Davenport, Iowa, Rock Island, Illinois, Clearwater, USA
Posted: March 10, 2012 07:20AM
Registered: 4 years ago
See some familiar names from some of the Skyesters other forums...one notably in Napa...
Just saw this and thougt I'd post my blue oval interests. Family's first car 1955 Ford Custom with 3 speed slush box...what I learned to drive and filched at times in the early morning hours with my pal up the street to learn to drive "on my own"....if Dad knew, it was the best kept secret ever and today I don't know I was really that smart...will never know for sure.
1965 Mustang GT...my third car, bought at about age 19...should have taken better care of her. 1966 Mustang convertible...paid exactly $125 for a 100K mile car with bad front seal in the C4 trans...hoped to repair front end on the crashed GT but didn't figure some things correctly....money and time off the top. Kept the old girl for 35 years and sold on Efee 2 years ago to Canada...$4000 and they had it running in 3 days...anothe testament to the worth blue oval.
1968 Intermeccanica Omega...289 Ford powered Italian import. One of only 40 made with links to Holman and Moody where the HP and std small blocks and running gear were dropped in. Interesting story when GM came after the company for infringement on the name court ruled in favor the my maker, Holman and Moody saw the chance to bail AND recoup $$$, hired hand finished the last 10 or so. I met in in Charlotte a few years back and he has the very last example in his stable.
1969 Detomasso Mangusta 1 of about 400. Predecessor of the Pantera with a 302 mid/rear engine and ZF trans axle. My particular car was the subject of a magazine article about the owner of the company, entitled Alajandro's Spruce Goose. Would like a copy but refuse to pay the $10 the issue demands on Efee or buying a years worth of the mag for $25 and pay shipping...maybe some day....but I refuse to be gouged for yard sale items in celebration of a car I personally own when there is real $ needed to maintain the car.
Alajandro Detomasso was the South American race horse breeder who rotated into car building and whose biz was rescued when Lincoln Mercury dealers started offering the Pantera on their floor plan. They reissued the Mangusta name sake a few years ago and it was a dismal disappointment. AD died just a couple years ago and I believe the company is no more.
Thus my current stock of "Ford hybrids" are all orphans but well housed.