The Ron Wade Collection In the photo above the headlight didn't fall out. Ron's restoration of this T'Bird includes a BIG engine and hidden parts. No wires will show and the power steering reservoir is attached to the back of the headlight bucket, which is hinged in order to service it. The right headlight will also be modified this way with a radiator overflow tank attached.
On Saturday, August 10th Gary Coe made arrangements for us to tour the private car collection of Ron Wade in Vancouver, WA. After viewing about 50 very rare Fords, Chevys, and several other very unique cars we drove to Hillsboro to Gary's new shop to see his collection and work areas. A great bbq was available for everyone. The photos below give a good representation of Ron's collection. As you can see he has an affinity for black convertibles. The blue Cadillac on the hoist is a rare 1957 El Dorado Brougham with every option that was available on this 1957 model. The photo just ahead of the Cadillac is of a cut-away V8 engine. There is an electric motor on it to run the engine at very slow speed so that one can view engine internals in motion. This collection of cars is now officially part of the WAAAM museum of Hood River.
I had difficulty getting a good photo of the 2019 Ford GT that was sitting under the canopy of the building. It is mid-engine design and really beautiful. This car is obviously not a grocery-getter but would be an absolutely fun car to drive.
Thanks to Jim Sweet for about 1/3 of these photos. His GT picture is much better than mine and he got several shots that I didn't.
More of Ron's cars to view
The photos below are from Gary Coe's shop in Hillsboro. The first three contrast his Blue 55 under restoration a couple of years ago to what it looks like now.
Thanks to Gary Coe and Sue Jensen for a great tour of Ron's collection, Gary's shop and our BBQ lunch. Hey Gary - I didn't notice it while there but in the photos above I see your American Flag on the wall is backwards! Flip it so the blue star field is upper left.