The Secret Code Of Henry Ford

Last year, an employee at the Henry Ford Museum was doing some cataloging and stumbled across something very interesting. Essentially, she found a number of coded telegrams that were either to or from Ernest Liebold – Henry’s personal and general assistant. The series of telegrams is incomplete and some have yet to be decoded, but it’s still incredibly fascinating. If you’ve got a few minutes, check it out.

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Vern Tardel’s Flathead Ranch

I wrote a post on The Garage Journal this morning and it just occurred to me that you folks might be interested in it as well… Essentially, it’s a small feature on my favorite shop space in the world – Vern Tardel’s. If you aren’t familiar with Vern, he and his son (full disclosure: my best friend) run a legendary hot rod shop out of the space and there is nothing in the world like it. It’s heaven on earth for a guy like me.

I realize the Ford Barn focuses more on stock/original stuff, but that’s kind of what makes the Tardels unique. You don’t see a lot of “Hot Rod” parts on the ranch. Nope. They build hot rods out of real early Ford parts.

Check out the gallery here.

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1937 Ford House Car

So I got an email this morning from Don Brockman. In it were a few pictures as well as a description of this 1937 Ford House Car. Apparently, it’s one rare beast… According to an article that ran in a 1993 edition of Old Cars Magazine, only six of these were ever made – all in the St. Paul, Minnesota Ford plant.

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1962 Ford Cougar

Here’s an interesting concept car… In 1955, Ford used a Thunderbird chassis as a test bed for many different innovations including fuel injection and disc brakes. By 1962 or so, they were done with their tests and handed over the chassis to Dean Jeffries. Jeffries then turned the car into the “Cougar 406 Concept.”

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1956 Ford Police Car

The North Carolina Highway Patrol was ready to do just about anything to protect and serve… Including drive Fords… FAST.

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