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Classic Cars – EMF 151

Owners of classic motor cars face corrosion problems constantly, as do all motorists, but when your vehicle is one of the last remaining, the cost of failure is so much higher than it would ordinarily be. EMF151 is a Classic Ford CX Tourer first registered July 9th, 1936, and by 2013 was one of only 26 remaining examples of the original 1795 built. We have no idea how many are left today, but it won’t be many. The CX has a 10BHP Side valve 1172cc engine and was made in Dagenham. Used regularly, she starts on the key first time, pretty much every time. In 1984 she resided at the Ford heritage collection at Dagenham in what must not have been ideal conditions, but it brings shivers down the spine thinking about the cost of keeping conditions. A quick search on Google reveals an old, industrial building, a far cry from the operating theatre like conditions of Williams motorsport et al.

In 2002 it was discovered to need some serious work as the chassis rails had rusted through and a complete body off restoration was carried out, along with an Engine & Gearbox re-build and un-leaded petrol conversion. This led to an award of ‘Best home restoration’ at the Old Ford Rally. EMF151 is now owned by Bobby Brown from Northamptonshire and she is used regularly in the summer months, often present at classic car shows and auto jumbles. We are proud to supply Steelgard to help keep this incredible little car in one piece and the photographs were taken after some work to repair the car’s horn. We took the opportunity to protect all the wiring and electrical systems against water/damp ingress. With any vehicle with this kind of age, there is constant restoration work to be done, but from now on, Steelgard will be a most important part of the toolkit.