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Jack Shea, who recently sent us the great photos of Jack Sheppard’s Import Motors in Tampa, also dug up a couple photos of his mother-in-law and a 1940 Buick that would have made for a great Mother’s Day post, if we’d have had the foresight for that. Instead, we’ll use them as the kickoff to another family albums post. Jack writes:
I guess I am fortunate to have had past family members that had the car fever even worst them me. My grandfather John P. Byrne worked at GM in NYC for 37 years in its Overseas Division. My Grandmother on my Dad’s side of the family was even more of a car fan then he was, buying a new car every other year until the early 70’s. The pictures are of my Wife’s mother Florence Maloof. She is sitting up on the hood of the Buick behind the girlfriend of hers.I have also enclosed a photo of her with a couple of gals in Waco Texas during her training as a “WASP” Women’s Auxiliary Service Pilots during WW2. She flew everything except P38’s from the plants to Bangor Maine where men flew them to Europe. I hope you can tell us what model & year the Buick was and also what it might have cost new ? It was purchased buy her father as a gift to her in Englewood NJ before she went to Texas. I noticed it has dual mirrors, a drivers side spotlight and a sidemount spare. Boy what a lucky girl ha?
Next up, reader Dave Kent wrote in looking for a little help identifying the car he drove while in the Navy in 1966. We quickly answered back that it was a 1956 Ford Customline, and Dave gave us a little more of his personal history of the car:
I was about 22 years old, assigned to the Naval Air Facility El Centro Calif in the Imperial Valley (desert). Only thing wrong with the picture is the “high water” pants. I became acquainted with the Blue Angels there as that is their winter training location. I sold the car and bought a 63 T-Bird….oh how I wish I still had it…..and went to Pensacola. Flew the backseat of the F4 #3 doing airshows and getting sick. Left the Navy and went back to school. Have been flying for 38 years, 20 were with UAL. Now charter out of Burlington Vt. in a Citation Excel.
Attached are some great shots of the 70 Mustang Coupe I bought the day I got out of the USN. 211K miles, totally restored driver. Better than new but all stock.
Dave does still have the Mustang today.
Finally, inspired by last week’s Motorhome Mania theme, reader Timothy Wade shared several photos of his family’s 1978 Ford F-250 via the My Hemmings pages. Timothy writes:
I know that this might not fit exactly into your theme of motorhomes, but it is close – a truck and truck camper. The story of the red 1978 Ford F-250 is closely intertwined with my life. For the first 20 years, to be exact, it was a member of the family and hauled a succession of campers until the late 1990’s, when it was finally replaced by an actual motorhome. The Ford was bought brand new from Clute Ford in Horseheads, New York. With a 400 and a heavy-duty four speed, the F-250 was a fast truck, even with a ton and a half in the bed it could still run 75mpg. The first of three campers that this truck hauled was something called a Mobile Traveller. It sported a bath, upper and lower bunks, stove and oven (that my mother only ever used for storing paper plates and cups), and a refrigerator that could cool the Sahara desert.
The wonderful thing about this camper (besides the wonder ’70’s olive green fabric in the interior) was the fact that the letters M and T had faded, and as long as we had it, it was the “obile raveller”. This truck and camper combo took many trips from 1978 to Florida, North Carolina, NASCAR races at Watkins Glen, and dozens of trips up to the Kueka Lake in NY’s Finger Lakes. It was finally replaced by a newer truck camper, with Air Conditioning, in the mid 1990’s, but it will forever be etched in my memory.
We still own the F-250, and someday I want to uncover it from the dust and make it a Driveable Dream.
If you have any family album photos featuring old cars, trucks or motorcycles to share, let us know! You can submit them as Timothy did, via the My Hemmings pages, you can upload them to the Hemmings Nation Flickr pool, or you can send them straight to us, using the Contact Us link at the top of the page. Just let us know who’s in the shots and why the shots are important to you.