Well, my part of the 40-Niner saga has come to an end.
You might remember that we featured an online build project on a 1949 Ford Club Coupe several years ago. I had bought the car, a shell with bad mechanicals, in hopes of recapturing a little of the magic that my high school/college ride, a sweet 1950 Ford Tudor sedan, had provided.
Don Weston of Chase provided the car and, thanks to Joe Newlon of Augusta, who pointed me in the right direction, Gary Knox of Andover supplied the engine, transmission and rear end needed. Gerald of Auto Furn in Derby stitched up the upholstery for me. My friend Joe Cristiano of Sedgwick supplied the mechanical know-how to put it all together and make it run.
It's the typical story: rebuilding an old car requires car buddies. I supplied some of the grunt work and the cash.
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The 40-Niner, as we came to call it, made it to a few car shows and even won a trophy. But as often happens, I got sidetracked on another project, my little 1963-1/2 Falcon Futura hardtop.
The 40-Niner got shoved to the back of our car shed, only to be brought out occasionally and parked in the driveway with a For Sale sign on it. Several people stopped and looked, but no one made an offer.
It became clear I was going to need some help if I was to recoup some of my investment in the primer-black coupe. Chris Whittington of Shoebox Ford, the Oklahoma City company that deals exclusively in 1949-51 Ford parts, provided it, with a $10 ad on the company website.
I had inquiries from as far away as western Canada, New Jersey, Texas and even Sweden. But the one that worked out was from the Denver area.
A nice couple, Kevin and Shannon Glick, drove out early one Saturday morning to look the car over. A deal was struck and, after some quick repairs to their trailer braking system, the old 40-Niner was driven up onto the trailer, lashed down and it was on its way west.
I think Mrs. Berry figured I would be sentimental about seeing it go, but it has always worked out that one good thing leads to another. So I just snapped the picture you see here and waved goodbye to Kevin and Shannon, not to the car.