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Old 06-03-2011, 02:47 PM   #1
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Default The HAMB-B-Q Find Forty

There are a few things in life that really catch your attention, and it’s not the same for everyone. Nor does it stay the same forever. For some its boats or planes or architecture or automobiles or mountains or the ocean, you get the idea. I’m sure you know what it is, that feeling, boots stop, knees buckle, head cocks and you just stare. Dumbstruck with beauty, perfection and enlightenment through your eyes. Sometimes this moment is wet, could be saliva running out the corner of your mouth, could be sweat beads, could be your drink spilling, could be….umm… I’ll leave that one alone. Point is, the internal excitement is so strong you are dazed in bliss. Well hold on to your root beer, cause I’m going to tell you one of those stories. One of mine.

This story is about a BBQ find forty Ford. I had never really been a forty nut. This one though, it made all that stuff happen, the buckled knees and wet all over (could have been because I was in Kansas and it was 90 degrees). It was April 2008 in Abilene, KS at the annual HAMB-B-Q hosted by NoSurf. I spotted it through a tree, in the back of the park. No hood, white firewall, covered in black lacquer, chrome reverse & wide whites. The dual four Muncie backed Corvette 327 was uncapped screaming “BAD ASS”. The car teased 60’s survivor, vintage black with white pleated interior, ’59 Corvette steering wheel, patina’d chrome garnish moldings and yes, a chrome glove box lid! Ha Ha, if you don’t know about the chrome glove box door, ah...ask your pops.







So many of you have now identified the car as Greezy’s. This was the first time I met Greezy and he couldn’t shake me, I had my prints all over his car that weekend. He built the car in his two car garage in Ashland, Missouri. And it is perfect.

The next time I ran into the two was at the 2008 HAMB drags. While Greezy was driving like a “grannie” the shifter plate on the 1-2 fork loosened and rounded the flat surfaces. The forty and I bonded over an oxy/acetylene torch and brass. The shaft was better, usable and not race able. While the forty and I didn’t spend much time together I did get that giddy feeling of holding a girls hand for the first time. I waved goodbye as she rode home on a trailer.



I was still very fond of the car, I couldn’t shake that stance and attitude, she’s just right! The fenders had been color sanded to the primer in some spots, while not intentional, it just lends to that “built in the 60’s” persona. I can only liken it to a striking woman, not a super model, just soo sexy.

The next time I saw the lady in black was the April 2009 HAMB-B-Q. We were old friends at this point and this time I was greeted with a hug. On our cruise to Marquette, KS I got to ride shotgun, man was that a blast. And little did I know, she had something in store for me. Well maybe Greezy gave it to me? He let me take her for a ride, drive rather, and of course he was sitting shotgun this time. I treated her right. It was so exhilarating. She was smooth. I’ve now fallen head over heals for this forty. I think this was the hug and French kiss, and I had my hand on her shifter too! Uhhh, something about this doesn’t sound right? Maybe I should call it the kiss of fate.

( I think we are farting ? )


We were separated until August 2009, I got snubbed at work and couldn’t join the trip to Bonneville with the crew, NoSurf, Grezey, HiBoy32 & his son. They did stop in for eggs, bacon, toast, showers, and naps on the return trip. What a teaser, they were in and out.













Still looks the same..






So sometime early 2010 Greezy called me up and mentioned he might want to sell the forty, he offered it to me and I just didn’t have the dough. He and the Mrs. Greezy drove the forty to HAMB-B-Q in April, I was only mildly disappointed knowing that I had a chance to own the beauty. He was ambivalent about selling at this point, salt in the wound.

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Old 06-03-2011, 02:48 PM   #2
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Fast forward to mid April 2011, Greezy, NoSurf and I were all on a conference call to trouble shoot a “Clunk – Clunk” noise that killed the motor at a light when Greezy pushed the clutch in. The car wouldn’t start after that. So off to the garage and the pan came off. Broken Crank. Done. The black beauty did not make it to the HAMB-B-Q this year. Over a plate of amazing bbq Greezy and I were discussing the future for the ol’girl.

We struck a deal!

TooMuchStuff agreed to bring the car to Abilene in two weeks, in trade for a 1956 Ford truck that he needed transported from Denver. My pals offered to help me swap the motor if I had one. So, I robbed the motor from my sectioned shoebox. I really wanted to drive the forty when I got home.



All went well, I made it to Abilene late Friday night. It was a long two weeks with little sleep from pure excitement. The forty rolled in around 9 am..



On the phone with Greezy getting the lowdown on how to pull the motor, any tips are helpful!



We had the motor out by lunch time..



NoSurf swapping parts from one to the other..



A few guys came by to help get the car back together, pictured here is Mr.Beemer tightening up the valve covers.



It was a long and DIRTY day, we were beat up!




We were finished around 8pm, we cleaned up a little and ate some more left over bbq. After resting a bit we drove the coupe to town for fuel and a wash.



I was up before the roosters, I loaded up the horse power at early dawn anxious to get home and drive the forty.









I made it home safe and sound by 2pm Mother’s day. I was unloaded and on the road by 4. I took my pops for a ride, a few neighbors and even a cute girlfriend.

The excitement didn’t end there, I picked up the kids from school on Monday in the new car.



I’ve been able to enjoy the forty now for a few weeks, I love her.
My new lady Josephine.
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Old 06-03-2011, 02:58 PM   #3
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I am so jealous! Rode in her out to Mokan in 07 and got to help fix a tstat leak at the drags. One of my favorite cars.
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Old 06-03-2011, 02:59 PM   #4
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That and you guys are much closer geographically than Dave, Shortbull and I are way up here!
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Old 06-03-2011, 03:19 PM   #5
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I'm so happy for you sweetie! Looking forwarded to seeing you behind the wheel at the HAMB Drags this year.
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Old 06-03-2011, 03:25 PM   #6
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I've been doing little things to her, resealed the rearend, greased the u-joints and took her to the upholstery shop for a new headliner, a rear seat for the boys, and a rebuild on the front seat. Here's a few shots from last week...














I'm just now on my way to pick up Josephine, I'll post pics soon!!
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Old 06-03-2011, 04:04 PM   #7
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Mike "Josephine" couldnt be in better hands. Someday maybe Ill find that special one...naw probably not. Although I actually did keep that car longer than 2 previous wives, that should count for something. I hope you enjoy it for many years to come. Maybe even hand it down to the boys.
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Old 06-03-2011, 04:25 PM   #8
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Wow! I am jealous! You now officially have too many cool cars for one dude!
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Old 06-03-2011, 04:53 PM   #9
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Cat's out of the bag now:






And I don't have an I-phone suckahs!!!
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^^^^^DAAAAAMN!^^^^^^ That looks sweet!

And, Ha!!


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Old 06-03-2011, 07:22 PM   #11
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GREAT story!! I'm happy for ya. What a sweet car. Enjoy! Todd
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Old 06-03-2011, 07:45 PM   #12
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more pics! more pics! great thread, mike. i can hear your excitement in my head. it's infectious.

we need a Vagabonds New England Fall Foliage Weekend.
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Old 06-03-2011, 07:59 PM   #13
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Awesome story!
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Old 06-03-2011, 08:07 PM   #14
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it is both happy and sad at the same time... now can we put a hood on that damn thing.
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I am happy for you Mike.
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Hey man great story , i know the feeling i'll tell mine later but i have to say the " ONE" for you is in the the picture with the " ONE " for me , that 37 willys that Rusty built it's now out in California making my dream come true !! congratulations
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it is both happy and sad at the same time... now can we put a hood on that damn thing.
No hood for you! With Mikes plans I dont think you would want to cover that up with a hood.....Im just sayin.
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Troy, I still can't believe you did it.....Mike...well...I expect you to bring (drive it to the BBQ) next year. You know, the scene of the crime where all of this took place..

Congrats to the both of you, seems like you both have smiles on your faces.


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Dallas it was just time I guess. I had already made my mind up to sell it when it puked the crank. Mike appreciates the car for what it is, I guess I no longer did. I am happy that Mike loves the car and its in good hands. Hopefully I can get back on track time wise and persue another build.
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Old 06-04-2011, 12:01 AM   #20
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Mike "Josephine" couldnt be in better hands. Someday maybe Ill find that special one...naw probably not. Although I actually did keep that car longer than 2 previous wives, that should count for something. I hope you enjoy it for many years to come. Maybe even hand it down to the boys.
Thanks for passing the forty on, I love that she is so drivable and cool! I do love her for what she is, and you did her right. I'm enjoying doing small things, & I love the new headliner and back seat!!



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..... One of my favorite cars.
Mine too!

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I'm so happy for you sweetie! Looking forwarded to seeing you behind the wheel at the HAMB Drags this year.
Thx, I'm looking for a scatter shield now!

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Wow! I am jealous! You now officially have too many cool cars for one dude!
Too many for Henry J's for sure (3)! I do have them listed in the classifieds.
I think thats why I love this car so much, I can drive it, its done. It is painted, has interior, & can be driven anywhere, and it's BAD ASS! Non of my other "cool cars" run right now. HA HA! I was ready for a nice driver for my boys and I!

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more pics! more pics! great thread, mike. i can hear your excitement in my head. it's infectious.

we need a Vagabonds New England Fall Foliage Weekend.
Let's do it, I'm ready to drive to the east!!

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Hey man great story , i know the feeling i'll tell mine later but i have to say the " ONE" for you is in the the picture with the " ONE " for me , that 37 willys that Rusty built it's now out in California making my dream come true !! congratulations
Ha Ha, I love that! I saw that car at Bonneville last year, I couldn't get to you to say hello. Very Cool Car! Those Missouri boys know how to build fun cars!

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it is both happy and sad at the same time... now can we put a hood on that damn thing.
Hood? People might think I'm driving Gary's forty if I had a hood.

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Troy, I still can't believe you did it.....Mike...well...I expect you to bring (drive it to the BBQ) next year. You know, the scene of the crime where all of this took place..

Congrats to the both of you, seems like you both have smiles on your faces.

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