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Old 12-19-2010, 09:58 PM   #113
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Barry and Deb and of course Jim and the rest of the restorers...Beautiful cars..makes me realize how important vintage is and why I got involved. As in all things the treasure is in the memories, fortitude and heartfelt "I did it". All the sweat and skinned knuckles involved do produce or re-produce works once discarded and envisioned upon by the taker as a dream in our heads and finally achieved with a great sense of pride unlike any other task. This task being a labor of love upon history and steel. Well Done!!!!! GBA
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Old 12-19-2010, 10:54 PM   #114
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Its a Powerstroke on top of all else

Joe and Dianne showed up to pick up their new/old Airstream. Then they went to Good Guys in Indianapolis and loaded up on awards.
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Old 12-19-2010, 11:22 PM   #115
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Joe and Dianne showed up to pick up their new/old Airstream. Then they went to Good Guys in Indianapolis and loaded up on awards.
Wow, neat neat neat.......
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Old 12-19-2010, 11:27 PM   #116
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Thanks Deb, we have owned our wagon for over 30 years and love it like the first day we dragged it home, broken, missing parts, and it was beautiful, in our eyes at least. Lots has changed.

The two other trailers in the pictures

The 35 Ford is pulling a 17' Boler that he has weighed and loaded it was around 3,400 lbs so not as light as people think they are. Fiberglass is heavy. Nice trailers, well done, and we had one before the Airstream. He now has the twin to our Airstream he'll be redoing hopefully this spring and he will tow it behind his '54 Ford wagon.

The 35 Hudson is pulling a 15' Beachcomber. I don't know what it weighs. They also have a '55 Chev hardtop that they use as a tow vehicle now, and a 23' SOB that weighs in at 3,400 lbs.

We sure have fun with them. Lots of memories in the old cars from days past.
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Old 12-21-2010, 12:06 PM   #117
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I typed a reply yesterday, but for some reason it didn't post, I'll try to remember what I said................

Melody Ranch -- Wow a neat set-up! Is that a COE rollback? And what vintage panel truck (or is it a sedan delivery?) on the rollback, looks like a '50's model Ford panel? I can only imagine the amount of work involved in these!

Barry, those Hudson's are really something. When I was upholstering our '36 Ford's seats (in leather), I became friends with someone who was working on the interior of a Hudson for someone else, we "met" and became emailing friends on an upholstery forum. "Marie" is the one who introduced me to Hudsons and since then I've always looked for them at car shows, very nice.

We have five old cars, as I think I've said before, although most are not drivers yet. We are preparing for retirement (about seven years away), but are planning and decided we need to "thin the herd". It's not easy to let any of the old cars go, but we decided we need to, so we are selling our '36 Ford, the red one I attached pics of here. Difficult as it is to consider getting rid of one, we realize that each old car needs storage/insurance/up keep/time to be driven, etc., etc. So we are heart broken, but have decided which ones we really, really want and here we go.

Same thing with our AS's. We now have three, and decided we will keep the 1999 Safari, sell our 1971 Safari and 1969 Tradewind. Then, later we will look for a small 19' or so AS vintage for close-to-home camping.

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Old 12-21-2010, 08:40 PM   #118
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I know what you mean, Deb, about thinning the herd. We have a 70 Chevelle SS we restored and now it sits. A beautiful car, low mileage, but we always get in the wagon when we are going somewhere. Donna is much more comfortable driving the wagon after 30plus years of being behind the wheel. So the Chevelle will probably go down the road this coming year. We hate to part with "stuff" but in the end, keep the ones that really mean something to us, and which we look forward to using, and the rest need to go to a home where they will be thorougly enjoyed.

That 36 is very pretty. It should sell quickly. If it goes to the right home, you won't mind seeing it clean and appreciated, and knowing you guys built it. I've had a few, though, that have not been well taken care of and that was disappointing.

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Old 12-21-2010, 08:42 PM   #119
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If I had a 19 footer, I'd use this. It's 4 wheel drive with disk brakes and a soft ride. 1980 Scout running gear.
nice truck, i love it
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Old 12-21-2010, 09:12 PM   #120
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Hi Deb,
Basics are 1956 Ford on both the Cabover and the panel. The owner is a 1956 Ford Guy...has more panels and pickups....all nice.
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As per request from Safari57.

Hi, not an Airstream tow vehicle, but did tow a small camper a few times. In 1977 I was looking for an old Ford and found this old beat up 59 Galaxie on a used car lot. The thing that I liked best was that it was all there and not butchered yet. Everyone asked me why I bought this piece of junk old car. But as it evolved into simple restoration peoples opinions on this piece of junk had changed their minds. I paid about $450.00 for it. Most of all the restoration work was traded labor or done by me. I worked at a Lincoln Mercury dealer at that time. This car was retired twice for a few reasons. The first paint job wasn't that good, but still looked great. Unleaded gas destroyed my engine and I had to do it again. This car has a 292 V-8 engine with all the best engine parts from 1957. The trans is what I call a Ford Powerglide; It's a All aluminum two speed automatic. I rebuilt it too and installed a shift kit. The shift kit wasn't for racing, but rather for making this trans shift more like a regular transmission, instead of diving on up-shifts. I found an upholstery shop that very closely made seat covers like the factory. I took this car to Williams welding in Long beach and had them make a hitch receiver for it. This receiver will never break and is over built. Since it is welded to the frame, I cannot remove my gas tank unless I have it cut off and welded back on. I added power steering, power brakes, and a Ford factory add-on air conditioner to this car so it would be more drivable. I later installed seat belts for all passengers and belts with shoulder harnesses in the front. For the "D" ring mount, I drilled a hole in the "B" pillar posts and used lug nut studs. These belts are not going to ever be pulled out of their mounts.
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More Galaxie pictures.

Hi, more pictures.
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Other than color, my brother had the twin to this car. He loved it and was sorry to sell it, but he'd worn it out and could not afford to rebuild it versus buy something newer.

He has lusted after another one for years but just can't swing it and has no place to park anything else with what he has for trailer and TV.

Thanks for sharing the pictures and history of the car. I love the color combo, I've always thought it was one of the nicer combinations available.

Great stuff.
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Hi Bob, thanks for posting your car. Wow, what a nice ride!! You should be so proud -- you've done a great job on the resto.

I, too, love that color combination.

I'm so happy to find other "old car" lovers here.

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Story continued.

Hi, as you now know, I bought the 1959 Galaxie in 1977. In 1978 I bought a brand new Jeep CJ-5. In the early 80's I was working at a Ford dealer and bought a new take-off bed from a 1984 Ranger pick-up truck. I had a trailer manufacture make a trailer frame for the bed and then had a camper builder make a camper shell to my specifications. My wife and I were going to take a vacation with this camper and take our two dogs with us. I had the front of my trailer made to match the height of my Jeep so it would fit and handle well. A few days before we were ready to go on this trip, the clutch on my Jeep went out. So plan "B" went into effect; Our truck-bed-camper was going to be towed by my Galaxie. We went from Lakewood, California to Canada and back by way of Montana. It was what we called a Whizz-Bang trip. We went 4,000 miles in 9 days. We stopped at a Ford/tractor dealer in Canada and got a tune-up on the 59 there.

I forgot to mention the colors which make the car more of what it is. It is Colonial White & Indian Turquoise.
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Many years later.

Hi, many years later, and a few years before we retired, My wife said from now on we are going first class. That is when we decided that we were going to buy an Airstream and a Lincoln Navigator to tow it with. And here we are.
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