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Irish Fords

March 15, 2013
Henry Ford Tavern in Ballinascarthy

Henry Ford Tavern in Ballinascarthy

There is a lot of Irish in Ford and this weekend we can celebrate that connection.

Henry Ford’s father, William Ford, was tenant farmer from Ballinascarthy, County Cork in Ireland. He came to the US in 1847. Ford’s adoptive grandfather, Patrick Ahern, was born in County Cork, Ireland as well. Interesting family tree they had. Patrick Ahern (sometimes spelled O’Hern) was the adoptive father of Ford’s mother, Mary Litogot. Can you guess the name of the town Patrick Ahern was from? It was called Fair Lane. Sound familiar? It should since that is the name that Henry Ford gave to his estate in Dearborn as well as the name of a car line much loved during the ’60s.

Stainless steel Model T Ford honoring Henry Ford

Stainless steel Model T honoring Henry Ford

In 1917, the Ford Motor Co. opened its first overseas plant at the marina in County Cork, a decision most likely influenced by the family connection. The Cork factory produced the world’s last ever Model T Ford, which left its gates in December 1928. In 2000, they erected a stainless steel version of the Model T to honor Henry Ford in Ireland. You can visit it near the Henry Ford Tavern in Ballinascarthy.

The Irish are a hard working, fun loving people. If you ever get the chance to visit Ireland, do so. It’s a lovely place. Happy Saint Patrick’s Day!

Check out these sites for more pics and information:

Google Map of Ballinascarthy in Ireland


December 7, 2012

1965 Ford GT40

1965 Ford GT40 for auction.

$3 million… what could we do with a sum of money like that? Pay off all our bills? Take a trip around the world? How about buying a 1965 Ford GT40? You can do that if you have registered for the RM auction to be held in Arizona on January 18, 2013. This car is expected to sell for around a mere $3 million. But this is isn’t just any car.

The GT40 was developed to break the Ferrari winning streak at LeMans – after some major disagreements between Ford and Ferrari when merger talks broke down. What a way to exact some payback.

This street version has been detuned to a 335 horsepower 4.7 liter V-8 engine. The shocks have been softened and comfortable bucket seats installed. It’s a real beauty.

Are you drooling yet? Do you really want it? Have the spare cash? Then be sure to register for the auction. Check it out at . If you happen to be the lucky bidder, may we have a ride in it? Pretty please?

Thanksgiving Dinner or Cooking with Cars Revisited

November 20, 2012
Adam and Jamie from Mythbusters with special guest, Alton Brown

Adam Savage, Alton Brown and Jamie Hyneman with their Cadillac. Picture is courtesy of Mental Floss.

Did you happen to catch the Sunday night episode of Mythbusters this past weekend? If not, it was amazing. Alton Brown was a guest. Along with Jamie and Adam, they were testing whether you could cook a full Thanksgiving meal using your car. They made a turkey broken down into three preparations — some roasted, some confit style and some baked over herbs — dressing, sweet potatoes, asparagus, gravy, brussels sprouts in blue cheese, creamed corn which they placed in various spots under the hood and under the car, and mini pies, which baked over the air cleaner. Then they drove 4 hours in their Cadillac.

By the time they reached their destination, they removed some thermoses and the pan with the turkey breast (securely wired around the catalytic converter), other thermoses from under the hood, and the pies. They were all cooked very well, with the exception of the gravy, which came out too thin. They improvised a soup from that.

Granted your kitchen is a much better option, but a full meal? I wonder what my parents would think if we showed up at their place about 6 hours from us with a fully prepared dinner. Hmmmmm…

Happy Thanksgiving from all of us at Auto Krafters!

50 Years of James Bond

November 12, 2012
ImageAston Martin DB5

Aston Martin DB5. Courtesy of the International Spy Museum.

The James Bond franchise celebrates its 50th anniversary this year with the release of Skyfall. While the movies often follow a predictable script, it’s the gadgets and the cars we love. From exploding pens to magnetic watches, Bond has some of the most innovative toys. And the cars – especially the Aston Martin. You see it and almost immediately start humming the James Bond theme. I had the pleasure of seeing one at the International Spy Museum in Washington DC. (It’s a great experience if you ever get the chance to visit it.) The DB5 on display at the museum was used to promote the 1964 film, Goldfinger.

There were a great many vehicles, including planes and trains, used in James Bond films. Included in the pantheon is large list of Fords, such as the Mustang, Contour, Thunderbird, Galaxie, and Bronco – even the recent Quantum of Solace featuring the Ka and Edge and a brief appearance by a Bronco II. Remember playing Spot-the-Ford while watching television series of the ’60s and ’70s? Well, you can play that game and more when watching the Bond films.

So when watching your own collection of Bond films, or seeing them on television, or even while watching the latest Bond release, enjoy the chase scenes, the gadgets, and some of the most wonderful vehicles ever while enjoying your own “shaken, not stirred” martini.

Auto Krafters Announces the Release of 2 New Catalogs

March 31, 2009

2009 Falcon Catalog Cover

2009 Falcon Catalog Cover

The all new 2009 Falcon catalog is back from the printers. We’ve added a lot of new parts and accessories in this issue for the 1960-70 1/2 Falcon, 1960-65 Comet, and the 1960-66 Ranchero. The cover features a stunning 1961 Falcon 2-door sedan from a customer in Front Royal, Virginia. It’s one of our nicest Falcon catalogs yet.
2009 Pinto Catalog Cover

2009 Pinto Catalog Cover

We have also introduced a 12 page catalog for the 1971-80 Ford Pinto and 1975-80 Mercury Bobcat. We know the jokes that have been around for years about the Pinto, but we have had so many requests from Pinto fans to start carrying items for the car.

Be sure to take a look at both new catalogs. Check out the Falcon catalog here. Check out the Pinto catalog here.

Just to let you know what’s coming up next, we will have a new truck catalog that combines both the 1973-79 F-Series and the 1980-96 F-Series. It will also include the 1978-96 Bronco. Keep an eye out for it.

Welcome to the Auto Krafters Blog Site

January 13, 2009

Just another blog, some people may say, but we wanted to provide Ford Enthusiasts from around the world a venue where they can read about new parts, parts installation, tech issues, or even our own musings on the state of the auto industry. But why , you may ask, is this different from others? Well, we have discovered over the years our 31+ years of experience in selling parts and accessories has given us a certain expertise, if you will, in the ins and outs of the business. Some of the most beautiful restored cars bear our parts, not to mention some of the vehicles you have seen in movies and tv shows.

We want to be able to give other Ford people the benefit of our knowledge. Some of our staff will be providing information on new parts, installation, customer service, and more. Be on the lookout for their posts as well. In the meantime, be sure to check our parts and accessories websites: AutoKrafters and NewWaveMustang.