Our Cars--1953 Ford 2-Door Sedan
Submitted by Rob Waterson for Our Cars Week
I am sure we must call my parents' 1953 Ford two-door a sedan because of the central pillar--I am not a car expert, but I am sure a coupe can't have a pillar separating the front and back seats. Ours had a straight-six engine with an oil-bath air filter. With a three on the tree, it was easy to handle and all three of us brothers learned how to drive using this classic. It was a light green with a dark-green top, but the top promptly faded when we used Mr. Clean to wash the car for the first time, so it became all-light-green.
As teenagers in mid-winter Topeka, Kan., we loved to do donuts in our ’53 on city streets packed with snow, but of course only at 3 a.m. on our way home from our rock band’s gigs. The back-seat floorboards rotted out from the salt on the street, so Dad dropped panels of (thin) sheet metal in their place on either side of the huge drive-shaft hump. We popped the clutch so much that Dad had to replace the differential, but he did every bit of work on this car himself.
I would give anything for the resources to be able seek out and possess (and restore, if necessary) one of these babies, just to re-live the experience. Maybe that is what happens to you when you turn 60. Thanks for listening.
(Chris: This photo came from chooseyouritem.com)