automotive, this slight restomod was done tastefully and looked period correct. Even the hubcap on the rear mounted spare tire was awesome.

Although I didn't get an image of it, the panel gap at the front doors was, as on every woody this olelongrooffan has seen, was not the same from top to bottom.

As I was taking these images, a pair of older couples came out of that diner and were admiring it along with me. One of the ladies commented that her father had one when she was a kid living down in Fort Lauderdale during the late 50's. She mentioned the wood started rotting out and her dad replaced all of the wood panels himself!

I really like the rear taillight treatment as well as

the bulging hood ornament.

And know this, seeing this cool ole longroof and being able to share it with you really allows me to

Celebrate Life.


Anonymous said...

When we lived in St. Louis, Peggy Friskel had one of these, a 1949. It too was red and a rust bucket.

I remember the wood rotting and watching the road through the floor.

It was a three on the tree and it must have been a flathead 8 because it had the most wonderful sound.

Mom and Dad had a 1953 Mercury station wagon with wood grain sides, I think it might have been metal though.


Horse-farmer said...

This is the car of my dreams, if I was to have a car.....

add to your knowledge about
Country Squire etc
Ford had a Crown Victoria in 50 also, so it is not a new name either