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History Drag race and Gasser Ford shoebox 49-54 Photos

Discussion in 'The Hokey Ass Message Board' started by loudbang, Dec 11, 2021.

  1. loudbang
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    Ok had a request to start a photo thread on these. Haven't found any more yet so just to get this started here's a recently posted one. :)

    Post them if you have them :rolleyes:

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  2. Deuces
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    What years????....:confused:
     
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  3. Petejoe
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    5916D6C0-32A9-480F-8B56-6F4A4A0EE501.jpeg :)
    One of the most famous cars in automotive history is the Shoebox Ford. This iconic car from the Blue Oval boys was introduced as a 1949 model and built until 1951.
     
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  4. loudbang
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    Beats me I don't know what constitutes a "Ford Shoebox" maybe the thread requestor @bchctybob can clarify the issue as to the years. :)
     
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  5. RmK57
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    Petejoe answered it......49-51. How did they get that moniker anyways? They really aren't that square looking of a car.
     
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  6. Marty Strode
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    This one is local to me, belongs to Zach Summers, 327 Chevy and a 4 speed, good reliable runner. IMG_2447.JPG IMG_2456.JPG IMG_2457.JPG
     
  7. Fordors
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    The name comes from the relatively slab sided body as compared to the earlier Ford cars with their bulbous fenders and taller profiles.
     
  8. bchctybob
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    Yeah, it seems “shoebox Ford” is usually used to describe the ‘49-‘51 Fords. Just to make this thread a little easier maybe we should expand it to include ‘49-‘54 Ford race cars. As far as race cars go I think that Fords in that range were somewhat rare. There were plenty in the ‘55-‘57 group but that’s been covered. So have the shoebox customs.
    They weren’t great gasser material due to their weight and long wheelbase but back then guys often used what they had available just to be able to go racing. How much did the cheapie models weigh anyway? They couldn’t have been that heavy?
     
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  9. RmK57
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    I would agree with that. The flat hood and sides made it the first "modern" looking vehicle in the post-war from the big three.
     
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  10. seb fontana
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    Business Coupe was the lightest at a little over 3000#
     
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  11. seb fontana
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    51 at Colechester Dragway.jpg
    My Shoe back in 77 or 78', weight was 3192#. Street duty now,
     

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  12. bchctybob
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    My Dad had a dark blue '49 Ford that he drove to work every day. It had it's own smell inside. I guess that's why I've always liked them. I've wanted a '49-50 Ford or Merc Woody for a long time but they have always been out of my reach.
    Here's the car that came to mind when that gasser Ford popped up on the other thread. And, I believe it's Pontiac powered!
    shoeboxford.jpg
    Credit to photographer, via Pinterest
     
  13. yellow dog
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    thumbnail_49 collage.jpg Almost 60 yrs ago; mine weighed 2560#. It had a 327 and T10, laundramat seats and
    a lot of aluminum and titanium sheet metal thanks to NorthAmerican Aviation salvage.
    Ended up adding 200lbs of lead ingots in a tube bumper
     
  14. bchctybob
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    North American and Douglas Aircraft surplus provided a lot of materials for a lot of projects in the old days....
    Nice Ford, looks like it was fun.
     
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    Posted by yellow dog:

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  16. loudbang
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    Done :)
     
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  17. Matt55folife
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    Im actually building a 50 ford gasser now. Ill be running it with the southeast gassers association. Going to be running a small block chevy 283 with a tunnel ram and of course a 4 speed because real race cars have 3 pedals! Thanks to my uncle and cousins help we will hopefully be out the fir the ‘22 season! Hope to see yall out there! 321202BF-AB59-4DF1-8003-F8F2EEB1188F.jpeg
     

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