Tuesday, April 5, 2016

1970 Ford Torino Cobra 429 Cobra Jet

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1964 Ford Ranchero

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1955 Ford Country Squire Woodie Station Wagon

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1957 Ford Thunderbird

1957 Ford Thunderbird
The first generation Thunderbird was something special. Those cars built between 1955 and 1957 will always be my favorite T-Birds because they were the pure vision of Ford’s “personal luxury car. They had sporty good looks and seating for just two. They were classy and powerful and would not look out of place racing along next to a Jaguar XK140. Later cars became more luxury than personal and lost some of that pizzazz along the way. I’d love to have one someday, but current values keep them out of reach for many of us. There is the prospect of a project though. Take this one found here on eBay for example. It’s pretty rough and will most likely cost more to restore than it would to buy a driver, but you could spread out the payments and feel good about saving a lame bird. What do you think – do you prefer your classics in affordable project form or are you will to pay a little more to get something that’s ready-to-drive?

Source: barnfinds.com

1957 Ford Thunderbird E-Code

1957 Ford Thunderbird E-Code

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1947 Ford Sportsman Convertible Woody

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The 1940 Mercury Sport Coupe Takes Home The Honors

Jack Kiely’ 1940 Mercury wins World’s Most Beautiful Custom at Sacramento Autorama

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The Ford Transit Has a Longer History Than You Realized

1972 Ford Transits

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Ford Model A Cabin Speedster

[Editor’s Note: More than a decade ago, I traveled down to southern Ohio to chat with Charlie Yapp, founder of the Secrets of Speed Society, about hisfondness for Ford four-cylinder speed parts. At the time, I took a passing photo of a Model A chassis in his yard, not realizing exactly what Charlie had in store for it. Now it’s finished, and we asked Charlie to tell the story – originally printed in the Secrets of Speed Society’s magazine – here.]
Ten years, eight months and three days ago, on October 14, 2004 (but who’s counting?), Bob Keefler, known around these parts as the man to contact if you need some quality rust, dropped by to introduce himself to the new guy in town.
Bob said, “So, you’re a Model A man and you don’t have a Model A. What are you needing?” I explained that right now I was flat broke from all the moving expenses from Chicago to these southern Ohio boonies. He explained that, “In these parts, we trade for stuff when cash gets low. Always maintain your trading stock.” I grinned, not because I felt a deal about to happen, but because in Chicago nothing happens without money… Where am I? Someone pinch me.
“New” frame horns and cross-member. A test fit at this time for 7.5-inch wheelbase stretch.
I told him I wanted to build a speedster. He nodded, scraped the dust with his boots, watched it spin in the air for a few moments and said he’d come by later and maybe he could help me out. About noon the next day, here comes Bob with a two-car hauler with two Model T’s sorta stacked and leaning on each other and a complete Model A rolling chassis. The whole rig was a venerable [sic] museum. I’m holding both hands out and pleading with this guy, “I’m broke Bob; I can’t do this.” He asked for my help to offload the chassis, and it was mine… except for the trade.
A fair deal was struck in such a way that Bob would receive enough speed parts from me to finish a speedster that he was working on. Both of us were thrilled. There was no way anyone could wipe the smile off my face. Bob checked in on me about once a month with motivation, advice and stories to tell, until he got sick, really sick. He never did finish his speedster, and today all his parts have been sold off to the four corners of our Four Banger world. He was a good guy.
Next, Matt Strayer, our daughter in-law’s brother, asks if I know anybody that could use a burned out Volkswagen Beetle to let him know. “Just come and get it.” Matt used to “race” stripped Beetles along and over corn rows up north of us. This particular car had burned and rolled a couple times, but everything was tight.
I got to thinking what would happen if I were to cut up a Beetle and put it back together as a speedster body. I got a Bug side-view print and scanned it in to the computer and started chopping away. I discovered that if you make one cut five inches back from the windshield and another 36 inches back further, that the top curves and arch would nearly match up when shoved back together… if you tweaked it enough.
Okay, now I had a plan. I also had a 1930 Roadster cowl that our close family friend, Harry Naumec, in Connecticut gave me years ago. Would the Model A cowl marry to the Bug? The short answer is yes; the long answer is to have many Sawzall blades and tons of welding mig wire (14 rolls) and time… lots of time.
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Of the hundreds of issues, problems, fabrications, inventions, successes and failures I endured over 10 years, one of the biggest was the door and door glass frames. I decided that it would be best to maintain the door in a completely stock shape to avoid some of the more exotic fabrication issues. The easy path would have been to cut the upper frames off and have canvas and plastic “curtains” made, which actually would be sort of speedster-ish.
Doors, without a doubt, were the hardest part of the body creation – saving the upper door frame and B-pillar in such a manner that the glass would still fit and work. There were times I thought I would just whack off the glass frames and use some type of curtains.
I won’t do it! I could probably write a small book about our Cabin Speedster’s creation, but I won’t do it. It is now time to enjoy the thing. If you need advice I will freely give what I know works and what didn’t.
I’m a loner, I guess. For these last 10 years, I pretty much worked alone. The business, of course, took much of my time, and producing this magazine ate a big chunk too.
The frame was lengthened 7.5 inches. The original frame horns and cross-member were damaged and cut off. A second front end was cleaned up and pushed onto the frame rails. They’re tapered, so a nice fit could be made. The rear was Zee’d 4 inches as shown. A “clip” was cut out of the center crossmember, and a 5/8-inch lip was welded back in, to allow for my new Ford F-150 four-speed OD tranny. Frame was blasted, sanded and painted with DP-40 primer and then a satin black enamel.
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1. The 4-inch-drop tube axle really got the chassis down and gave it a much sportier stance. 2. This photo is the first fitting of the body to the chassis. The biggest departure from the plan was using the full door width. I felt the body sat too high. Later, I cut four inches out of the firewall (following the natural “V”) and welded it all back together to get the body to drop down over the rails. Only the final finished images show how that turned out. 3. The floor substructure had to be completely recreated to fit the chassis. Heavy steel tubes were used to reinforce and make a new bolt-down platform. The Model A instrument panel and under-tank trough were retained. The Model A gas tank was cut away. I found a 1949 pickup truck cowl vent and added it for “armstrong” air conditioning. The gas tank is a new 16-gallon “Tanks” unit, it fit perfectly. 4-5. Lots of folks think these are original “split” bug windows. What they are is two side quarter windows from a 1934 Studebaker Dictator sedan. They’re welded together down the middle and angled to fit using flat glass. I saved the curved piece of top sheetmetal and used it to fill the rear window hole. I cut out the oval hole and welded in the frame.
A thing like this project was, admittedly, way over my head. However, I thrive on challenges like this and I seldom give up. But were it not for my friends, this would not have been finished. God, fate or whatever you believe in (perhaps it was just pity), that makes things happen, was certainly in play. At every stage of this project, some angel stepped up to the plate to keep me motivated and helped with their skills, time and fellowship.
I especially want to highlight one guy. The basic body was in storage, and the engine/chassis was about done. Three guys walked in the door to see the project. One of the guys let it be known, “Dennis Shoemaker was a body and paint man, perhaps one of the best in the area.” I sorely needed his services. I was burned out, and the body with my primers and fillers just wasn’t going to cut it. In the end, a reasonable trade ensued and Donna and I have made terrific new friends. The quality of Dennis’s body and paint work is stuff most of us only dream about… Thank you!
Dennis Shoemaker did the final body prep and paint with a custom color we call “Frog Hollow Green.” This nice guy has more metal tweaking craftsmanship and surface prep talent than most.
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1. The interior turned out roomy and comfortable for two. The heater works better than expected. I drastically cut down the seats that came with the donor body. The beautiful wooden steering wheel, I was told, is from a late 1920s Mack truck. I reworked the hub to fit the Model A column. The 16-inch wheel is made from very long thin strips of wood overlapped and laminated into a wheel. Gas lever works, and the spark is now the turn signal. 2-4. The engine is a Model B (race-built short-block by Bob Bouldin), fully oil pressurized and filtered, ’33 forged counter-balanced crank, new rods, all insert bearings, Chevy rear main seal, lightened flywheel, dual-pattern touring camshaft (designed by Dennis Piranio), eventually dual 97 Strombergs, Model T accessory pusher water pump, Spal 16-inch electric fan, billet 5-inch steel “Riley” crank pulley, 12V-120 amp alternator, solenoid.
Those Behind The Magic: Brass Works – custom radiator; Gary Bernhard – F150 transmission; Bob Bouldin – race engine long block; Tom  Corwin – upholstery and interior; Jim Huseby – front fender fabrication; Bob Keethler – donor of  chassis; Harry Naumec – donor of cowl; Dennis Piranio – camshaft design; Jim Roof  – OHV conversion co-designer; Dennis Shoemaker – body prep and paint; Matt Strayer – donor of body; Mike Wagner – hood fabrication
Many parts and support came from my tolerant and loving wife, Donna, and our smart and intelligent kids, Chris and Jen. A huge heartfelt thanks goes out to my friends and family who sanded, lifted, poked, cranked and shoved this speedster to life. It now has a soul made up from pieces of each and everyone of you. That is a very good thing. Thank you! Charlie Yapp

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1973 Ford Mustang Coupe

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We’ve seen quite a few rust bucket Mustangs on Barn Finds lately. While the 1973 iteration of the iconic pony car is way less popular and desirable for many, this version for sale here on craigslist in Los Angeles, California might be a desirable target simply for its overall cleanliness and semi-original condition.

73 Mustang rear 3

The seller provides a lengthy and detailed description of the car. It’s equipped with the 135 hp 302 V8 and C4 automatic transmission, so it’s no barn burner, but it is claimed to be a “barn find survivor.” According to the seller, it’s got original paint (Bright Green Gold – is that the factory name for this color?) and a new original style interior.

73 Mustang front

The seller says the emission sticker is still on the side window and he found the original build sheet of the car (not pictured though.)

73 Mustang trunk detail

The original California Blue Plate is included in the sale and the Mustang has a clear title. The 
mileage claimed is 59,489, which certainly could be real.

73 Mustang interiorimage: http://barnfinds.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/01/73-Mustang-interior-e1453932476281.jpg

In addition, the seller has done quite a bit of work on the car to get it ready for its new owner. Perhaps this is a flipper making a buck on the car, but the asking price at $7,750 is right on the average value for this car, at least according to Hagerty, and for what appears to be a rust-free California original car, maybe not a bad price.

73 Mustang trunk view

Here’s the list of work done by the seller (with a few comments): interior (headliner, carpet, seat covers, dash cover), new rear window gasket, new steering wheel (can a Mustang expert say if it is original style?), new turn signal and horn contact wiring harness, all electric reworked, all lights work, new heater core and blower motor, new water pump and thermostat, new coolant hoses and radiator flushing, rebuilt C4 Transmission with clutches and bushings and all seals (master kit), new torque converter, new rear shocks, new trunk paint after cleanup (wish we could see what was there originally), tune up and all new fluids

73 Mustang under front

Also, new front cross member and alignment (why would it need a new cross member? That is a concern, isn’t it?)

73 Mustang engieimage: http://barnfinds.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/01/73-Mustang-engie-e1453932543547.jpg

By 1973, Mustangs had gotten bigger and longer, and with the early emissions plumbing that choked their performance, at least for me, they are a lot less desirable than the earlier model years. But this looks like a fun cruiser you could happily drive daily in good weather at a fairly reasonable price.

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I am guessing it will sell fairly quickly. What do you think of this Mustang?

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1966 Thunderbird Coupe


This 1965 Ford Thunderbird was purchased from the estate of the second owner. It had been sitting for a while and needed some mechanical freshening to be roadworthy again. That work has been done and now it’s ready to drive! It’s located in San Diego, California and is being sold here on eBay at no reserve. The opening bid is only $3,000, and if it stays there I’ll have to figure out how to get it home from California! I doubt it will, though. 


The second owner purchased it from the original owner when the car was showing 11,000 miles; the car is now showing 19,000 miles. I’m guessing that’s 119,000, although the seller isn’t sure. The second owner decided they wanted a red car with a white top, and promptely painted over the original Diamond Blue; I believe they must have replaced the carpet as well. Is it me, or does the front bumper look a little bent?


That huge deck and rear bumper look really nice and straight, and the seller tells us that the sequential turn signals work perfectly. If you haven’t seen those, it’s worth asking someone at your next local car show to demonstrate them for you; I love the ones on my Mustang that are an imitation.


The interior looks a little unusual with the mixture of silver-gray and red, but the more I look at it, the more I like it. The ad does state that there is some minor rust on the body; I think what I’d do if I owned this one is enjoy the car as-is for the moment, and eventually return the car to it’s Diamond Blue original color and do whatever bodywork was necessary.


As I mentioned earlier, the dealership selling the car did quite a bit of mechanical refurbishment to get the ‘Bird back on the road. With a long list, including new fluids and filters, new fuel and water pumps, a re-cored radiator and a new carburetor, there was also a new distributor, alternator, battery and starter cables. Finally, some exhaust work and getting the power windows working got this great old Ford ready to cruise again. No, it’s not original, and despite the seller’s comments it won’t win any car shows, either. But I sure would feel great driving it around our new hometown this summer!

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1968 Ford Galaxie XL Fastback GT Q Code

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1951 Ford Victoria

1951 Ford Victoria

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1971 Ford Maverick Grabber

1971 Ford Maverick Grabber
Debuting in spring 1970, the Grabber package added muscle car styling to the entry-level Ford Maverick, without necessarily adding performance. Featuring stripe graphics, a blacked-out grille and rear fascia, 14-inch wheels, dual mirrors and a black vinyl interior, the standard engine remained Ford’s Thriftpower inline-six, available in 170, 200 and 250-cu.in. displacements. In 1971, Ford introduced the 302 V-8 as an option in the Maverick, but this 1971 Maverick Grabber, for sale on Hemmings.com, makes do with the 250-cu.in. six, rated at 145 horsepower by the factory. With a Weber carburetor, headers and dual exhaust, however, the engine reportedly wakes up, making enough power to be entertaining. The current owner describes the Maverick as the “ideal beginner collector car,” and it certainly appears to be in better-than-driver-quality shape. For those seeking a weekend ride that’s heavier on style than performance, this Maverick may just grab you. From the seller’s description:
Very nice original Grabber. Had plans to drop a V-8 in it and decided it was just too good of a car to change. I did a lot of nice modifications. Weber carb and headers. Dual exhaust, full set of gauges and a tach will be installed next week with pictures to follow. This car looks and drives excellent. Car is very solid ! New windshield, front chin spoiler, Stallion steering wheel. Chrome valve cover coming, as is a used front hood trim piece. I will post more pics next week. This is the ideal beginner collector car, or great for young kids. The 250-cubic-inch straight 6 cyl. is excellent for gas and performance. With Weber and headers, it really woke up! I installed a nice stereo with all the latest technology for enjoyment, but honestly, car sounds so good with the custom exhaust, I never listen to it. Give me a call for a complete and honest description. I build cars the way I like them and try to keep them affordable for everyone. Car grabs more attention than many of my much more expensive Classics.
Source: hemmings.com