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Old 12-12-2014, 11:09 PM   #1
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Just super excited right now as im now a pround new owner of a 50 two door shoebox..
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Old 12-12-2014, 11:16 PM   #2
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Congrats, nice car! Lets see more pics.
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Old 12-13-2014, 06:05 AM   #3
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Enjoy the shoebox, more Picts please
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Old 12-13-2014, 08:02 AM   #4
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Nice car!
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Shoebox Fords are really great drivers. I have driven mine in all lower 48 states since Oct of 2010 with my wife by my side.
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Old 12-13-2014, 08:19 AM   #6
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Heres another. Its a original rochester ny car gargaged its while life... It will now get to retire to california with me...it has a flathead v8 too. Love the way it sounds...


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Old 12-13-2014, 08:21 AM   #7
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I can see your smile from here!!!....SHOEBOX......MARK
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Old 12-13-2014, 08:31 AM   #8
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Heres one more.. Its got a flathead v8 in it.. Its a original Rochester NY car garaged pretty much its whole life..now it will make the trip out to california with me and retire to some warm dry weather.. Im sure its happy as hell right now..lol..
The interior is beat but complete and the car runs drives and stops great. Just needs some new tires..
Gonna lower it a bit, pinstrip it up a little and restore the interoir and drive the heck outta it.. My wife has a vintage trailer we will tow behind this ford too...
I wanna put a 12v radio in so i can have some modern tunes but its still 6v any suggestions? Without hacking it up..

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Old 12-13-2014, 08:38 AM   #9
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One more..

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Old 12-13-2014, 09:02 AM   #10
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Nice looking car, purchased my first in 1964, it was a '50 like yours same body style, wish I was smart enough to keep it, enjoy.
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Old 12-13-2014, 09:25 AM   #11
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1st Major problem I see is your Garage is way / WAY to clean >> LOL
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Old 12-13-2014, 10:29 AM   #12
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Its actually my brothers garage in ny. My garage will need ti be reorganized to make it work out in california when it gets there..
The car wont be in cali till this spring..
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Old 12-13-2014, 10:57 AM   #13
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I have a '51 club coupe I drive all the time in the summer. As mentioned above, shoeboxes are modern enough cars to be completely adequate as daily drivers.

As to tires and lowering, I put a set of Aerostar springs in the front, and am thinking of 2 or 3 inch blocks in the back, though I kinda' like the rake. I bought on a set of Coker Classic WWW radials a couple of years ago and couldn't be happier; the changes made a huge improvement in ride and handling. When I had the re-pop Firestone bias plies on it before, every cloverleaf intersection was an adventure at anything over 20 MPH.

As to "tunes", this is one time to think modern. An iPod or the like hooked up to some of the ultra-small speakers they make today will give you a superior sound to just about any radio you can put in with minimum hassle. With proper grounds, connections, and an adequate battery (think Optima), 6 volts is fine for these cars. If you really want a radio, there is a place in Wisconsin (Google is your friend) that makes a 6 volt device that plugs in between your antenna and radio that allows you to receive FM stations. I am lucky because where I am located in north central Minnesota there is a good AM "Oldies" station, so I do just fine with my stock radio. I have the "deluxe" (8 tube) radio, and when I set the tone control to "Bass", it sounds just fine.

Good luck with your new ride, if you have half as much enjoyment out of yours as I have had with mine, you'll still be happy. I've had my car almost 30 years and our relationship even survived an "affair" I had with a "hot '36 3-window about 20 years ago.

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Old 12-13-2014, 04:30 PM   #14
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First car I ever drove, about 1951, was a 50 Deluxe tudor V8 with overdrive. I never got over 50 Fords even though I don't own one. The stable is full and the right one never crossed my path.
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Old 12-13-2014, 09:28 PM   #15
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That looks like a nice, solid car. I love the '50 tudors. Congratulations.

Just an observation, not criticism, is the Deluxe side trim on the front fenders. The dash, windshield and back window trim show the car to be a Custom. Maybe the front cap was changed at some point in its life.
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Old 12-13-2014, 10:09 PM   #16
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nice car.. have fun driving it....
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Old 12-13-2014, 10:35 PM   #17
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That looks like a nice, solid car. I love the '50 tudors. Congratulations.

Just an observation, not criticism, is the Deluxe side trim on the front fenders. The dash, windshield and back window trim show the car to be a Custom. Maybe the front cap was changed at some point in its life.
I would think so as well. with the green firewall...no big deal though, still a nice ride it will be!
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Old 12-13-2014, 11:35 PM   #18
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Yes its missing on the hood emblem that says "custom". I was thinking id either find the correct pjeces or find another hood.. Which ever comes first i guess..
Ill take all the criticism and observation that are thrown at me and my car..i like feedback..
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Old 12-14-2014, 10:00 AM   #19
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So are there any ford swap meets happening un the northern cali or central cali areas anytime soon..?
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Old 12-14-2014, 10:12 AM   #20
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Glad to see the car go to a good home. If you are going to lower it, Ford aerostar springs in the front will give you about a 2.5" drop. In the rear, a set of lowering blocks, or de-arched springs. I bought my springs from Jamco, not sure how they are nowadays they had some issues a while back with getting the parts out, or some spring repair shops will "de-arch" them for you.
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