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1936 Ford Station Wagon

Posted by on Tuesday, July 19, 2016 in Articles

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The 1936 Fords have always been considered a milestone design, and it in fact, it was one of their best selling model years when new. In 1936, you could still order your 1936 Ford in old-school body styles like cabriolets and sedan deliveries, and most collectors consider the 1936 models with its gentle V-shaped grille and vertical grille bars to be the best looking and most sought-after of all early V-8 Fords.   Sitting somewhere between a car and a truck, the wooden bodied Station Wagon may be the most desirable of all, with recent auction results seeming to support that conclusion.

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The legendary Ford “21 Stud” flathead V-8 had proven itself to be reliable, with parts and service easily obtainable. In fact, from 1932 to sometime in 1936, Ford produced three million flatties. Ford advertising of the era featured Clark Gable touting a comfortable ride, rigid X-Frame, and engine features that were superior to Chevy and Plymouth such as a stiff and lightweight crankshaft, aluminum pistons and heads, and hardened valve seats. This fine wagon was upgraded to a full 12 volt system, which all adds up to comfortable and reliable cruising and touring.

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Interestingly, the Station Wagon (as the woodie was officially known) used the cowl and windshield frame from the convertible. Henry Ford owned his own forests near Iron Mountain, MI, where he grew hardwoods for car bodies. Hard maple was the choice for the structures, with Henry allowing no knots in the product.

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The side panels were of cross-grained exterior birch or gum plywood, and the roof slats were made of basswood. After only a few years most woodies faced a steep depreciation curve due to poor maintenance of the wooden body, and why many woodies became cheap beach transportation to a generation of surfers. Today this ensures the rarity and exclusivity of any low mileage survivors.

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This fun to drive 1936 Ford Station Wagon is a rare and special specimen, with less than 63,000 original miles. The wonderful interior features roll up front windows, and side curtains in the rear. Dual white wall tires with trim rings roll on the factory 16” wheels, with the spare protected by the original metal spare tire cover. 1936 Fords were also equipped with equipment such as safety glass, dual sun visors, dual taillights, and dual horns, and this wagon features the accessory Southland heater. Additionally, the speedometer and gauges all function properly, and the versatile three-row seating is spectacular, making these woodies the kind of classic vehicle the whole family can enjoy.

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The Washington Blue exterior shines brightly, with a nice gloss, and the roof inside and out is simply gorgeous. All bright work is in excellent condition, and the freshly restored woodwork shows true craftsmanship. Both under the hood and underneath the car, the quality continues, with the iconic Ford flathead looking fresh and clean and idling smoothly. The owner reports the Woodie starts and runs with authority, and is an absolute blast to drive.

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Woodie owners enjoy a special place in the hobby, with the universal respect their cars are shown and the many places their vehicles can be shown. Equally at home with the Early Ford V-8 Club or the National Woodie Club, a 1936 Ford Station Wagon represents one of the fastest growing segments of the collector car hobby, and one everyone loves.

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221 cid L-head V-8 engine, 85 HP, three-speed manual transmission, live axle suspension with transverse leaf springs, four-wheel drum brakes, 112” wheelbase


Join the agents from Heacock Classic at Road America for one of our favorite vintage events of the summer.  The Hawk, as it is commonly known, is now properly titled “The Weathertech International Challenge with Brian Redman presented by Hawk”.  Whatever you call it, if you love fast cars and enjoy watching live, wheel to wheel racing, this is a great weekend to be in Wisconsin!  We’ll be joined by our good friends at Vintage Motorsports magazine to provide some refreshments and hospitality for our clients and their subscribers all weekend.

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In the early 1950’s, sports car races were being run on the streets in and around Elkhart Lake. When the state legislature banned racing on public roads, Clif Tufte organized a group of influential local citizens and leaders of the of the Chicago Region of the SCCA. This group developed plans and sold stock to build a permanent racecourse. The overall vision of Road America grew out of the dreams of Tufte, a highway engineer, who chose a rolling 525 acres of Wisconsin farmland outside the Village of Elkhart Lake for the track.

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Opening in April 1955, the natural topography of the glacial Kettle Moraine area was well utilized in the design, sweeping around rolling hills and plunging through ravines. By September 10, 1955, the track’s first SCCA national race weekend was held. At 4.048 miles in length, with 14 turns, the track is virtually the same today as it was when it was first laid out and is revered as one of the world’s finest and most challenging road courses.

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Millions of dollars in improvements have been made throughout the years, but the original 4.048-mile, 14-turn configuration has never been altered. In 2005, Elkhart Lake’s Road America, Inc. celebrated its 50th anniversary. Its history was documented in a book, “Road America: Celebrating 50 Years of Road Racing” by Tom Schultz. Celebrities such as David Letterman, Tom Cruise, Patrick Dempsey, Tim Allen, Ashley Judd and the late Paul Newman have visited this venue, not only for the great racing but also the scenic surroundings of this resort community.

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A mid-summer favorite, The WeatherTech® International Challenge with Brian Redman presented by HAWK is one of the largest vintage racing events in the United States and features over 400 cars competing in several groups. The four-day weekend will also showcase a historic CAN-AM race, which is the highlight of this year’s event as an impressive field of cars is expected to gather in celebration of CAN-AM’s 50th Anniversary. This year’s event will also feature a special UOP Shadow CAN-AM tribute and a Corvair reunion. The Concours d’ Elegance in downtown Elkhart Lake on Friday for race cars and Saturday night for street cars is a can’t miss event for any enthusiast.

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Hope you can stop by for a cool drink and some snacks in the Heacock Classic/Vintage Motorsport Hospitality tent at The Hawk this weekend!  Visit www.vintagemotorsport.com or www.roadamerica.com for more details.

 


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1965 Pontiac GTO Coupe

Posted by on Tuesday, July 5, 2016 in Articles, Vehicle Spotlight

In 1964, the GTO was simply an option package for the LeMans, but it began the process of becoming a real weapon in the muscle car wars of the late 60’s. When the Royal Pontiac of Ace Wilson began to run consistently in the 12’s, Pontiac knew it had a winner.

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The Tempest line, including the GTO, was restyled for the 1965 model year, adding 3.1 inches (79 mm) to the overall length while retaining the same wheelbase and interior dimensions. It had Pontiac’s characteristic vertically stacked quad headlights. Overall weight increased about 100 lb, but new brakes, shocks and swaybar were up to the challenge. The dashboard design was updated with an optional rally gauge cluster with a tach and oil-pressure gauge.

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The 389 engines received revised cylinder heads with re-cored intake passages and high rise intake manifolds for improving breathing. Rated power for the Tri-Power engine was now rated 360 hp at 5,200 rpm. The car photographed today has the factory 4-speed option, with Midnight Blue paint and a parchment interior.

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The restyled ’65 GTO had a new simulated hood scoop. A seldom seen dealer-installed option on this car consists of a metal underhood pan and gaskets to open the scoop, making it in effect a cold-air intake. The scoop is low enough that its effectiveness was questionable, but it allowed more of the engine’s roar to escape.

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Car Life tested a 1965 GTO with Tri-Power and what they considered the most desirable options (close-ratio four-speed manual transmission, power steering, metallic brakes, rally wheels, 4.11 limited-slip differential, and Rally Gauge Cluster), and they recorded 0–60 miles per hour in 5.8 seconds, the standing quarter mile in 14.5 seconds with a trap speed of 100 miles per hour, and an observed top speed of 114 miles per hour at the engine’s 6,000 rpm red line.

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Sales of the GTO, abetted by a marketing and promotional campaign that included songs and various merchandise, more than doubled to 75,342. It spawned many imitators, both within other GM divisions and its competitors, and the early performance cars remain highly sought after in the collector car market


Great Vintage Racing at Indy and Mid-Ohio

Posted by on Thursday, June 30, 2016 in Articles

It’s been an absolutely fantastic June of vintage racing – beginning at The Brickyard Invitational, where our founder, Ford Heacock, raced his 1960 Porsche 356 on the famed track. We were able to occupy a garage right on pit row, and share it with our friends Duke and Fay Waldrop, racing their #62 Formula Ford.

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Activities onsite included 300-400 great vintage race cars running all day, plenty of food and vendors, a car show, the Motostalgia Auction, and even a concert and fireworks. Saturday, the Pro-Am race was incredible, with veteran racing drivers reunited with some of the cars they raced back in the day – accompanied by the new owners as co-drivers – for a very fun and competitive event.

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This past weekend, we made our way to the Mid-Ohio Sports Car Track, where SVRA handled the racing, and SAAC held their national convention. It’s a beautiful facility, and the drivers all raved about the layout. With around 300 cars racing, the grids were of moderate size, and all participants and spectators got a full weekend of fun.

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SAAC #41 highlighted the anniversary of the GT350, and in particular, the cars known as the Hertz cars, or the “rent-a-racer.” The club members showed up in force with an amazing array of GT350’s – everything from untouched original cars to amazing concours restorations, and including the newer Hertz cars as well. Participants were able to take some laps around the track at lunchtime, and their Concours on Saturday was quite a display.

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Heacock was honored to provide the tent for the SAAC office and gift sales, where business was brisk. We were also honored to have Shelby legends Chuck Cantwell and Bernie Kretzmacher join us, along with fine support from MCA President Jeff Mays. Perhaps the most fun were the incredibly cool Shelbys parked around the tent, including the 1965 AC Cobra CSX 2574, a 9,000 mile numbers matching car with one of the great Cobra restorations we’ve ever seen – done by Bill Murray of CO, and cared for lovingly by long-term owner Jim Ward of Arlington, VA. The car was absolutely stunning and attracted lots of attention.

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With some great dinners, plenty of eye candy, and vintage racing to watch, the crowds were very enthusiastic, and participants came from all over the globe to honor the Shelby team, who for a short period, created some of the world’s most successful race cars and today, are still some of the most highly sought after gems in any collection.

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There’s going to similar fun at The Hawk at Road America on July 14-17, and you can join the Heacock Classic team at great venues all around the country all summer. Check out www.heacockclassic for full details.


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