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Old 05-23-2013, 08:03 AM   #1
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Default Short Story of the Shoebox Vicky...



I've loved watching the amazing progress of Mark's (Royalshifter)"Victoria Secret", the '51 Ford Victoria transformed from rust to glory. Seems like this might be a good time to ...

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Old 05-23-2013, 08:31 AM   #2
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Can you imagine the first engineer (at GM or Ford) to say: "Let's make a convertible with a permanent top". He must've got some strange looks, but it worked.

I can't remember if it was shifter's thread or somewhere else I read that if you remove the top from the windshield posts the mounting holes are still there for the convertible top.
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Old 05-23-2013, 08:38 AM   #3
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Have a friend who cut the top off a 53 Victoria & he said all the mounting spots for the top mechanisum were all there.
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For the uninitiated, where did the term "Shoebox" originate? Hmm.
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Old 05-23-2013, 10:53 AM   #5
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For the record, I think this is by far the best looking shoebox body style. (You should also know that I own a very nice '51 club coupe!)
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Old 05-23-2013, 11:00 AM   #6
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For the uninitiated, where did the term "Shoebox" originate? Hmm.
Not sure...but my Mom (a dedicated gearhead since her Crager-head Model A Roadster days) said they were called "cracker boxes" by the media in '49-'51.

'Shoebox' was never heard (by me, anyway) until the '70s.

Even Chevys are called 'shoeboxes'... LOL
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Old 05-23-2013, 11:12 AM   #7
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Sexy car in stock form for sure but I'll take the Skipper Treatment please!!!
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Old 05-23-2013, 11:35 AM   #8
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You probably all know but this was the first year with the Fordamatic and the 3 speed Overdrive and standard 3 speed were also available. The Crestliner that came out in '50 to compete against the new hardtops in the GM line was not getting the sales Ford needed so thus the hardtop was rushed into production and with both the Crestliner and hardtop sales were good. 4dsrus
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Old 05-23-2013, 12:27 PM   #9
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Cool thread, Mark Skipper's Victoria is definitely one of the best restyled 1951 Victorias that has been done!
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Old 05-23-2013, 01:09 PM   #10
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Thanks for that Jay . . . we just can't say enough about Mark & Kelly's grand slam home run, just outstanding!
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Old 05-23-2013, 06:51 PM   #11
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Personally, I wouldn't really count the Ford-O-Matic as a 3-speed. It's true that it has 3 speeds, but if you have it in Drive, you won't ever get to use 1st gear.
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Old 05-23-2013, 07:11 PM   #12
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Old 05-23-2013, 08:12 PM   #13
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That is a great picture skip..but anything with your ride on it ends up looking killer
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Old 05-23-2013, 09:05 PM   #14
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I've always liked shoeboxes,but those Vickys are just special.
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Love the 51 Victoria...
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Old 05-24-2013, 01:46 AM   #17
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My 1950.5 Victoria:

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Old 05-24-2013, 02:44 AM   #18
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There a 55 ford victoria that gets parked over on linden and west grand in oakland. I have tried talking the owner into selling it to me a half dozen times. Some how every time i see the thing a bbf and turbos fill my mind. I know not terribly authentic from a historic perspective, but what can i say.
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Old 05-24-2013, 02:47 AM   #19
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Excellent nod to the original factory advertising art Skipper.
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Old 05-24-2013, 05:29 AM   #20
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I'm sad I only have one 51 Victoria in the shed......... would love to have half a dozen of them

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