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Discussion in 'The Hokey Ass Message Board' started by 39custom, Mar 11, 2017.

  1. 39custom
    Joined: Mar 13, 2014
    Posts: 69


    Sorry folks that took longer than I had thought it would.

    As I mentioned before I was working on the project all summer and really learning how long things can take.

    I started by completing the transmission tunnel fabrication and putting in the (65 T-bird) seats. Of course they are wider than the interior of the car so that required some notching of the trans tunnel and fabrication of some scoop shaped pieces to clean that area up.
    That was around the time I unknowingly started taking "Live" photos on my phone and for that reason I don't have a lot of photos to up load. Or at least I haven't been able to upload them.

    I then started working on the dashboard. To me the 39 Ford dash is kind of boring, although for some reason I have liked pictures I have seen of them mounted in other 30's cars.
    Anyway I kept the louvered center section, extended the glove box door 2" and filled in the drivers side and mounted the 1950 Chrysler unit.
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    Next on to the cowl vent. Several pieces to make this item from scratch. But I got it to fit and hook up to the original mechanism.

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  2. 39custom
    Joined: Mar 13, 2014
    Posts: 69


    After that it was on to the interior sheet-metal.

    I determined where the interior of the car finished and where the trunk started and added some temporary plywood and built a rear sheet-metal piece that follows the shape of the front seats and will eventually have upholstered panels to look like a rear seat.

    That might be a good location for the battery later. Also stiffened up the rear door pillar etc.

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  3. 40FORDPU
    Joined: Mar 15, 2009
    Posts: 2,934

    from Yelm, Wa
    1. Northwest HAMBers

    Great metal skills..following along.
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  4. 39custom
    Joined: Mar 13, 2014
    Posts: 69


    Moving on I put in the steering column (47 Ford) converted the shift linkage from the manual trans (two arm) to one and will add the Lokar 700r4 arm later.

    Added all the body mounts and fabricated a custom one for the front of the firewall and mounted the brake booster master cylinder etc, had to re jig the cross-member for that install.

    Figured out the gas tank size and mounts etc, to be fabricated next year.
    Bought some other small parts etc, etc.

    That's was about it for this year. All those little pieces can take up a fair bit of time.

    The main thing is that I haven't lost interest in the project, so that's a good thing.

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  5. Jalopy Joker
    Joined: Sep 3, 2006
    Posts: 25,485

    Jalopy Joker

    common problem
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  6. Squablow
    Joined: Apr 26, 2005
    Posts: 14,625


    Good update, I really like the custom dash work.
  7. Beautiful work! I'm loving where this is heading.:cool:
    Really like that dash - I had plans on fitting a '56 Chev cluster to the '40 dash in my '36, but ended up taking the 'safe' route. Almost tempted to get cuttin' again after seeing yours.
    Great that you're still at it - so easy for 'life' to get in the way sometimes.

  8. nunattax
    Joined: Jan 10, 2011
    Posts: 2,366


    takes longer to do it right
  9. 39custom
    Joined: Mar 13, 2014
    Posts: 69


    Thanks Bear,

    I'm living near Toronto Canada now, but I'm originally from Mosgiel, near Dunedin on the South Island.
    Your project is one of the best on here for sure. A ton of excellent detail!!
    Last edited: Dec 30, 2018
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  10. fortynut
    Joined: Jul 16, 2008
    Posts: 1,038


    Your coupe needs a Cadillac engine. Any size up to Five hundred cubic inches, or more. Sleds don't need wimp-ass motorvation. The ones I like best haul the freight like a speedball express, a non-stop boogie special that goes like it looks. Otherwise, you'll be run over by our hot rod brothers who think fast and the make you eat their dust.
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  11. 32SEDAN
    Joined: Jul 30, 2008
    Posts: 1,292


    Any updates? Would love to see more of this build!

    Sent from my iPhone using H.A.M.B.
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  12. The37Kid
    Joined: Apr 30, 2004
    Posts: 27,543


    What a great build, just started at page one and got up to date. Bob
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  13. 39custom
    Joined: Mar 13, 2014
    Posts: 69


    I'm going to update the thread in the late fall. I have been working on the front sheetmetal and building the inner fenders etc.
    I also redid some of the rear joints in the panels and got the trunk mounted and a new skin for that in the works.
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