10 Nov 2006 22:44:20 GMT
dalin and I have been looking for a new vehicle now and then. we picked
up a brochure at a local dealer... full of photos and facts and
whatall... :) and it brought back memories of my first car brochure...
the year was 1952. a gentleman from our church was a salesman at Rebsamen
Ford in Little Rock (the name is still active there with cars...). my dad
took the family to look at the new 1953 Fords - and I, age 11, snitched a
brochure.. we didn't buy the new Ford - we had a 1950 model already
(purchased with funds from a family inheritance - it replaced a 1939 Nash
that sometimes worked... but had personality...) - but I remember the
brochure... many pages - and in COLOR...
the brochure taught me a new word... synchromesh... as in synchromesh
transmission.. I felt i had become a genius, being able to use the word
in a sentence, once my dad explained what it meant... :) I recall there
were several models:
- 2-door sedan
- 4-door sedan
... some had chrome trim around windows and some just black rubber...
- 2-door hardtop
- 2-door convertible (my heart went thump-thump, just admiring it..)
- 2-door business coupe - like a sedan but small back seat for the
travelling salesman - a mark of the times... :)
- and a station wagon (also with chrome trim or black rubber...)
optional was a Fordomatic transmission, AM tube radio, and heater. There
may have been a few other options, but I wouldn't have understood, at
Oh, the standard engine was a flathead (well, i 'think' it was a
flathead) 6, and a flathead V8 was an option. My dad said that "chevrolet
built good 6's, but Ford made good V8's.." :) and what child would
ever question their dad on such stuff? to me, it was gospel.
but i have fond memories of reading and re-reading that brochure... that
1953 ford was the prettiest car in my mind... :) and all the faces in
the brochure looked so happy and prosperous... I had this feeling that my
parents couldn't possibly afford anything so luxurious... :) but that
brochure fueled my dreams...
and now, 53 years later, I *still* can't afford a 1953 Ford because
they're now collectible... ..
Ah, but you didn't tell the rest of the story! Gee, what
would we do without Linda?
that's been my question for 46 years..... :) I have no idea what i'd
do without her... :) and... she does explain stuff, whereas I just
sorta' romantically talk around the subject... :)
A match made in heaven--as we already know.