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Can You Imagine Owning A Car Over Fifty Years? Check Out The Case Of This 1934 Ford!


Can You Imagine Owning A Car Over Fifty Years? Check Out The Case Of This 1934 Ford!

Until the last couple of years, I was a turn-and-burn kind of car owner. I went through cars within months, maybe a couple of years if I really liked them. Up until this year, the longest I had owned any one car was five years, in the case of my 1987 Dodge Diplomat with the four-speed swap. I’ve had to tone down my habits now that I’m paying for a mortgage and taking on more of the responsibilities of adulthood that, bluntly, I managed to avoid for my twenties thanks to military service. But even now, it’s difficult to just stick with one car. Faithful, I can’t say I am. Even now, as I’m building a new engine for my Imperial, I’m cheating with the Mustang and have had my fling with the 300C, and the itch for a 1970s Camaro or a G-body is pretty strong too. Even now, as I’ve got a pretty set group of cars, I can’t say for sure that I won’t shift to another project in the near or far future.

How anyone manages to hang on to a car for half a century is beyond me, but such is the case with this beauty of a ’34 Ford. This is one of the classic hot rodding body looks, the Ford roadster with running boards into the fenders. And it’s been Bob Barnes’ car for fifty-four years, throughout many variations, several paint jobs, more than a few engines, and it’s still moving along in it’s all-steel glory.

Twenty bucks says you won’t be saying the same for my Imperial, but hell, I might surprise even myself.


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6 thoughts on “Can You Imagine Owning A Car Over Fifty Years? Check Out The Case Of This 1934 Ford!

  1. Mercury Man

    On July 2nd 1968 I bought my ‘64 Comet Cyclone, today it is still in my shop.
    (That’s 50 years for those of you who who were not here in ‘68)

  2. Rob

    Great clip, seems like a top guy and awesome car. Congrats on owning it all that time.

    Is it just me or is anyone else wondering what the black tape on the bottom of the windscreen/windscreen corners is for ? Doesn’t seem to be on there whilst it parked in Jays shop.

  3. Rob

    Cool – Thanks Whelk.

    Too busy watching and listening to their conversation to realize/think that there must be a camera/cameras there somewhere. DOH

    Again great car – nice interview and well done Bob for your fifty year ownership.

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