KEEP ON TRUCKIN’: ‘74 INTERNATIONAL VS. ‘75 FORD F150!

Racer Stephen Cox blogs about trucks before they became collectibles.  It's no secret that vintage pickup trucks are the latest rage in collectible vehicles. They are inexpensive to restore, utterly reliable, born with a lengthy shelf life and they are enormously popular right now. If a collectible truck is on your wish list, here's what you should know about two mainstay pickups from the 1970s.         ‘74 International Pickup When I began racing d...
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FORD GT: MOST SIGNIFICANT CONCEPT VEHICLE!

Production version of GT will appear next year, as will race version to celebrate 50th anniversary of legendary Ford GT40 1-2-3 win at Le Mans in 1966. The all-new Ford GT – a technology showcase for top EcoBoost® performance, aerodynamics and lightweight carbon fiber construction – today nabbed the prestigious North American award for 2015 Production Preview Concept of the Year, as well as top honors as Most Significant Concept Vehicle of 2015.
 
 The awards recognize vehicles most l...
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2015 SHELBY GT350 MUSTANG: LEGEND RETURNS!

All new GT350 Mustang comes standard with 500-plus horsepower V8, the most powerful naturally aspirated Ford production engine ever. The original Shelby GT350 introduced in 1965 established Mustang’s performance credentials on the street and road racing circuits worldwide. It builds on Carroll Shelby’s original idea – transforming a great every-day car into a dominant road racer – by taking advantage of a dramatically improved sixth-generation Mustang to create a truly special high-performan...
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MUSCLE CAR BRAND LOYALTY: OBSOLETE IDEA?

Stephen Cox blogs about being a Ford fan, racing a Chevy and not buying the popular concept of brand loyalty. I am a Ford fan. There, I said it. But I have little comprehension of brand loyalty; at least not the sort of fanatical allegiance so frequently seen among muscle car enthusiasts. I don’t even understand it. It is therefore eternally amusing to run across those typical chest-thumping car commandos who claim that every automobile that is not manufactured by their favorite company is...
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FORD MUSTANG MAN: CAPT. STANLEY TUCKER!

Canadian airline pilot Stanley Tucker owned two different milestone Mustangs in the first two years of the car’s production. After Tucker managed to buy a pre-production Mustang convertible with serial number One that was not meant to be sold, Ford traded him that car for a new 1966 convertible – the One-millionth Mustang produced. By the time the ‘65 Ford Mustang officially went on sale on April 17, 1964, it had been rolling off the assembly line at the Rouge factory in Dearborn, MI, for a...
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’53 FORD SEDAN DELIVERY: 302-INCH REST-MOD HAULER!

Stephen Stanley blogs about transplanting a V-8 powertrain and bringing his beast of burden back from the dead. I purchased my ‘53 Ford Sedan Delivery in 1984 from the original owner, who had used it to deliver tea in San Francisco. The cost: $750.00. This was a heater-delete model powered by a Six, three- speed column shift, no clock, no radio and only one sun visor. A basic model that was popular with fleet managers and tradesmen. A far cry from the way it looks and runs today. For the c...
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