Results are out! Find what you need...fast. Get quick advice or join the chat
Hey there! Sign in to join this conversationNew here? Join for free

Bought my first classic Ford today.

This thread is sponsored by:
Announcements Posted on
Applying to Uni? Let Universities come to you. Click here to get your perfect place 20-10-2014
    • Thread Starter
    • 5 followers
    Offline

    ReputationRep:
    Never owned a classic Ford before, so figured it was about time I got one??

    It was built in 1956 and has just 2 former keepers and 37k from new with the original 10hp engine. (That's RAC rating - it makes about 30bhp... maybe...)
    It's pretty tidy in general given it's in unrestored condition. Considering it's age it's in remarkably solid condition and even has the original head lining which is pretty much spot on. The wiper works too which I wasn't expecting?
    It's been fitted with something called "comfy kar covers" to the seats? Underneath the original leather seat covers look to be mint? Although, I've not disturbed them too much?

    Never had anything much older than a late 60's car before, so the journey home was a bit of an experience! Bit of backfiring through the carb and the exhaust but that all stopped once the engine had warmed up a bit.

    No plans to rod it, although it'd certainly be an excelent car to start from? Will probably just have a little play for a couple of months and do a couple of shows for the experience and then have a play with something else.

    What d'ya reccon for a first ford???















    • 1 follower
    Offline

    ReputationRep:
    Good grief I wasn't expecting THAT classic!!! I had something like a Ford Consul GT in my mind (only from watching The Sweeney earlier)!

    Not my bag, but that's certainly unique and hardly anyone else will have one. Where'd you find that? It appears to be in spotless condition.
    • Thread Starter
    • 5 followers
    Offline

    ReputationRep:
    (Original post by fruit_n_veg)
    Good grief I wasn't expecting THAT classic!!! I had something like a Ford Consul GT in my mind (only from watching The Sweeney earlier)!

    Not my bag, but that's certainly unique and hardly anyone else will have one. Where'd you find that? It appears to be in spotless condition.
    Not sure it's really my thing either to be honest?
    It's a 50's car based on 30's technology - ford rushed it into production after WW2 to get some sales on the books.
    It's basically a cheapened down Anglia - for a while it was the cheapest car you could buy new.

    Always fancied having something like an Austin 7 - this came up at the right price so figured we'd try it for a bit and see how we liked it. Chances are I'll have something different in a couple of months anyway! lol!

    Found it in the local ad rag. It's not in bad condition really? Just a bit of grot on the bottom of one of the front wings. Given it's 56 years old and totally unrestored it's actually in pretty good condition. There's plenty of 8 year old cars on the road with more rust than this old girl!!!
    • 2 followers
    Offline

    ReputationRep:
    Nah, mk1 escort all the way. Even so thats a pretty cool little car you got there.
    • 3 followers
    Offline

    ReputationRep:
    I like that a lot. I'm not normally a big fan of classics from mass manufacturers but that's really nice. I'd like something like that to rod but that one looks in such good nick it'd be a shame not to leave it as it is.
    • 1 follower
    Offline

    ReputationRep:
    Wow, that is classic! Not really my thing, but I still like it!
    • 5 followers
    Offline

    ReputationRep:
    Very Nice!
    Keep it as is you can't replace originality. Has it had much welding?
    There's a guy down the road from me who has an early Ford Perfect, which Ive always loved it has covers over the headlights with slits in from the war, very cool.
    • Thread Starter
    • 5 followers
    Offline

    ReputationRep:
    (Original post by AgentSushi)
    Has it had much welding?
    None! not a single patch.
    • 14 followers
    Online

    ReputationRep:
    I like that, looks great for its age, I wouldn't mod it, keep it original, but with a little restoration where it is needed in my opinion.
    Certainly wasn't expecting that classic when I clicked on the thread!
    • 4 followers
    Offline

    ReputationRep:
    Needs a big block V8.
    • 9 followers
    Offline

    ReputationRep:
    Not bad.... was expecting an Escort MK2 tbh
    • 1 follower
    Offline

    ReputationRep:
    Haha, i genuinely think that is REALLY cool!
    • 8 followers
    Offline

    ReputationRep:
    Obviously you want to keep it for a while, but any idea of its current value? Might be worth around £30,000 (a rough guess seeing as I don't know much about cars)
    • Thread Starter
    • 5 followers
    Offline

    ReputationRep:
    Nicola and I have been talking about the idea of getting a pre war car. We thought it'd be a good idea to get something like this to see if it's the sort of vehicle we could cope with. Not as an every day car, just as a toy really.

    As much as I'm in to classic cars, something this old just isn't suitable for every day use.
    There's no heater for starters. No oil filter - it doesn't even have a water pump!
    It's got 3 gears and realistically 40mph is about all it's got to give. Even the slightest gradient has you reaching for 2nd gear.
    The single wiper is operated off engine inlet vacuum - If your foot is on the throttle it wont work - you have to take your foot off the throttle and then it'll actually do something. So if it's raining, the faster you go the less you actually see!
    Brakes are cable operated and are actually quite effective for the weight of the car.

    Starting the engine with a starting handle is quite a novelty, though?

    In response to the last question, I think they go for about 4 grand at the very most? It's about the cheapest 50's car you can buy in all honesty.
    • 4 followers
    Offline

    ReputationRep:
    Even more reason for a big block V8!

Reply

Submit reply

Register

Thanks for posting! You just need to create an account in order to submit the post
  1. this can't be left blank
    that username has been taken, please choose another Forgotten your password?
  2. this can't be left blank
    this email is already registered. Forgotten your password?
  3. this can't be left blank

    6 characters or longer with both numbers and letters is safer

  4. this can't be left empty
    your full birthday is required
  1. By joining you agree to our Ts and Cs, privacy policy and site rules

  2. Slide to join now Processing…

Updated: May 6, 2012
New on TSR

Personal statement help

Use our clever tool to create a PS you're proud of.

Article updates
Reputation gems:
You get these gems as you gain rep from other members for making good contributions and giving helpful advice.