Letter: Story sparks memory of first carI enjoyed the article in the April 23 Daily Globe about the car club tour of Worthington.
By: Marvin Kroontje, Magnolia, Worthington Daily Globe
I enjoyed the article in the April 23 Daily Globe about the car club tour of Worthington.
The picture of the 1954 hood ornament and emblem caught my eye. I bought my first car for $800 with hay-baling money earned when I was 17 years old, and the price included a paint job. The 1954 Ford was two shades of grey and light blue, and the body man, Ernie Blattner of Herman Motors in Luverne, was known for customizing cars.
I had Ernie remove those futuristic hood ornaments from the hood and trunk. He then leaded in the holes before painting. We also removed the center ball from the grill and replaced it with a plate. I added fender skirts and lowering blocks, and my 1954 Ford became a lead sled. (The 1949 through 1951 Ford and Mercury were also good cars to customize into lead sleds).
My 1954 Ford also had automatic transmission and power windows, seats and steering, and Oldsmobile tail lights.