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Old 07-21-2011, 07:14 PM
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FORD Retractable Hardtop 57 58 59

I stoped at a car show today , it was the
IFRC International Ford Retractable Club

just thought I post a few pics. for you Ford guys.








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Old 07-21-2011, 07:22 PM
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I never get tired of seeing those tops go up and down.

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Old 07-21-2011, 08:03 PM
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WOW! Got to love those old Fords! How many did they have in attendance? Thanks for sharing. Dan
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Old 07-21-2011, 09:16 PM
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I did a quick count and came up with about 80 cars.
one guy told me maybe 75,000 were made in the 3 years

and for anyone thats whats to check them out . I think they'll be there all this week.

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NICE! Imagine all those retractables in one place.
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Brings back memories. The first time I ever went to the drive-in movies with a date was in a '58 Ford retractable. It was her dad's car. She had her license and I was getting mine the next week. Don't think we saw much of the movie.

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They sure are neat, I'v only ever seen 2, 1 a resto project, and a red 1, both at the Syracuse Nationals.
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The first one I remember was an air force officer who used to take his trash to the dump in it. He would flip up the back lid and set the garbage cans in there.
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They were a maintenance nightmare, but they were oh so neat. Especially with so many in one place. There's a guy a couple blocks down the street from me has one and I believe a second he is/was working on - but he isn't the friendly chatty type.
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memories !

I had a rag top. 2 buddies had the flip tops. I remember riding shotgun in the front seat on a warm summer night with the top UP. the guy in the middle's white shirt was spattered with the bug pieces that leaked thru the poor weather strip seals. the owner told us about getting caught in a summer night rain storm and pulling into a gas station to put the top up He wasn't level and it poped a circuit breaker half way up. You had to be in park with the engine running to operate the top. there was an electrical lock and you couldn't shift back out of park unless the top was either up or down. he was standing on the seat moving the top switch with his foot shaking the top in the rain to get it back up, The Ford Factory in San Jose, CA , had 2 experts that did the trouble shooting when they were originally building them. Every dealer in northern Calif had their phone number and they still got calls into the late 60;s, there was a 1/4 mile of additional wire in a flip top. lots of motors relays etc.
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resto project.

I looked at one a couple years ago, it had too much cancer for me. The 9 in rear ends in those were 2 inches wider so the top would fit. The rear quarters are longer, Most of the body interior shell and exterior from the doors back are different than a regular body.
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That is one massive rear bumper on the black & white Fairlane.
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the old owner of the shop where i used to work at had one of these.
his grandfather bought it new for his grandmother.
i had the "joy" of trouble shooting, repairing, and adjusting the top and trunk.
without a wiring diagram, it was a major pain in the back side to figure out what parts it needed, and even worse trying to find good replacements.
i have to say once i got it done, it really felt good to see it working right.
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Oh heck yeah it was the 50's version of todays computer controlled messes. They had enough relays and screw motors and switches for ten cars! They were a nightmare to work on.

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man i wish i would of known about this show i would of been there do they hold the show in dayton every year? or does it travel around?

i had a chance to buy a VERY trashed 57 retractrable was parked at a shop in 1973 after its trans went out and it is STILL in the same spot in the grass and mud its nothing more then arusted out parts car now but the guy is going to rebuild it someday the guy that owns it is like 75 years old so its never ever ever gonna do anything but sit and rot
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