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Features 1940's period correct customs

Discussion in 'Traditional Customs' started by Django, Dec 8, 2009.

  1. Outback
    Joined: Mar 4, 2005
    Posts: 1,212

    from NE Vic

    This has long been a one of my favorite threads....
    I'm piecing together (slowly due $'s & family) a 35 hump back 4 door, ok I know that it's kinda like "the least of these" in terms of cool value, but my plan is for a late 40's tail dragger/mild c(k)ustom.

    It's in a similar blue to Washington, it'll be running an 8ba, 39 box, 39 brakes, lowered spare wheel,
    for the time it'll run stock bonnet sides & tail lights as I have them & they are painted. My plan is to make some changes over time, once it is on the road. I'll probably notch/step the chassis a little, but it will run springs, not bags.

    I'd like to run a set of full caps, but have a set of smoothy style stock caps which should work with some ribbed trim rings.

    In terms of tyres, would WW's in 6.00 16" be the right thing in terms of era? I also have a set of 39 tail lights which I could use but have these been over done?
    I would love a set of 37 Desoto or 41 Ford bumpers but they are a little hard to find out here... I do have an era correct local option which I think will work....
    The dash will be stock, but in terms of a steering wheel, is a Banjo appropriate? I have the style & idea's pretty nailed, but I'm not sure what I think about some of these details...
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  3. straykatkustoms
    Joined: Oct 30, 2001
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  4. Finnrodder
    Joined: Oct 18, 2009
    Posts: 2,965

    from Finland

    I saw this '39 Lincoln-Zephyr in Sweden at this summer.Its from Denmark and it was converted from 4 door to convertible in 1939,in Denmark.Its a really mindblowing piece of scandinavian custom history.


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  5. CadMad
    Joined: Oct 20, 2012
    Posts: 814


    I love the split rear window treatment on the soft top. Gotta be one of the coolest rides out there. . . . That ain't a Cadillac.
  6. Outback
    Joined: Mar 4, 2005
    Posts: 1,212

    from NE Vic

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  7. tinsled
    Joined: Sep 7, 2007
    Posts: 613


    Beautiful flowing lines...
    Any link (or other source) to learn more of this car?
    What was the reason to convert a new sedan in 1939? (I suppose less passenger space was not considered an advantage in Europe at that period of time...?)
  8. RainierHooker
    Joined: Dec 20, 2011
    Posts: 2,018

    from Tacoma, WA

    Probably simple availability.

    I can't imagine too many Lincolns of any model were making their way over to Europe in the late pre-war days. And that goes double for a big full-size V12 when you figure how vehicles were taxed in continental Europe at the time.

    While there were likely few Lincolns available, the coach-building industry was still alive and thriving in Europe then, so if you could afford a big American car, you could afford to build it into whatever you wanted...
  9. Rikster
    Joined: Dec 10, 2004
    Posts: 5,781


    Here is a LINK to an article I did on the Lincoln on the Custom Car Chronicle.
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  10. Finnrodder
    Joined: Oct 18, 2009
    Posts: 2,965

    from Finland

    Thanks for the link!
    I heard some of this Linc's history,but i dint know all the details.Thanks!
  11. tinsled
    Joined: Sep 7, 2007
    Posts: 613


    Very interesting and surprising story - at least for a finn, on the perspective of the history.

    In 1939 the war already begun in Finland and Poland. I can tell you guys, that in Finland there was not a soul who could have had a big new car customized to his dream at that time. 90% of big powerful US cars were claimed by the army in lack of transportation vehicles. Doctors, industrial chief officers etc. key people keeping the country going were allowed to keep their cars. Some people in country side hide their cars not to loose them, but none the less were not able to use them...

    Denmark was richer by far, but being close to Germany I found this story very surprising although.
    As it has happened, I realize that the war time was different in Denmark from what it was up here.
    Another very pleasing surprise, that this car has survived the war and the poor years after the war.
    Most of the 1937...-40 big american cars were used and worn out during late 40's and all through the 50's in Europe when new cars were expensive and almost impossible to get...
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  13. TTT for a great thread
  14. Dangerous Dan
    Joined: Jul 10, 2011
    Posts: 375

    Dangerous Dan
    from Graham Wa.

    NICE BUMPERS !!!!! 489208-1381925022-c96edb2649ca098af56e0ad80d553d32.jpg
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  15. Bandit Billy
    Joined: Sep 16, 2014
    Posts: 7,774

    Bandit Billy

    ^^^^^I didn't know they had 5 MPH impact bumpers back then.
  16. Mac30
    Joined: Oct 8, 2008
    Posts: 275

    1. S.F.C.C.

    IMG_20180929_183711.jpg A pair of 41's in 40's trim
  17. verde742
    Joined: Aug 11, 2010
    Posts: 5,701

    1. a veteran died today

    please take NO offense,, love the chop.,, But I think you have skirt on wrong side of car.
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  18. 5 mph bumpers my ass, I'd hit it harder than that!
  19. That quote is from a good while back - I've since finished a complete re-do and thought a pic would keep this thread moving along:

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  20. 392
    Joined: Feb 27, 2007
    Posts: 1,206


    Great thread.
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  21. Rozzi
    Joined: Jan 24, 2006
    Posts: 157


    Granted, 1936 humpback sedans aren't the coolest car to customize, but I thought this 1947 dated photo I recently picked up fit this thread. Skirts, wheel covers, a spotlight, some flair on the hood/grille and what looks like a running board delete all make for a simple 1940's custom.

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  22. 2.jpg
    Working towards this look on my '47.
  23. Anymore 40s period customs out there ? BigO
  24. D.Conrad
    Joined: Jan 8, 2010
    Posts: 452

    1. 1940 Ford

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  26. Jalopy Joker
    Joined: Sep 3, 2006
    Posts: 26,981

    Jalopy Joker

  27. 'Mo
    Joined: Sep 26, 2007
    Posts: 7,432


    How about this one, from Valley Customs?

    I) Seared in my brain forever in the Sixties (from a show at the local arena) is an unchopped, candy red '41 coupe.
    Those molded rear fenders did the deed!

    II) How about the raised front wheel wells? They set this car apart from a sea of more radical customs.
    (I know your ride is crazy low already. Why not run with it! ;))
    Last edited: Dec 18, 2019
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  28. Im really leaning towards the custom, the Hot Rod would be cheaper and eaiser but that's not what this old car thing is about, and that '41 is part of the reason I'm looking to go custom, that thing is great looking. thanks Mo....BigO
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  29. Bullet Nose
    Joined: Nov 20, 2001
    Posts: 2,085

    Bullet Nose

    Used to see this 41 Ford coupe running around Redondo Beach, CA in the 50's and don't ever remember seeing another one like it with Merc taillights.

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