GOMER — Harold Van Horn, of Gomer, owns two beautiful 1935 Fords.
He has owned his 1935 Ford three-window Coupe for 13 years. He actually bought it for his wife, as he had, at the time a 1932 Ford Pickup. A neighbor who lived a couple of miles from his home had owned it.
“I wanted to buy it, and he wouldn’t sell. Then one day he came up to me and said he was never going to do anything with it, and so he’d sell it. I went over that night and got it before he sold it to somebody else,” Van Horn said.
It took Van Horn five years to get it done. He and his wife have taken trips to Chicago, Illinois and Kalamazoo, Michigan.
Van Horn painted it Candy Apple Red.
“It’s a Candy Apple Red over a base that I mixed myself, so it’s different than anything you’d ever see,” Van Horn said.
Van Horn ended up selling his 1932 Ford Pickup because it was getting difficult for him to drive because of his back. He searched for a 1935 Ford Pickup because the cabs were made bigger in 1935, and then he would have two 1935 Fords. Van Horn bought this 1935 Ford Pickup on eBay. It was found in California, and a trucking firm brought it to his home. He has owned the 1935 Ford Pickup for three years.
“It took me two years to get it done. I did all of the work on both cars, everything except the interior. My brother-in-law did both interiors at Elsewhere Upholstery Shop, in Lima,” Van Horn said.
Van Horn made a conscious effort to paint this 1935 Ford Pickup orange.
“All the other cars I’ve had, I’ve done three of them, they were all candy apple red, and I wanted to do this one different,” said Van Horn.
He took the 1935 Ford Pickup to Happy Daz on Wednesday night, and that was just the second time it had been out.