Tucked away in the small mountain lake town of Hayesville, North Carolina, are two new car dealerships, one Ford and one Mopar. Both share the namesake of avid classic Ford collector Jacky Jones. Oddly enough, it was the Mopar dealership, co-owned by another avid car collector in his own right Ed Ashe, at which we found ourselves last Saturday night for its annual customer appreciation cruise-in. With Jacky and Ed heading things up, this cruise-in never disappoints, with plenty of cool and rare machines on display. You never know what you will see or what the highlight of the night will be. As we walked the rows of cars under the setting western North Carolina sun, we quickly noticed a trend with several of the Fords in attendance: big-block Ford power and lots of it! There were 390s, 406s, 427s and more! Everywhere we turned, we saw another big-block Ford – so many, in fact, that we decided to dedicate our coverage to them. Check it out!
Of all the big-block Fords in attendance, Ron Strikland’s 1963-1/2 Galaxie had to be our favorite. The wide whites, big spinner hubcaps, and top of the line interior scream luxury, but that legendary 427 and 4-speed manual transmission scream power and everything that is Ford muscle. We would guess that back in the day, this car was just as comfortable at the drive-in movies as it was at the local drag strip. Personally, we would rather try it at that drag strip!
Be sure to check out our gallery for a dozen more cool big-block Fords, along with some small-block Ford muscle!