1967 LeMans Winning Ford Mk IV Repaired, Back on Display @ THF – 3D Photos & 3D Video Walkaround

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One of the drawbacks for museums loaning out items in their collections is that in the real world stuff happens and now and then an artifact is damaged. That’s what happened a couple of years ago when the Henry Ford Museum sent the 1967 LeMans winning Ford GT40 Mk IV to the UK to help celebrate the Goodwood events.


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Apparently a shipping container holding the car was dropped and while the museum hasn’t publicized exactly what the damage was, the fall was substantial enough that engine mounts broke, a sill panel was damaged and there might even have been damage to the car’s innovative aluminum honeycomb superstructure. After a very sensitive repair and conservation in Dan Gurney’s All American Racers shop in California, the car that won the second of four LeMans victories in a row is back on display in Dearborn.

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Together For the First Time? Mustang I, Mustang II & Mustang III Concepts – 3D Photos

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We’ve featured the 1962 Mustang I and the 1963 Mustang II concepts here before, separately. I don’t know how often the two cars are displayed together, because they’re owned by different museums. However, it can’t be too frequently. There was a Mustang III concept as well, a show car built for Ford’s Custom Car Caravan by Dearborn Steel Tubing, one of the fabrication shops Ford used in the 1960s. It was a shortened, two seat fastback with custom fiberglass panels. It was so popular that Ford bought it, renamed it the Mustang III and put it on the show circuit. Bill Snyder, who has owned the car since the 1960s, restored it not long ago and only recently started showing the car so this is likely the first time all three original Mustang concept cars have appeared together.

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You Can Trust Your Car to the Man Who Wears the Star

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Brian Saylor collects Texaco memorabilia, including an old gasoline pump. He also says that he’s “addicted” to old trucks, so sooner or later he was bound to combine the two interests in this 1937 Ford dump truck that he restomodded into a vintage fuel oil delivery truck, and this 1967 Econoline pickup with which he brackets his display of Texaco stuff at Detroit area car shows. These photos were taken at the Packard Proving Grounds’ 2014 Cars R Stars summer show and the Ford Product Development Center employees’ car show on the grounds of the PDC.

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Survivor Series: Bruce Thompson’s Original Condition Model A: 3D Photos

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There are always some cool cars at Greenfield Village’s Old Car Festival, the oldest vintage car show in America, but I think the people who display their vehicles are even cooler. Bruce Thompson wasn’t hardly a senior citizen when he bought this car almost 50 years ago. When it was new to him, I’m sure it looked a bit anachronistic to see such a young man driving such an old car (and in 1968, a car made in 1930 seemed even older to contemporary eyes than a 38 year old car, something from 1976, does today). It’s said that as married couples age they begin to look alike. I don’t know how true that is but as Mr. Thompson has gotten on in years, he and his Model T have become more of a matching set.

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The Last Car Show of the Year


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A bunch of Detroit car clubs decided to get together for one last car show this year before the weather gets too cold to be hanging out in parking lots. Representing were clubs for the Pontiac Grand Prix, Dodge Charger, Corvette, as well as the Motor City Camaro & Firebird Car Club.. Ford’s panther platform was represented by the Crown Vic Boys, the local chapter of a national club. Full story over at TTAC.

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Parking Lot Prize: A Nicer Niva Being Hand Started – 3D Photos

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This Lada Niva, photographed at the 2014 Orphan Car Show in Ypsilanti, Michigan, is in a bit better shape than the one that usually shows up at the OCS. That Lada is more of a working four-by-four, with tow hooks, a winch and a trailer hitch in back. This Niva is a bit nicer. It’s more a of show car, with a display of literature and model cars on the hood. Technically, though, it wasn’t really part of the show.


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The owner just drove it to the show as an attendee, but when the show organizers spotted the Lada they asked him if he’d park it right near the entrance. The Lada is one of the last cars sold that can be hand started and the owner had the hand crank inserted, so I asked him if he’d try to start it for our readers.

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A Well Used Lada Niva – 3D Photos

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This Lada Niva has been at the Orphan Car Show every year since I started attending the show in 2011. With a winch, tow hooks and a trailer hitch, I’m sure it gets used a lot. It certainly looks well used.

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The Model T’s Precursors, the Model N and Model S – 3D Photos

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The Ford Model N,introduced in 1906, can be said to be the director precursor to the Model T. It was Henry Ford’s first serious attempt to build a small, lightweight, nimble nad affordable car and it was built with many of the features that would contribute to the T’s success. Also, while  Ford built Model R and Model S cars before the T, both of those models were heavily based on the Model N, which cost $500 when introduced. The N featured a 15 hp inline four cylinder engine, replacing the horizontally opposed twins Ford had previously been using. The engine was no longer under the seats but rather it was placed up front and drove the rear wheels via a driveshaft. It wasn’t luxurious, headlights and a top were options, but it proved that Ford Motor Company could build reliable and inexpensive cars for the mass market. Ford would go on to sell about 7,000 Model Ns and about 3,750 Model Ss. While those numbers made FoMoCo a success and Henry Ford wealthy enough to pursue his dream of the Model T, they’d soon be dwarfed by the T’s success. Within six years Ford would be selling more than 200,000 cars a year.

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Henry Ford’s Experimental Room – 3D Photos

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This is the secret room where Henry Ford and his team developed the Model T. He called it the “Experimental Room” and it was kept locked to keep prying eyes away. Henry would sit in his rocking chair as Eugene Farkas, Eugene Galamb, Ed Huff, Charlie Sorensen and C. Harold Wills would work on the project, stopping to get Henry’s approval for the wooden models he preferred to blueprints.

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Station Assembly at the Piquette Plant – 3D Photos

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Henry Ford is famous for having used an assembly line to put together his Model Ts, even if he wasn’t the first automaker to use a production line. That was likely Ranson Olds, but Ford perfected the process. Before the assembly line, FoMoCo used a process called “sequential assembly” and before that, station assembly, where the chassis was hauled around to various work stations where parts were added. Even with station assembly, Ford and his managers were able to drastically reduce the amount of labor needed to assemble a car.

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