In Jan. 24 IssueRussell County NewsBy Ron Cowell, Columnist
It has been a while since we talked to Wayne Lynch about the 1950 Ford Coupe he is restoring. I thought it was about time to check in on Wayne and see how he was coming along with his project.
If you remember, Wayne bought his car in pieces. It was in boxes and baskets. He commented that an old car is like a puzzle. You have to take each part, clean it up and do whatever needs done to it, then figure out where it goes.
I ask Wayne if he had run into any problems that he didn't expect in the process so far. Did anything turn out to be a lot more work than expected? According to Lynch everything has gone just about as he had expected with a lot of hard work and cleaning and polishing.
There was a problem he had with the motor. The engine in this vehicle is 100 horse power Flathead Motor. It had been setting for close to 20 years when he purchased the car. They had a little trouble getting it running smooth at first but with a little help from Tom Bernardi they were able to get it running like new.
He said they went all through the motor and replaced all the tune up parts, plugs, points, condenser, wires, coil and all.. With a little patience and a little work getting the timing set, the old 50 Ford is purring better than when it was new. There is a set of Cherry Bomb mufflers on the car that makes it sound mean.
Last time we saw the car it had no front end on it, no interior and the chrome was a mess. Since then Wayne has had the seats recovered but as far as the rest of the interior, he has done it all himself. All the door panels, dash work and headliner, he has done himself. I might add he has done a great job on it also.
The car had a stay at the body shop a little longer than expected but when he got the car back it was in great shape. Wayne also did a lot of the bodywork himself after bringing the car home. Next step will be to take it and have it painted. The interior is brown and tan, the vehicle itself will be a bright dark-green. Lynch says he hopes to have the car on the road by this Spring.
This car will be a daily-driver, not a show car. Wayne said he would take his car to the Cruises and some local shows but he does not expect to win a pile of awards with it.
At one time he had a 1964 Chevy Super Sport with a 409 engine. It was a pristine show car. He won a lot of awards with that car and really enjoyed it.
He said that on the down side, he was afraid to drive it other than to the shows and cruise ins. Mostly because it was is such good shape, he didn't want to take the chance of it getting dirty or maybe a little oil leak on the engine. The underside was so clean you could eat off it. Lynch commented, "I’ve been there and done that." Then he showed me a shelf full of trophies that he had gotten with the car.
With his ’50 Ford he wants an old car that he can drive to the store and have fun in without worrying about a little dirt getting on the under carriage. He will still take it to the cruise-ins and shows but just wants a car to have fun in.
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Until next time... Keep Cruisin !