Loving this 1948 Mercury Woodie Wagon

1948 Mercury Woodie

Check out this beautiful, rare 1948 Mercury Woodie Wagon in our shop.

While we don’t strip wood here, the private owner of this 1948 Mercury Woodie knew we would take great care of this rare car, getting it prepped for its new coating.

As you can see, the engine was removed prior to its arrival at American Dry Stripping. These photos are mid-prep. We have a lot of work to do to protect the original wood and interior on this beauty before blasting the metal frame.

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The 1948 Mercury Woodie — only about 1,900 were built that year — often was made with birdseye maple. The wood was harvested milled and built for parts at Henry Ford’s Iron Mountain Ford Plant and Sawmill on Michigan’s Upper Peninsula.

1948 Mercury Woodie by Sids1 from Flickr
1948 Mercury Woody Station Wagon at the Black Swamp rod run held at Mangawhai River Orchard, New Zealand

Mercury was Ford’s entry-level premium brand, with vehicles often based on Ford models but rebadged. The 1948 Mercury Woodie was built during the 12 years of Mercury cars made from 1939 to 1951 with various model types, but all badged as the Mercury 8.

In 1952, when other car makers started to expand their line of cars, Mercury 8 was dropped as a model designation. Two models emerged: the Monterey and the Custom, along with others to follow.

As you can see, when we get cars like this in our shop, they are sort of the equivalent of “just rolled out of bed.”

However, just like the Merc you see here, we know how to help you bring the real beauty out again!

If you have any questions about work we do on rare and classic cars, feel free to contact us. We’ll respond quickly. We also offer car storage.

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