Real Henry Ford Plastic

Some of you Fordophiles already know about the Soybean Ford of 1941, but for those who think I’m joking, here’s the skinny: In 1941 Henry Ford was looking for alternatives to steel for car bodies, which was getting on shorter supply as the war in Europe was heating up. He also understood that plastics could be more energy absorbing than metal, rust free, and weighed 30% less, so there was an aspect of additional safety, practicality, and fuel economy. Probably the largest factor in Henry’s pursuit of soybean plastics was his desire to marry agriculture and industry together- He thought of supporting farmers (who bought his Fordson tractors) as them being able to ‘grow’ the materials for his cars.

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Dan Baron’s Model-A Truck

I was cruising Dan’s photo galleries and came across the above closed cab ’31. I fell in love instantly. It’s the usability that gets me… I can just see myself cruising this thing to work – can’t you? I’d have a small tool box in the bed along with maybe some wood and/or parts from a project I’m working on. I think some people forget how functional an old car can be and this truck is a perfect example of practicality. Drive them fellas…

More shots here.

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Are You Missing Model-T Parts?

It’s a crime wave… Lead by a foul fellow with no regard for vintage Ford parts. If you see this bastard of a bird, catch him… Egg him… and send me the roadster bodies. He will look something like this:

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Romance

Some fine footage from a “Safety & Economy” run held in the 1950′s. The run started in Los Angeles and ended in Barstow, CA. It might be a little off topic to the Ford Barn, but what the hell – there’s a Ford or two in the footage!

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The Completely New ’55 Ford

“See these completely new ’55 Ford models at your Ford dealer tomorrow!”

Wouldn’t that be just peachy? I love ’55 fords… So simple in design, but striking at the same time… Enjoy the commercials.

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