My connection with Ford begins with my grandfather working for Ford in Highland Park in the early 1900s. I’m told he was the quality control guy at the end of the line. If the car didn’t work, he was the one of the ones who fixed it. He retired in 1946 from Ford.
Some of my uncles went to the Ford Trade School and then went on to work at the Ford assembly lines. Plus in the 30’s. my widowed grandmother did piece work for Ford. Things would be brought to her house for assembly and then picked up the next week.
My Father and grandfather always had Ford automobiles. With one exception. In 1950, my father wanted a new Ford, but there was a waiting list, so he bought a 1950 Dodge, a car which he hated from the beginning. His first Ford was a 1932 5 window coupe and his last was a 1999 Ford Escort. He also puttered around for years on two Model As we owned – a 1930 Town Sedan and a 1931 Tudor. My sister has them now.
When the smokestacks of the Ford factory were torn down he took me to Highland Park to watch it because he knew it was history in the making. We went to the Ford Rotunda at least twice a year until it sadly burned down. And the Henry Ford Museum. Oh my gosh, what can I say. It’s the best place and I’m so glad Henry started it.
I’m a huge Ford fan and currently drive a 2007 Expedition.