Richard Coney, Contributor, Ruislip Middlesex. Ford sits under the car port. ★ 1939 Plymouth P7 Roadking Coupe ★ 1940 Ford Deluxe Tudor Sedan
★ 1953Richard Coney, Contributor, Ruislip Middlesex. Ford sits under the car port.
★ 1939 Plymouth P7 Roadking Coupe
★ 1940 Ford Deluxe Tudor Sedan
★ 1953 Ford F100 Step-side Pick-up
I confess to being somewhat relieved. I am most fortunate in having a relatively large (10x30ft) garage, which I had built back in the mid-Eighties. Though the mortgage was crippling (what's new?) and I didn't own one at the time, I ensured it would accommodate a typical Fifties American car, as my previous ones had all stood outside.
In the last 25 years it has stored and protected several classics. However, although corrugated compressed fibre cement is said to be safer than the asbestos it replaced, it's not as resilient and in recent years many roof panels had cracked. My neighbour's asbestos garage has been waterproof since 1937.
Plans were made to reroof, using 90mm marine plywood with layers of torched-on roofing felt that should remain waterproof for 15-20 years. Having procrastinated for over a year, arrangements were made, but even then the appallingly wet weather delayed the work for six weeks. At last it was accomplished, the biggest problem being easing the Plymouth out into the daylight, a process hampered by the lack of an interior. My wife will be relieved to see the Plymouth seats leave the dining room and return to the car now that the garage is not dripping wet. I've several more jobs to do on the Plymouth, which will be much easier in a dry environment.
In the meantime, I still don't quite believe that I have the 1940 Ford hot rod under the carport. It remains to be seen if it lives up to my long-held expectations. Although the inclement winter weather inevitably limited road trips, it's been started regularly and I have taken it around the block on the odd sunny day. Plans are afoot to overhaul the steering box in the near future, which should improve the driving experience enormously. The parts are readily available, a complete overhaul kit retailing from $200. That's the advantage of having an early Ford. Just about everything is still available, an NOS or reproduction. A disc-brake conversion might follow and maybe even an auto transmission at some point. More ...