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Ford Barn Direction

This past week, we’ve had a lot of hoopla over what does and does not belong on the Ford Barn. Some guys want nothing but 100 point restored cars that a judge would eat off of and others like a more relaxed focus including everything from stockers to hot rods. Hell, it got so bad folks were calling each other names… and I wouldn’t put it past some of them to spit on each other. Craziness around…

Anyway, I’ve been thinking about it all this week and have decided I should start working on a more solid direction. To be frank, I don’t have much interest in perfectly restored cars aimed more at judges than the road. And, at the same time, I don’t feel like the Ford Barn is the place for hot rods. We have The Jalopy Journal for that. So, what to do?

To me, it’s pretty straight forward. I want the Ford Barn to be here for guys that enjoy driving old Fords – emphasis on DRIVING. So I think it only right to not only focus on restored cars, but cars modified slightly to be driven long and hard as well. Of course, there is a fine line between “modified for drivability” and “hot rod,” but I think we can figure that out as we go. Obviously, we aren’t going to start featuring Model-A’s with overheads in them, but a dual carb intake on an otherwise stock motor doesn’t seem like a stretch, does it?

And if I know one thing, it’s hot rods… So, I think I can spot them…

To be continued…

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How Michigan Saved The World

Maybe a bit off topic, but interesting none the less… What you see above is a trailer for a new documentary that is coming out focusing on Willow Run and how companies like Ford sacrificed business to the war effort.

It’s gonna be a good one.

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Memorial Day

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Woah… It’s like a whole new Ford Barn!

So, we put the Ford Barn on it’s own server last week. As a result, you might notice that it’s running a lot faster. Thank your local Hot Rodder – he paid for it. There’s some irony there, no?

Also, during the move I accidentally dumped all of my own private messages. If you were trying to get ahold of me, give it another shot!

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Ford Barn Birthday… Sort Of…

Well, as of today I’m the official owner of Ford Barn. It took me exactly a year to pay off Shelly with crisp green backs, but here I am… Owner. Editor. Moderator. Target of jokes. And it has been a great year. We’ve done a complete redesign. We’ve completely changed the site’s software. We’ve protected the past. We’ve protected the future.

In any case, I thought it would be interesting on this special day to go back and look at the stats of the site to see how we’ve done numerically. All of the changes we’ve done over the past year were actually quite risky. It’s amazingly easy to drive folks off with change and we did a whole lot of it… And you know what, I think we did a smash up job. These numbers prove it:

Pageview growth in the past 365 days: 72.34%
Unique visitor growth in the past 365 days: 49.5%
Average time spent on site growth in the past 365 days: 86.51%
Average number of posts per day growth in the past 365 days: 64%

Not too bad, huh?

Anyway, a special thanks to all of you fellas that have been so patient with me over the past year. This was a big hurdle to jump and we couldn’t have done it without all of you guys being understanding, willing to learn, and willing to give me a shot. I owe ya all…

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