Car of the day: 1950 Ford Custom 2-door
Owner: Harold “Ham” McLain, originally from Laurel, Miss.; now lives near St. Louis, Mo.
What’s it got in it: Original flathead 6 cylinder with 65,000 miles, single barrel carburetor, “three on the tree” manual transmission, original horn — it’s loud, he demonstrates
What’s been done to it: Air conditioned, painted it Bahama Blue and white, which are his school colors from Oak Park High School in Laurel. New blue and white upholstery.
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How much did it cost? He bought it for $1,200 from a co-worker at Emerson Electric, who found it in a field in Kansas. “I’m ashamed to say it,” he said, as he reveals he spent another $10,000 restoring the car and painting it three times.
How long did it take? He’s been working on it for 28 years. It’s his first classic car, “and I think it’s going to be my last one,” he said.
What brings you here? “I’ve been down here 10 years, 8 years in a row,” he said. McLain trailered the car from his home in Missouri to his hometown of Laurel, and drove to Gulfport. He stays for the whole week.