1942 All Wheel Drive Marmon Herrington Woody

1942 All Wheel Drive Marmon Herrington Woody restoration.

Very rare and custom built , 1942 Ford Station Wagon with the  Marmon Herrington ” All Wheel Drive Conversion”.
The wagon was put together using various components from period correct half ton Marmon Herrington parts. The majority donor car for this project was originally a 1942 Ford four door sedan with the Marmon Herrington running gear conversion, supposedly one of six delivered to the US Military.
The ‘42 front end “clip” used is off of the same ‘42 sedan as well.  The Woody body was then placed onto the sedan platform which was the same as the wagon or, in other words, the sedan and station wagon frames built by Ford were the same and have the same body bolting points.
This Wagon is proposed to be the only 1942 MH Woody known to exist however it is most likely that this year of MH Woody may never existed. The 1942 Marmon Herrington pamphlet or sales brochure does however show the 1942 Woody as a conversion package.
This wagon is being outfitted as a  “Navy Shore Patrol” vehicle from a San Diego Naval base and will maintain it’s factory color of “New Castle Gray”. The car will sport auxiliary military “add on’s”  such as the following:

Two spot lights both driver and passenger side.
Period correct siren under the hood
Military Police red light assembly on the fender
Black out light assembly’s on the front fenders and tail light section.
Vinyl stick on Naval Markings on the hood, doors and rear roof above rear doors
Period radio equipment with antenna
Pull behind equipment trailer built by Willy’s for the Navy

These types of cars were requisitioned from the civilian sectors during WW2 for primarily home base use and were classified as “Personnel Carriers”. In 1942 the Woody Station Wagons from various manufacturers were used in both the Army and Navy both in a personnel carrier and/or military police roll. Due to the increase demand for war material, most of the car and wagon production was halted early on in 1942 in order to produce much more needed equipment such as tanks and airplanes.
This restoration is still under development but will hopefully be making it’s first appearance in 2013.
Thank you for viewing another restoration by Classic Military Automotive. Be sure to follow the “Links” to some of the before and during pictures to this “one off” build.

**** To see earlier pictures go to this link:  Woody Pics on Old Website