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Projects 1938,39,40 Sloper Custom

Discussion in 'The Hokey Ass Message Board' started by X38, Nov 4, 2020.

  1. This is my first thread in a while. A very long while. So some back story is in order.
    I started this project more than 10 years ago with the cast offs from someone else's 1940 sloper project. I got a gutted 39 body that had a 38 cowl swapped on. A previous restorer had done this at some point, for some reason. It came with 38 Deluxe front sheet metal and rear fenders and really bad running boards. The body also had a trunk lid. For doors, a pair of 1940 versions. One was okay, the other very not okay, but they were doors. The frame was also bare.

    I set about chopping it, rebuilt the complete tailpan ( which had previously had rust 'restored' with tar paper and pink filler:eek:), recessed the firewall, modified the frame centre and installed a SBF and C4.

    A few ancient pics:




    Mock ups:

    And a bit of a photoshop assistance by Rik Hoving:

    Then life intervened.

    My family and I moved state, built a house, we put the kids through school, spent a LOT of time at their sports...all that life stuff. In the mean time the sloper sat. Sometimes I was frustrated, sometimes sick of the sight of it. But eventually the path cleared and I was able to get back into it. And so here we are.

    After nearly 7 years of very little other than filling the cowl vent I finally bit the bullet and restarted the sloper project. It was almost like reintroducing myself to it.

    Square one again:
    Last edited: Nov 10, 2020
  2. j hansen
    Joined: Dec 22, 2012
    Posts: 2,946

    j hansen

    Looks nice, subscribed.
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  3. 40FORDPU
    Joined: Mar 15, 2009
    Posts: 3,372

    from Yelm, Wa
    1. Northwest HAMBers

    Stay the course, and eventually it'll get there.
    Thanks for posting.
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  4. NashRodMan
    Joined: Jul 8, 2004
    Posts: 1,820


    You got a lot done during the time you worked on it. Looks like its gonna be a sweet car.
    I don't have the balls/skills to chop my 41Chevy. see avatar. Good luck!
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  5. A Boner
    Joined: Dec 25, 2004
    Posts: 6,606

    A Boner

    Looks really far!
  6. goldmountain
    Joined: Jun 12, 2016
    Posts: 3,655


    It would be neat if you could compare it with a chopped "normal" tudor.
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  7. wstory
    Joined: Jul 4, 2008
    Posts: 1,504

    from So Calif

    Something satisfying about resuscitating a project, looking back, reviewing, and hopefully seeing that the earlier decisions are still valid. Bravo on the outta the box thinking.
    Subscribed mate!
  8. hfh
    Joined: Oct 22, 2012
    Posts: 373

    from Western MA

    Such nice lines on your car. I hope you will have time to work on it now. Thanks for posting pictures.
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  9. Good point! Generally the earlier decisions are okay but the execution would be better if I was doing them today.
  10. typo41
    Joined: Jul 8, 2011
    Posts: 2,572

    Member Emeritus

    Stop this thread!!

    I tried to find a sloper when I was there,, got a Ute,, but wanted a sloper
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  11. Thanks. Time and money, the universal conundrum. :rolleyes:
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  12. Looking great.
  13. HuskerNation
    Joined: Dec 28, 2010
    Posts: 305

    from Montana

    Indeed, I really like the lines it has!

    Sent from my iPhone using H.A.M.B.
  14. wstory
    Joined: Jul 4, 2008
    Posts: 1,504

    from So Calif

    decisions are okay but the execution would be better
    kinda my deal too,....probably due to age, experience and time.
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  15. ccain
    Joined: Jun 13, 2009
    Posts: 837


    Cool as hell! Subscribed.
  16. The 39 guy
    Joined: Nov 5, 2010
    Posts: 3,286

    The 39 guy

    Alright! thanks for starting the thread X38! I like the look you are shooting for. This should be fun to watch!
  17. Slopers have some neat lines. Your chop makes it even better.

    Sent from dumb operator on a smart phone
  18. adam401
    Joined: Dec 27, 2007
    Posts: 2,787


    Your car has a great profile. Welcome back to the meat grinder now get back to work!
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  19. nor6304
    Joined: Aug 23, 2009
    Posts: 312

    from Indiana

    I really like that I think it looks good
  20. razoo lew
    Joined: Apr 11, 2017
    Posts: 517

    razoo lew
    from Calgary

    Like the lines on this car, great work. And while I know that they “belong” on this style of car, but I would like to see a skirtless version.
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  21. The person I bought this from had three.:eek:
    He was building a 40 and kept all the good parts (basically 2 cars worth,) I got the scraps. But hey, at least I got it! A lot of slopers died at the speedway, back when, so they are in short supply.
    I'm lucky I got any doors at all with my scrap pile because they are obviously longer than Fordor versions but are also a bit over 1/2 inch more than Tudor ones. So no easy alternatives. But that is a story that will unfold in due course.;)
    Last edited: Nov 4, 2020
  22. williebill
    Joined: Mar 1, 2004
    Posts: 2,970


    Sexy sloper. Keep the skirts, they belong on it. I understand the time spent on kids sports. I did that, too. Wouldn't change that at all, but it stopped almost all garage work for me for quite a while. Good luck, thanks for posting.
  23. CadMad
    Joined: Oct 20, 2012
    Posts: 865


    Life is what happens, when you’re busy making other plans.
    I just made that up.... or maybe it was John Lennon.
  24. tub1
    Joined: May 29, 2010
    Posts: 541

    from tasmania

    Looking great , I really like the b pillar on your sloper ,to me that's the only thing on a original that didn't seem perfect , mind you l love my stock sloper was driving it over the last few days as my f1 broke a axle .looking forward to more pics
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  25. Jimmy B
    Joined: May 4, 2004
    Posts: 5,943

    Jimmy B

    So good to see you getting back to work on the Sloper.
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  26. bowie
    Joined: Jul 27, 2011
    Posts: 2,902


    I’ve always loved the looks of these Aussie specials. If you don’t mind, I’ll ride along!
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  27. typo41
    Joined: Jul 8, 2011
    Posts: 2,572

    Member Emeritus

    I had a friend in Wagga Wagga that had 40 ford sloper flat packed under his house, I tried for years to get it but he finally sold it to a mate,,,, oh well and with the scrap drives 10-12 years a lot of good tin got shipped to China.
    I would take a scrap one in a heart beat

    Keep up the good work!!
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  28. Jalopy Joker
    Joined: Sep 3, 2006
    Posts: 28,917

    Jalopy Joker

    to say the least, COOL!
  29. Go Man! you're on to something with this car, 3 hrs. a day 3 days a week and in a few short months you'll be riddin' around in style.

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