Ford has suggestions for favoring your father

Stumped for an appropriate gift for Dad? You can do what we did and send him a lifetime subscription to Autoblog (it's very affordable), or actually put some thought and cash into something less useful. But what? Well, Ford has issued its Top Nine (nine?) list that, no big surprise, are sold right there on its Ford Collection Web site.

Aside from the fact that all items on the list have something to do with the Blue Oval, there are a few cool things there that your pops would probably like, especially if he's a Ford fan. Take for instance the 514 cubic inch, 625 hp crate engine, which makes a very nice Father's Day gift for those old men who find themselves without a honking big motor that costs $8,100. There's also the $3,700 Mustang-themed billiards table complete with chrome-corralled ponies.

Then there's the traditional watch, a limited-edition Ford Shelby GT500 Franklin Mint diecast and a one kid-sized pedal car. Why Ford thinks your dad wants a pedal car is beyond us, but there it is at No. 5 on the list.

And, no, we didn't get any of the swag listed (or unlisted for that matter), we're just passing along the information. But if you're listening, Ford, with some work, that big block just might fit in a '65 Mustang we're working on. Just saying, some of us are fathers, too.

See the jump for Ford's press release with all the suggestions.
Here's Ford's official press release:

Below are ten dad-friendly suggestions from The Ford Collection ( ). The Ford Collection was launched in 1997 and now includes more than 750 unique Ford, Lincoln and Mercury branded items. In all, Ford Motor Company manages one of the largest licensing operations in the world, with more than 300 unique licensees. So go on, shop The Ford Collection. Dad deserves it.

1. Keep Him Safe:
Show dad you care by buying him a Ford Emergency Roadside Bag. The $75 Ford-branded carrying case holds a flashlight, jumper cables, mini air compressor, emergency tire inflator, two bungee cords, pliers, screwdrivers, shop towels, gloves, a rain poncho and a 38-piece first aid kit. There's even a roll of duct tape. (And dad knows full well duct tape is the solution to any problem, automotive or otherwise.)

2. Let Him Rock:
He sent you to school, so help him enter the school of rock with a new Ford guitar. This Fender® Sonoran acoustic model delivers classic unplugged sound with a stylish blue-burst finish and Ford script. The six string costs $350 and features a solid spruce top, mahogany back and sides, Venetian cutaway, and Stratocaster headstock. Rock on, dad.

3. Decorate His Den:
A treasure trove of poster-ready images chronicling Ford's history can be found online at Ford ArteHouse through The Ford Collection. From racing heroes to concept cars, Mustangs to Thunderbirds, it's all there. Prices start at $17.99 and framing is available. Photos of the new Ford Shelby GT500KR are hard to ignore. The car goes on sale next year, but posters are available today.

4. Empower Him:
What dad really needs to get his engine running this Father's Day is a new engine. Specifically, a 514 cubic-inch, 625-horsepower Ford Racing Performance crate engine. For $8,100, this V-8 monster will show up on his doorstep. Some assembly and installation is required, so make sure you visit before you buy.

5. Help Him Be On Time:
A wristwatch is a safe bet for gifting. The new, Cobra Leather Strap Watch is a favorite among the many distinctive watches available through The Ford Collection. Priced at $85, the stylishmen's timepiece features a genuine leather strap and Cobra logo. It is delivered in a stainless steel case and includes luminous hands, date function, and is water resistance up to 100 feet.

6. Make Him Feel Like a Kid Again:
Truthfully, he won't fit. But even so, dad can appreciate the timeless appeal of a great pedal car. This year, consider a classic '32 Ford. With prices starting at $249, there are six pedal-car models, including a flame-painted hot rod. The official 75th Anniversary '32 Ford Roadster is a great choice and benefits a good cause. For each anniversary model sold, pedal-car maker Warehouse 36 will donate $10 to the Juvenile Diabetes Research Fund.

7. Make Him Feel Like a Kid Again, Version 2.0:
Dozens of die-cast models are available through The Ford Collection, spanning the entire history of Ford Motor Company. Models include a 1913 Ford Model T, a classic Ford F1 pickup, and even a 2006 Ford Fusion. Limited edition is the way to go when your inheritance is on the line, so consider Franklin Mint's Ford Shelby GT500 die-cast. Only 5,000 will be produced, making it even more rare than the real thing. And prices start at $120, well below the production version.

8. Fix His Drive:
New to The Ford Collection this year is a custom Nike-brand driver with the Ford Blue Oval logo on the grip, an ideal gift for dads that duff. The large head driver delivers high resistance to twisting and the thin-titanium face provides great forgiveness. It slides neatly into any golf bag for just $239.

9. Beat Him in Pool:
Dad loves his rec room and will love it even more with a new pool table handcrafted by Olhausen®, America's premier manufacturer of professional-quality pool tables. The made-to-order tables are crafted in traditional wood styling of matte mahogany or distressed matte cherry. Each table features unique brass Ford Ovals embedded in the side rails and Ford Script custom carved into the table frame. Mustang-themed tables are offered as well. Prices start at $3,700.

10. Keep Him Warm:
The Ford Collection offers a coat closet full of jackets and fleeces, but your dad is probably Built Ford Tough and should dress the part. Priced at $95, the Built Ford Tough Cheyenne Dri Duck® Jacket is a classic quarry-washed canvas work coat that provides maximum warmth and durability. The hooded jacket will stand up to what dad dishes out, thanks to triple knit stitching, a heavy duty metal zipper, and rib knit cuffs.

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