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Life with Small Fords

tim in cut down

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I was about 14 in this photo. Another Prefect, Australian bodied a493a 1949 model. This car had the front panels, doors and roof removed to lighten the car to use as a beach buggy. It had dual wheels on the rear, and for sometime had dual wheels on the front as well. In this photo I am hunched forward as I am pulling on a rope to pull out the clutch. I was actually in the process of “laying a wheely”. The clutch pedal lever would rust over the winter making it impossible for the spring to release without help. Most “proper adult drivers” found it very difficult to pull the clutch without stalling.

 

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My sister walking away from yet another Ford Prefect buggy. This was an English bodied 1949 e493a. we cut it up to function as a flat tray Ute. Note it also had dual wheels. This was one of 13 Prefects we stored in our yard at one time

 

old prefect with tim

When 17 I bought a Prefect I can legal drive on the road for $50. The patches were the result of a running restoration. Typically as a 17 year old I was too busy doing other things to restore it. My 6’4″ frame was able to sleep in it on road trips. By removing the back seat and hinging the front seat up I could lay down putting my head into the boot and feet reach the front floor. At the drive-in it was best to back the car to the screen and watch the movie through the open boot

 

my old prefect

My “Road Prefect parked next to one of my other many small Fords. This one was a 1939 7w 4 door. Quite a rare car. Note the broken grill and green panel on my Prefect. The result of using my brakes too late on a wet Sunday afternoon and destroying the back of my mate’s dad’s HR holden. The grill and front panels are all replacement parts after the front was destroyed.

 

old prefect in repair

I still had the “road Prefect” 16 years later. In this photo I am starting to restore it. I had restored the original leather seats and running gear. The next stage was to restore the body. I had a young family and was concerned the car may never be completed. I went against everyone’s advise and sold it to someone who promised me he would restore it. I was excited to know it would have a new life with someone else. Sadly it was hot rodded to a point it was never able to be registered

 

old prefect on trailer

Sad Sight as the Prefect was towed away

prefect in garage

I deeply regretted selling my Prefect and purchased this car 2 weeks later. It was nearly totally restored. After a year or so of work I was able to register it and I joined the club. I owned this car for 12 years before selling it to a fellow club member Gary Ritson. Many people believed I may regret this sale as well. However I know it has gone to a great home. I really love seeeing it out and about with a new care taker

 

tourer bridge 4 rescanned

Only about 2000 Anglia tourers were hand made by Martin and King in Victoria. I purchased this from an enthusiast in Victoria. It used to be a Tasmanian car. It was once owned by fellow club member Roger Stokes’ father. I restored this in the late 1990’s. At time of writing the engine is in need of re assembly after a big end rattled.

cx with tim in melbourne

This is a 1936 Ford CX. I purchased it from Vistoria. My intention to restore it was never realised. Fortunately fellow club member John Rimon purchased off me and has done a lovely job of restoring it. He regularly uses this car.

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I used the money from selling the CX to purchase a 1932 Ford Model Y off fellow member Peter Stacey. At the time only one other two door model Y Fords were on the road in Australia. I owned this car for quite a few years but sold it to fund the purchase of a race car. It went to Canberra for a short time and was then past on to Townsville where it is undertaking a full chassis up restoration

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