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Undercover Speakers

April 30, 2009





Looking for an upgrade to your stereo system, but don’t have a lot of cash to put in it? Then check out our new line of Custom Autosound Undercover sub-woofers. Finally an affordable sub-woofer that can go under most automotive seats or even in the trunk, without taking up all your space!

We have a set of these subs in our showroom for display with a Custom Autosound radio and they have an incredible sound! For a sub-woofer and a tweeter, they are crystal clear! I plan on installing some in my car and will let you know how they sound in there.

We have two different size woofers and power outputs available. You can check out the 5.5″ subwoofer here, and the 8″ subwoofer here. Any questions or comments please contact us.

So put your windows down, turn the radio up, and let the good times roll!


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.

From the President’s Desk: TV Fords

February 20, 2009
Mission Impossible

Mission Impossible

Most of us grew up in the 1960s watching black and white TV. Living in rural south central Nebraska, and until 1968, we only received 2 channels. It was quite a treat to get a new Sylvania color TV in ’68 and also install a large roof top antenna that allowed us to finally receive NBC. Prior to the antenna we used rabbit ears and received only ABC for many years, followed by CBS about 1965. For those of us who like old Fords, we are fortunate that Ford Motor Company lent cars to many series of the ’60s for promotional purposes.

Here are a few of the series I remember as having primarily Ford automobiles in them. I must add here that for several years I have collected old TV show on VHS and now DVDs so I get to watch these shows frequently. Everyone has seen the Andy Griffith show. The shows featured full size Fords as Mayberry’s police cars and lots of Comets and Falcons showed up as well around town. Rich tourists drove T’birds and when Barney bought a used car, which turned out to be lemon, it was a 55 or 56 Ford convertible. You would think Ford would have required them to use a Chevy for that episode. 😉

Here is a partial list of shows that used Fords and/or Mercurys. I am sure you will think of others.

• Perry Mason (went back and forth from GM to Ford)

• Arrest and Trial (Starring Chuck Conners and Ben Gazzara)

• The FBI (in COLOR!)

• Hawaii 5-0

• Highway Patrol (Used a lot of Buicks and Plymouths, but also used Mercurys)

• 77 Sunset Strip

• Mission Impossible

• The Streets of San Francisco

• Starsky and Hutch

• Cannon

• Dragnet

• Hunter

• Charlie’s Angels

Here is a interesting link from Ford about it’s current movie and TV cars.

Got any more additions?

Classic Car Insurance: An Ounce of Prevention

February 13, 2009

Car show season is upon us and it’s time to think about showing off your classic Ford or Mercury treasure. One of the first things you should consider before even starting the polishing is your insurance coverage. When is the last time you did a review? Most classic care values will increase over the years, even if all you have done is minor restorations.

Here are a few things to consider when reviewing your coverage:

• Level of restoration
• Where the vehicle is primarily located
• An agreed upon value (please note that this can vary greatly. See the info regarding such an experience below)
• Spare parts option availability
• Comprehensive loss
• Mileage covered during a year
• Age of the driver or drivers

When having your vehicle appraised for insurance purposes, read what happened to one of our contributor’s, Roger, father. Roger’s father was having his classic Galaxie appraised by his regular insurance company. their appraisal came back at under $10,000. He then went to a classic car insurance company for a quote and appraisal. This time the Galaxie appraised at just under $25,000. Quite a difference. I’m not saying it isn’t worthwhile to check with your regular insurance company first when looking for classic car insurance, just be sure to check the classic car insurers such as Hagerty, American Collectors Insurance, Grundy, and Heacock Classic. There are many of them and we don’t endorse one over the other. It all depends on the level of coverage you need.

While it is not a comforting thought thinking of losing your classic car or truck, it is comforting to know that you are covered in case of the unthinkable.

Oh, and while you’re at it, it might be a good time to review your regular vehicle’s insurance coverage.

Classic Car Dreams

February 3, 2009


My Dream Car

My Dream Car

My husband and I had a great conversation with a gentleman the other day. We found out that he is an avid Ford fan. He brought up an interesting point about the state of the classic car hobby here in the United States: No matter the state of the economy, the average person in the US will always want one of the iconic classic cars sitting in his or her garage. It doesn’t matter if it is a Ford, GM or Chrysler product, chances are one of them will be their dream car. Then we brought up the question, out of the classic cars from the past 40+ years, has there been a Japanese made car that has stirred the collective imagination of car enthusiasts in the US? I thought of the Datsun Z series, but have difficulty thinking of any others.

So, I’m asking you, out of all the classic cars since the 50s, which one do you dream of having in your garage and why? What about your choice makes your makes your hands itch to hold the steering wheel? There are no right or wrong answers, just our dreams.

Mercury Memories

January 16, 2009
1963 Monterey Breezeway

1963 Monterey Breezeway

In the late 60s, we had a Mercury. It was a plain brown color with a brown interior. My father has never bought a brand-new car, so this car was already a few years old. I cannot recall for certainty if it was a Montclair or Monterey, but I do know it had something special that none of our cars before or since have had. This car had the Breezeway window. One of the most wonderful things to a family of four children and a dog. While most people would roll up their windows when it rained, we could have the rear window down and still enjoy the fresh air. My father was in the military for most of my childhood so traveling was par for the course. 

One special thing that still brings fond memories to me was when we had the special treat of going to a drive-in movie. My mother would pop a couple of large brown grocery bags full of fresh popcorn. Then we would all pile into the Mercury to go enjoy a Disney movie at the drive-in. For any of you that recall those icons of Americana, you would remember trying to place the speaker on your car door just right when you parked in your space. Mom always had my father try to get a place in the center so that she had a good view of the screen. Then all of us kids would pile out the rear window and sit on the edge between the window and rear seat. We could hear the movie just fine from all the speakers there. It had the added advantage of being able to slide back into the back seat to grab some popcorn, then squirm back out the window. There was nothing like enjoying a summer evening going to the movies.

We lost that car on one of our trips to Iowa to visit my grandparents. It had just worn out. We all missed that car.

On one of my many trips to the Carlisle All-Ford, I was privileged to see a restored version of that car. It brought back fond memories. One of these days, I am going to treat my husband and myself to a trip to Stephens City or even Lexington, now that they have a drive-in as well. It won’t be the same as sitting on the trunk with my brother and sisters (and yes, sometimes we snuck in the dog), but I am sure it will be a wonderful experience anyway.