Round Six’s Eric continues his great story about working on his late Father’s beloved 1950 Ford Shoebox. In this installment, the Shoebox gets it’s engine rebuilt and running. Unfortunately, things don’t go as planned, and Eric is at a crossroads. Do I keep the finicky flathead or do I go with a different, more reliable drive train? Each choice has it’s pros and cons, and Eric is left with the daunting question, “What would Dad do in this situation?”
The 2018 running of Speed Week may be the best Bonneville event in decades. The condition of the salt hasn’t been this good in years, and along with the great weather, speed records are being broken every day. One thing is for sure, no existing record is safe at the 2018 Bonneville Speed Week.
My early years were consumed with following my dad around the garage fetching wrenches and riding to car shows with him. I have pictures of many of his high school cars, almost all of which happened to be ’49 through ’51 Fords. A few coupes, several Fordors, a smattering of Tudors. Of course, I developed a love for the Shoebox Ford.
I met Bob Bauder in 1984 in Hesperia California when he passed me going the opposite direction in his lowered 1947 Ford convertible. I did a quick u-turn, because I really wanted to check out the car. Little did I know, a simple u-turn would have such a profound effect on my life and a lot of my future friendships.