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July 29, 2011


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Francis Lincoln Mercury perhaps?

No, that was Dick Niles. Francis Ford moved across the river.

Hello Allan:
You are right. It was "originally" Francis Lincoln / Mercury.
If you look at the picture you can see the yellow front fender of a '56 Lincoln in the show room. Also note the several Mercury's parked around the building.
When the new 1956 Lincoln Continental Mark II came out, I went to see it at this dealership.
As time went on I seem to remember it becoming Francis Ford and then perhaps Dan Niles Ford? I will rely on Steven Gann being correct about that, but I do know at one time it was Francis Lincoln / Mercury.
Tom Murphy

If you look at the spinning sign, it says Lincoln. Later they moved to Hawthorne and Grand as Francis Ford. Cubby O'brien was a car shagger back in the day

Right down the street from Bob Brown Oldsmobile, Fields Chevrolet and "beep beep Jarvis Jeep"

today that is the citizens branch of USBank I believe...

Francis Ford was in business for more than 60 years and the timber recession of the early 80's and one of the partners, a crooked bookkeeper took them down. The remaining partner was a great man and I worked for him as the last body shop manager. First other businesses would not accept our P.O.'s then it was cashiers check or cash only. They were trying to obtain a SBA loan to move the facility to Clackamas Town center but we were told the bank was stalling. The truth was they were withholding information. Once they let the cat out of the bag and revealed they had not paid their withholding taxes from their employees checks the bank jerked their credit line and Ford Reps were there to pick up the inventory. They announced about late Morning on the day of their closure that they would be closing that night at 6 PM. An adjuster in my office later that day commented that I was going down with the ship yet I was still there. I replied "there are no jobs out there and the right thing to do is to get all customers' cars out of there. " For had I not done that they would have been locked in there because of the bankruptcy and taxes owed, and who knows when the car owners would get their cars back. So I spent the day calling adjusters and vehicle owners, negotiating with adjusters on how much work had been completed and then called tow trucks to move these cars to other body shops for completion of repairs. I never got so much as a thank you (well I may have got one from the owner partner) but again it was the right thing to do. The closure was the sad end to a rich piece of Portland history.

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