JUNE 2016 CAL-RODS FEATURED CAR
By Doug Bithell
OWNERS: DOUG & KAREN SEYMOUR
YEAR: 1956 MAKE & MODEL: FORD CUSTOMLINE VICTORIA
COLOR: BERMUDA BLUE/WHITE UPHOLSTERY: BLUE & WHITE VINYL
ENGINE: I957 T-BIRD 312 C.I. TRANS: STOCK FORDOMATIC
REAR END: STOCK FORD FRONT END: STOCK
WHEELS: STEEL WITH BEAUTY RIMS
June brings us the featured car Doug and Karen Seymour. This Ford has the clean look of a car that has been well taken care of for some time. Doug has had this car since 1966 when he bought it from a co-worker. Seems the guy was complaining about his day and cussing out his car that just blew the engine and put a rod through the side of the block. Kind of joking Doug said,” I got $15.00 dollars”. The guy said "sold", reached in the glove compartment, grabbed the pink slip and signed it over to Doug.
Now Doug had a car that didn’t run and had to do something about it. He went to the auto wrecking yard & found a 1957 Thunderbird engine which he paid $350.00 dollars and put in the Ford. The cost of the engine was over 20 times what he paid for the car. He has been driving it ever since. His wife used it for several years as a daily driver even traveling up to Stockton. Doug has fixed it up from the daily driving days with new upholstery to match the original, new paint, engine trim, and much more to make it the beauty it is today. Doug has been to a number of local shows and plans to attend many more. Doug and his car are truly one of Cal-Rods finest.