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Hot Rods 1940 Ford Standard Coupe Survivor

Discussion in 'The Hokey Ass Message Board' started by agshelby, Apr 26, 2016.

  1. agshelby
    Joined: Jan 6, 2010
    Posts: 463


    Heater blower and oil filter:



    Door panels are stained and dirty. I need to research cleaning tips :


    Trunk mat label:

  2. Incredible find, good for you.
  3. Shutternuts
    Joined: Jan 30, 2010
    Posts: 29

    from Louisiana

    Such a good story, unbelievable car and a great plan! Enjoy it.
  4. barryvanhook
    Joined: Jun 17, 2011
    Posts: 618

    from Mesa, AZ

  5. So hard for me to wrap my head around the fact that, these cars can still be found.
    There is a '38 Ford coupe, 70's Hot Rod, garaged
    in Cleveland, supposedly with my name on it. Mike has to kick the bucket first, which I am
    in no hurry, to happen.
    Thank you for sharing this once in a lifetime moment, with us.
  6. oldwood
    Joined: Mar 13, 2010
    Posts: 897

    from arkansas

    Congrats on your purchase. My mother Graduated Baylor Univ. Dental School in the '40's. She was the only woman Dental student at Baylor. She graduated 2nd in her class. The story she always told was about when she was given the Male anatomy part to dissect in A and P. She said give me that thing!!!The dental school did every thing they could to make sure she quit. She didn't. My dad is buried in SA and I'm making that trip very soon to go to the cemetery one last time before I die. My dads family was from Castroville,TX.
  7. rd4pin
    Joined: Feb 2, 2010
    Posts: 176

    from louisiana

    Mere words can't describe the awesomeness of this story, congrats!
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  8. Chrisbcritter
    Joined: Sep 11, 2011
    Posts: 1,794


    In the words of this little guy:
    Happy Motoring indeed! Congratulations and may you have many many years of fun with it.
  9. The 39 guy
    Joined: Nov 5, 2010
    Posts: 2,673

    The 39 guy

    I am glad you were able to make the purchase despite your other expenses. The coupe should be a blast to drive and share with others as is.
  10. Words can't even begin to describe just how special that car is. Everyone can try, even myself, but our words just fall short. If someone were to start pulling that car apart to restore or hot rod it, they should be prosecuted for destruction of a historically significant automobile. I applaud you for respecting it's originality. Tremendous find!
  11. khead47
    Joined: Mar 29, 2010
    Posts: 1,566


    I hate you!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
  12. olscrounger
    Joined: Feb 23, 2008
    Posts: 3,534


    great 40--cloud mist grey -my favorite color too-can't beat the look of a 40 std.
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  13. 19Fordy
    Joined: May 17, 2003
    Posts: 6,520


    Keep as is. Don't restore it.
    Just keep it mechanically safe and sound.
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  14. Barn Find
    Joined: Feb 2, 2013
    Posts: 2,320

    Barn Find
    from Missouri

    Beautiful car. There's nothing better than a survivor.

    I've always liked the standard grill.
  15. Russco
    Joined: Nov 27, 2005
    Posts: 4,072

    from Central IL

    Wow that's a score of a lifetime. They can only be like that once. By the way it looks to have the updated ashtrays that fold down. The earlier ashtrays folded upwards and we're problematic and hard for people to use so Ford changed the design to the down folding style during the model year.
  16. belair
    Joined: Jul 10, 2006
    Posts: 8,168


    Wow-a great ending to a lousy week. Congrats.
    lothiandon1940 likes this.
  17. Jalopy Joker
    Joined: Sep 3, 2006
    Posts: 23,798

    Jalopy Joker

    Thanks for sharing your time capsule
  18. vtx1800
    Joined: Oct 4, 2009
    Posts: 890


    1940 Ford.jpg Here's some advice from my dad who had a 40 sedan (pictured above with me and Tippy in about 1948), he told me that the motor had more power than the chassis could handle:) Dad has been gone since 72, wish I would have had him explain his statement more fully. Just a little envious but I think you will be a better caretaker than I. I complained as a teenager than he should have kept the car, I am sure he got $100 for it when he traded for a new 1949 Nash:)
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  19. alchemy
    Joined: Sep 27, 2002
    Posts: 14,586


    My first car was a standard '40 tudor, originally cloud mist gray but had a black repaint when I got it. I've loved standard 40's ever since.

    If I found your coupe I'd have a real hard time not putting some 5.50-16's on the front and 7.00-16's on the rear. Then flatten out the front spring and reverse the main leaves front and back. Probably a dual carb intake and some 97's, and dual exhaust. But keep all the original parts so you could switch it back if you wanted to. Just easy bolt-on changes.
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  20. agshelby
    Joined: Jan 6, 2010
    Posts: 463


    I'll probably evolve the car in that direction. Rather than flattening, I intend to replace the springs with new reverse eye springs so that I can keep the original parts unaltered.

    I also would like to swap in a dropped axle to get the front lower. I want to get the stance more in line with my old '40 truck:

    Last edited: Apr 27, 2016
  21. Texas Eli
    Joined: May 28, 2012
    Posts: 40

    Texas Eli

    I *think* Texas required both lights in 1940 - or they were standard. In over 30 years of being in the hobby, I've never seen a '40 without a passenger-side tail light. The only '41 I know of was a stripped-down salesman coupe.

    I've seen these before, I think it was for crank clearance.

  22. bowie
    Joined: Jul 27, 2011
    Posts: 2,082


    Original '40 standards don't come much nicer than that ! Congrats on the GREAT score.
  23. Old-Soul
    Joined: Jun 16, 2007
    Posts: 3,513



    Absolutely incredible. Good for you guys, that's a hell of a car.
  24. Incredible!
  25. Raiman1959
    Joined: May 2, 2014
    Posts: 1,428


    That car makes me smile!....Sure found a fine looking car, and all those goodies....pretty much makes me a bit giddy....can't say any more than: "Man, oh that car!":D:D:D
    agshelby likes this.
  26. AHotRod
    Joined: Jul 27, 2001
    Posts: 10,370


    What a sweet heart of a Coupe, enjoy it.
  27. 3wLarry
    Joined: Mar 11, 2005
    Posts: 12,804

    Member Emeritus
    from Owasso, Ok

  28. oldwood
    Joined: Mar 13, 2010
    Posts: 897

    from arkansas

    We ALL dream of walking in your shoes. There are NO words to describe how your feeling. We are all just caretakers of our pride and joys!!! Congrats again and let the BOSS drive it also.
  29. Crease
    Joined: May 7, 2002
    Posts: 2,879


    Only thing better than the car is the story. Congrats on a once of a lifetime find!!

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