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PostPosted: Wed Feb 18, 2015 3:28 pm 
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http://blog.hemmings.com/index.php/2015 ... =hccweekly If you got your first Ford back in the 60's like I did you probably did a lot of wishing with this book.

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PostPosted: Wed Feb 18, 2015 6:15 pm 
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Right you are Jeff,J.C.Whitney & Honest Charlie were two of my favorite wish books.

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PostPosted: Thu Feb 19, 2015 2:11 am 
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How about that electric wiper motor for $18.95 ;) Bummer is back then I would have had to worked 19 hours to buy it. :cry:

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PostPosted: Thu Feb 19, 2015 9:36 am 
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For me that would have been a lot of grass mowing and collecting returnable bottles on the side of the road,but hey,those 3 cent bottles added up!

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PostPosted: Sun Nov 08, 2015 4:33 pm 
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I spent many a hour perusing the old Honest Charley catalogs.

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PostPosted: Mon Nov 26, 2018 5:50 pm 
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First car, 1953 Ford four door sedan with the old Flathead. Drove it all through high school, God knows how many miles. Sold it when I went in the service in 1965. Have had cars, trucks, antique 1947 Ford Fire Truck all my life and now I have come full circle and have a 1954 F350 to work on.


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PostPosted: Thu Nov 29, 2018 11:15 pm 
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My second car was a '54 Ford that I purchased from the original owner in 1966 and it was a extremely nice car, I blew up the inline 6 and replaced it with a 390 CI engine, I surprised a lot of unsuspecting Chevy owners but sadly I rolled the car and totaled it in the middle of main street.

My girl friends grandmother had a '54 Ranch Wagon, later my wife and the wagon we have now is her grandmothers.

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PostPosted: Mon Dec 24, 2018 7:52 am 
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I know that all this online ordering is easier and faster, but there was something great about getting a paper catalog in the mail. You'd look through it, carefully reading all the details. The whole process was fun. I miss that.

The same applied to the way you'd scrounge used or NOS parts. For me, growing up in deep south Texas, there were no swap meets, so it was either the junkyard or I go get a copy of Hemmings and find someone in the classifieds. Oftentimes these would be guys who'd send you long typewritten lists of parts with prices. Maybe I'm remembering it through the filter of youth and time, but it all seemed more magical....more special....than the way we do it today.

It wasn't until after I did my tour in the military that I made my first swap meet. It was the massive Pate Swap Meet, back when they had it out in the fields next to the Pate Transportation Museum. I'd read about it for years in Cars and Parts Magazine and was beside myself with anticipation and happiness when I finally got to go. I walked half of it the first day, then slept in the bed of my Toyota pickup that night in the parking lot, then walked the second half the next day. I did the same thing with the Chickasha Pre-War Swap Meet the next year.

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PostPosted: Mon Dec 24, 2018 11:29 pm 
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Did the same thing going to Hershey

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. I walked half of it the first day, then slept in the bed of my Toyota pickup that night in the parking lot, then walked the second half the next day. I did the same thing with the Chickasha Pre-War Swap Meet the next year.

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