EagleTribune.com, North Andover, MA


June 24, 2014

Letter: Fixing up an old car was half the fun

To the editor:

While rummaging through a box of long discarded papers, I came across an envelope full of photographs which contained a photo taken in 1962 of my newly purchased 1952 Ford two-door sedan. Priced at $395, a sum that at first seemed somewhat excessive to me and so I tried talking the owner down a bit but he stayed firm, saying that there were not many old Fords around in such good condition and if it were a standard shift would be worth even more.

I owned the old flat-head V8 for more than four years and even though the two-speed automatic caused the relatively heavy sedan, with it’s little 110 horsepower power-plant, to be sluggish on acceleration it was still a very enjoyable car to drive.

Saturday mornings, during the better weather, were often assigned to working on the Ford or a trip the junkyard for parts. In those days there was a rebuilding kit available for almost every moving part on an automobile and I figure that I used them all.

Trying to chase the more common mechanical problems to minimize future surprises proved to be an almost impossible task, for this shade-tree mechanic anyway.

Charlie Faro

North Andover

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