NEW LOWELL, ON: Collector vehicle enthusiasm runs deep in the Hoover family. John Hoover enjoys his ’52 International, while son James has this 63 ½ Galaxie fastback, documented as the first 63 ½ off Oakville’s assembly line.
The Chatham-assembled International (one of 13,506 assembled in model year 1952) had been purchased new by the military and was used for driver training at Camp Borden (now Base Borden) west of Angus, Ontario. After the military found it to be surplus to its needs, a farmer acquired it and turned it into a stake truck. When that farmer in turn found it surplus to his needs, in the mid 90s, John purchased it.
He removed the stake platform and shortened the chassis and then replaced the transmission with a modern, five speed synchro unit. The Silver Diamond 240 engine was retained and runs beautifully. James proudly informs admirers that his Dad did most mechanical work and even applied the flawless International Red finish.
The Hoovers support the Historical Construction Equipment Association, in particular the spring & fall Simcoe County Museum meets where graders, ‘dozers and shovels of the 20s and 30s are observed working in a gravel pit environment. Corvettes and Mustangs are also there – out in the parking lot.
These events are called Wheels & Tracks and the next one is June 9 & 10 weekend at the museum located west of Barrie on Hwy. 26.
James & John look forward to greeting you there.