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Old 11-26-2011, 05:24 PM   #1
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Default 1935 Ford 3 Window Coupe Build (My dream car at a snail's pace in ultra-slow motion.)

My interest in Cars began when I was very young. There used to be a couple car collectors in my neighbor hood and Iíd see them pass by in their treasures once in a while.

At around twelve or so I used to ride a few miles to the bike shop, and on the way I passed a local Shell station where a mechanic or pump jockey drove a 1935 Ford three window coupe to work. On several occasions Iíd see it sitting there or driving around town on fair weather days. That car left a life long lasting impression on me, sparking a desire to one day possess one of my own. Iím 48 now and Iíve had mine a year and a summer.


I first saw my car back in 1994 I had just purchased a 1948 ford 1 ton and needed a tail light to make it original. I learned of a gentleman 20 miles away that could get me reproduction parts for my truck and proceeded to track him down. I went to visit Dale, a semi retired teacher, who dabbled in distributing reproduction Ford parts.


It was upon this first visit Dale took me to the garage and showed me his old Ford collection. Some of the cars were a 31 roadster, 46 Merc convertible, a 35 Ford 5 window coupe, 57 T bird and so on. The 35 Ford 3 window looked a little ratty so I didnít spend much time looking it over, but it was our first introduction none the less.


Over the next few months I got to know Dale better and offered some help when it came time to move all his cars out of his garage. He was moving the building to the property next door, because that's where he planned to build his new house. This was a chance to get a good look at what he had, because the garage was packed so full there was barely enough room to walk.


With camera in hand I snapped away as we carefully pulled each car into the sunlight, one by one, using the low first gear on my old 48 to gingerly move each specimen to the lot next door.



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Once I got to see the 35 Ford 3 window out in the open it was a little rough. Someone had been doing some body work on It that would cause their experience to be questioned. It quickly became obvious that the car had spent a moment or two on its roof, but I could now see that it did not have a single spot of rust anywhere. Door gaps looked fine the windshield was intact and perfect, and the procedures for repair began filling my head but, when the garage was re-located and ready to shelter the survivors. The 35 got tucked back in with the rest of them.



I asked if heíd give me first right of refusal for the car on several occasions. The answer was always, ďyouíre not the only oneĒ or ďI doubt you could afford it, Iíd want a lot for itĒ.

Finally I heard through the grape vine that it was on the market. The price seemed up there and I never got a chance to ask the owner what was truth or fiction for an entire year. I caught up to him at a swap meet a couple years ago and learned the actual price was more along what I thought was fair. I went to see it within a few days with cash in hand and the rest is history, the beginning of a long and happy life together, hopefully for many cruises to come. Even as I was loading the car on my trailer a call came in, to inform the former owner that money was on the way for the car from another party. I heard the words every car guy dreads to hear, ďsorry but I sold it, and the new owner is loading it as we speakĒ. Iíve been on the receiving end of that phrase and had to say it a time or two, but I canít help grinning every time I remember the moment.

For most of its time in the previous ownerís possession, it sat for almost forty years in the corner of his garage, getting the occasional visit when he came in to throw a spare part or two, found at a swap meet or on a parts hunt, into it for safe keeping. All those collectable parts came with the car, not to mention the odd piece Iíve been lucky enough to find since it has been in my stewardship. Plans are for a later Flathead dressed for the ball. I want to drive it as a survivor because it will only be this way once. When I stop to do the math this car was in waiting for two or more years before I even saw my first one. Anyone out there believe the connection to their car is an act of fate?


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Old 11-26-2011, 05:41 PM   #2
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Now thats a love story for sure!
Maybe pour a little ethyl in your tank and see if the pace picks up a bit???
Good luck and looking forward to seeing future progress pics!
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Old 11-26-2011, 05:45 PM   #3
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Wow, you just scraped in as the new owner! Congratulations. I like your plans on preservation, thats how all my cars are. Good luck man, and many happy moments to come for you and the car in the future!H.R.D.
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Old 11-26-2011, 06:31 PM   #4
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i love my 35 cpe..richie......
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Old 11-26-2011, 06:42 PM   #5
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nice my favorite body style
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Old 11-26-2011, 06:50 PM   #6
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Great story, thanks for sharing. I can relate to it, my 1912 T was the first "Antique" I was given a ride in when I was about 12 years old, I got to buy it 21 years later and need to get it out for its 100th birthday next year. It was restored in time for the 1950 Glidden Tour and still looks good for its age.
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Old 11-26-2011, 06:56 PM   #7
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Nice Car, Nicer Story!
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Old 11-27-2011, 01:38 AM   #8
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Here are some photos from bringin it home day.

For starters, None of what you see in the back ground is for sale. It was all the same cars back in 94 stuffed into a two bay garage instead of this nice big workshop. The 35 is one of the very few cars he has let go in fifteen years.

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Old 11-27-2011, 02:02 AM   #9
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Very cool. Congrats!
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Old 11-27-2011, 02:20 AM   #10
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More From the day it came home. I figured the safest way to get loose parts home safe was to attach what I could to the car.


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Couldn't agree more. Congratulations.
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NICE! Looks like the grille and windsheild frame have been replated, should be a nice build with only some tail pan work needed.
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Old 11-27-2011, 02:27 PM   #13
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Funny you should mention the grill and the tailpan. The grill is actually a really nice original. I remember seeing and admiring it in the rafters of his old garage. At the time I thought it belonged to the five window he had. It had sold to a guy in Montana about the time I got to know Dale. It was a cherry 30,000 mile original that some kid inherited and started stripping the still shiney black paint. Anyway, I assumed it was the grill for that car. Imagine my delight when he dug it out to give to me for my car.

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When I got this car I was determined to hold off working on it, because I am swamped with projects. I figured it would be the incentive needed to thin the herd. I wanted to sell sell sell til the rest were gone, then I'd have all my efforts for the favourite. That plan failed however, strictly because that tailpan was begging to be fixed, or at least cut off. What an eye-sore. It was brutal under there.

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Once I received the new EMS piece I couldn't wait to make things right. I've at least improved it's cosmetics by temporarily attaching it til more time is available to tweek the inner structure. You'll also notice that some sandpaper slipped into my hands and some surface rust got removed and primered. I have no Idea how that could have happened.

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Old 11-27-2011, 03:27 PM   #14
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Wow I am glad to see you starting on the ol girl...cant believe how solid it looks!!
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Old 11-27-2011, 03:30 PM   #15
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I love the 35 3 window. What a beautiful car. Best of luck on your build.
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It looks worse than it is. How's hunting koolkemp?
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Havent been doing much...severe lack of funds lol ! I did add a 49 Merc parts car to the Merc pile...wont be getting it home till the spring though, but it should give me enough body parts to try and bastardize a coupe together...I am even contemplating a 3 window of sorts...Rikster did a really neat rendering of one a few yrs ago and its got my gears a churning! Hopefully building that will keep me busy after the 47 is roadworthy ...should give me a little more time to scrounge 35-36 stuff!
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Old 11-28-2011, 10:13 PM   #18
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Got a used chain for $450 and its not even galvanized let alone a gold one.

Shortly after getting my car home I went to a swap meet. I was stoked to find a later flathead for the new jewel. My hopes were high to find a motor that was runnable. Plans were to just be able to drive it in and out of my garage or on and off a trailer, so I could present it as found.

I found a mid forties vintage flatty at a space full of trailer with piles of auto wares for sale. I had a good look at it and started asking questions. Answers came like so: It wasn't seized when it went into the quonset years ago. Should be ok now cause its been dry ever since. If it doesn't rotate it can't be bad, it was under a workbench. I been putting oil in the cylinders. $650.

He let me pull the plugs to peer down the holes with a flashlight, and the valves were spotless. I was encouraged. Borrowed a big wrench to turn it over. It wouldn't budge. I thought maybe if I took it home and got it in the car I may get it lose with a big bar and some leverage. I've been lucky before. Talked him into giving it to me as was for $450 it might be worth chancing. Began hauling it out to my ride's truck. Told the seller I'd be right back with his chain. He told me not to worry about it.

That's the long version. Short version is motor was solid with rust in one cylinder. Took two days to get the heads off. Six visable cracks. That was one expensive chain. Oh, and I guess I got a boat anchor too.

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Saw him at another swap meet and shared the experience. All I got was, "I gave you a good deal and my best chain." Live and learn.
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Old 11-29-2011, 10:46 AM   #19
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^^^ Your experience is what scares me about building a flatty someday, I have had guys tell me they bought 10 motors before they found one that wasnt cracked let alone usable that can get pretty pricey as you are finding out!
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Old 11-29-2011, 11:35 AM   #20
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I think it's epic that you pried that car from the hands of a hoarder! I rented a room from an old sf streetracer, he had 2 32 3w coupes rotting in a field and his brothers old 32 roadster street racer in storage, and about 50 years of other projects and vintage hotrod parts. I was building a period roadster and couldn't get so much as a nut or bolt from him. Congratulations! 35 +36s are worth every bit of work to get them squared away...
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