Ford Customline Reviews

1952 Ford Customline Fordor 3.9 Flathead V8 from Netherlands

Year of manufacture1952
First year of ownership2004
Most recent year of ownership2006
Engine and transmission 3.9 Flathead V8 Automatic
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 9 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 8 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.8 / 10

Summary:

It just goes and goes and goes and goes...

Faults:

Because I bought this car without any history data.

The correct mileage is unknown to me.

I can only talk about the last 2 years:

I've driven 9000 kilometres in this car during the past 2 years. It only left me stranded twice:

- A leak in one of the radiator hoses

- Dirt in the carb

That's all.

General Comments:

The car is assembled in Europe, probably in Antwerp or in Amsterdam.

The car has probably been shipped in from the USA in parts ("Completely Knocked Down").

The speedometer etc. are in Kilometres, not in Miles.

The Ford flathead V8 is unbelievably reliable.

Just make sure to do the maintenance every now and then and it just won't break down!

The Ford-o-matic transmission will undergo a total revision this autumn/winter. It's leaking.

Engine-parts are widely available.

Body-parts, including the chrome parts, are very difficult to find.

I have so much faith in this car that I will drive it all across western Europe one of these years. Despite its age.

It's surprisingly steady on the road.

Thanks to the huge steering-wheel, it's easy to park.

Up to 80 km/h (50 mp/h) it outruns a lot of modern cars!

Needless to say: the car is an absolute head-turner.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 9th September, 2006

1955 Ford Customline Six cylinder gas from North America

Year of manufacture1955
First year of ownership2001
Most recent year of ownership2004
Engine and transmission Six cylinder gas Manual
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 9 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 10 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
9.3 / 10
Distance when acquired130000 miles
Most recent distance138000 miles

Summary:

A fun old car at a low price

Faults:

Very little has gone wrong with car.

In the time I have owned it, the tail lights stopped working due to old wiring, and the brake light switch needed to be replaced.

The valves need to be adjusted.

The speedometer and odometer have never worked when I have had it.

General Comments:

The car is very comfortable due to its large seats, I have no problems sitting comfortably during long trips. There is tons of leg and head room, so even the largest people fit well.

The car is not fast, but it has power -- even with the six cylinder motor. The only time I ever have trouble is when I go up really steep roads, the car slows a little.

Its an easy car to drive by old car standards. The clutch is easy and visibility is good. The four wheel drums make stopping slow, but that's OK.

I love the car and its never left me stranded.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 9th May, 2004

Average review marks: 9.0 / 10, based on 2 reviews