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Hot Rods 1939 Lincoln Zephyr Coupe

Discussion in 'The Hokey Ass Message Board' started by HARDTOP57, Nov 9, 2015.

  1. HARDTOP57
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    Hi boys,
    I've just managed to get my hands on my dream car...a 39 Lincoln Zephyr coupe.
    It has no diff or front end...just wondering what will bolt on to either end. I would like to run disc brakes on the front at very least. Any info or advice would be greatly appreciated. If anyone has a running V12 they would like to part with I might be interested too....the one that came with the car is all in pieces.
    Cheers
    Sam image.jpg image.jpg
     
  2. Probably a 37-42 Ford or Lincoln will slide under the front just fine. That is just a guess though.
     
  3. JJK
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    What an amazing find; congratulations on scoring such a solid looking Zephyr coupe!!!! Very little interchange's from the same era Fords so finding Zephyr parts to replace what's missing would be ideal unless you plan on splitting the body from the frame or working around the unibody obstacles.

    From a bolt in replacement stand point 39 is a very unique year, its the first year of hydraulic brakes so 37/38 diffs and axles will give you braking issues mechanically. Also 39 was the last year of the floor shifter so keep that in mind because the 40-48 steering columns and shifter units WILL bolt in to the 39s place if you plan on going back with OG parts.

    Please keep us posted on what you do with this car!!!!!
     
  4. patmanta
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    I would be inclined to look for original Lincoln measurements up front and go from there.

    I think the rear ends looked similar but were actually larger. You may want to go for a later rear that's the right size rather than try to track down an original Lincoln rear end (but they do pop up occasionally).
     
  5. oldrelics
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    Whoa. Cool, one of my faves too.
     
  6. BrandonB
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    One of the sexiest cars ever made.
     
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  7. HARDTOP57
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    Thank you JJK...will post pics once work begins. Cheers
     
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  8. You lucky guy. Looks really clean too, aside from the missing items.
     
  9. Wow, a dream car for me too!

    I know what it's like starting with a bare shell/chassis. But could you give a brief outline of the direction for the project please? Something that will "bolt in either end" is a little vague. Naturally the true answer to this is the original Lincoln parts, but I get the idea that you're looking for something else.
     
  10. HARDTOP57
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    Got all the missing items other than the front and rear end
     
  11. HARDTOP57
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    Hey X38,
    the direction for the car is to stay as original as possible but I want the car to stop, turn and ride nice. Maybe a nine inch in the rear. Matt from Townsend Customs is building the car in California before he ships it out....he's a fantastic fabricator and car builder.
    We won't even be painting the car....Matt will do repairs and it will be left in a patina finish. As low as possible without airbags and a V12....that's the basic plan so far but I'm sure a few things might change along the way....we've only had the car a few days and thought I should start the research process.
     
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  12. HARDTOP57
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    image.jpg
    Here's another shot....back in California and in good hands with Matt of Townsend Customs in Riverside.
     
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  13. 56premiere
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    Is this the barn find that was talked about on here? Looks really nice
     
  14. HARDTOP57
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    I'm not sure which barn find was talked about but this one was in a barn !! image.jpg
     
  15. 56premiere
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    Actually the one I was talking about looked more like a chicken house. Supposedly around Modesto Cal.
     
  16. slddnmatt
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    That one was a 37. Some pics of it popped up on instagram at its new home
     
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  17. HARDTOP57
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    That was the one on ebay? 68.3k
     
  18. slddnmatt
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    No Sam the other one IMG_1493.JPG
     
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  19. 56premiere
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    Thanks ,I didn't recall the year of the car. but I lived in Modesto for 4o years. Nice findHardtop
     
  20. HARDTOP57
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    Thanks dude, very happy to have it.....all thanks to Matt Townsend
     
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  22. resqd37Zep
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    I have a friend with complete front and rear rolling assemblies I dropped from a 39 sedan. If you're interested pm me and I will send you his number. They are located in Southern California. Car looks solid. Can't wait to see what you do with it.
     
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  23. Incredible find!!
     
  24. HARDTOP57
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    A little damage in the rear. This looks like the worst of it.
     
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  25. mr.chevrolet
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    JAG, front & rear
     
  26. Kiwi 4d
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    Not to hijack this , but that's an odd one to me , a 37 tudor stinkin heifer ,way cool.
    Though the coupe is something dreams are made of , I am sure you keep pinching yourself , freaking awesome right there. The rest of can keep dreaming.
     
  27. HARDTOP57
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    Thanks Kiwi,
    Yep, still can't believe my luck....it's an awesome machine. Can't wait to get her home one day. Hope all is good over the ditch.
     
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  28. What he said. You could use the Jag V12 too.
     
  29. Depends what you want out of the finished car I would say.
     

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