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Ford Freaks - This Guy's Garage

Photography by Terry McGean

Rob Ball / West Hills, CA

Every so often, we gaze out the windows of our L.A. offices and wonder how many automotive treasures lie buried in garages around this city, right under our very noses. From the stories and sightings we've been exposed to, it seems plenty of covetable cars are tucked away out there, along with with equally covetable stashes of parts. Rob Ball is one of the guys building a cache of golden goodies that would blow the minds of many Ford freaks. He's been gathering since the early '70s, having developed a penchant for '60s Ford muscle stuff during the heyday of the Total Performance era, and his main focus has always been the 427. Today, Rob figures he's got enough parts to build 10 to 15 427s in addition to the hoard of complete engines he's also sitting on. Some of those engines are in use though, glittering under the hoods of his '68 GT500 (427 with downdraft Webers), '63 lightweight Galaxie, '65 AFX-style Mustang coupe (built in the '60s), and '67 factory R-code Fairlane. Along the way he's picked up a bunch of associated items that are equally tasty.

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