Thursday, January 28, 2016

1936 Ford Deluxe Roadster

1936 Ford Deluxe Roadster - Image 1 of 9

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1972 Ford Gran Torino Sport

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1957 Ford Fairlane Convertible

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1972 Ford Ranchero 500

1972 Ford Ranchero 500

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1936 Ford 2-Door Sedan

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1956 Ford Country Sedan Wagon

1956 Ford Country Sedan Wagon

1963 Ford Falcon Futura

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1948 Ford Marmon-Herrington Super Deluxe Station Wagon

1948 Ford Marmon-Herrington

Ford offered Marmon-Herrington four-wheel drive conversions on select vehicles from the 1930's into the early 1960's. There’s a reason the company isn’t a household name, however: Not only was four-wheel drive once viewed as unnecessary in all but the most extreme conditions, the price of the conversion often doubled the price of the vehicle on which it was based. In terms of wagons, like this 1948 Ford Marmon-Herrington Super Deluxe Station Wagon, for sale on, only a handful were ever built. It wears a pickup body now (a necessary swap after the original wood body rotted away), but it began life as a Ford Super Deluxe woodie wagon, converted by Marmon-Herrington for use as a ski resort shuttle. A second 1947 Ford Super Deluxe (also sans wood) is included as part of the package, and given the truck’s rarity (and hence, value), this is a worthwhile project for those with the right restoration skills. From the seller’s description:

The Ford Marmon-Herrington Super Deluxe Station Wagon is a rare wood bodied vehicle built post WWII by Ford and then converted to 4 wheel drive by Marmon-Herrington. The conversion cost doubled the price of the vehicle which is the reason only a handful of Ford Super Deluxe Wagons were converted by Marmon-Herrington making them extremely uncommon and valuable. In retrospect, Ford and Marmon-Herrington created one of the very first luxury SUVs and arguably a market niche that we know today.

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This 1948 Ford Marmon-Herrington Super Deluxe Station Wagon also know as a Woodie, is offered for sale as a package with a 1947 Ford Deluxe Station Wagon, another Woodie. Together, these two vehicles could be used to to rebuild the Marmon-Herrington. The vehicles condition are detailed in the attached photo gallery. Both vehicles have NC Titles. VIN upon request.

The Marmon-Herrington was originally used at an Asheville, NC area ski and resort as a shuttle. When the wood body rotted away, it was crudely converted into a pick-up and nicknamed “The Stump Jumper” and became the resort work truck. For years it languished with an eccentric collector in Maggie Valley, NC. Both of these vehicles were discovered, and acquired, as part of Barn Find Book Author Tom Cotter’s collection.

Specific to the Marmon-Herrington, evidence of the welds combining the rear-half of a pick up cab to the cowl of the Ford Super Deluxe from the windshield forwards is easily identifiable in the photos. The original Super Deluxe windshield, cowl, firewall fenders remain intact. A ’50s or ’60s pick up bed was added at some point over the existing chassis creating a less than flattering combination. The overall condition of the 4×4 is rough but the chassis and driveline is complete. The other car included is a solid California 1947 Super Deluxe Woodie with 2 wheel drive and has a title. The front clip, front and rear fenders and chassis are are suitable for the restoration.

Though a complete restoration is needed, it could be considered a viable given the popularity of wood bodied cars and the rarity of the Marmon-Herrington conversion. The Woodie community and suppliers are helpful and knowledgeable. Wood bodies can be obtained through a variety of craftsman who specialize in these cars. The Early Ford V8 community is a robust source of information as well.

While combining the Marmon-Herrington and the two cars would be a significant project, the outcome of a full restoration would yield an exceedingly rare piece of automotive history.

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1958 Ford Ranchero

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1962 Ford Galaxie XL G-Code

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Texas Plumber Sues Ford Dealer

Once you trade in your vehicle to the dealership, you typically don’t have much power over where it ends up. And that’s usually not a problem, unless your truck ends up in an ISIS propaganda picture with your company’s decal still pasted on the doors.
That’s exactly what happened to Texas plumber Mark Oberholtzer, who sold his company’s F-250 truck to a Ford dealer in 2013. While he tried to remove the company’s decal before the transaction, a salesman allegedly told him to leave it to the dealership to handle so as not to ruin the original paint. But the decal was never removed, and the truck was shipped off to Turkey before it somehow ended up in the hands of ISIS in Syria. Now, Oberholtzer is suing the Ford dealer for $1 million after his business suffered from some extremely bad publicity.
In late 2014, a terrorist tweeted a picture of the truck, which ISIS had transformed into a mount for a giant anti-aircraft gun. Unfortunately for Oberholtzer, the truck still has his company’s name and phone number clearly displayed on the doors. After the picture went viral, Oberholtzer received death threats and hundreds of harassing phone calls, the lawsuit alleges. Things got so bad that he eventually shut down his business for a week.
According to court records, Oberholtzer had experience selling other company trucks to dealerships and was accustomed to having them take off the decals. Oberholtzer’s lawsuit claims the dealer is guilty of gross negligence and invasion of privacy.

2016 Ford Shelby GT350 Mustang First Test Review

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1973 Ford Mustang Mach I

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1958 Ford Fairlane 500 Skyliner Retractable Hardtop


1958 Ford Ranch Wagon

1958 Ford Ranch Wagon

1952 Ford F150

1952 Ford F150

1960 Ford Sunliner "427" Side Oiler

1960 Ford Sunliner

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1967 Ford Galaxie 500

1967 Ford Galaxie 500

1971 Mustang Mach 1

1971 Ford Mustang Mach 1 ad
1971 Ford Mustang Mach 1 ad courtesy of Production Cars.
For 1971, Ford introduced a newly styled Mustang that had grown noticeably larger and heavier than the model it replaced. Blame it on consumer demand, or perhaps market research, which showed that buyers wanted more room and more luxury from their pony cars than ever before. Not willing to shed the Mustang’s performance image, Ford was quick to play up the earlier model’s racing success in print advertising.
Yes, Mustangs had captured over 2.0-liter Trans Am titles in 1966, 1967, and 1970, but these cars were significantly different from the 1971 Mustang. Compared to the 1970 Mach 1, the new version gained just over two inches in overall length (and an inch in the wheelbase), nearly two and a half inches in width, and roughly 150 pounds in weight.
As any racer will tell you, weight is the enemy of performance. To counter this and retain the Mustang’s quarter-mile dignity, Ford offered a more powerful optional engine for the Mach 1 in 1971, dropping the 335-horsepower 428 in favor of the 375 horsepower 429. On paper, the performance between a 1970 Mach 1 and a 1971 version was close, with the earlier car running the quarter-mile in 14.31 seconds at a trap speed of 100.22 MPH and a pre-production example of the new model delivering a best pass of 14.43 seconds, at 98.68 MPH.
Stopping distance tells a different story. In 1970, the Mach 1 went from 60 to zero in 148 feet. A year later, Road Test reported that 162 feet were needed to slow the bigger pony down, though it’s not clear how variables (such as surface grip) were controlled. For 1970, the Mach 1 wore F70x14 tires and used front discs with rear drums; for 1971, tire size went to F70x15 and brakes were listed as power assisted discs in front and drums in rear.
Not all Mach 1s were delivered with the highest-spec engine; in fact, it’s safe to say that a much higher percentage were purchased with the base V-8. In 1970 that would have been a 351, which made 250 horsepower when equipped with a 2-barrel carburetor. In 1971, the base Mach 1 V-8 was a 302, which produced 210 horsepower.
As for the handling part, period magazines did seem to compliment the new Mustang’s on-road and on-track manners, despite its added heft. Styling wasn’t exactly embraced by consumers, and production fell from 198,239 units in 1970 to 151,484 units in 1971. By 1973, the last year of the “plus size” Mustangs, just 134,867 units were built, though it’s worth pointing out that this was a 9,774 unit increase over 1972. Success would return for 1974, when Ford produced a total of 385,993 Mustang II's.

Saturday, January 2, 2016

1959 Ford Thunderbird

t5This 1959 Thunderbird is described as “ready to drive” by it’s owner/seller. It’s located in Brentwood, New York and is up for sale here on eBay, where bidding is just over $4,000 with no reserve.

t7The Thunderbird was marketed as a “personal car” when it was new; this one definitely fits that description! If you look closely at these first two pictures, you’ll find a few “personalized touches” that may not be to everyone’s taste, although they don’t bother me. You can see both some white and teal pinstriping that looks to be the real thing and late model Thunderbird wire wheel covers. However, the car really looks nice in the two-tone teal and white. I suspect the 23,789 miles are the second trip around, but you never know.

t4I don’t think I’ve ever seen pinstriping on a door edge before. But look at the great interior! And if I’m not mistaken, that rubber weatherstripping looks to be either new or in really nice shape.

t6Although I admire the safety attitude of someone that would fit brand new seat belts, I think I would look for some more period looking fitments in teal like this set. And yes, the console is supposed to be teal as well, but I’m guessing the owner substituted a better condition black one for the original teal. I do see some nice clean detailing and good rubber here as well.

t2Unfortunately, the seller didn’t include any under hood or under car pictures. I hope they look as nice as the exterior and interior do. The seller does mention that the brakes, exhaust, spark plugs and wires are brand new, and it does mention air conditioning in the listing, although nothing else is clear. Perhaps a pre-purchase inspection is in order? This looks like a pretty good car, but I’d want to know more before bidding. How about you? If it’s as nice underneath as on the outside, would you be interested?


1949 Ford F5 Stake Truck

Ford F5 frontI don’t think I will ever get tired of all the great old farm trucks that seem to be coming out of barns all over America. From pick ups to flatbeds to dump trucks and more, these are great pieces of American iron that were almost always well cared for by small farm farmers who needed to preserve their investments in the machinery their work relied on. They often have low miles on them, having spent much of their time just going back and forth to town or from farm to grain mills or other day to day journeys. Even in areas where vehicles usually rust away from road salt and snow, farm trucks seem to have survived pretty well.

So here we have a very solid 1949 Ford F-5 for sale here on craigslist in Mayville, western New York state (very far west, Mayville is northwest of Jamestown.) Not many pictures in this ad, unfortunately, but what’s presented shows a solid truck in very decent condition. I really like the large grille guard on the front, and the condition of the stakes on the bed make me think this truck has been used in the recent past, despite it being claimed as a barn find. Maybe not necessarily long term storage in that barn in this case.

Ford F5 interiorVery clean dashboard. How is the seat though? F-5’s are 1 and 1/2 ton trucks that in 1949 were offered in standard and cab over configurations. You could get either the 226 ci or the 239 ci flathead V-8 (a six cylinder engine was not available, at least according to the sources I have found) and either a 3 speed or one of two different 4 speed transmissions were available drivetrain choices.
Mileage on this particular F-5 is claimed at a low 33,000 miles (less than 500 miles per year of its long life!), it’s V-8 powered too, with the ever popular flathead aboard.

Ford F5 underThe seller says that all the trim is present, the glass is good (not cloudy as so often is the case with old trucks) except for a broken wing window. Not much rust is visible. This last picture, a bit muddy, does show a pretty clean view of under one wheel well.

Ford f5 under fenderSeller says this is a dump body, and also a stake truck, no picture of any dump mechanism or description of it, so that part is a bit unclear. Does it run? How are the brakes, electrics, clutch, etc.? No clues in this very sparse ad. Which engine and transmission it has are also not mentioned, and will have to be learned about by calling the owner.

wmdscn0357Here’s a similar F-5 in more or less restored form. The asking price does seem quite a bit too high at $6,000, even with its very low miles and clean, original appearing condition. Unlike pick up trucks, you can’t use an F-5 for everyday cruising, so the market for these bigger trucks is much more limited, and the cost to refresh or restore the bigger trucks is much greater too. These trucks have plenty of fans, and this is a nice looking truck, so I hope someone out there will be getting it back on the road sooner than later.


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