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Surf Sleds: Adam Davenport’s 1964 Ford Country Sedan

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All photos by Mark Kawakami

When purchasing a fix-me-up classic car, the buyer must know it’s a very big commitment. It’s a lot of maintenance, upkeep, elbow grease, money, and time. Adam Davenport of Davenport Surfboards recently added a 1964 Ford Country Sedan to his family. Oh yeah, he also got married a few weeks back in a “boss” wedding. IMG_0327

“It was a cannon ball run from Lake Elsinore with 105 degree heat,” Davenport said.

Davenport picked up the sweet sled from the 2nd owner who had it sitting since 1999.

“We went through the vitals; oil, tranny fluid, checked the brakes, blew out the gas line, bought a battery, but still the owner thought we were crazy for driving home,” he said. “It took 4 ½ hours to get home and the only issue was overheating on Artesia and Inglewood.” IMG_0320It’s powered by a 352 with a mild comp cam that was rebuilt sometime in the 80s. As for cosmetics, it sits with no rust (it’s the original paint), and the interior needs love. IMG_0316

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“I’m very familiar with that block as I had a 390 with hydraulic lifters in my 1969 ford truck that helped move the Mira Costa High School weight room back in the day into a temporary home during remodel,” Davenport said, “She was called ‘the beast’ with a 9 inch posi-traction rear, c4 transmission, air shocks for cargo and a whole lot of attitude.” IMG_0245

Davenport plans on keeping this non-restored wagon intact with no hot-rodding customizations, perfect for hauling his Surfboards by Davenport brand sticks.

“It was manufactured in the ford plant in Van Nuys and bought at the long gone Dick Wilson Ford Dealership in Redondo Beach,” Davenport said. “I’m going to keep it and restore it to the same way as it was on the showroom floor.” DZ

The staff at DZLA would like to congratulate Melissa and Adam Davenport on their recent marriage.       IMG_0199