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I just found these pics, awesome. I grew up in Lorain and it's been a while side I've been out near the plant, I knew a lot of people and family that worked there and built our cars. Thanks for the pics.
 

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Cool photos. I don't stop by tccoa very often but saw you are from Avon Lake. I grew up in Amherst, live in Strongsville now. I remember Lorain Assembly back in its hayday. They had a state-of-the-art paint shop. After they closed the plant and years later, Honda had a surplus of Civics and they used the old Lorain Assembly grounds to store the Civics until they could be sold. What a kick in the nuts.

From what I understand, Lorain is doing better... recently the steel plants rehired a bunch of people. This city is about as blue collar as it gets.

Great looking Bird... it's rare to see MN12s on the road anymore, let alone one in great shape.
 

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Flew over the plant last Sunday and had the brother in law snap a photo on my behalf...

<img src="http://i60.photobucket.com/albums/h30/theterminator93/20140803_170454_zpsc1077351.jpg" width="1000"/>
 

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The car carriers are still there. I wonder if Ford owns them or are they storing them there?

Joe
 

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I think they're all general freight cars. A bunch of distributors have moved into the old plant since they shut the plant down nearly 10 years ago. Possibly though, 6 or 7 years ago (after Ford sold the plant but before the new owners found new lessees) Honda was storing a ton of unsold vehicles there.
 

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We should have some type of meet up there with the ohio guys before a event like SuperFord Sunday or Ford Chevy Showdown day at Summit Raceway Park. Then have a MN12 Motorcade out there and waste some tires.
 

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Naturally all the image links have long since gone dead. Let me re-upload them as attachments - since for some reason, the forum isn't loading images I embed on my home server...
 

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Great pics. I remember driving by when I was a kid and it was always booming. Cars & vans filled that lot and watching them load onto train cars. Cool **** for a kid. I was in Lorain over the summer visiting family, it's so depressed up there now.
 

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Yeah, Lorain is still recovering from the loss of the plant and all the steel mills. One of my clients is a school district on the far south edge of Lorain and the kids come from families with a wide variance in affluence. I haven't been up by the plant for a few years now, I kind of wonder how much it's changed since I took those pics.
 

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Great pictures - still. Can't believe it's 5 yrs ago that you posted them. Is that your car that developed the rocker problems?
 

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Yeah, driver's side. The "repair" the other body guy did consisted of putting a new piece of metal on over the damaged section; he never cut out the old stuff. The new body guy who's going to fix it this winter seems confident he can get it addressed - properly. :)
 

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I remember you saying. It must be getting close to the time to get that done.
 

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Yeah, I'm going to call him back up in about a month to see what his schedule looks like and to hash out some dates.

On a side note, I'll be spending a couple weeks in Ireland with the in-laws next summer. I've had plans to visit England not too long after that, since my ancestors lived in the Devon and Birmingham areas (depending which branch of the family tree I go up). I was even told one of them owned a florist's shop that prepared arrangements for Edward VII. If those plans ever come to fruition I might have to look you up. :)
 

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That's weird, my ancestors came from those two areas too! I'm about 2 hrs from Devon and 3 from Birmingham (I'm down near Southampton). Definitely let me know if you decide to come over and I'll meet up with you somewhere. That would be great!
 

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Nice pictures! My car's name is Rainy because of that plant ? She and I are both Ohio girls at home in NC ? My parents are from Massillon, which was Rust Belt before Lorain, I'm sure. My T-Bird hasn't made that trek yet.
 

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Cool! Welcome to TCCoA!

You're not alone in NC there are a few Tbird fans in the Carolinas including one of the finest Tbird mechanics in the country. I'm also an exBuckeye living in Charlotte now. What part of NC are you in?
 
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