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Old 07-18-2012, 11:53 PM   #41
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Wow. That car is incredible, the story is incredible.

If a car can be lucky, I'd say this one is. This car represents a story that's so often lost in these old finds. It's rare to have something, like this, come full circle.

The car looks very well built and people don't just toss a car like this together. It's passion and artistry that gets someone to build a car as such. I imagine selling it to provide for your family left a little sting in the creative part of your dad's essence. The fact that it is being brought back to life hits me in the gut. Besides you, this car represents the man your father was when you were born.

It's my great hope to live a long while and watch my son grow up to be a man. But if I leave to early, I hope there's something like this in the world he could get a glimpse of my passion and personality.
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Old 07-19-2012, 12:22 AM   #42
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WOW! Always something fantastic happening in the world of customs!!! Your dad was a cool cat!
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Old 07-19-2012, 12:38 AM   #43
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That 40 is just plain BITCHIN!!!!!
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Old 07-19-2012, 01:58 AM   #44
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Looks FANTASTIC... thanks for keeping us updated.
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Old 07-19-2012, 05:04 AM   #45
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Really a sharp car. Cool seeing it brought back to life. Just wondering what was the original running gear , Motor, Trans, Etc?
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Old 07-19-2012, 07:16 PM   #46
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Thanks for the updated pics the car looks fantastic !!
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Old 07-19-2012, 09:18 PM   #47
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Just saw this thread, sorry I missed it earlier...what a great story...your father was a real craftsman, and the quality of the work shows in the black paint...thanks for sharing this story with us, look forward to more progress...
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Old 07-19-2012, 09:23 PM   #48
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Very Nice!!
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Old 07-19-2012, 09:49 PM   #49
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Thank you all for the great comments!! To answer Ol Dawg's question:
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Really a sharp car. Cool seeing it brought back to life. Just wondering what was the original running gear , Motor, Trans, Etc?
Here's the specifications on the running gear in dad's car in 1953:
Engine: 1940 Ford block bored to 3-3/16" standard Mercury; new 4 ring pistons; 1950 Mercury crankshaft with 4" stroke; 29A connecting rods; cadmium silver bearings; truck oil pump; 3/4 H&C camshaft; adjustable tappets; Lincoln valve springs parted and relieved; 7.5:1 Edlebrock heads (plus bore and stroke equal 9.0:1 compression ratio); Edmands 2 carb manifold and two regular Ford carburetors; H&C distributor.fficeffice" />>>
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Transmission: Transmission is stock 1940 Ford except for: main drive gear, cluster gear, second gear, and sliding gear, which are from a Lincoln 25 tooth cluster. >>
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Rear axle: Rear axle is stock 1940 Ford. >>
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Exhaust: Clark headers and Smitty mufflers were used. Tail pipes were custom made from 1934 Chevy and 1940 Ford pipes combined. >>

When Sherman Utsman bought dad's car, he swapped out the flathead for a 283 Chevy and that engine is still in the car today.
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Old 07-19-2012, 10:06 PM   #50
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That's awesome! Hope you get to cruise it soon
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Old 07-19-2012, 10:12 PM   #51
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Great story. Hot rodding has now been around long enough for the passage of time to add perspective and value to these icons. The restoration workmanship insures this car will be preserved and always be protected. Sectioned 40 Fords are among the most beautiful customs ever. Thanks for sharing.
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Old 07-19-2012, 10:30 PM   #52
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That little ford is super sweet. A tape measurer and some close inpection should make the process fairly simple if you use the sectioned car as a pattern. Not super easy, but a decent body man should be able to copy it. Great car and cool story I wish all concerned the best of luck.
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Old 07-19-2012, 10:44 PM   #53
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What a beauty and what a story.
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Old 07-19-2012, 10:45 PM   #54
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That's a very nice looking sectioned '40. It's very similar to the car that Valley Custom built for Ralph Jilek, but the Jilek car appears to have had fender skirts for only a brief period. All of its magazine features were without skirts.

I think this car wears its skirts very nicely, and even though it's not super low, the stance looks pretty good with the skirts.

The restoration appears to be first-rate. I'll be interested to see the car when it's done.
Is the current owner planning to build a top for it?
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Old 07-21-2012, 12:52 AM   #55
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I wanted to resurrect this 4 year old thread by Rikster to provide you with some NEW information!! I am the person who developed the tribute page years ago. The 1940 Ford convertible custom was my dad's car that he built in the early 1950's. My dad sold this car in 1954 to build the house that I grew up in. My dad went home to the with the Lord when I was 19 months old...so I did not get to know him.

The biggest news is that THE CAR HAS BEEN FOUND!! A gentleman in the area purchased the car 6 years ago and began restoration to put the car back to the way he remembered the first time he saw it in 1958. I scanned my dad's journal that he kept while building the car and provided a copy to him. He's now working to restore it back to the way my dad originally built it. I do need some help if anyone can...

I've been working to write an accurate history of the car from 1951-54 when dad built it and sold it. The gentleman who now owns the car is working on the history from 1958 to present. My uncle told me dad ordered plans out of a magazine on how to cut the body, roof, frame, etc to build this car. I'm thinking it could've been plans developed after Valley Custom built their 1940 Ford convertible custom in 1948. Would anyone know of what magazine this was published (around 1948-50) or have a copy of these plans?
I helped my dad (probably less than I remember) build a 1940 ford convertible 20 something years ago. He passed away March 31st. Definitely not how I wanted to end up with the car, but we talked for years about what I'd do with the car "someday" and he always told me "You can do what ever you want with the damn car when I'm gone". I'm starting on a similar journey. I'm going from street rod to 50's mild custom (there's nothing mild about your dad's old ride). This thread hit the spot. Makes me appreciate having my dad so long.

P.S. Your dad had balls of steel sectioning that car. I guess they were easier to find in the 50's but still.

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Old 07-26-2012, 04:10 PM   #56
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too cool! thanks for sharing!
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Old 07-26-2012, 04:17 PM   #57
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Whoa! Way neat story!
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Old 07-26-2012, 11:02 PM   #58
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Is the current owner planning to build a top for it?
I have seen the car & followed it's progress as well. Yes, A Carson style top has been built & upholstered for it. While I am not a huge fan of sectioned cars, this one is absolutely perfect. I am glad to see pics of this car on the HAMB, it damn sure belongs here. Wayne should be driving her around in the next little bit!
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Old 07-26-2012, 11:07 PM   #59
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Great job! Bringing them back has to be very rewarding.

Thanks for sharing.
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Old 07-27-2012, 07:10 AM   #60
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That has to be the most beautiful conv i have ever seen...Period!
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