Three years ago I was very taken with a rendering of a phantom Ford F-1 Woody in Canadian Hot Rods magazine and knew one day I would build a similar model. I had a good starting point as I had already cut the front end off an AMT ’41 Ford Woody for use on a still-born ’48 to ’41 Custom Convertible project.
I continued scribing the ’41 body – removing the rear fenders, the roof, cowl and windshield and inner Woody panels. I also decided to have an opening tailgate window so I can have surfboards poking out the back. The F-1 parts came from the Revell ’50 Ford Pick-Up. I was hoping to use the F-1 windshield but was surprised at how much narrower it is than the ’41. That being the case I joined the two cowls just under the ’41 windshield and faired everything together with putty. The rear F-1 fenders were narrowed and some modifications were required at both ends of the running boards to meet the F-1 fenders. Ahead of the rear fenders the “wood” framing was reshaped. The ‘41 interior only required a few modifications such as grafting on the forward most section of the F-1 floorboard and trimming the leading edges of the inner body panels. Having the shiny bits separated from the wood bits should make painting easier.
The chassis is a lengthened Revel ’37 Ford street rod assembly. Both ends of the chassis were modified to incorporate the appropriate bumper supports. The ‘37 kit also supplied the wheels and tires and the engine. Even though these are 1/24 I don’t think they will look out of place and will eliminate many fitting issues
I decided to cut out the inner Woody panels so I could use the incredibly thin wood
veneer cigar box liners a friend gave me many years ago. This method will allow me to sandwich the sheets between the outer and inner body panels.
Just a few words about the AMT ’41 Ford Woody. I know the kit has been criticized for its nose in the air attitude but it definitely has many redeeming qualities. The chassis can supply some great parts such as the beam front axle, hairpin radius rods and the quickchange rear end. The flat-head engine is very cool having a rather unique twin throttle body fuel injection system with a couple of cone air filters. The engine also features a latter day distributor and chrome exhaust headers, which lead to a nice set of dual exhausts. The drum brake backing plates are nicely rendered and the slot mags and tires look pretty good. This kit is definitely worth picking up at a swap meet. There was even a pre-decorated version offered that can make a quick and attractive shelf models.