Ok here it goes, my first real build thread. This has been a bit of a long time coming. I bought the car in December of 2015 knowing that it would be a while before I got to work on it. I have wanted a ‘40 for as long as I can remember. I still have the AMT model I built in the 1980’s in high school on the shelf where it has always been in my old room at my parent’s home. Every trip home I would look at thing and thing someday. But they were always just a bit out of reach. That is until I found a rough but buildable one in the HAMB Classifieds. I never thought I would have one. It really was a crime of opportunity, why was I looking in the classified that day, I never do. More on the car in a bit. I have had my ‘47 Chevy coupe since 1998, 19 years at this point. I had begun a rebuild of sorts when we moved from Maryland to Atlanta in 2010. Life and kids took over and it just took longer than it should have even though I did work on it often. We also have my Wife’s ’56 Pontiac 2 door wagon so I was not without an old car which probably made me complacent and kept the’47 on the back burner. It was still apart in ’15 and the plan was to get it back together before any work on the ’40 started. My Wife was a real pusher for me to get it the ’40 with a “deal” that I could get it now making the promise to get my Chevy on the road again first. I am happy to say that that goal has been accomplished and now I will start actual work on the ’40. So this is what I have; a shell with good roof and drip rails and no floors/rockers needing the usual lower quarter and rear pan replacements, decent ’39 trunk lid with big dent but no rust, doors both needing bottoms, two frames one modified with Chassis Engineering equipment and repaired, one original with bad rust, good hood, one front fender that is like NOS the other with an ugly crack repair and dents, enough rear fenders to make two god ones out of, garnishes, hinges and wipers and other miscellaneous stuff in boxes. It also came with lots of repair metal. Lower quarters, tail pan, all the floors from the trunk to the foot boards including tool tray. I still need a driveshaft tunnel, door bottoms and rockers. I am going to try and stick to two mantras with this build. The first is that this is “Repair and Not Restoration” and the second is “Do Not Let Perfection Get in the Way of Progress”. The first is for my Early Ford V8 buddies who would rather see it restored to factory. This old girl has had a very hard life and she is no Georgia Peach (came from Alabama actually)and though I will strive to make her the best she can be (see statement #2) factory correct is out of the question. Statement two is for me. It is actually something David Frieburger said in a Hot Rod Magazine editorial years ago that really struck a chord with me. I do high-end fine art conservation, preservation and restoration on big dollar oil paintings for museums and collectors and perfection is my bread and butter and it is hard to turn it off. I spent way too long on my ’47 making things perfect only now to see them scratched and covered with oil and grease. This car will be driver quality with decent paint and interior but no trailer queen. I want to put miles on it and reliability is paramount. It will be built to drive, keep up and stop as fast as the traffic around me. An occasional trip down the drag strip is foreseen as well but I do not need a 500hp monster. Ok so here is the build plan as of today; 1951 style skirted taildrager with early Olds 303 power and a modern transmission. Color and interior still up in the air, but leaning towards lighter colors unless I decide on A/C as the sun in the south makes a dark car a real “Hot” Rod. I will attempt to get the thread up to date over the next month and then it will be real time. Ok time for some pics. I have posted many of these on various threads over the past two years but since this is now my thread I will repeat them for continuity and anyone who decides to follow along so they will have the whole story. This is day one meeting @Bill Nabors he had spent years collecting early Ford stuff and nearing retirement and building a huge workshop realized he had one car too many and let it go. I have lots of pics to go. Look for weekly updates.