Ken Szekretar's 1949 Ford
In the 1960s, “Shoebox” Fords were plentiful and cheap, making them very popular for kids with low budgets to customize and soup up in Queens. "A lot of the times we also got the car for free, or real cheap, because it was a relative’s car," Ken Bausert, an old buddy of Ken, told Sondre Kvipt of Kustomrama in 2017. "Ken Szekretar, a friend of mine in Glendale got a 1949 Ford four-door for free. He didn’t want a 49 four-door Ford, but he got it for free. One of his aunts or uncle gave it to him. Back then nobody would be caught dead owning a four-door car. It had to be a two-door car."
Many of the houses on Ken's block, 69th Place in Glendale, were attached with no garages. Some may have had small space between them, and some may have had driveways and garages, but, at one end of the block was a large yard area with many garages attached. Ken kept the Ford in one of those garages, pulling it out to work on it in the large yard area.
One day Ken decided to chop the top on the car. "He took a hacksaw and cut that baby clear off! Then got a hardtop roof off a Chevy or an Olds and was going to make the Ford into a 2-door hardtop," Bausert remembered in 2017. After unsuccessfully trying to chop the top on the car and make it into a two-door hardtop, Ken wound up junking the car.
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