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Father, son see the country in classic car

Posted July 2, 2010 6:00 p.m. EDT
Updated July 3, 2010 9:27 a.m. EDT

— For the past few days, a classic Ford Model T with a West Coast license plate has been turning heads in Fayetteville.

“It ain’t no Cadillac ride, but it ain’t all that bad either,” driver Walter Fousel said.

Fousel, 75, built the 1926 Ford Model T with a 1972 Ford Pinto engine.

“The motor is the same thing. It was an abandoned car,” he said.

In May, Fousel and his son, Forest, 50, left home in Oregon to see America through their windshield.

“I’m looking behind the windshield of a car that my dad and my grandfather may have seen,” Fousel said.

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The car has no radio and no air conditioning, except for the wind whipping through the windowless doors, but Fousel wanted to take the car coast to coast anyway.

“The beauty of the country, the country is magnificent – some of it less so. I mean, the Plains are called that for a reason,” Forest Fousel said.

The two stopped in Fayetteville this week to visit a friend Walter Fousel grew up with in Oklahoma.