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Hey folks...I really like the "what was your first BBF" post. This one is for those "true blue" ford guys who would push a ford before they drove something else. So whats your story?....why did YOU become a "ford man"?.........

As for myself, I always loved autombiles and engines when I was a little kid. I used to read entire sets of encyclopedias as a child.(I was a brainiac)......One day I came across "The Father of Ford himself"....Mr. Henry ford. I was fascinated with him as an inventor and pioneer of many things such as the assembly line, His first prototype car in 1903, and his idea of building a car for the working class, A vehicle for the "low class people who also wanted durability and dependability. After that I had my mind made up that one day I too would own a Ford for those reasons and would be proud to stand behind a product of such a class act as Mr. Henry Ford. So to me, theres nothing better than that blue oval or shiny ford script I've came to love. .....I love my fords!...I can honestly say i've never owned anything else ever......just a ford. Now my wife hates that i'm so biased and everytime something goes wrong with someone else's chevy.....I simply tell her "its because its a chevy baby!":D:cool:
 

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I like fords because they make me so much money! Someone's gotta fix 'em around here! lol, kidding kidding...

I'm not partial, I just owned mopars since before I became, not partial. And it costs too much to buy new crap...

I'd love to have an old '50s Merc with a BBF in it. That'd be sweet
 

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My reason pure and simple, I LIKE TO WIN.:D The BBF platform is the best there is for mud drags and truck pulling. We have the best blocks and the best iron heads hands down. To top it all off even though many consider the TTB front axles to be inferior for anything, they are surprisingly stout and work quite remarkably in mud drag situations.:cool:
 

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For me, it was because my dad is an independant mechanic. I grew up in his shop and in my early teen years, the '88 up chevy trucks were coming out. There were literally 10 chevies to 1 ford out there. Made up my mind then that I would drive fords. I don't hate chevies, they made it easy for my dad to support us growing up!:D Chris
 

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I became a Ford guy because the 1st car I remember as a very young kid [4 or 5 y/o] was our family's 52 Ford 2 dr Ranchwagon. That 110 hp flathead V8 pulled a travel trailer that housed a family of 5 all over the west coast before there were interstates. Back in the days when traveling was a real adventure. We even had the "Desert" canvas water bag on the front of the Ford as every once in a while the flathead needed a drink after pulling that trailer up a long grade on a warm day. The only breakdown that 'ol Ford ever had was a U-joint went south on US 99-W [Now I-5] somewhere around Red Bluff on a hot summer nite. That Ford took us from California thru Oregon, Washington into Canada and down to Arizona and into Mexico pulling that travel trailer on various family vacations.
 

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I became a Ford guy because the 1st car I remember as a very young kid [4 or 5 y/o] was our family's 52 Ford 2 dr Ranchwagon. That 110 hp flathead V8 pulled a travel trailer that housed a family of 5 all over the west coast before there were interstates. Back in the days when traveling was a real adventure. We even had the "Desert" canvas water bag on the front of the Ford as every once in a while the flathead needed a drink after pulling that trailer up a long grade on a warm day. The only breakdown that 'ol Ford ever had was a U-joint went south on US 99-W [Now I-5] somewhere around Red Bluff on a hot summer nite. That Ford took us from California thru Oregon, Washington into Canada and down to Arizona and into Mexico pulling that travel trailer on various family vacations.

Now thats a good Ford story! Cheers!
 

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I Love Fords because my first REAL LICENSED car was a 65 Mustang 289/225 4 speed. My buddy and his brother had a 58 Ford Race Car w/332 4 speed that they ran in S/S at the Local track. They did'nt have much luck winning because of good parts. So they had to cheat a little w/other FE parts available. So I also had to have me a 57/58 Ford. So I got a good job and bought me a 57 300/custom and they helped me put together a 427 LR for the street.WOW :eek: would that thing run in 1973. The rest is ANCIENT history:)
 

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Because I am a man and there is no such thing as a chevy man there all little boys with ther bowties:D

Well growing up the only thing both parents and family members drove were fords and when i turned 16 I bought an 88 ranger, and then a 88 F-150 and so on, actually the Mudtruck I have now is the same 77 Ford F-150 that my parents brought me home form the hospital in:D
 

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Cool thread!

I guess I'm with Smasher on this, I was inspired by the Henry Ford story. In grade school I did a project on Mr Ford and I wrote to Ford of Canada for info, I didn't really expect much if anything back, just anaother kid annoying them!! They sent me a huge package with cool 8.5X11 pics of the early cars and everything!!

My dad has owned a bunch of Fords too. When I was about 10, he bought a 74 Thunderbird for parts and I got to tear it apart. I sure learned alot that year!! He isn't a hard core gear head but he knew I was so he just let me go on it!!

I've always loved the Ford style, and they are not what you see on every corner. Just like to be different.:D

The big block power is something I've always loved, that kick in the a$$ from all that torque is great!!

Bill
 

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When I was a little kid, my dad always drove Fords. But a lot of years went by before I found out why. After WWII, (Dad flew a P-51) Dad went to work for Alcoa. They were heavy into R & D, developing new alloys for engine parts for military aircraft, as the pistons of the day weren't all that good at tolerating high levels of boost in the turbocharged Allisons, Merlins, Grifons and such. As Dad used to say, "When the fan quits turning, you can't just get out and walk home." Anyway, all the major automakers had stuff being developed there, too. The engines were Fords, Cadillacs, Packards, Studes, Chevies, etc.

Their methods were crude, as Dad told it, but they would assemble these engines with the latest parts, fire them up and run them under load with the throttles open...and wait for them to come apart. He said that it appeared to him that the Fords generally stayed together longer than the others, and he started buying Fords for that reason. His youngest brother (Uncle Jack) went to work for Ford in the late fifites, eventually supervising development of emissions systems before he retired. He lived in the Detroit area but he spent lots of winters in Florida, flogging new iron at the Naples proving grounds What a cool job!

Anyway, since those guys were my heroes, I naturally followed suit. I guess my love of Fords is sort of like diahhrea.......It runs in my genes (jeans).:eek::p
 

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I grew up with my grandparents, and my grandfather was a big believer in Ford. He owned a lot of non Ford "cars", but when it came to work vehicles, or any truck, it was nothing but Ford for him.

In the early 60's, my dad was kicking azz in the quarter with a 390 Galaxy that at that time was hopped up. My grandfather had a '62 406 and out on a back road would kick my dads butt with his daily driver.

In my early days, after graduating high school I was in charge of the maintenance on a fleet of oil field trucks. I can assure you, the few GM vehicles we had could not stand up to the beating that the f-150s did.

All of the people I hang with run Chebbies, and they are always on me about swapping. The only thing that would even make me consider it, is the lack of of tooling and knowledge on high performance machining for BBF's in our area. Its a PITA shipping stuff around just to find someone that is comfortable doing all necessary operations to assemble a reliable bracket motor.


 

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My father owned several different brands when i was coming up but the fords always seemed to hold up better than the rest so when i got older i decided i was going to own fords.I then started drag racing with a 302 and everyone told me i could never make it run or i could never afford to make it run.I was determined to prove them wrong.So at age 17 i took some 69heads ported them myself had a machine shop install some 190-155 valves in them,put them on top of a 60 over block with badger 11-1 dome pistons comp solid 305 cam,topped it off with a torker 289 intake with 750dp.C-4 in a stripped 82coupe.Had about 3500 dollars in the whole car.It ran 12.00 right out the gate and was faster than alot of the small block chevys at our track at the time.As the saying goes the rest is history. My wife once bought a pontiac grand-am gt against my better judgement and she owned it for 2 years before getting rid of it for a expedition because i would not even get in the seat.
 

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I always prefered Chevys as a teenager, but then I started driving more and working on my own cars. Fords are just built a lot better than chevys. I have not ever seen a chevy that was more than a few months old, that did not have something wrong or broken on it.

Case in point is my room mates 2001 Firehawk. His paint looks cheap compared to my Mustangs, his rear defroster hasn't worked since he bought it (same problem on his former Camaro S/S), and despite his 66 cubic inch and 85 horsepower advantage he still can not outrun my '03 Mustang at the drag strip. He won't go back to the track with me for some reason.... I keep telling him 4th times a charm....

The 460 I am trying to build now is my first ford big block, but comparing it to the 502 BBC my dad put into his El Camino last year, it looks like I am going to have a lot more power and a lot stronger foundation than he does... All the better for when the time comes to go heads up against him... :)
 

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my reason, is my dad ultimately, he was always a ford guy although my parents did have a couple of off brands throughout the years. first car i remember was a Buick GS. then we had an LTD yacht, a granda, monarch, and a volare wagon in there with a slant 6 (the ugly wagon) then all fords after that.
the first truck i remember was a 75 F150 w/460. Really nice truck, but times were pretty tough in the mid 80's, so dad had to sell it. Later on he got an 84 F150. it was a beautiful pickup, it was the first truck i ever drove.
When it came time for me to buy my own truck (17) my old mans advice was "if you come back with a chevy you can find a new place to live"
so i came back with an 85 f150, the fords have been good to me ever since, and the rest is history
 

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The look on the faces when you tell them its a Ford motor is priceless.................:D
That was histerical when my buddy was running that 400 Ford in his Altered. Nobody knew what the hell it was. Anybody we told didn't believe a "turd" of a motor like a 400 would run like that. They were rated at 162HP from the factory but they had their nuts cut off right out of the gate. With a bit of work, they ran real hard.

Bill
 
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