My name is Don. I  have cherished and worked on classic cars for over 20 years. My first classic was a ’58 Thunderbird.  I especially enjoy Ford products, but also enjoy working on my ’55 Packard 400.  I don’t claim to be an expert,  because there is always more to learn.  I am only able to have as many classic cars as I do because of the love and understanding of my lovely wife.  Thank you dear.

  1. Chris Allen says:

    keep working on it. You’ll love it when it’s done. I spent 5yrs on my 58 RW, w/almost the same green/white paint combo. Check it out.


    keep up the good work.


    • ranchwagon says:

      Thank you Chris!

      I really like your wagon. It is the exact colors I plan on using on my ’58 when I get to that point. I hope you don’t mind if I contact you to find out the name of the paint colors when i come to that point.

  2. J.R. Stinnett says:

    I really dig your blog man. Great pics. I have a 58 custom tudor project that was my grand pappy’s. Keep choppin’. God bless you!

  3. Rhino says:

    Hey Don,

    Love your wagon! I have a ’58 Ranch wagon as well, and had a question about your Del Rio trim, I’m looking to do the same thing with mine. How many total pieces is the kit? I found an 8 pc reproduction kit, and I’m wondering if this is the total kit for both sides of the wagon? If you could email me, I’d really appreciate it. Tktcolr@yahoo.com

  4. Ivo ballentine says:

    Hey guys I am taking my gas tank out of my ’58 4dr. ranch wagan. Does any body know if/how the filler neck comes off at the tank It seems as though it must because of the improbability to snake it out attached to tank. And It ” feels ” like it must but for the life of me I can’t get a look at it. Is it a pressed in rubber collar I might spray and pull out? I don’t feel any clamp. Any body know where I can buy a new one if need be?

  5. Really nice work on the wagon and the blog. It’s looking fantastic.

  6. sdskygazer says:

    Thanks for blogging, Don! There is something compelling about the stories locked up in these old cars. As preservers of these old cars, we get to hear the memories that they evoke. Everyone over 40 has some favorite memory of riding in a station wagon… on a family vacation, to the beach, or just cruisin’ in high school. We aren’t just gearheads, we need also to be good listeners, and even therapists.

    Your wagon is quite a challenge. I hope your efforts are rewarded with some amazing and touching stories from the folks that experience it.

  7. Ivo Ballentine says:

    Anyone know how to fix or replace my rusty gas tank in my 58 Ranchwagon? I’ve got it out now and its got lots of pinholes. Someone said theres a tank avail that will suffice but that no one makes a reproduction for the wagon. Any wisdom-

  8. Mike says:

    Hey Don,
    Just started with my wife’s 58 RW. She’s had it since high school and I figure it’s time to pay her back for putting up with me for so long. I have a question.. Where do you find all of your parts? Are there any companies out there to check out?? Just pulled the engine and trans out today. Going to start front end soon and work my way back. Any help with parts would be great!! Awesome blog!!

  9. R Daigre says:

    my name is rick and I’m restoring a 1958 4 dr. ranch wagon and I need a few parts and I see you have them so do you sell any parts if so plase let me know thanks rick

  10. bruno potyra says:

    HI don ! nice wagon ! I leave in france ,love wagons too , my last one is a 57 merc commuter 4 doors 2 benchs under restoration (just start ) it’s a daily driver , first owner in good original condition , and I have few questions ; where I can get door wheather strips , felts , because it’s a pillarless wagon and I try many search on internet and other sites but nothing found !
    thanks , keep on workin’ ! bruno

  11. richard daigre says:

    hi don I’m rick and I’m building a 1958 ford ranch wagon to but its a 4 dr I found a lot of new parts like fuel tank, bumpers, some lights and so on but I need a ranch wagon script for the rear fender 1956 – 1958 are the same if you have one for sale or know of one please let me know. I see you re did the front end mine is a runner with a 292 V8 and I have a 332 intercepter and 3 on the tree that’s in a 58 fairlane 4 dr. I like your blog and I’m watching your progress thanks rick

  12. Paul says:

    Hi Don, I have been following your blog about the 1958 ranch wagon project and I have a question for you. I have a 1958 ford skyliner, and I want to remove the front clip all together like you were able to do. 11 bolts and some wiring. To that end, can you please tell me the location of those 11 bolts, and provide a little more detail on how you did it. I have some major engine work,and other work I need to do, and removing the entire clip, would be a great help achieving that goal. Thanks in advance Don.

  13. mustang6984 says:

    So…Don…I have 2 ’57 Ford sedan Deliveries…(Couriers) and a bunch of extra parts. I also have a need for some…perhaps we can do some swapping and trading? You fund a donor car, I have none…so let’s get together.

    How do we do this? I see nowhere to send you an e-mail…but then perhaps I am just not looking in the right place. Look forward to hearing from you. :-}

  14. Jake says:

    Hello there Don! I was wondering if you would be willing to talk with me for a bit about your car? A friend of mine just started a project 58 and was looking for a little information, and I feel like you are the guy to alk to!

    • ranchwagon says:

      What can I answer for you?

      • Andrew Hudson says:

        Hi Don, great blog, very inspiring for us car restoration guys. I especially love the before and after photos! I am restoring a ’59 Edsel Corsair. The one with the larger Mercury frame. I have rust on frame rails and am looking to get replacements. I am wondering if you could put me in touch with Dave the Edsel guy?
        Andrew in Maine

  15. Bob Corin says:

    I have a ’58 two door Ranch Wagon but don’t have a title. Any help or suggestions?

    • ranchwagon says:

      There are title services that advertise in Hemmings motor news. I have only ever bought one car without a title but the guy I bought it from had tow lien paperwork that he got from when he bought it. I recently filed for title with this paperwork so I’ll see how it goes.

  16. Al Berger says:

    Any suggestion on where to find the “Ranch Wagon” script for the rear quarter panels? I have a ’58 4 door and need the script and the tailgate handle emblem that goes inside it.

    • Mike Burns says:

      I am currently restoring my wife’s 58’ Ford Ranchwagon. Please check out my YouTube channel M.A.D. Garage. I’m sure I will have questions in the future. Thanks. Good luck on your build!!

    • richard daigre says:

      i found my quarter script at this big junkyard in arizona the one from the TV show wrecks to richs and it took me over a year to find it so good luck on your searches Rick

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