Harry Fry's 1937 Ford

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A photo of Jack in front of his race car at Sanatoga Race Track in Sanatoga, Pennsylvania circa 1956. Jack's number was 6 7/8, he was a big fan of the Three Stooges. Photo courtesy of Paul Fry.
Jack's old Ford as it sat in 2013. Photo courtesy of Paul Fry.
October 3-5, 2014 Jack's old custom was displayed in the historic custom car exhibition at the Customs by the Sea car show in Wildwood, New Jersey.
Paul's Ford next to The Kopper Kart Klone at the 2014 Customs by the Sea car show in Wildwood, New Jersey. Photo by Sondre Kvipt - Kustomrama.
The Fry Ford at the 2nd annual Customs by the Sea car show in Wildwood, New Jersey in October of 2015. New for the year was Cadillac Sombrero hubcapa and a lowered rear end. Photo courtesy of Richard Toonkel.
Paul arriving at the 2017 Customs by the Sea car show in Wildwood, New Jersey Sunday morning with his Ford. Photo by Sondre Kvipt - Kustomrama.
Paul won the Bud Unger Preservation Award with the Ford at the 2017 Customs by the Sea car show in Wildwood, New Jersey. Paul is the current caretaker of the old family custom, and he is doing a great job preserving and showing the car. A worthy winner. Photo by John Helmuth.

1937 Ford Cabriolet owned and restyled by Brick Dusters of Spring City member Harry "Jack" Fry of Spring City, Pennsylvania. Jack used to race circle track dirt cars back in the 1950s, and he won the convertible in a grudge match race against some of his race buddies. The car wasn't in a great shape, but he owned his own body shop, and decided to fix it up. Named Fryer's, Jack's shop was the place to go to for hot rod paint jobs back in the day, and he actually painted the blue roadster that Steve McQueen drove in the movie The Blob. The 1940 Ford coupe in the same movie was also painted by Jack. The build was completed in the early 1960s. Restyled in a mild pre-war look, Jack's convertible was lowered front and back and fit with dual exhaust. Fender skirts and 1937 DeSoto Airflow taillights were used to dress it up. Inside, Jack installed Stewart Warner Wing gauges. Jack kept on to the car until he passed away in 2002. Prior to his death, one of his buddies kept bugging him to sell it. He needed money for his medical bills, and decided to sell it right before he passed away. The car was driven in his funeral, and the image of the car was carved into his headstone. The new owner pulled the old Stewart Warner gauges out of the Ford, do he could install them in another car he was building. In 2009, the buddy passed away, and the the car became the property of his widow.

Paul Fry

Paul Fry, Jack's nephew, tried for 3 years to buy the car, but he and the widow were just too far away on the price. In 2012 he was finally able to purchase it. Paul, who lives in Pottstown, Pennsylvania is a member of the Aces and Eights car club. When Paul got the car, the engine was tired, so he pulled it out so he could rebuild it. He ended up installing a 59AB flathead with Navarro heads instead.[1]



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