Tuesday, July 5, 2011

Jake's Fabulous Fords

Back in the 1990s, I worked as a shop foreman
for a Jaguar dealer in Hempstead, NY.
At the time, the owner (Jake)
had a couple of old Fords that he stored
in one of the buildings on premises.
Although they were in pretty good running
condition, he decided one day to restore them
in preparation of driving them on special occasions
or possibly selling them.
I was the lucky guy who got to oversee the work
and drive them from time to time.
Naturally, I found a nearby park one day and
took some photos for posterity.
Very little for me to comment on here; just look
and enjoy some classic Americana from Detroit.
(Click on images to enlarge a bit.)

This was a 1941 Ford convertible painted a dark blue,
probably an original Ford color.

The car was factory stock with the exception of the
white Carson Top (covering the rear/side quarter windows
and having a small glass to see behind while driving).

The '41 engine was a 221 cubic-inch flathead V8
rated at 90 horsepower.

The three-speed manual transmission gear shift
was on the column.

Jake's other fabulous Ford was this '49 convertible,
also painted a dark blue close to the original color.

Sorry I didn't get a photo of the engine but it was
similar to the 1941 engine,
a flathead V8, but increased to 239 cubic-inches,
and rated at 100 horsepower.

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