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History 1939 Ford Deluxe Coupe... just a "find"

Discussion in 'Traditional Hot Rods' started by Wildcycles, Mar 18, 2015.

  1. Very nice! Great find.
  2. Gotgas
    Joined: Jul 22, 2004
    Posts: 6,998

    from DFW USA

    I like that it looks like grandpa's old coupe, but with that hot Chevy V8 in it. Congratulations! Yes I am jealous.
  3. bowie
    Joined: Jul 27, 2011
    Posts: 2,807


    Nice find, that's one fine '39! Looks to have double hump heads on the 327 ; so min 1.94 valves. Very cool coupe.
  4. Great find! Like the Chevy engine with generator. Looks 60's for sure.
  5. I'm a 39 fan as well, and yes I would go back to 39 lights. Nice car!
    lothiandon1940 likes this.
  6. SWEET!!!
    Love it when they are left in one era and not
    Hope you will stay with the early "60's style.
  7. Dave Rondou
    Joined: May 26, 2008
    Posts: 665

    Dave Rondou

    Great find. Nice car.
  8. ss34coupe
    Joined: May 13, 2007
    Posts: 4,200


  9. Ohhh that is so nice.
    Don't alter one thing, maybe compound and wax, shapoo the interior and drive it everywhere.
  10. Blue Moon Garage
    Joined: Mar 1, 2009
    Posts: 300

    Blue Moon Garage

    Very nice! I like mine!
  11. The G00SE
    Joined: Nov 9, 2011
    Posts: 152

    The G00SE

    Very cool ! Im super jealous
  12. okiedokie
    Joined: Jul 5, 2005
    Posts: 4,383

    from Ok

    Great score, enjoy.
  13. Cheeta
    Joined: Nov 16, 2011
    Posts: 73


    Great find, more pics?
  14. joel
    Joined: Oct 10, 2009
    Posts: 2,042


    Great car! I'd love to see the underside and the rear motor/ trans mounts. Chrome garnish moldings? I just had a quote for mine; low so far $1400. I should of had them done in '66.
    lewk likes this.
  15. Stevie Nash
    Joined: Oct 24, 2007
    Posts: 2,999

    Stevie Nash

  16. Speaking of this, I had the garnish moldings chromed in my 32 coupe back about 1975 and it cost me all of $35 for all of them. A few years ago I saw a quote of $600 to plate a set.
    So you would have done better back then.
    Yeah, plating has gotten rather expensive.
  17. arkiehotrods
    Joined: Mar 9, 2006
    Posts: 6,606


    What a fine '39! Congratulations! I love the way it looks, wouldn't change a thing! And I, too, am envious!
  18. Wildcycles
    Joined: Sep 17, 2007
    Posts: 335


    The fan blade is chrome plated on this car... can't imagine anyone spending the money on that these days. And the chrome is in nice condition too. Better quality that what you pay big bucks for now.
  19. Wildcycles
    Joined: Sep 17, 2007
    Posts: 335


    There isn't anything too sacred about how they did the transmission and rear end. The tri-five three speed didn't have a rear mount, so none was used. It just sits in the center of X-member. I was gonna try to fabricate something between the side bellhousing mounts and the frame to support it, but not sure yet. When they cut the bones and mounted the rear end, they initially didn't have a panhard bar, but one was added at some point. It runs and drives pretty good, but transmission mounts and reat suspension needs to be cleaned up
    Model T1 likes this.
  20. studebaker46
    Joined: Nov 14, 2007
    Posts: 688


    really cool find congrats on the car. I am surprised the traditional Nazis didn't give you grief over the 327 it is exactly the way I would have done it in 1966 or 2015. enjoy Tom
    Model T1 likes this.
  21. Gene Boul
    Joined: Feb 9, 2006
    Posts: 805

    Gene Boul

    Well my 38 came with a set of the JC Whitney "conversions" or similar. Looked just like the standard issue 40 headlite bezel and sealed beam lens. I sold them on E-Bay as soon as I could get them off. Now you must have X-ray vision to tell the difference from a picture. Do you own a 40 or are you just a tire kicker?
    Model T1 likes this.
  22. scotti32
    Joined: Jul 13, 2009
    Posts: 283


    Great find, updated running gear for reliability and drivability. Correct wheel update. Coooool!
  23. To any nay-sayers, this car fits the criteria established here
    pretty well. 327's were around in '63, the cutoff year.
    It was completed probably before the cut-off year.
    And, the wheels and tires were changed back to what
    they would have been, at the build time.
    This is a mega score, definately "traditional."
    The car makes a statement, and those that understand
    "Get it", those that don't need to figure it out.
    Model T1 likes this.
  24. Wildcycles
    Joined: Sep 17, 2007
    Posts: 335


    Thanks Tony!
    I read through the criteria before I posted it here and figured it fit best as a traditional hotrod. The previous owner purchased the car in Riverside, CA in 1964 and changed nothing except the wheels since that time. He told me it was set up with a 283 and multiple carbureters for drag racing prior to him owning it. Maybe everybody would be happier with MY car if I put a flathead back in it.
  25. Bottomedout39
    Joined: Nov 1, 2005
    Posts: 98

    from Reno NV

  26. Hey Wildcycles,
    The fact that it was bought in the condition it is in
    now in '64 proves that it was built '63- or before.
    You already changed the wheels.
    The Chevy in a Ford was done as far back as "55 so it is definately
    You gotta remember, back in the day, you used what you had,
    not what you thought the other guys liked.
    Crap it even has a generator!
    Leave it alone.
    Drive the wheels off, and have fun doing it.
    If you take it to a show all the traditional guys
    like me are gonna be all over it.
    And you will see the newcommers spending
    more time looking at your Hor Rod than the $60,000
    street rod next to it!
    Just my $.02!
    Model T1 and Dooley like this.
  27. Wildcycles
    Joined: Sep 17, 2007
    Posts: 335


    The car is driveable as it is, but like any old car that's been modified and sitting around for 50 plus years, it has its issues. I drove it to a local cruise night a couple weeks back and it was interesting to see people's reaction to it. There are the folks who just take a quick look under the hood, see the "SBC" , frown and mumble to their pals as they walk away. There's the ones who say "Looks like a stocker, when are you going to restore it" Then there's the old-timer who walks around the car quietly, looking closely at details, pausing here and there, grinning and then walks up to shake my hand and says almost apologeticly "Well son, that's the way we did 'em back in the early 60's"
    Tony Martino, Paul B and Model T1 like this.
  28. arkiehotrods
    Joined: Mar 9, 2006
    Posts: 6,606


    Not to be too picky, but...

    The cut-off year here, as per Ryan, is 1965, meaning 1965 and older or, in other words, pre-1966.
    Here, let Ryan do the talking:
    "The HAMB is dedicated to spreading the gospel of traditional hot rods and kustoms to hoodlums world wide. That's right; TRADITIONAL. If you've come here to discuss anything other than Hot Rods or Customs built in a style representative of 1965 or before, you've come to the wrong forum."
  29. 2bubbas
    Joined: Mar 19, 2011
    Posts: 661


    I bought my 1939 in 1974- 283 hooked to 39 trans- 9 inch Ford rear- jacked to the sky- Orange exterior with blue glass- gasser style- paid $800 and drove it home- spent the next 24 years screwing with it-
    Made it a real nice Rod because I was reading Strret Rodder, etc- 350/350- power everything- today if I was just buying it I'd leave it alone- voting for you to make if safe and drive-
    Model T1 likes this.

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