Valentine’s Day has come and gone. But you’ve shared with us some Ford-related love stories that are worth reading 365 days a year.
When we asked you tell us about your Ford love stories last week and earlier this week, you didn’t disappoint. We heard from people who popped the question in their Ford. We heard from people who got their dream Ford as a gift from a loved one. Many of you drove newborns home from the hospital in your Ford, and some of you received a Ford from your parents or handed down a Ford to your own children. All in all, there’s a lot of Ford love out there.
Take the case of Don M. He was about to be married, and as a wedding photographer, he couldn’t understand why people drive away from their beautiful wedding in an old car. With his bride-to-be on board, he realized it would be great to have a new Explorer – a vehicle he’d always wanted – in his wedding pictures. A few hours before the wedding rehearsal, he and his bride were signing the papers.
Although he wanted a white Explorer, they decided on red, which is what his bride wanted. They took some great photos with their brand-new Explorer the next day after their wedding. “We proudly hang that image from our wedding day with our new Explorer in our home,” he says. “I sold that sweet thing (the car, not my wife) two years ago, and replaced it with a 2010 Eddie Bauer Explorer, in white this time! I’m more in love with my wife than the day I married her, and I can say the same thing about my Explorer.”
It was also the color that made Barbara V.’s Ford stand out. It was 1967, and she had a brand-new pink Mustang, which got a lot of attention when she went cruising with her friends. “A car with two guys in it parked beside us, because they wanted to talk about the pink Mustang,” she told us. “One of the guys made plans to meet us the next night, Christmas Day, at the only place open… the bowling alley.”
They started dating and were married Dec. 7, 1968, and now they have three children and nine grandchildren. Barbara has since bought another Mustang—this one a black convertible—and two of her grandchildren also drive Mustangs. “If it hadn’t been for that pink Mustang, I may not have met my husband,” she says.
Paul S. shared a bittersweet memory of rebuilding a 1972 Mustang Grande Coupe 351 Cobra Jet for his son, Joshua. The father-son team put in countless hours over three years, forging a family bond in the process. “When we started the project, Josh didn’t know the difference between a common or Phillips screw driver,” Paul says. “Working on his own car had made the thought of mechanical work much more appealing than just helping dad on his stuff.” Sadly, Joshua died two years ago, at age 17, of an autoimmune disease. “His 1972 Mustang helps his mother and me remember to focus on the love, time and many blessings we shared with our son,” Paul says.
William L. actually didn’t like his 1971 Ford Maverick at first, since it was as old as he was. “But after four years of doing everything I could to destroy the car… it just kept running. I fell in love with it,” he says. “Now I would do almost anything to get a car like that back. I really learned the hard way what true love for a car was, with the loss of my Maverick.”
D. John M. wrote in about how he popped the big question in his Taurus wagon. “After driving for about an hour I reached into my pocket and handed her the small velvet box,” he remembers. “I’ll never forget the look on her face and how big her brown eyes got when she opened the little box and saw the engagement ring as we drove down I-95 in my Ford.”
Like many others, Colleen H.’s dream car has always been the Mustang. This past September, after her husband had a 2012 convertible built for her as a gift, she “had to wipe away the tears at first sight,” she says. “I love my husband and my Mustang dearly.”