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PostPosted: Wed Nov 19, 2014 1:07 pm 
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My beautiful '54 Wagon is finally home!

My last name is Squire and my wife's nickname was woodstock or woody for short, so this car is a perfect fit for us, hence Squire's Squire/Woody's Woody.

We purchased the car in PA in early November, and I finally got the car through Customs and in to Canada. Clearing customs is a little tricky as you have to satisfy US customs, Canada Customs, the Registrar of imported vehicles and the Ministry of Transportation. After lots of paper work, lots of tax, and several fees she's home safe in the garage with her new stable mates the '65 FFR roadster and '06 Mustang. Looks like I just barely beat the snow home, Buffalo is in a state of emergency due to heavy snow fall.

The car was partially restored, painted, seats recovered and chassis blasted and painted. She runs and drives and as far as I know needs only final assembly. My next steps will be to evaluate the car, inspect the wiring, suspension and engine, then inventory the parts and start assembly. Luckily I live near the border and Mac's is a short drive away.

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PostPosted: Wed Nov 19, 2014 2:26 pm 
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Looks great Mark.

Appears your going to have to resize your images to post them here.

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PostPosted: Wed Nov 19, 2014 10:20 pm 
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Man, that car is sweet and will be a fun restoration - looks like it doesn't need much. Just a question: is the wood real? We've had some discussions as to when they went to the fiberglass.

Also, saw your note about getting out of Buffalo just in time. I'm from Jamestown, NY and we dodged a bullet on the snow. We are 60 miles away and got nothing. Orchard Park got around 5 feet and are expecting another 2 to 3 feet. If you can believe it, there are 220 THOUSAND tons of snow in Ralph Wilson Stadium and they are attempting to clear it out in time for a 1 pm Sunday kickoff.

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PostPosted: Thu Nov 20, 2014 9:31 am 
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ajochum wrote:
Man, that car is sweet and will be a fun restoration - looks like it doesn't need much. Just a question: is the wood real? We've had some discussions as to when they went to the fiberglass.

Also, saw your note about getting out of Buffalo just in time. I'm from Jamestown, NY and we dodged a bullet on the snow. We are 60 miles away and got nothing. Orchard Park got around 5 feet and are expecting another 2 to 3 feet. If you can believe it, there are 220 THOUSAND tons of snow in Ralph Wilson Stadium and they are attempting to clear it out in time for a 1 pm Sunday kickoff.



Glad you're not in the worst of the snow, stay safe if you're driving.

The Wood is not real, the dark wood is vinyl and the light trim is fiberglass painted to look like wood. I believe Ford stopped using real wood after '51. Good thing because Canada Customs may not have let me bring a real wood car across the border.

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PostPosted: Thu Nov 20, 2014 9:40 am 
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I started unpacking the car last night, wow there's alot of parts
http://i177.photobucket.com/albums/w209 ... G_0847.jpg

The engine looks good, can anyone tell me if this looks like the correct engine for this car? It has dipsticks on the passenger side for for both the engine oil and trans fluid and a cartridge oil filter on the drivers side. It has power steering and is an automatic. I found the "fordomatic" emblem in the car and the horn ring indicates its a power steering car.
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I put the drivers seat in so I could sit behind the wheel and make engine noises, the wife joined me.
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PostPosted: Thu Nov 20, 2014 8:44 pm 
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It looks like the engine is correct, however the colors are wrong.

The block and intake is supposed to be an off white, valve covers and air filter red.

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PostPosted: Fri Nov 21, 2014 7:23 am 
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Looks like you have a solid start there.

Wagons are so cool. I want one.

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PostPosted: Wed Nov 26, 2014 8:31 pm 
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Got my bumpers on, They need some polishing for this summer, and probably be re-chromed next winter.

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Is this car ever fun to work on, right now it's a giant jig-saw puzzle.

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PostPosted: Thu Nov 27, 2014 8:39 am 
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We have a lot of wagon owners here so hopefully any questions you have someone else has crossed that bridge.

Great looking car.

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PostPosted: Fri Dec 05, 2014 10:22 am 
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Not much progress to report this week,
I've been down with the flu and haven't' spent much time in the garage. Last night some friends came over to lend and hand and we got the proper hood bolts in and the rest of the grill and splash pan bolts tightened up. Thanks Shane and Dave! We also pulled the wheels and drums to check the condition of the brakes, lucky for me the previous owner installed all new brakes, shoes, wheel cylinders, lines and hardware. One less thing for me to do!

We're still trying to sort out the folding seats, pictures to follow.

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