1957 Ford Mainline Utility - Reader Ride

By: Roland Wade

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We caught up with Roland Wade and his '57 Ford Mainline at the recent All Ford Day Geelong

"This car came from the Horsham area, actually on the other side of Horsham out near Mitre. My cousin, a farmer who lives up there knew of it sitting in a shed with the bonnet up and no air cleaner on it. The car had been sitting there for at least 15 years. Of course there were no doors on the shed. So you can imagine the state of it.

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"The motivation behind getting it was simply because I enjoy being hands on, exercising the brain, particularly at my age. It isn’t so much the car, it’s the joy of tinkering and doing the work myself. I’ve done everything on my own, except for the upholstery and the painting. Obviously you have to get the chrome done elsewhere and all that sort of thing but I did all the panel work, put it that way.

"I quite enjoy bringing it to the car shows, I’m not particularly interested in entering for awards and so on. I don’t care whether I win, lose or draw.

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"But I do enjoy watching people wanting to take the time to talk about it and show interest in what I’ve done with it. I plan on continuing driving and getting out and about to the car shows."

 

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