Back Up Pick Up & the Wild Rides of Galpin Ford

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Some of the wildest looking Fords at this year’s Los Angeles Auto Show weren’t found on the main floor of the Staples Center but inside the Galpin Ford’s Custom Gallery located in the concourse hall.

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One crowd favorite was a replica of Dick Harding’s 1965 Ford Econoline Back Up Pick Up that was on display. The crazy backwards ride toured the U.S. from 1969 to 1971.

It was driven by George Tuers and could wheelie at 120 mph down the track. Tuers had to stick his head out the window to see where he was going.

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Another wild ride from the Galpin collection was Gary Weckesser’s Mach IV 4-engine Mustang drag car, which was another popular ride at the drag strips from the late sixties and early seventies.

It features a modified fiberglass 1969 Mustang funny car shell and was powered by four Ford 351 Windsor V8 engines! The show car could hit the 180 mph and make a 7-second quarter mile.

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Check out more classic Fords like the Iron Orchid (above), a wild looking 1934 five-window coupe in the gallery below.

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Photos by Ed Tahaney

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