Friday, July 29, 2016

1938 Ford Cab Over Custom

1934 Ford Cab Over Custom
It’s not a barn find, but this custom creation deserves a mention just because it’s crazy cool! Someone has done a ton of work here. The body is riding on a newer van chassis and there’s a V8 mounted midship. There’s a custom interior and a ton of little surprises to be found throughout. The seller mentions that it’s more of a cruiser than a racer, but the work done does seem high quality. There’s a ton of interest here on eBay where the auction ends tomorrow night!

Custom Interior
Although the majority of us here may prefer original classics, we can all appreciate all the hard work that went into building this. Custom fabrication is an art form and some guys are good at it and some are not. I think it’s safe to say that the guy who put this together is pretty talented.

Mid Mounted V8
There’s a shot of the engine mounted way up in the chassis. The much needed air bag system is also back there. This thing was built more for looks than performance, but it’s not like any cab over truck ever was quick. At least they upgraded the brakes an suspension with discs up front and sway bars on both ends.

Custom Tail
Checkout the rear end treatment! The spiked lug nuts, flamed sidepipe, and pirate sticker are a little over the top for me, but I supposed they go with the theme here. The worn paint did give this truck a “barn findy” look, but the seller mentions that it’s actually faux patina. Oh well, it’s all for fun. I just cant help but wonder if I could build something similar for less. How about you guys?


1979 Pinto Cruising Wagon

1979 Ford Pinto Cruising Wagon
Since we will be at the Concours d’Lemons on Saturday, we figured we should dig up a good car for the event. This 1979 Ford Pinto Cruising Wagon is not perfect, but it would be a standout at this show. You can buy it now for $4k on eBay. Only problem is that it’s located in Fallbrook, California so you will need to pick it up tomorrow and drive it a little over seven hours to make it for the show. Luckily it does have air conditioning and XM radio…

1979 Ford Pinto Cruising Wagon Side
We have seen plenty of Pintos, but cant say that we have ever seen a Cruising Wagon before. It is not the most attractive automobile, so maybe there is good reason there are not many around. It was meant to resemble a conversion van with its boxy rear end and round side windows.

1979 Ford Pinto Cruising Wagon V6 Engine
There is a 2.8 liter V6 stuffed under the hood that the seller claims was recently rebuilt. The automatic  transmission was also rebuilt so this little van may actually be able to make the trip up to Monterey.

1979 Ford Pinto Cruising Wagon Storage
One benifit of bringing this wagon to the events is that you will have plenty of room to haul all the automobilia items home which you will inevitably purchase.

1979 Ford Pinto Cruising Wagon Seats
The plaid seat pattern and wild paint scheme is good for at least a few laughs. We hope someone picks this up and brings it out to the show. It would be a fun trip and you could always try to sell it in Monterey and fly back home. Let us know if anyone here ends up going for it.


1974 Ford Pinto Esquire Wagon

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I hope that you’ve have your passport updated since that college class trip to Europe in the mid-90s, you’ll need it to see this one, unless you live in Canada. This 1974 Ford Pinto Esquire Wagon is in Niagara Falls, Ontario, Canada and it’s listed on eBay. The current bid price is $4,100 Canadian, which is around $3,100 US. I would imagine that if there are any Ford Pinto collectors, they would covet the 1970-1973 models because of the smaller, non-federally-mandated 5 mph bumpers like this car has. But, other than that this one looks great.

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This car looks amazing, although some of you may say that an “amazing Pinto” is an oxymoron, like jumbo shrimp. But, the seller says that it has only 6,500 original miles on it! It’s a one-owner car and it has been garaged since new and has been stored since 1981. It has been started every year but hasn’t been driven because the last time it’s had current license plates was 35 years ago. There are a lot of photos but only two that show a complete side, or as in the photo above, the back of the car. But, from the many detail photos it looks like it’s about as nice of a Pinto as you will ever find.

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The first thing you notice is that this car has a Cruise-O-Matic 3-speed automatic transmission, and the first thing that a lot of you did after noticing that was to give a collective sigh. My dad had two successive Pintos as company cars, one of each transmission-configuration, and the 4-speed car was more fun to drive. Big shocker. The interior on this car looks outstanding! From the carpet to the headliner to the rear compartment, it’s almost a true time capsule. I can’t imagine that the backseat was ever used, or at least it doesn’t look like it was. And you can see the perfect, clear floormat back there, do any of you remember those? The Esquire received the fancy wood (look) panels, and the door panels look like they were literally just put together in 1974. The spare tire has most likely never seen the sun before this photo was taken. They do say that the heater core was leaking so they disconnected it, and it must have damaged the passenger side sill plate.

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The seller says that everything “except for the battery and exhaust is original.” The underside looks good with the original markings, and of course surface rust probably due to the humid climate in the Niagara Falls area. I guess they have some sort of big water feature there or something.. In 1974, Ford introduced the 2.3L, 140 cubic-inch, OHC inline-four and it had around 90 hp, a fairly respectable amount of power for such a car in 1974. I’m not sure what the white, drippy stuff is on the back of the engine compartment, maybe a quick attempt to glue the rubber strip back on? Whatever it is, I hope that it’ll come off.
If any of you are into Ford Pinto wagons, this is the one to nab up. An Esquire brings a bit of luxury to the table, relatively-speaking, and it sure is in great condition. You’ll want to replace as many rubber bits and pieces as you can find in the engine compartment and underneath, and I’m sure that the brakes will need to be gone through from sitting, as well as the usual fuel system repairs. Are any of you fans of Pinto Wagons? If so, what would you think needs to be done to this car to get it up and running again?


1950 Ford Country Squire Wood Siding

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1940 Ford Siebert Ambulance

1940 Ford Siebert ambulance for sale on From the seller’s description:
When the Flathead V8 was introduced in 1932, the coachbuilder that would be best remembered for its contributions to the professional car market using that chassis would be the Shop of Siebert and Associates in Toledo, Ohio, known colloquially as Siebert. Originally started as a wagon-making business in 1853 by founder Fred. L Siebert, from 1933 to 1964 they produced a highly practical succession of low-priced, coachbuilt professional vehicles using cut-and-stretched Ford and Mercury platforms which included hearses, limousines, and ambulances. Siebert’s clever decision to use standard Ford side doors, cowls, windshields, hoods, and running boards served them well, as their line of professional vehicles proved to be a practical and highly economical option for those companies looking to replace their worn out equipment during the height of the Great Depression. Indeed, Siebert could rightfully claim in advertisements that their vehicles offered “economical operation, dignified appearance, and luxurious appointments at a price that makes it unnecessary to use obsolete, shabby equipment”. Siebert’s designs later complemented Ford’s new styling in 1939, and from then to 1941 they sold many Ford and Mercury ambulances, hearses and service cars to cost-conscious businesses and municipalities prior to World War II. Newly added to the Siebert line in 1940, this 1940 Ford Ambulance conversion is based on Ford’s sedan delivery truck platform whereas previous conversions were based on Ford and Mercury passenger cars, although those platforms remained in production during that time as well. This Siebert ambulance features a Ford Flathead motor and 3-speed standard transmission with floor shifter along with much of its original equipment. The interior of the ambulance features an original gurney as well as original cabinets, window shades, and interior lights and vents. On the roof is the original light and siren unit which has been tested and is in working condition. The rear roof area features an “Ambulance” plaque for vehicle identification that appears to be original as well. The interior of the ambulance is in good shape for age, especially considering its intended usage as a work vehicle. The exterior shows nicely and the Flathead engine also runs very well.
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1940 Ford 01A

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1956 Ford Victoria

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1957 Ford Skyliner Fairlane 500 Rare Skyliner Retractable Hardtop

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1960 Ford Fairlane 500

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This beautiful 1960 Ford Fairlane 500 is a replica, a tribute to the fine folks that protect us every day. The builder of this car must have had a ton of respect for those who put their lives on the line for us. This car is listed on and it’s in New York.

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This perfect car has only 40,000 miles on it and it should be in a museum, it’s literally that nice.

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The seller says that it’s a “rust free survivor” and it’s been painted in this classic black and white Police car scheme and it has an original “period siren, new red flashing roof light, dual spot lights and period grill “STOP” light complete the look.” 

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The interior is as perfect as everything else is. It has a new “blue vinyl interior and factory floor mat”. Even the back seat has been restored perfectly. The only thing I see is that it could use a new trunk mat, but what a beautiful car!
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This is the original “292 cubic inch V-8 engine – two barrel carb” and this car also has cold “vintage air conditioning”, not to mention “power steering and power disc brake conversion”. This is a beautiful, fitting tribute to those folks who stick their necks out for us every single day. Please thank a Police Officer the next time you see one, or quietly buy them a coffee if they’re behind you in line, or pay for their lunch if you get a chance. It’s a great feeling to say “thank you” to our friends in blue and let them know that you appreciate what they do for us.


1964 Ford Galaxie 500

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1968 Ford LTD

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1958 Ford Thunderbird 2Dr.Hard Top

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Wednesday, July 13, 2016

1967 Ford Econoline

This nice old 1967 Ford Econoline panel van is for sale on in craigslist in Austin, Texas with an asking price of $5,300. As you can see from two of the photos provided, this truck was originally owned by the San Marcos (TX) Telephone Company, which provided telephone service to the city of San Marcos, starting in March, 1899 (with 61 subscribers). The company must have done well, as the building it erected in 1928 is now on the National Register of Historic Places, and that it was able to stay in business and independent at least through 1967 is pretty cool.

Anyway, back to the truck. This seller seems to be a collector of sorts, specializing in Econolines, judging from the other trucks seen in the photos here.

This one is said to be in very good shape, with lots of new parts installed. Among the new parts are the windshield, brakes, a rebuilt master cylinder, oil pump, fuel pump, carburetor, water pump, alternator, clutch, radiator, front shocks and he has new rubber for all the doors and windows.

This truck has a six cylinder engine and a stick shift. I can’t tell whether the engine is original or not. Do any of our readers know?

The body has lots of dents and dings, some surface rust, not too bad really, plus that great old telephone company logo on the doors.

As the seller says succinctly, this truck “tuns, drives, stops.”  Someone redid the seats at some point. They look a lot better than the originals.

Among the work remaining, the seller lists the following:  the rubber for the doors needs to be installed, along with new window felt for the front (which is part of the deal), it needs two universal joints installed (they’re included too). The seller advises that the truck will need a new set of tires.

He is selling this truck in order to buy a different project, leaving unsaid why he is not going to finish this one first. While I think this is a nice old truck and appreciate its general lack of body rust, worn but sanitary interior, and all the mechanical work that has been done to it already, I still think the asking price is a bit on the high side, given the amount of work it still needs to be a driver. The seller seems to be motivated so maybe there is a deal to be made for someone. These are cool trucks that can still be used for work or just for fun, and there are not that many rust free examples around anymore. Any takers here?


1979 Ford Ranchero GT

Our recent post on a 1961 Ranchero is a nice contrast to this later model. Finished in a pretty metallic chestnut color with what I think are the original type stripes, this is a striking vehicle, even with it’s massive 5 mile-per-hour bumpers. It’s located in Black Mountain, North Carolina and is listed for auction here on eBay, where bidding has yet to meet reserve but the buy-it-now price is a steep $7,200.

I think there’s a lot of details here that aren’t original; for example, I’m pretty sure it didn’t originally come with a spray-in bed liner. However, it is an attractive combination that could probably benefit from some more time spent on some details. The seller tells us that his wife and he do not see eye to eye on this vehicle, and he apparently rates his wife higher than his daily driver Ranchero (good man!). Do take note of the dent in the right rear of the bumper, though.

The bed looks nice, if non-original in color (I think). I’m glad to see the lack of rust, but I still think the price is high for this vehicle given it’s flaws. Do you agree?

The seller mentions the Brougham interior option, and states that it’s leather. The only reference material I could find said it was vinyl–do any of you know for sure one way or the other? It looks like vinyl to me in the way it has split. Personally, I’d rather have one of the sportier options more befitting the exterior appearance. They do look like comfortable seats, though.

Under the hood we find a 351 cubic inch V8, which the seller claims runs great. The Ranchero has also benefits from some recent improvements: new brakes, new master cylinder, new shocks, new radiator, new hoses, and a rebuilt carburetor. The air conditioning has not been addressed, and the seller states it needs a new compressor. I’d take the opportunity to upgrade to R134 at the same time.

So what do you think? How much would you pay for this Ranchero? And would you rather have this one or the earlier one? Let us know in the comments!


1966 Ford Thunderbird

This T-Bird has been loved by it owner since new, for 50 years and is completely original except for one respray. Even the top is original. It’s on consignment at the California Automobile Museum and the owner is asking the princely sum of $24,950. It is a California rust free car with less than 70,000 miles, well maintained, not perfect, but a nice driver.

The interior looks really nice with just a few flaws if you look closely, like a few stains in the carpet in the back.

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If you looks very closely there are some chips in the paint that have been filled in as well as a few scratches. The repaint was done some time ago, but has held up well. There are some nice close up pictures online.

The engine looks tidy and original. There are no signs of rust underneath. There is a little surface rust under the trunk mat but will be easily corrected.

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The convertible top workings are all in order. It’s a bit slow, but the top hasn’t been lowered in years, so perhaps lubrication and topping the hydraulic fluid are in order. It’s an interesting setup, the way the front of the trunk hinges and the trunk lifts from the rear.

This is no show car but it is a nice, original driver. It has been well taken care of over the last 50 years. What do you think someone would be willing to pay for this Thunderbird? To folks who appreciate original cars, love convertibles and T-birds, they might be willing to pay more than you think. How far do you think he will have to drop his price to sell it?