Thursday, January 28, 2016
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 Hemmings.com, 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:
Posted by Pw3680 at 5:25 PM
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.
Source: New York Daily News,
Posted by Pw3680 at 4:56 PM
Saturday, January 2, 2016
This 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.
The 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.
I 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.
Although 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.
Unfortunately, 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?
I 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.
Very 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.
The 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.
Seller 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.
Here’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.