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Hillsboro woman brings dad's restored '47 Ford to Concours

Patty Logsdon has a double dose of the blues. by: NEWS-TIMES PHOTOS: NANCY TOWNSLEY - Hillsboro resident Patty Logsdon fell in love with her fathers 1947 Ford Club Coupe, which he restored and customized over a nine-year period.

That is, the Hillsboro resident — a California transplant who cleans houses for a living — owns two classic cars, and they’re both painted blue.

When she turned 50 four years ago, Logsdon bought a brand-new Chevy Camaro SS with a rally sports package and an “aqua metallic” paint job. Driving down Washington County streets in the powerful muscle car, she often gets thumbs-up signs from young people, she said.

But on a rare, cloudless day when she takes her 1947 Ford Club Coupe for a spin, she gets the same reaction from members of the older generation. With its gleaming “House of Color True Blue” paint job and contrasting pinstripes in “Cotton Candy” and “Tangerine Orange,” the car is quite a showstopper.

“It pops when it’s out in the sun. It definitely stands out,” said Logsdon, who inherited the car from her father after he passed away 12 years ago. She’ll enter the roadster in this year’s Concours d’Elegance for a third time.

Her dad, who had driven a similar model when he was in high school, pulled the Ford’s rusted hulk out of a farmer’s field in Montana in the early 1990s and several years later began a long and involved customization process. Logsdon, the oldest of five siblings, was the only one who took an interest in the project.

After her father died from skin cancer in 2002, Logsdon’s mother wanted to sell the coupe. Knowing she could “never replace it, financially or emotionally,” Logsdon asked her mom if she’d sign the title over to her as part of her inheritance.

“If she’d sold it, that would have been the end of something my dad really loved,” she noted.

Instead, the car is lovingly cared for by Logsdon — and admired by practically everyone who sees it. It has earned trophies at several competitions, including the Portland Roadster Show, where it won the “King of Custom” class and a $1,000 prize one year.

Under her dad’s supervision, Logson’s Ford underwent a “radical custom job all the way,” she said, from a 12-inch chop off the top to “Frenched-in” (recessed) tail lights and a hand-done, two-tone gray interior.

It sports door panels out of a Grand Am, electric bucket seats from a Bonneville and a front bumper off a Ford truck. Various contemporary bells and whistles include power steering and brakes, keyless entry and air conditioning.

Most of the autos appearing at Concours “have been restored to their original factory condition,” said Geoff Johnston, one of the organizers. But about 50 entries are either customized or modified. “It’s like two shows in one,” he noted.

Logsdon is proud of the way she’s babied her father’s baby over the years.

“It drives like a new car,” said Logsdon, who hung a pair of large, fuzzy dice — which she picked up at the Reno, Nev.-based Hot August Nights car show — from the rear-view mirror.

One of a small number of females who show cars at various auto events along the West Coast, Logsdon does it for the camaraderie. “I love the cars, and I love the people,” she said. “Sure, it’s more of a boys’ club, but it’s fun when they realize a woman knows her way around a car, too.”

Logsdon gets lots of “oohs” and “ahhs” from car aficionados at every show. She’s generous with her expertise, walking folks through the regeneration of the car her father loved — steps that came with a price tag exceeding $150,000 over time. But if a sticky-fingered child or overzealous adult gets too close to the coupe for her comfort, she steps in.

“I had one guy literally leaning onto the side of the car,” she said. “I’m not bashful about saying, ‘Back off!’”




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