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Projects ‘34 Ford Coupe Race Car

Discussion in 'Traditional Hot Rods' started by old school coupe, Mar 31, 2021.

  1. ratfink56
    Joined: Jan 30, 2008
    Posts: 278


    The winds of Fate are blowing your way. Quick start to what promises to be a helluva car.
  2. I posted a pic of the coupe on Instagram and a fellow hot rodder, in California, messaged me and said he had a perfect original deck lid that he would sell me for 500 bucks, but....he had no way to ship it to TN.

    I first thought of Fastenal. Throw it on a pallet and drop it at his local Fastenal store. I have shipped things through Fastenal before and they do a great job and cheap too. Checking into it I find out Fastenal doesn’t ship all the way across the country. They kind of ship from the coast to the center of the country, but not coast to coast. So that option was out.

    I decide to just build a box to protect a deck lid. I had some heavy duty double wall cardboard...a giant sheet. I had the seller measure the deck lid. I set about building a giant box. I lined the box with some two inch thick foam I had. Even put a roll of box tape inside for the guy to tape it back. So now I need to ship a giant box on UPS. From Tennessee to California. My buddy owns a small business and gets a 40 percent discount with UPS. He made me a shipping label. It cost me 160.00 just to ship the empty box to the seller. The little woman told me I was crazy. I replied “ a little “.

    The seller got the box, slid the deck lid in and took it to his local UPS store. Return shipping cost me 300 bucks.


    The seller felt sorry for me having so much shipping in the deal so he only charged me 100 bucks for the deck lid. What a stand up guy! So I ended up with 560.00 in a perfect original 34 deck lid.

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    The box with the deck lid made it back safe and sound. I spent about a day with a hammer and dolly and a porta power. Got the rear quarters good enough to lay the deck lid on it. They still need a lot of work, but it’s starting to look like a car now...from the backside anyway. The repro lower panel came with the coupe when I bought it originally.
    With the cost of the deck lid and shipping, I’m up to 5,730.00 bucks in the whole deal. Stay tuned....
  4. coupe33
    Joined: Nov 23, 2004
    Posts: 631


    Funny I sold my 34 Coupe last fall for $10K and it was decent. The guy drove from New York to Maine to put it into a pickup truck. I had at least 10 into it but I didn't need 2 5 windows.
  5. Tman
    Joined: Mar 2, 2001
    Posts: 34,638


    Great find! Love the $$$$ tally
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  6. NashRodMan
    Joined: Jul 8, 2004
    Posts: 1,700


    This is an awesome thread/project and I love how you are keeping track of the cost and posting it.
    I hope you keep scoring deals like you have. Good luck!

    I see you have a 33/34 tudor in the background. What the plan for that?
    Last edited: May 13, 2021
  7. The sedan is a super rough car too. It looks better than it is. One odd thing about it... I bought it from Morgan Wallen’s grand dad. Yeah the country star Morgan Wallen. Turns out his grand dad lives about 40 minutes from my house.

    Not sure what I’m going to do with it. Just enjoying looking at it right now.

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  8. TBG
    Joined: Aug 9, 2020
    Posts: 5


    having a 32 - 34 anything is money in the bank these days
  9. Really like the way this is going.
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  10. gary macdonald
    Joined: Jan 18, 2021
    Posts: 116

    gary macdonald

    Awsome ! I bought a complete 34 rolling chassis , got the 21 stud running and didnt have a frame for the 31 Chevrolet 3 window I was working on so I married the 31 Chevrolet 3 window to a 34 ford frame . Flathead came out a year ago for a rebuild which is now complete but the 283 sbc is running and too many other projects. Good luck
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  11. Dedicated to the build and it's coming together great.
    My friend here in the rust belt of New York recently picked up an incredibly nice car from a widower, he had known the family and about the car for a couple decades but they never wanted to sell, until he got the call one day.
    It was taken apart around 1958 to hot rod with a nailhead, most parts were stored inside the building but the frame and engine were left outside and didn't fair to well. It was bought for an even lower price than yours, by a couple of grand if you can believe it, it's a hot rod build with a bit of power under the hood in the form of a tunnel rammed BBC, it's coming together rather nicely.
    Good luck on yours.

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  12. Your friend’s car is in waaaay better shape than mine. Great find! Thanks for posting and for following along on my build.

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  13. The cowl vent was rotted on the race car so I bought this old cowl from a guy in Iowa. That gives me a good cowl assembly and I’ll probably get a few patch panels out of it too. Only cost me 175 bucks plus 200 bucks shipping through Fastenal. So my new total on the whole build is 6,105.00. Oh and it came with an early Moon tank prototype.
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  14. patsurf
    Joined: Jan 18, 2018
    Posts: 483


    don't tell dean that!!
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  15. joel
    Joined: Oct 10, 2009
    Posts: 1,950


    Fenders or no fenders I'm watching.
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  16. 1971BB427
    Joined: Mar 6, 2010
    Posts: 6,952

    from Oregon

    '34 Ford coupes look great with or without fenders.
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  17. ‘34 coupes do look great with or without fenders. This one won’t have any tho. The real question is stock grill or track nose?
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  18. Thor1
    Joined: Jun 6, 2005
    Posts: 1,601


    I would suggest the stock grille. The '34 grill is one of the most distinctive grilles ever made and I think they look awesome.

    My 2 cents...
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  19. Tim
    Joined: Mar 2, 2001
    Posts: 12,795

    from KCMO

    Looking good
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  20. 1971BB427
    Joined: Mar 6, 2010
    Posts: 6,952

    from Oregon

    I'd always go stock grille on a '33 or '34 Ford myself. I think they're one of the best designed grilles of any '30's car.

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