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March 3, 2014

MISSING: Bert Hamrol 1950 Ford

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Written by: Rik Hoving
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BERT HAMROL 1950 FORD

 

Originally built for Bert Hamrol in the later part of the 1950’s the car was perhaps better known as Bob “Red” McCormick’s ’50 Ford. Where is this car now?


CCC-Burt-Hamrol-50Ford-07-WThis is how Bert Hamrol’s 1950 Ford looked like in the late 1950’s. Note the use of real Appletons spotlights.

 



Robert Stickels contacted us at the Custom Car Chronicle to help him find out more about this car. Robert repainted the car in lime green for Red in the early 1980’s.
The late Bob “Red” McCormick family asked Robert to trace down the 1950 Ford that Red owned for many years. Red of East Hartford, Connecticut, sold the car in the late 1990’s to a guy in Pennsylvania. There the car got flooded and was partially submerged in water and mud! Somebody else found the car it, took it home and pulled the Olds motor and replaced it with a 350 chevy. After that it disappeared.

Does anybody know what happened to the Bert Hamrol/Red McCormick’s old 1950 Ford custom in recent years. Anybody knows the current whereabouts of this car. If you know more, please let us know.





About the car

Bert Hamrol from San Francisco had this very stylish 1950 Ford sedan built by the relatively unknown Hal’s Auto Body in the mid 1950’s. Hal’s Auto Body Shop was run by Hall Hutchins. Hal also did the initial work, including the sectioning, on the famous sectioned 1940 Ford for Bob Crespo, named “les Popo”. Bert’s Shoebox recieved quite a bit of magazine exposure back in the day. It was in the November 1958 issue of Hot Rod magazine, Car Craft October 1959 and even on the cover of the Popular Hot Rodding, September 1964 issue.

CCC-Burt-Hamrol-50Ford-06-WBert’s Shoebox had chrome reversed wheels with 1950 Mercury hubcaps.

 




The Ford was really nicely restyled in a very clever way. Many people think the car is actually sectioned, but it is not. Hal raised the front and rear bumpers and radiused the wheel openings. And the combination made it look like the body was a lot thinner. Hall added 1957 Chrysler taillights and reshaped the windsplit’s on the rear quarter panels. The grille opening was reshaped and a nice lip was created around the new opening. This lip flowns into the molded in and raised splash pan and into the lipped new wheel opening. A very atractive restyling on this car. The grille opening was filled with a horizontal bar grille. 1952 Mercury headlights where molded into the front fenders. All handles were removed and the side trim shaved.

CCC-Burt-Hamrol-50Ford-02-WPhoto from the Barry Mazza Collection shows the Ford in the early 190’s when Red was in the process of restoring the car.

 




Red McCormick found the Ford in 1978 in Wakefield, Massachusetts. Even though the car had been sitting outside for ten years in somebodies back yard, it was still in relatively good condition. He stripped the paint and the car was painted in Ford Truck Lime metallic paint. And then Red drove it all over, to many local and not so local car events. In the April 1991 issue of Rod & Custom magazine Pat Ganahl did a nice article about the ford called High School Envy.

CCC-Burt-Hamrol-50Ford-04-WScott Pavey photo taken at the Leadsled Nationals – Holland, MI – 1990 shows Red’s finished version of the car. Now wearing 1953 Cadillac hubcaps.

 


CCC-Burt-Hamrol-50Ford-08-WPat  Ganahl photo. The real Appletons were missing and are now replaced with Dummy Spots.

 


CCC-Burt-Hamrol-50Ford-09-WPat  Ganahl photo

 



ccc-burt-hamrol-50ford-10-wAt the Jalopyrama number 3 (2007) in Glen Burnie Maryland.

 


CCC-Burt-Hamrol-50Ford-03-WRed McCormick’s old business card. (photo by Ulf Christiansson)






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About the Author

Rik Hoving
Rik is the CCC editor in chief. As a custom car historian he is researching custom car history for many years. In 2004 he started the Custom Car Photo Archive that has become a place of joy for many custom car enthousiasts. Here at CCC Rik will bring you inspiring articles on the history of custom cars and builders. Like a true photo detective he will show us what's going on in all those amazing photos. He will write stories about everything you want to know in the realm of customizing. In daily life Rik is a Graphic Designer. He is married to the CCC webmaster and the father of a 10 year old son (they are both very happy with his excellent cooking skills)




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3 Comments


  1. Rik,
    I saw this car several times at Lead East in New Jersey when Red owned it and later at Sled Scene East in Gettysburg, Pennsylvania with the new owner. I spoke to the new owner briefly but never got his name.

    By coincidence, I was researching another of Red’s cars this morning. In a thread on the H.A.M.B., one of the members from Illinois mentions seeing the green Hamrol/McCormick car at a show in the summer of 2011.

    http://www.jalopyjournal.com/forum/showthread.php?t=614770&page=3


  2. This car is still around–I believe on the east coast–and looks great. Very much like it does in those color shots. I saw it at the Jalopy Showdown about three or four years ago, and it may have also been in the JalopyRama indoor car show. I’ll see if I can track down the owner’s name.
    Curt


  3. Not missing, I did see it in a magazine. Just a few year ago…
    A detail of its history is that it was for sale in the early 80’s. My childhood friend Johnny alvarsson was then at both Carlisle and Hersey Swap Meet. looking for a car to buy (he never did…). One of the cars he was interested in was that Ford! I could have ended up in Sweden. I don’t know it he did see it at Carlisle or Hersey, but here is the photo he took of it. I got the photo and its been in my album for about 30 years.
    http://images45.fotki.com/v148/photos/0/484450/8001086/IMG_2669-vi.jpg



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