Sheriff Mike Cain's 1959 Ford Restoration Project
Mike describes his car: "This car was bought new in Yadkin County on Oct. 15th 1958 by a lady who lived in Yadkin county all her life. She used her Model A as a trade-in. She drove the car until she was ninety four years young in 1990. She died in her late nineties. The reason she stopped driving is evident by looking at the right front fender in the photo's. Her niece convinced her to stop driving after she scraped the fender pulling into her garage after going to the store for groceries. The dealership in Yadkin County where she bought the car was owned by Mr. Chunky Reavis, and his son is currently a very prominent attorney here and he remembers when she bought the car from his dad's car lot."
Rear view of the Sheriff's '59 Ford.
"After she passed away, her great-nephew bought the car in an estate auction in 1994. He parked it in his basement until 2006 when I bought it from him. I am amazed at how solid this vehicle is, with no rust to be found anywhere on it. My son-in-law and I started taking the car apart as soon as these photo's were taken. Since then we have rebuilt all the brakes, checked the rear-end put all new seals and gaskets, shocks, new lines, added one leaf to rear springs and new coils in front end and re-painted the frame. We sent the 292 engine to be totally rebuilt and have reworked the heads with stronger valves, guides and springs. As of right now it is in the body shop and has been blocked out with the third coat of primer applied. She should soon be back soon looking like she did nearly fifty years ago. We painted her the original Indian Turquoise and Colonial White. The chrome is being re-done and maybe by summer's end I will get to do something I have been planning a while now, to take her across country on route 66 from North Carolina to California. This year marks my 30 the wedding anniversary and my dreaded 50th birthday so I'm going all out."
The body once removed.
The Sheriff has his work cut out for him.