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1958 Datsun GX 5-Speed Woodie FS - L.A. CA
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Looks like an A14GX engine in a very tidy 1958 Morris Minor Traveller wrapper. The owner tells me that a 1977 B210 GX gave up a massive organ transplant (engine, trans, rear end, disc brakes) to this lovely little woodie. Nicely maintained woodwork & mechanicals, good looking paint, instant cachet at any Datsun and/or woodie gathering. Excellent price. I've seen lesser versions going for $10k more.
https://losangeles.craigslist.org/wst/ ... 58-morris/6997504469.html

Posted on: 10/25 20:25
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Re: 1958 Datsun GX 5-Speed Woodie FS - L.A. CA
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why is it called Woodie?

Looks like an A12GX/A12T manifold with competition flat-tops. A14T setup used 4-bolt carb flanges. 1977 B210 GX had a single carburetor A14 engine

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Re: 1958 Datsun GX 5-Speed Woodie FS - L.A. CA
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Back in the day, most station wagon bodies were custom built by outside woodworking vendors. A stripped down chassis with front sheet metal was shipped out to these coachbuilders who built a furniture quality wooden body on these chassis, then they were shipped back to the auto manufacturer to sell.
The "woodie" term came to mean any vehicle with a partial wood exterior, courtesy of surfers who picked these sort of cars up for pennies when their furniture quality construction fell prey to the elements and their once proud owners couldn't afford the $ to have them rebuilt.
These gorgeous pieces of rolling woodworker art are a far cry from today's Wagon Queen Family Trucksters with their genuine imitation wood grain decal appliques.

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