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Local man addicted to restoring cars

July 21, 2013

Morning News — Leslie Mielke Iki Ikard stands next to his 1932 Ford Street Rod. The car was air-conditioned, had an automatic transmission and a V8 engine.

Morning News — Leslie Mielke
Iki Ikard stands next to his 1932 Ford Street Rod. The car was air-conditioned, had an automatic transmission and a V8 engine.

Bingham County resident Ike Ikard defines his hobby of restoring old cars as an addiction.
In the early 60s, Ikard purchased his first car. It was a 1932 Ford B Model.
"It was in a bunch of pieces and cost $200," Ikard said. "I didn't even have a garage."
"Eventually, my friend Bob Nelson told me to bring the car to his garage where we could work on it together."
Nelson restored airplanes but, together, they finished that car.
A 1930 Ford Model A Coupe was the next car Ikard restored.
"I had to rent garage space to get those two cars out of the weather," he said. "My wife, Dot, waited 16 years to get an interior in that car."
"We gave [the coupe] to our son, Mike, who drove it to school," he said. "Mike is just as crazy about cars as we are."
The car that cost him the most money is his 1932 Lincoln Victoria. The dash and interior appointments are fashioned out of hardwood.
The backseat features rolldown windows with window coverings.
Ladies would sit in the backseat and smoke their cigarettes, Ikard said. Men smoked cigars.
In the front seat, the cigar lighter was attached to a long cord. Men could pull the cigar lighter out of the dash so they could light their cigars.
Ikard pointed out a 1932 Ford Street Rod.
The Street Rod is all Ford, he said. It has a Ford engine, as well as air conditioning, an automatic transmission and a V8 engine.
All but three of his restored vehicles are Ford, Mercury or Lincoln. The three different models are a '55 Cadillac, a Fiat and a '24 Studebaker touring car.
"When I bought the Studebaker, the wheels were bad," said Ikard. "I had to buy three Hoover wagons to get the right wheels on it."
Named after President Herbert Hoover, a "Hoover wagon" was an automobile with horses hitched to it because the owner could not afford fuel; in Canada, these were known as Bennett buggies, after the Prime Minister at the time.
Motorists removed the heavy engines, the windshields, windows, and other parts to lighten the weight of the vehicle. Then they hitched it to the team and went on their way.
After collecting cars for half a century, Ikard's "addiction" has grown to 31 cars.

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