Car buffs often have a favorite brand or even model of vehicle. Some like Chevys. Some like Dodge. For Tim Gretsinger of Boardman, it is all about Fords.
"I've been a nut since I was old enough to know what cars are," Gretsinger said. "I have always been partial to Fords and the Mustang and Galaxie are my favorites."
He said the Galaxie was something that was in his family's driveway as he was growing up. His father had Galaxies and when Gretsinger went for his first driver's license, it was in his dad's 1967 Galaxie 500 sedan.
Photo by J.T. Whitehouse, Town Crier
Tim Gretsinger frequents local car cruises with his classic 1961 Ford Galaxie. He was among the more than 100 vehicles at the Austintown Senior Center last week who were enjoying the nice weather.
In 1994, Gretsinger found out about a nice 1961 Galaxie that came from Georgia. The original owner had the car for 20 years, then sold it to a neighbor who had it for 13 years. In 1994, a Canfield man and friend had purchased it and brought it back to Ohio. When Gretsinger found out about it he ended up buying the vehicle.
"When I first got it, I drove it as it was," he said. "I began a restoration in 1997."
He said the car was in good shape, but was showing a little age. The grill and chrome trim cleaned up nicely, but the bumpers had to be removed and sent out to be re-chromed. The 352-cubic-inch engine was redone and beefed up a little bit while maintaining the stock original design. The restoration almost a total off-frame redo, but in the end, Gretsinger had a mint 1961 that he was proud of. During shows, in the Galaxie's back seat, he puts a conversation piece that gains the younger crowd's attention.
"It has been with me for 16 years and is my watch bear," he said.