Marshall Bridgeford

Well, since I’m somewhat new to the classic car world, this might not be very interesting as some of my fellow members’ bios, but here it goes…

My first memory of cars was when my grandpa had a 1956 Chevy Bel Air that he had owed since new. I remember the rides that we used to go on and the dreams I had of one day being able to drive my own classic car. From that day forward, I had gas and oil running thru my blood. As a kid, all I read about was cars. Didn’t matter the model or year, just had to have 4 wheels on it, to be cool to me.

Skip ahead a few decades and Gabe, who is one of the most unselfish and true friends anyone can ever have, was talking to me one day about how easy it is to actually get my hands on a classic car. I had always thought it would take over $20,000 to get something that would be able to drive. He informed me that s far from the truth and that it would only take a few grand to make it happen. That is when I started looking on Craigslist. It took me about 2 days to find a 1969 Ford Fairlane that was in fair shape and for less than $2000. Gabe, Joe, Christian and me went to look at it and I knew immediately that I was going to take it home.

We ended up putting a few dollars in performance parts into it and it was a whole new car. During that time though, I realized that my dream car was the 1966-67 Ford Fairlane instead. I was kind of stuck though, since I didn’t have the ability to purchase another vehicle. Luckily for me, Jesse Rowe had a 1966 Fairlane and was willing to trade me for my 69. It was perfect timing for both of us, since we made the trade happen. I love my 66 so much and am now in the process of building it up. It currently has all new front suspension, disc brakes, interior, window glass and a set of tires. I also have my 390 FE/C6 combo waiting to be installed, as well as intake manifold, carb, cam, dual flowmaster and wires. The waiting is absolutely killing me, but I know that I need to be patient. I will be tearing up the streets soon enough!

Being welcomed into the UO family has changed my life in so many ways. I love all my brothers and sisters to death and will do anything for them or the club.  Being voted in  was truly an honor to me, which I take very seriously. That club is only going to get bigger and better and I can’t wait to be a part of it! Love ya’ll!


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