1952 New tail lights and spare tire went inside. Full rear window now.
1953 239 V8
1954 Grille and signal lights changed.
1954 Tail lights had dash lines around the chrome rings.
1954 All New Dash
1954 239 V8 OHC. Same Cubic Inch New engine is now OHC, Y-Block.
1957 292 V8
1959 Conservative changes.
1959 Brand new tail lights.
1959 352 V8
Mario on Mar 31, 2021 said:
Ford Station Wagons during the 1950's went from a truck to a Suburban for the Baby Boomer Moms.
It was an exciting, colorful and innovative time. Just compare the 1950 to the 1959 Ford. Changes were everywhere.
My Dad always had a wagon due to his job and I loved "the big back" for playing. Enjoy! Mario[Reply to this comment]
57timemachine on Mar 31, 2021 said:
I will take the 1956 hands down and no doubt it. The 1956 has always been the most beautiful 50's Ford and probably the most valuable of the 50's Fords. That 56 Ford two door wagon was Fords answer to the Chevrolet Nomad wagon but as much as I like it, it is no match for the Nomad. I am a solid GM guy but if I ever owned a Ford, it would have to be a 1956. Cheers.[Reply to this comment]
Mario on Apr 1, 2021 said:
Great pick George. That's a beautiful 56 Ford Ranch Wagon. And with the new 12 volt battery it had brighter lights and could operate many power options. Funny part is the 55 and 56 Fords were really 52 to 54 models underneath with sheet metal changes. Cheers.[Reply to this comment]
57timemachine on Apr 1, 2021 said:
Mario, I know that 55 and 56's are basically the same vehicle cosmetically. The many changes though that is between those two years is many and that is what makes the 56 a far better car all around. The small styling changes alone make the 56 a better detailed car, especially the front end changes. The dash and steering wheel on a 56 out shines the 55. The big change to 12 volt as you mentioned from the 6 volt was big news for Ford, even though Ford was slow to do so. There are a number of changes that even though they may be subtle, the reality is that combined all those changes make the 56 a nicer car all around and it reflects on the values in the vintage car market. Cheers.[Reply to this comment]
Mario on Apr 8, 2021 said:
My Dad's first station wagon was a 1959 Chevy which I believe was a nicer looking car than the Ford at that time. But his first New car was a 1952 Ford which he loved.
It was a blue 2 door coupe flathead V8 and automatic transmission. I was 5 years old when he bought it and I remember it well.
I used to sit on my Dad's lap while he drove and I thought for sure I was driving. It was a great experience and I believe that's when my love for cars blossomed.[Reply to this comment]
azmusclecar on Apr 24, 2021 said:
That 51 split window was where GM got the idea for the 1963 Corvette Split WIndow.
Okay I made that up. I sound like the Old Joe Isuzu guy in the commercials where he exaggerated everything. And the subtitles said: HE'S LYING.
Oh the fun of car commercials and seeing the old woodie wagons when I was young and dumb.
Now I'm old and dumber.[Reply to this comment]
azmusclecar on Apr 25, 2021 said:
Yes seemless windows seem to really open up the view into and out of the car. It cut out a lot of intersecting lines on the car and made it look a lot smoother.
That classic front end look of the 51 reminds me of all the old cop shows on TV where they would drive up in their Fords.
Funny how that grill always reminded me of Jayne Mansfield when I was a kid....hmmm I wonder why!
Please don't rat me out and tell my Mom...[Reply to this comment]