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Cleaning Up a 1953 Ford for sale

Ford at Fifty 1903-1953 An American StoryWhen you get old doing fun things is not always a pleasure.  We must clean up our old 1953 Ford so someone will buy it.  It has to be done and we will have to do it.

And we will have to get that old classic car cleaned up before really cold weather sets in.  I think we should make a YouTube video of us working on the car -- old barn finds are romantically beautiful but cleaning up a car that is older than we are is a chore these days.

1953 Ford project for sale

We want to sell this 1953 Ford Crestmark (V8 engine) for $1500 (Larry wants to ask $2000) but I want to sell it fast.  all tires are up and holding with 40 year old air in them.  All original.  Old detective car, one family owner.  Originally out of Kansas City area.  Floorboard is rusted through but the car trunk is solid, which means the car is solid as well.  Email me if you want this project car for sale.

Dodge Wayfarer

The Dodge Wayfarer Sportabout (previously called a roadster) was manufactured for the young people of the day. Read what a brochure stated about this car:

Heed the call of the open road in the sportiest car on the highway.  The durable fabric top on its lightweight aluminum frame can be raised or lowered quickly and easily with one hand... Chrome-trimmed safety glass side windows that roll up completely with one-and-one half turns give a completely weatherproof car... You'll enjoy the relaxing comfort of the extra wide, soft-cushioned knee-level seat with legroom to spare... the festive playtime look of bright interior fittings and colorful [artificial] textile leather upholstery. Out on the road, you'll thrill to the eager responsiveness of the big 103 horsepower Dodge 'Get-Away' Engine.

Old Dodge Project Car Precursor to Muscle Cars

1956 Dodge Coronet sedan complete $1000
Project car for sale:  This Dodge Coronet (1956) is rare even though this classic car is a four-door sedan. 

The reason is this particular year and make of Dodge is considered so rare is because it is the precursor to all the muscle cars that followed.  This old dodge was a muscle car before the manufacturers knew what a muscle car really was. 

We placed about 25 new photos of this dodge project car on our online photo storage.  You can also watch walk-arounds of this car and get a good feel for its condition by watching short videos on YouTube.  See a video of this 1956 Dodge Coronet

How to Syphon Gasoline

Back here in the Ozarks, life slows way down during the winter; that means we won't be able to see how the Depression is hitting our area until now, March 1, 2010.  That date is the start of Tourist Season down here.  My guess is our area booms with traffic that would have gone to Branson MO if they had more cash.

With that said, I've laid the foundation for a discussion of things farmers sometimes have to do now instead of filling up all their machinery.  Syphon.

Benchmark Barn Find Journal

The bench you see at the back of this car is part of the car.  Not sure how it works but thought the image was perfect for this blog post benchmarking where Barn Find Journal is at and where it is going.

Spring is coming and hopefully with spring will come better health for both of us.  We endured a great loss and recovery is coming along.  With the spring robins and sweet new leaves and sunshine will come energy and therefore travel to spruce up our WebLot of project cars and old trucks for sale.

Rare 1957 Crestliner boat for sale (416)

This 1957 Crestliner with aa 1957 Johnson outboard motor is a real find. Such a small world too -- the man who owns this boat and motor (and has the title) lives only a few miles from us. I did some research on this boat and discovered: 
Larson Motorcraft produced Crestliners from 1955-1957. 
All Johnson outboards prior to 1958 are collector engines. 
This boat is aluminum and wood and original. 
The original coloring was red and white. 
Larson changed company to Crestliner in 1957.
    There a many things about this old classic Crestliner that make it a collector's dream but the owner only wants $850 for the whole kit and caboodle.

    We hope someone who loves old boats ends up with this one.  by the way, the 1957 Johnson 3.5 hp still runs great and the boat is usable as is.

    Email Larry is you want it for $850 at

    Morris Minor Moggie Car

    Type in any of these key wordsbarn find, barn finds, barn find cars, barn finds cars, car barn finds, old barn finds, or the barn find  and you will find dozens of sites and blogs about Barn Finds.

    A Morris Minor is part of this barn find in the United Kingdom area.  The British love for the Morris Minor is "Moggie" which can be compared to what we American's nicknamed the Model-T "Tin Lizzie."

    Britain, India, and Australia still love the Morris Minor today and honor the car annually at a Morris Minor Rally.  The photo on the left was taken a one of those rallies.

    The Morris Minor was the car for the working class folks, similar to the Model-T for America's working class of the same era.  Today, Britains, Australians, New Zealanders, and Indians find these old buggies desirable and any that are found and restored if at all possible.

    1915 Franklin motorcar with air-conditioning

    My take on this article is that we the people allowed the wrong auto manufacturers to take over the market. We should have stood by Franklin and Preston Tucker, another independent car manufacturer.

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    Air-Cooled 1915 Franklin automobile

    This is a copyright free photograph of Mrs. F.S. Bliven and her daughter.  Mrs. Bliven is driving a 1907 Franklin Model D roadster.  Her husband, Frank, was a Franklin automobile dealer located in Washington, D.C. at the turn of the century.

    The Franklin motorcars were air-cooled while all the other car manufacturers during that time period chose water-cooled engines.  Many people preferred Franklin's car because air-cooled meant no worry when the winter cold came.  Anti-freeze was not invented yet and the water-cooled radiators had to be drained. 

    Also, Franklin motorcars came with heat and ac; an advertisement for Franklin cars around the early 1900s sported that "You use it all the time -- 50 degrees below zero, 120 degrees in the shade."  Franklin's cars were lightweight compared to the other cars manufactured back then.  Franklin made most of car body with aluminum or wood.

    In 1914, Franklin proved the effectiveness of his air-cooled cars when 116 Franklin stock cars in 116 parts of the country ran 100 miles in low gear without stopping the engine.  Yet, with all these benefits, Franklin cars sold for half the price of a Ford Model-A of the same year.

    One-Woman Car of the 1920s

    Maybe you are not guilty of thinking your grandma didn't have fun when she was young, but I certainly am guilty of it. My grandma never once even wanted to learn how to drive a car; she could drive a mean team of horses, but it took years before she'd allow herself to be a passenger in a car. Actually both my grandma's were non-drivers, and thought it un-lady-like to drive a machine.

    But this lady is having great fun
    and on Broadway no doubt. It did my heart good to see such an adventurous woman in the days of the Roaring Twenties (as if most of them were not adventurous at least in dancing).

    Oh, yeah, grandma was a Southern Baptist so she never danced, the only radio she listened to was Sunday morning hymns which she sang along with while she cooked, and her hair was down to her ankles having never been cut.

    GASOLINE prices in 1919

    By 1915 the automobile industry in America kicked into second gear.  Ford's Model-T (from 1915 up) is not as collectible as Model-T's manufactured in 1914 or before.

    Those old cars are not as collectible because Ford  and other auto manufacturers nearly doubled their production of cars in 1915-1916.  And in doing so, these old cars lost some of the previous quality found in cars in 1914 and before.

    Hancock Old Black Joe Axle Grease SignBy 1915 about one and half million automobiles were produced and gas stations started springing up near roadways like mushrooms.  But gasoline was dirt cheap back then so lots of gas stations was a good thing, or so you might believe.  However, I found this little ditty written by Bill Davis, 1916, which sounds more like something some person might write today:

    Go! Just keep going; never stopping for a rest.
    All the day I keep on dodging bill collectors with a zest.

    Summer clothes we wore all winter, Now 'tis spring, they're nearly through;
    Once I paid my life insurance, now it's more than I can do.

    Little ones are nearly barefoot, pantry shelves are empty now.
    I have chopped wood most all winter, before this year I knew not how.

    Ne'er before in my existence, has the tank on my machine
    Ever starved, and froze the family, keeping 'er filled with gasoline.
    (Bill Davis, 1915)

    Cars Named After Presidents

    Before you read further, can you name some of the automobiles that were named after our Presidents?  Yeah, I couldn't name even one either.  That's because all but one or two were only manufactured decades ago and didn't take hold the way Ford and GM cars did.

    For instance, did you know there was a car named Washington?   My brother Reed gave me a wonderful book about automobile history, "Treasury of Early American Automobiles" by Floyd Clymer.  One page is my inspiration for writing this month -- the page is called "Your Auto I.Q."  Anyway, what about the cars named after our presidents.

    The ones you probably never ever heard of are: Washington, Monroe, Grant, Jackson, Johnson, Harding and Roosevelt.   But the eighth car you do know: Lincoln.

    As I tried to find photos of some of these vintage cars, I came across this one at the Toyota Auto Museum of Roosevelt's car, a Packard 12.  This is not the car named after Roosevelt that I referred to above but it was so beautiful I wanted to share it with you.

    Gasoline Automobiles: Selden Patent of 1909

    In 1879 George Selden applied for and received a patent on all self-propelled gasoline-powered vehicles and to my surprise, apparently most automobile manufacturers honored his patent.

    Auto makers had to pay a royalty to the Association of Licensed Automobile Manufacturers (the parent company of the Selden Patent).

    Not to my surprise, Henry Ford was the first auto maker to challenge Selden's Patent.

    The way Ford challenged Selden's (photo left) rights to the patent was to guarantee to protect any auto maker who ignored the patent and just made gasoline-powered vehicles without paying royalties.

    Even though a court decided to uphold Selden's Patent rights in 1909, Ford took it to the Court of Appeals and got the decision overturned.

    Saturday Evening Post car ad in 1900

     The Saturday Evening Post (a weekly magazine founded in 1700s by Ben Franklin), carried its first automobile advertising in 1900.  The advertiser, W.E. Roach Company (Philadelphia PA) wrote a ditty to run in the space and called it, "Automobiles That Give Satisfaction."

    I did some online research to find out what kind of car W. E. Roach Company was advertising and haven't found out yet.  If someone reading this knows the answer, leave a comment and let us know the answer.

    Have Steam, Will Travel for Free

    1902 Geneva: The man driving is this old car is R. F. Henderson.  I don't know if this is his 1902 Geneva steam-powered automobile because when I visited his site, it was shutdown.  I don't know who is giving us all the run-a-round about electric cars, gasoline cars, battery cars, but we could all drive around in steam powered cars and all we'd need, after buying the steam car of course, is water. 
    Don't tell me they haven't figured out how to make a steam-driven automobile; we'd had them since the late 1800s (photo right). Anyway, for what it's worth, I've just given you my two cents on the subject of 'oil independence'.

    Here is even a book about steam-powered cars (White Company).  You know, the more I look at the diagrams of these simple old cars the more I get to thinking someone with a mechanical aptitude could build one in the garage.
    Thinking that way, I looked up the general diagram of a simple steam-powered car and found this:

    Oldest Motor-Buggy Maker: Holsman

    Holsman Auto Company (1908) referred to themselves as the oldest motor-buggy makers in America and clung tightly to using the word carriage as well.

    Back in those days the roads were still mainly built with horse-drawn carriages in mind.  Very early automobiles had to make adjustments for all the high centers in bad roads so a high-wheeled buggy-type auto (like Holsman's auto in the picture) seemed sensible to make.

    The Holsman Automobile Company (Chicago, Illinois) prided itself in winning many hill-climbing events during those days.  It is possible Holsman's autos were the first study precursor to latter 4-wheel drive vehicles.

    A brand new Holsman 1908 model cost $550.00 and had a high-grade motor carriage and 'every part of every machine' was guaranteed to hold up.  Women riding in such motor carriages wore a duster and often a broad-brimmed hat with a full veil as well to protect her hair.

    We've come to think of dusters as a pure cowboy shoot-em-up at noon outfit but actually they became popular with the early automobiles to protect their clothing from oil spray and such.

    Somewhere West of Laramie: 1900 car ad

    In 1918 Ned Jordan transformed car advertising from fact to 'promise her the moon," which still holds true today in my opinion.  Here is one of Ned Jordan's fabulous ads from the early 1900s.  Jordan is trying to promote his new Jordan Playboy automobile:

    Somewhere West of Laramie
    Somewhere west of Laramie there's a bronco-busting, steer-roping girl who knows what I'm talking about.  She can tell what a sassy pony, that's a cross between greased lightning and the place where it hits, can do with eleven hundred pounds of steel and action when he's going high, wide and handsome.
    The truth is -- the Playboy was built for her.  Built for the lass whose face is brown with the sun when the day is done of revel and romp and race.  She loves the cross of the wild and the tame.
    There's a savor of links about that car -- of laughter and lit and light -- a hint of old loves -- and saddle and quirt.  It's a brawny thing -- yet a graceful thing for the sweep o' the Avenue.

    Step into the Playboy when the hour grows dull with things gone dead and stale. Then start for the land of real living with the spirit of the lass who rides, lean and rangy, into the red horizon of a
    source: Treasury of Early American Automobiles by Floyd Clymer (1877-1925)

    Preston Tucker's Cars

    Indomitable Tin Goose: A Biography of Preston Tucker

    Tucker: The Man and His Dreams Movie Tie-in

    1946 Chevy Fleetline project car for sale

    1946 Chevy Fleetline with arrow dynamic design. It has a later model engine (1952).

    A friend of Larry's up in Kansas City mailed photos of this car to us and since our scanner is out of order, we had to take pics of the pics with our camera to put them online.

    We haven't actually been up to KC to see the car in person. It is for sale for $2250 obo right now. Price may go up later after we've had a chance to see it. Email Larry if you are interested.

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    Note: According to a member of H.A.M.B, a car-forum that Larry is an Alliance Member,a place he visits while drinking morning coffee and listening to some Barter Radio program, the helpful member pointed out that this Chevy was a 1946, not a 1948. He also suggested it was a Fleetmaster, not a Fleetline, however, according to the parking light and side windows, this is definitely a Fleetline.

    James Ward Packard's First Automobile

    Although inventors had tinkered with the idea of the horseless carriage for a century and George Selden had plans to propel a vehicle by a gasoline engine in 1877, it was not until 1900 that mechanics such as Henry Ford, Ransom Olds, and James Ward Packard began to visualize these contraptions as marketable items. -- source:  Treasury of early American Automobiles, 1877-1925 by Floyd Clymer.

    Today men such as Ford, Olds, Buick, Studebaker, the Dodge Brothers, Packard, and Tucker would not be able to recognize their vehicles.

    James Ward Packard "I'll build my own car!" and he did

    In 1898, James Packard, dissatisfied with the car he owned, got into a discussion with Alexander Winton, bicycle and automobile manufacturer in Cleveland, Ohio.  You see, Winton built the car Packard bought and that car kept breaking down on his frequent trips to Warren, Ohio.  Packard had the car hauled in by a team of horses.

    Packard gave the automobile he now owned some thought and came up with a number of improvements and was in the process of sharing those ideas with Winton.  Winton did not appreciate Packard's unasked for advice and said, "Mr. Packard, if you are so smart, why don't you make a car yourself!"  Within a year, Packard did just that. 

    I apologize for not including the source of the photo of the original Packard car.  I'll correct that oversight as soon as I find out what the source is.

    Octoauto had Short Life in early 1900s

    In 1911 Octoauto, the only car in the world built on the principle of a Pullman Palace Car, was manufactured and sold by M.O. Reeves in Columbus, Indiana.  M.O. Reeves was vice-president of the reeves Pulley Company.  This long low automobile had eight wheels  and claimed that each tire lasted longer, since it carried one-eighth of the load instead of one-fourth.

    You can see a photo of an Octoauto here.  The photo of the man you see on the left is of Elbert Hubbard.  Back in 1911, Hubbard wrote an article about the Octoauto which was as unusual and startling as the Octoauto.  Below is a quote from that article which will give you the general drift the article took:
    I had the pleasure of riding in an Octoauto in Chicago.  The driver was a reckless fellow, and the wonder is that we were not pinched and given the limit by the judge; but fortunately our driver picked streets that no other auto with a sane chauffeur would attempt to navigate.
    Chicago not only has some of the best pavement in the world, but I believe it can safely claim the booby-prize for the worst.

    Elbert Hubbard goes on to say how smooth his ride in the Octoauto was over these abominable streets saying he barely felt a jolt or bounce in the vehicle.

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