1949 Ford Custom Wagon-'Junkyard Crawl
Photography by Steve Magnante
After decades of being viewed as nothing more than front-clip, suspension, and driveline donors, station wagons have rightfully become hip. They deliver the same flavor as their two-door siblings-that is to say, a Chevelle is still a Chevelle regardless of body style. And some eyes are even learning to appreciate the long-roofs' stretched-out bodylines, specific glass treatments, and added acreage, which gave their designers much more room to strut their stuff. From a functional standpoint you just can't beat 'em. No, we aren't yakking about stuffing them full of groceries, doilies, Barbie dolls, and other boring junk; we're saying all that rear overhang helps plant the slicks better, a real benefit on the strip or on the street, where the sleeper factor is money in the bank. But of all the station wagons, it's the two-doors and woodies that are most sought after. Feast your eyes on this sad stash of wagoons festering in the woods of Massachusetts. The two steel-bodied cars are likely in China right now, but we hear the woodies may have escaped the crusher.
If you love station wagons, check out the Wagons of Steel Web site at wagonsofsteel.com. It's a fun site loaded with archive photos, chat forums, and how-to articles. Best of all, there's an emphasis on drag racing. The site even sponsors a fleet of 440-powered long-roof Mopar traction machines. Scope it out!
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