UPDATE 1/3/12 - This surf wagon did not end up meeting reserve at $14,000.
Admittedly we are not big fans of most customized cars and definitely not stations wagons, but this 1963 Ford Squire Wagon has us rethinking both of our hang-ups. This wagon is the perfect blend of modifications and originality, plus the faux wood paneling and weathered paint give this vehicle character that just cannot be duplicated.
The seller of this wagon has spent a lot of time sorting it out and has gone through almost everything. Nearly all the mechanicals have either been rebuilt or replaced to make this a dependable daily driver. All the gauges and switches work, including the power tailgate. The only thing needing finished is to replace the heater core and to hook the heater back up.
This big wagon's engine is absolutely gorgeous and has been meticulously rebuilt. The 289 V8 has been completely worked over with new pistons, rings, bearings, camshaft, valves, and valve springs. The Cruisomatic Transmission has also been rebuilt and is painted in gunmetal grey to match the block. This Squire even made it in the top 25 of the Dupli-Color Restoration Challenge for engine bay restorations.
The interior looks as good as the day it left the dealership and the seller claims everything but the carpets are original. The interior looks comfortable and extremely roomy. We could actually see ourselves loading up the family in this wagon for a long road trip. There is enough room in this thing, that we might actually forget there were other people in the car, but that might just be because we wouldn't be able to hear them over the sound of that V8 up front.
This maybe one of the few wagons we have ever come across that has tempted us. We would probably ditch the surfer look by removing the roof rack and scraping those stickers off. Either way this looks like a way to have the best of both worlds. Rough on the outside and dependable on the inside. The car is located in Troy, Missouri and the seller has listed the car here on eBay, where the current bid is at $10,099 with the reserve not met. This might seem steep for an old station wagon, but it would cost a lot more to build your own. We just wonder how the Misses would feel about running to the store in this one.