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History Mild '53 Ford Hardtop

Discussion in 'Traditional Customs' started by G V Gordon, Oct 13, 2020.

  1. G V Gordon
    Joined: Oct 29, 2002
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    G V Gordon
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    from Enid OK

    Known about this car for a long time and brought it home Saturday.
    Customized in the 60's by Jerry Agrima when he was stationed at Vance AFB here in Enid OK for E.K."Doc" Recknagel.

    Both were into drag racing, notice the push bar. Was told Jerry helped work on the Playboy's CC dragster during his stay in Enid

    Jerry went on to run an auto repair business in Wichita Falls TX. Sadly he passed away in 2015, Doc has been gone longer than that.

    Very cool survivor mild custom. Thought I would share.
    20201010_121321.jpeg 20201010_121300.jpeg 20201009_081209.jpeg 20201009_081201.jpeg 20201009_081125.jpeg 20201009_081241.jpeg

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  2. BJR
    Joined: Mar 11, 2005
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    That is very cool, what are your plans?
     
  3. straykatkustoms
    Joined: Oct 30, 2001
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    straykatkustoms
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    What a great find. Kool that you are trying to save one.
     
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  4. G V Gordon
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    G V Gordon
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    from Enid OK

    My plans are to sell it as I am '71 and not the man for the job. Have too many projects already.
    Just wanted to do my part to make sure it didn't get parted out.

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  5. arkiehotrods
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    George that is totally cool! Glad you grabbed it and hopefully you'll get it into the hands of someone who will bring it back!
    Duncan
     
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  6. BJR
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    At 70 myself I get it.
     
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  7. Squablow
    Joined: Apr 26, 2005
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    Great looking car. The Pontiac side trim is a natural on these, that mesh grille and Olds headlights at the front look great and are a styling choice I haven't seen on this era Ford before but it really works. That steering wheel is a '55-only Thunderbird piece, pretty rare and has value even in the rough shape it's currently in.

    I hope whoever ends up with the car has the good sense to be sympathetic to it's history.
     
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  8. G V Gordon
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    G V Gordon
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    from Enid OK

    Haven't been able to id the grill. Every other cross bar was removed to give it the eggcrate look.

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  9. arkiehotrods
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    s-l640.jpg
    Grille is '56 Chevy
     
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  10. Torchie
    Joined: Apr 17, 2011
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    Glad you grabbed it.
    Now on to the next care taker.
    Torchie
     
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  11. Mr48chev
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    That's going to make a really nice ride for someone. I've always had a soft spot for 52 Vickys but at 73 I am in that club where I need less projects rather than more.

    It would be a pretty nice home for my flathead though.
     
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  12. That is WAY kool George! And...sent you a pm...
     
  13. Model A Gomez
    Joined: Aug 26, 2006
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    Would be a great project, was a good looking mild custom. I'd be interested but don't have the interest in quite that big a project, hope someone saves it!
     
  14. Reman
    Joined: Jul 8, 2010
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    Reman
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    from Florida

    I agree with Squablow. All the parts just seem to fit that car. I sold just the horn ring from that set up a few years ago for $300+. It was not broken, but otherwise a little rough. It certainly is a great car and I surely hope it stays intact and gets restored to its former glory.
     
  15. Ferdyeight
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    1. 1952-59 Ford Social Group

  16. Chrisbcritter
    Joined: Sep 11, 2011
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    '56. Funny thing - all those neat little kustom tricks and it still has stock taillights. Some '56 Olds lenses would keep that theme going... What was under the hood?
     
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  17. G V Gordon
    Joined: Oct 29, 2002
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    G V Gordon
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    from Enid OK

    Early Olds as memory serves, 303 or 324. Mounts still there.
    Some interior shots from last night. 20201014_172321.jpeg 20201014_172336.jpeg 20201014_172403.jpeg 20201014_172244.jpeg

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  18. scrap metal 48
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    scrap metal 48
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    Great job on help saving what looks like a worthy custom.....
     
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  19. JeffB2
    Joined: Dec 18, 2006
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    JeffB2
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    from Phoenix,AZ

    That has to be brought back to life,hope it finds a good home and they join the 1952-59 Ford Social Group here so we can help them out.
     
  20. Grille looks more like a 59 Rambler, except it's not.
     

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