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"'49 Fargo Panel"

1949
Panel
Fargo
95horsepower

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Vehicle Story:

My 1949 Fargo Panel Truck was originally purchased and owned by my Uncle in Peterborough, Ontario. He used the Panel Truck to sell ice cream at carnivals and fairs in Peterborough and surrounding areas. When my uncle passed away the estate went to auction and the truck was purchased by my cousin and I purchased the Fargo three months later from them in 1984. I began to restore the truck in the 80's having some of the work done shortly after the truck arrived home. The frame and under carriage was completely taken apart and painted, the engine was rebuilt to stock and the body was somewhat restored and primed. Work, finances and family life got in the way and the truck sat in our garage for many years. In the mean time, we took many trips to car shows in Canada and US looking for parts over those years. After I retired I committed more time to find parts (or extra parts) and finally finishing the truck. I got very serious about the project and completing the restoration of the truck about five years ago. The body was prepped and painted by Painters Edge in Stouffville. The original colour was similar to a "British Racing Green" but we decided to paint the truck a more brilliant green. Once the truck body, along with the various panels and parts were painted they were brought home so I could start piecing the Fargo back together. One of the unique things we had to do during the build, was have a passenger side mirror bracket made from scratch, as the truck only came with a drivers side mirror. There was a mold made of the drivers side mirror bracket and then reversed to create the passenger side bracket. Every nut and bolt I personally sandblasted and had anything that could come off the truck powder coated, right down to the steel rims. It took us four years after the truck exterior was done, to decide on who would complete the upholstery and had the work completed by Terry Turner, Turner Auto & Trim in Keswick, Ontario. The majority of the work was completed in my home garage by my wife Karen and myself. Karen was a major contributor to the completion of the truck and put up with the many hours it took to complete the Fargo. We now enjoy spending our time at the various car shows around Ontario and seeing all the folks we have had the pleasure to meet.

'49 Fargo Panel

Fargo Panel
1949
95HP

I call her:
"Fat Fender 35"

1935
Cabriolet
Ford
300horsepower

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FRAME/POWER TRAIN: CUSTOMIZED ALL STEEL - 1935 FORD CABRIOLET “SMOOTHIE BODY STYLE” 5.0L H.O. FORD F.I. V8 MATED WITH A 5 SPEED TREMEC MANUAL TRANSMISSION AND ’57 - 9” FORD REAR END 3:53 GEARS 2.5” STAINLESS STEEL EXHAUST WITH MAGNAFLOW MUFFLERS TUBULAR FRONT ‘A’ ARMS WITH COIL OVER SUSPENSION 4 LINK REAR BAR WITH COIL OVER SUSPENSION FRONT AND REAR SWAY BAR STABIZERS MOUNTED ONTO A 2” X 4” FRAME WITH TUBULAR CENTERS MUSTANG 2 POWER STEERING RACK CUSTOM 14 GAL. FUEL CELL INTERIOR: TAN LEATHER INTERIOR WITH CUSTOM DOOR TRIM/DASH WITH COCKPIT STYLE FINISHING, INCLUDING CENTRE CONSOLE COLOUR KEYED WOOL CARPETING VDO GAUGES VINTAGE AIR CONDITIONING CUSTOM SOUND SYSTEM WITH SIRIUS KEYLESS ENTRY POWER WINDOWS/SEATS/DOORS/TRUNK/STEERING/BRAKES BANJO STEERING WHEEL - LEATHER WRAPPED EXTERIOR: ’35 ALL ORIGINAL STEEL BODY/FENDERS/WITH MODIFIED 3 WAY HAGAN HOOD/RUNNING BOARDS PAINTED - HOUSE OF KOLOR - KOSMOS RED POLYURETHANE WITH HOUSE OF KOLOR CLEAR MINI COOPER HEADLIGHTS - ’37 FORD TAIL LIGHTS S.S. BUMPERS WITH SHORTENED BRACKETRY FRONT AND REAR WITH COVER PLATES 3 POINT SEAT HARNESS SUPPORTED BY MOCK ROLL BAR SYSTEM WITH SPECIALIZED STRUCTURAL CROSS BRACING LeBARON BONNIE CONVERTIBLE TOP ON GERTZ STAINLESS STEEL AND OAK BOWS BUILD HISTORY I PURCHASED THIS ALL STEEL ’35 CABRIOLET, AFTER FAILING TO FIND A ’34 CABRIOLET WHICH I COULD LEGITIMATELY MAKE INTO A HOT ROD. I SAY LEGITIMATELY BECAUSE I DID FIND A ’34 THAT WAS COMPLETE BUT PARTIALLY RESTORED - TO BE KEPT ALL ORIGINAL! I COULD NOT BRING MYSELF TO CUTTING UP SUCH AN ORIGINAL PIECE AND AFTER CONTINUED SEARCHES HEARD THROUGH A GOOD FRIEND OF MINE ABOUT A ’35 FORD WHICH HAD ALREADY BEEN PARTIALLY CUT UP (BITCHIN FIRE WALL/NEW FLOORS) IN STONEY CREEK. WELL MY FRIEND PAUL AND I SET OUT TO MEET THE OWNER AND WITHIN A DAY I HAD PURCHASED THE CAR - SUCH AS IT WAS (SEE PHOTOS) BUT IT WAS ALL STEEL WHICH WAS ONE OF MY REQUIREMENTS AND IT WAS A CONVERTIBLE. WE BROUGHT IT TO HIS FARM WHERE IT WAS STORED IN HIS BARN, WHILE I FINISHED COMPLETING A 20 FT. MAHOGANY GENTLEMAN’S RACE BOAT. THE BOAT WAS LAUNCHED IN AUGUST 1999 AND TWEAKED OVER THE NEXT COUPLE OF SEASONS, BUT THAT IS ANOTHER STORY. THE CAR CAME TO MY HOME IN THE FALL OF 1999 WHERE I COMMENCED THE BUILD. I SHOULD SAY AT THE OUTSET, MY DESIGN WAS FOR A "SMOOTHIE APPEARANCE” WHICH I ULTIMATELY ACHIEVED, BUT BUILDING A CAR WAS NOT THE SAME AS BUILDING A BOAT! I LEARNED HOW TO WELD/DO SOME BASIC FABRICATION - BUT IN THE END I HAD ‘BITTEN OFF MORE THAN I COULD CHEW’! ONCE BLASTED I REALIZED I HAD A RUSTY OLD - HOLY ’35 FORD THAT NEEDED NEW QUARTERS/REAR DECK AND DOOR SKINS - JUST FOR STARTERS! WELL, FORTUNATE FOR ME THE FENDERS WERE IN FABULOUS CONDITION AND THE OLD HOOD WAS SET ASIDE FOR A NEW HAGAN HOOD SYSTEM THAT WENT THROUGH MODIFICATIONS. ALTHOUGH THE GRILL HAD BEEN PREVIOUSLY MODIFIED, IT HAS SINCE BEEN SHORTENED BY 2” AS HAVE THE FRONT FENDERS TO LOWER THE ENTIRE FRONT END. I SOUGHT THE EXPERTISE OF A TRUE 'METAL BEATER’ BY THE NAME OF KEITH SIMMS IN GEORGETOWN, ONTARIO. I COULD NOT BUY NEW DOORS OR QUARTERS OF REAR DECKS FOR THIS CAR, NOTING WHILE EVERYTHING SEEMS TO BE REPRODUCED FOR ’32 FORDS, INCLUDING THE BODIES AND MUCH THE SAME FOR ’33 AND ’34 FORDS, NOT ‘FATFENDER ’35 FORDS’. KEITH DID A REMARKABLE JOB MAKING NEW DOOR SKINS FROM JUST ABOVE THE BELT LINE DOWN AS WELL AS QUARTERS AND A ONE PIECE REAR DECK WITH LIPPING TO SECURE THE NEW CONVERTIBLE TOP EVENTUALLY. WHILE AT HIS SHOP WE REMOVED THE RUMBLE SEAT/SPARE TIRE AND FASHIONED A NEW TRUNK LID FROM A 1951 VAUXHALL ROOF FROM THE LOCAL WRECKING YARD! I WATCHED HIM SKILLFULLY PASS THAT ROOF THROUGH AN ENGLISH WHEEL TO GET THE RIGHT SHAPE IN ALL DIRECTIONS. MY DESIGN INSTINCT TOLD ME THAT THE BACK END OF THIS CAR SUITED A TRUNK BETTER THAN A RUMBLE SEAT, GIVEN ITS CONVEX BELT LINE CURES WHICH EXTEND AROUND THE CAR FROM FRONT TO BACK AND I’M GLAD TODAY THAT I FOLLOWED MY GUT ON THIS COUNT. ONCE HOME IN MY GARAGE I STARTED ON THE TASK OF STIFFENING THE ORIGINAL X FRAME FROM FRONT TO BACK WITH NEW STEEL -LINING THE INSIDE LIP OF THE ‘U’ CHANNEL ORIGINAL FRAME. THE GOAL WAS TO ENSURE THAT I COULD TAKE THE TWISTING ACTIVITY OUT OF THE FRAME SO THAT THE DOORS WOULD OPEN AND CLOSE WITHOUT JAMMING, IF THE CAR WAS ON AN ANGLE OF ANY KIND. WELL, THAT WAS NOT TO BE, IT SIMPLY WAS NOT THE SOLUTION TO MY PROBLEM AFTER COUNTLESS HOURS, THERE WAS TOO MUCH FLEX/TWIST OVER THE LENGTH OF THE CAR. I THEN RESORTED TO ANOTHER EXPERT DOUG BARRON, TO BUILD ME A ‘JIGGED ’35 BOXED - 2 X 4 FRAME WITH TUBULAR CENTRES, IN ORDER TO ALLOW THE 2.5” EXHAUST PIPES TO PASS THROUGH IT. WHILE AT THIS STAGE, I OPTED FOR A 4 LINK REAR BAR SUSPENSION WITH REAR STABILIZER SUPPORT MECHANISM AND TUBULAR FRONT ‘A’ ARMS WITH COIL OVERS FRONT AND REAR. I ALSO INSTALLED FRONT STABILIZER AS WELL WHICH HAS MINIMIZED ROLL CHARACTERISTICS IMMENSELY. NOW I HAD A FRAME ASSEMBLY WHICH DID NOT ALLOW FOR ANY TORSIONAL DEVIATION AND MY DOORS OPENED AND CLOSED PROPERLY. I HAD A CUSTOMIZED 14 IMP GAL FUEL CELL MADE FOR THE TRUNK WHICH WOULD ACCOMMODATE THE NEEDS FOR A FUEL INJECTED FORD MOTOR WHICH I HAD HARVESTED FROM A 1991 MUSTANG CONVERTIBLE A NUMBER OF YEARS EARLIER. THE ENGINE WAS REBUILT AND SAT - WAITING FOR INSTALLATION ALONG WITH ITS MATCHING 5 SPEED TREMEC TRANSMISSION AND DRIVESHAFT. FORD RACING HEADERS - COMP CAM INTAKE - BILLET FRONT PULLEYS WERE ADDED AS THE YEARS PASSED, TO HYPE THE HORSEPOWER AND PERFORMANCE. WHEN I STARTED THE BUILD I WAS MUCH YOUNGER AND CERTAINLY MORE FIT, BUT AS THE YEARS PASSED THE MANUAL MUSTANG 2 STEERING RACK WAS EXCHANGED FOR A POWER RACK AND GIVEN THE SIZE OF THE MOTOR COMPARTMENT I RESORTED TO A FULL BILLET BRACKET ASSEMBLY FOR THE POWER STEERING/A.C/ALTERNATOR AND WATER PUMP IN ORDER TO GET THE ENGINE TO FIT. THE TREMEC MANUAL TRANSMISSION, INSPITE OF A BITCHIN BIG BLOCK FIRE WALL ADAPTATION WHICH HAD BEEN DONE BEFORE I PURCHASED THE CAR, STILL REQUIRED MORE CUTTING AND FITTING. IN FACT THREE TIMES I MODIFIED THAT BELL HOUSING TUNNEL AND FIREWALL IN ORDER TO GET THE LONGER FORD POWER PLANT TO FIT PROPERLY. I USED CHRYSLER ENGINE SUPPORTS INSTEAD OF THE FORD MUSTANG ENGINE MOUNTS TO GET THE MOTOR LOWER. UNDERSIDE ASSEMBLY WAS AIDED BY THE USE OF MY HOIST FOR BRAKE LINES/ FUEL LINES - RETURN LINES AND STAINLESS EXHAUST AND BRAKES. INTERIOR ELEMENTS OF THE CAR INCLUDED THE TAN HIRSCH LEATHER INTERIOR WHICH WAS ADDED TO THE CUSTOM STEEL WORK - UNDER THE DASH AND CENTRE CONSOLE FOR THE DRIVER AND PASSENGER COCKPIT COMPARTMENTS. DOOR PANEL DESIGN ALONG WITH CENTRE CONSOLE INSTRUMENTS AND DOOR TRIM WERE A CHALLENGE BUT I VISIONED GENTLE SLOPING CURVES FLOWING INTO THE DASH AND EACH OTHER WHICH WOULD BE PLEASING TO THE EYE AND I THINK I HAVE ACHIEVED THAT IN THIS BUILD. RICHARD VINCENT IN BRACEBRIDGE FINISHED THE DOORS AND CENTRE CONSOLE, WHILE MARLENE GILLESPIE IN HAMILTON DID THE SEATS MANY YEARS BEFORE. THE ORIGINAL DASH WAS MODIFIED FOR THE VDO GAUGES, BUT THE ORIGINAL GLOVE BOX WAS KEPT FOR A TOUCH OF NOSTALGIA. HEATING - COOLING AIR VENTS WERE ADDED FOR PRACTICAL PURPOSES. ROLL BAR ASSEMBLY WITH REAR CROSS STRUCTURAL BRACING WERE ADDED TO FACILITATE THE TRI-BELT HARNESS, GIVEN THE CAR DOESN’T HAVE A ‘B’ PILLAR TO ATTACH THE SHOULDER PORTION OF THE HARNESS. THE FINAL BODY FINISHING WAS DONE BY MONTY GILCHRIST IN BRECHIN WHO WORKED HIS MAGIC WITH PAINT AND FINISH USING HOUSE OF KOLOR KOSMOS RED WITH CLEAR COAT. DRIVING THIS CAR HAS RESULTED IN MANY FINISHING TWEAKS, AS I CALL THEM, BUT IT DRIVES LIKE A SLOT CAR WITH MINIMAL ROLL ON TURNS, WITH PLENTY OF POWER AND CREATURE COMFORTS LIKE THE POWER STEERING/BRAKES FOR AN OLD FART LIKE MYSELF! THE JOY OF THIS BUILD FOR ME WERE THE DESIGN ELEMENTS OF GETTING THE EXTERIOR AND INTERIOR LOOK THAT I PERSONALLY WANTED, BOTH IN TERMS OF COLOURS AND FLOWING LINES. WHILE I STARTED THINKING I COULD VIRTUALLY DO IT ALL, I QUICKLY APPRECIATED THE SKILLS NEEDED TO BUILD A CAR AND I AM FOREVER GRATEFUL TO THOSE WHO I WAS ABLE TO EMPLOY AT JUST THE RIGHT TIMES TO GET ME TO COMPLETION IN AUGUST 2015 - SOME 16 YEARS AFTER I STARTED! I ALSO APPRECIATE THE EVOLUTIONARY PROCESS FOR THIS BUILD, NOTING I STARTED OUT WITH LEAF SPRINGS - ORIGINAL FRAME - ETC AND IT GREW EXPONENTIALLY INTO WHAT IT IS TODAY. I TRULY HOPE YOU LIKE THE CAR AND THE HISTORY AND I VALUE YOUR VOTE.

Fat Fender 35

Ford Cabriolet
1935
300HP
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