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History 1940 Ford tudor Montana car

Discussion in 'Traditional Hot Rods' started by Sart156, Mar 23, 2020.

  1. Sart156
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    Long shot but I'm looking to see if anyone recognizes this 1940 Ford tudor. My father picked it up about 25years ago out of California. looks like it was last registered in Montana in 1961\62.
    1956 Pontiac 316 powered..
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  3. sliceddeuce
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    That exhaust cut out is one for the books.
     
  4. 2935ford
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    Well, there's some fun waiting to happen! :)
     
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  5. sliceddeuce
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    And that split wishbone is making my temples throb.
     
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  6. deuceman32
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    I'm digging the exhaust dumps. Possibly fashioned from fuel or oil filler necks. Twist off the caps and Let's Go! That bendable ripple pipe (not to be confused with flexpipe) is period stuff as well. That widening job on the rear of the front wishbone is interesting, but it does appear that the center ball mount was retained.
    Good luck with the search.
     
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  7. Sure looks like a great fixerupper.
     
  8. Crayons
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    Yeah, welding to that flextubing would have been troublesome. ..must have brazed it.
     
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  9. 42merc
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    That's how we did it- late '50s early '60s, but not attached to flex pipe.
    We used gas filler pipes. Gas caps with metal not fiber gaskets were available.
    There is also an aftermarket anti- chatter device bolted to the trans, to help calm a "nervous" clutch.
     
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    As Deuceman said, not flexpipe, but ripple pipe. Used sometimes for custom side/lakes pipes. I believe someone on the HAMB was describing how to make/reproduce it not too long ago.
     
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  12. 42merc
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    I keep seeing more great innovation.
    The split wishbones are laying above the added cross member, don't appear to be fastened to much.
     
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  13. Power of the HAMB, Long shot answered, My dad had this in his collection for years here in San Martin CA. I have some pictures some ware but I'm 100% sure it is the same car. Don't let the motor get away from you I'll explain off line.
     
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  14. sliceddeuce
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    And then we have the remote trunk release..Inspired!
     
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  15. neilswheels
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    Thats cool, love th cut out. Interesting that the ripple pipes only on one side. Whats the interior trunk pull for?
     
  16. Sart156
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    That's what I'd love to know! Was it a moonshine car or a race car? Maybe both? Hood has a custom latch also.
     
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  17. neilswheels
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    has the trunk handle been shaved?
     
  18. Sart156
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    Ya IMG_20200323_183325.jpg
     
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  19. neilswheels
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    That will be why then, no trunk release to open it from the outside, maybe the hood was shaved as well.
     
  20. deuceman32
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    That's what I thought at first, but look closer. It's not a crossmember, it is a big bar to which the bones are likely welded topside, and, I believe, the ball stud is also welded to it topside center. Still a wishbone, kinda.
     
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  21. 42merc
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    You are correct. I expanded the photo and it shows.
     
  22. williebill
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    After looking at it for about 25 years, don't you think it's time to get started?
    I like the period stuff a lot. Badass car in its day.
     
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  23. Hood was shaved as well.
     
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  24. Sart156
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    I understand why the release is there. Im curious about why someone bothered shaving the truck and hood.. it's no late 50s custom or anything.. looks more like they where hiding something.
     
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  25. Model A Gomez
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    The wishbones are down right scary, we used 1 1/2 inch pipe and screw on caps for dumps, I think the gasket would burn out on those and leak. A lot of cars were nosed and decked in the old days, just cleaned up the look.
     
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  26. Sart156
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    thanks! that makes sense. First time I have seen home made exhaust dumps like that!
     
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  27. Great project, good luck. :) BigO
     
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  28. hudson48
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    Man some rough work done back in the day!!
     
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  29. Stogy
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    That's what the seatbelts are for...Buckle up it's going to be one helluva ride...:D

    @Sart156 interesting capsule indeed...It's unquestionably a Period Hotrod/Hop-Up and needing a ressurection correcting past sketchiness where needed but highly reflective of Hotrod Garage Hoodlumism where higher Excellence was not always present...thanks for the details Un-F'd with historical capsule details...as eluded that fuel pipe dump is priceless...

    I am curious if in the case of the rear bones pointed out by Sliced Deuce if this was done but never completed therefore backyard/garage modded and Never saw the road as they seem un-attached.
     
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  30. Bullit68
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    I love the exhaust too... and what a great engine!
     
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