'50's build 46-48 Ford Custom Cars
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1947 Ford Convertible
Words by Nick Maneri.
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It was a 1947 Ford that I owned in the mid 1960's.
At the time custom cars like this were pretty much out of style in Northern New Jersey.
Most guys were in to the muscle cars.
From what I understand, the car had a Barris history and was built in California,
about 3,000 miles away.
Here is a brief description.
As you can see it had a chopped padded carson top (I still have the Hauser's Carson Top tag)
It had a '40's Cadillac grille, all fenders and seams were molded andthe taillights
were stock lenses frenched into the panel under the deck lid.
The headlights were done later, they were 1954 cadillac units.
I installed a modified dual quad 283 Chevy engine.
It still had the Ford transmission and Columbia overdrive rear end.
At the time I had sold it, the odometer reading was still in the low 40,000's.
Also the car was metallic blue.
Prior to me owning it there was a picture of a
gentleman named Bob Laurie
with the car in New Jersey on the cover of a 1953 Motor Age magazine.
Later on, I found another picture of the car on page 161 of the
Don Montgomery book "Authentic Hot Rods." It states Clyde Bangiola was the owner at the time,
and also calls it a Barris car.
Clyde owned it prior to me, and it still wears the fender skirts in his picture.
I was in touch with Clyde but he had no history past his ownership.
If anyone could share any information about the original history
or what ever happened to the car we would both be grateful.
The last dad saw it was around 1969. It was sitting on a used car lot in Kinnelon NJ.
If nothing else maybe someone else will enjoy seeing the pictures and hearing thier story.
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