Thursday, June 9, 2016

Appreciation For Origination: 1950 Ford Custom

 by The Professor -- Yes, that's right, I like them clean, mostly original, and CHEAP! (relatively speaking). Up for your consideration, a 1950 Ford Custom offered for $9,500 on Craigslist. Stodgy you say? Sure is. Homely you might even say? Maybe, but look at how clean that puppy looks. Can't you just see your old man, cruising along, puffing on his pipe, wife along side, with 2.5 kids riding in the back? And the dog, don't forget the family dog. No word on how many repaints it's had, or how recently, but it looks to be well done from here. OK, so it's a 4 door sedan, I might have ho hummed this one too, but, look under the hood.



Yeah, baby, yeah! That ain't your every day, plebeian, straight 6 you might expect to find here. No sir, that is the venerable 239 CID flat head V8. The Flatty was rated at a whopping 100hp, with more on tap, courtesy of guys named Offenhauser, Miller, and Moon. Heck, you might even pick up a Hooker or two, Hooker headers, that is. Evidently, somebody named Ward named this engine one of the top 10 best engines of the 20th century. I'm too lazy to look and see what the other 9 were, but the other 9 are probably some type of SBC.


 What else do you get for $9,500 OBO? Well, you get a 3 on the tree manual tranny, a nice interior with, wait, whats this, DIRTY CARPET!?! I mean, how lazy do you have to be not to vacuum the carpet before you advertise a car like this? Inquiring minds want to know. I'd have to offer 2 grand less because, evidently, this person just doesn't care. So folks, yet another example of common, quality, Detroit iron, presented as a drivers class entry. Buy this and for the love of God, vacuum the carpet. Deal?


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The Professor is an old car and motorcycle loose nut who is currently working on the largest international science project in the world, a full scale fusion energy reactor being built in the South of France.

13 comments:

  1. good one - what color do you think it is, really? - light gray or light green? - love the gargantuan trunk lid and big hinges, which made me want to look up the wagon version...

    hmm, looks like Woody is the only option

    [image src="https://s-media-cache-ak0.pinimg.com/736x/4b/58/0c/4b580c66648d3e5b4e886cdf89cf6cf9.jpg" width="400px"/]

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  2. Four door cars have to spike someday. No?

    This is a great rig at good money.

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  3. Kaibeezy, I assumed that was light green, but maybe no. The wagon looks great, and would be the one to have, in my opinion. I'll bet the woody prices are stratospheric. That actually looks pretty aerodynamic, except for the windshield shade. (The Professor has to post anonymously, since he can't figure out how to do otherwise)

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    1. KBZ (via Name/URL pulldown - f u cn rd ths t wrkd!)June 9, 2016 at 9:03 AM

      Hello, The Professor! - I *thought* I was detecting an identifiable voice among the several Anonymouses and I was right! - It's so easy: See below the box where you type your comment it says "Comment as:" or "Reply as:" and there's a pulldown menu there - pull down and choose "Name/URL" - type in your name, skip the URL, and Bob's your uncle - in fact, I'll try it right now...

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    2. This thing is wicked, I'd drive it every day!

      Professor, hit me up via e-mail if you still can't figure out how to do the name/URL option.

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  4. Me thinks we need a crash in used car prices this is silly money ! But not sure what we can do about it.....lol Yeah flatheads are cool 4 doors not so much....

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  5. Makes me think of this !
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tdwUpxkfSJw

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  6. Nice pick for your maiden voyage Professor! KBZ-that pea soup green was a standard at Ford for a few more years, I had to ride in a pea soup green '52 Ranch Wagon as a kid. Same 3 pedals, same shifter, but different steering wheel. BTW.. with no spring assist, you NEVER want to drop one of those rear tailgates on your fingers. My Dad, (who was a professor at the time) tried to catch the tailgate as the little catch failed and lived to regret his efforts.

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    1. you know what else you still see in that color...

      [image src="http://i4.dailyrecord.co.uk/incoming/article6597262.ece/ALTERNATES/s615/JS73512257-1.jpg" width="400px"/]

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  7. My grandfather had one just like this. Bought new in Black over Black with radio delete. Just like his first car, a Model A. He taught me to shift and drive in his '50 Ford. He kept it for 16 years, all seasons on the road. Very good riding and reliable car, and a rock solid engine. The 4 door had more useable interior space than the 2 door, and more practical when loading the car for family trips. By today's prices, this may be a good buy if no bondo.

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  8. When I lived in MI, there is a guy who specializes in building flatheads. Great hot rodder and kustom rodder. Flatheads look and sound great when customized with all the goodies of the day. Finding a turnkey 50's car with any appeal for less than $10 is getting tougher to find.

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  9. So many cars, so little timeJune 9, 2016 at 9:23 PM

    Black 1950 four-door, straight six and three on the tree, bought new the year after I was born. The first car I remember the old man owning. I would run around the corner about the time I knew he'd be coming home from work, so I could ride the rest of the way to the house. Traded it in 1960 on a used '58 two-tone blue Chevy Biscayne, which eventually became my first car. Thanks for the memories.

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  10. Thanks KBZ, assuming this works. I agree with the money comment, although, given inflation, that's probably not bad in 1950's $$. Were that a 2 door, it would probably be out of sight.

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