My Ride

Jed Claycomb, Claysburg

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1966 Ford Fairlane GTA

Description: “I am the original owner of this candy apple red Fairlane. It has recently been fully restored to its original condition by Loren Bowser of Bowser’s Auto Body in Alum Bank after being weathered for over 30 years. It features a 390 cubic inch engine and has only 45,000 miles on it.

“My wife and I enjoy driving it to local car shows and cruise-ins. It has won multiple awards including the Best of Show trophy recently at the Blair County Antique Auto Club Car Show at DelGrosso’s Amusement Park.

“We plan on enjoying it for many years to come!”

My Ride

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1923 reproduction Model T roadster

Harvey?Naeser, Martinsburg

Description: “I started collecting parts in 2001. It was always a dream of mine to build a car from the ground up. I wanted it to look like a post-war ‘hot rod.’ Being retired, I finally had the time to work on it full time. I worked pretty much full time for the last three to four years and just finished it this past fall.

“I did all the fabrication with the exception of the paint, upholstery and finish welding. The body is a fiberglass reproduction 1923 Model T roadster, which I reinforced with steel tubing for strength and safety. Several other body parts are hand-fabricated sheet metal parts. To get the look I wanted, I had to fabricate a lot of the brackets to mount the many reproduction classic components.

“I spent a lot of time on the Internet searching for just the right parts. (I also have a large box of parts that didn’t fit.) The engine is a 350 Chevy backed with a Muncie four-speed transmission. I had to fabricate the clutch and brake pedals so they would fit the narrow frame. The idea for the paint scheme is from a late ’40s race car and antique racing airplane.

“The car is a blast to drive and I’m glad I made the long journey. I need to thank my brother, Tim, for his technical advice (many hours on the phone), without whom I couldn’t have completed without his help.”

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