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History A Rare Custom: Fred's '42 Ford Convertible

Discussion in 'Traditional Customs' started by Jive-Bomber, Sep 24, 2020.

  1. Jive-Bomber
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    A Rare Custom: Fred's '42 Ford Convertible

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  2. Dangerousdan
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    Why is it that some of my favorts seem to be some of the rarest models produced. I have alway enjoyed the grill the 1942 ford wears as a badge of pride. The convertible is the model I would have had. I remember my dad bringing home a 1946 Merc convertible he had purchased recently with a full house flathead. Memories.
     
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  3. if that grille had been put on the '46-'47 trucks they might be a bit more popular now.....
     
  4. Automotive Stud
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    I wonder what the story is behind the '41 back? Wouldn't it be essentially the same as the '42? Maybe it was hit hard in the back at some point prior?
     

  5. sololobo
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    I had a 42 Ford, we purchased it from the AirPort management at the Grand Island, Ne. airport. The Ford was left over from WW Two days when the base was a bomber storage facility as many Ne. airports were. It was a tu-door sedan, O. D. paint even on the chrome. I put a 48 front end on it and discarded the 42 front for scrap. What a sad story, if I had left it all O.G., it would be a treasure now. Young and foolish! This ragtop is stunning.
     
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  6. I'm guessing the rear clip was replaced after an accident - the back end of a '42 is the same as a '41 or vice-versa
     
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  7. lippy
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    My Dad and Mom had a 42 convertible, In Calif in the 40's. It was real pale yellow or whatever that color was. :D
     
  8. goldmountain
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    The '42s have such a pretty grille. Also would love to see a '42 Desoto with hideaway headlights..
     
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  9. HarveyWallbanger
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    The 1941 rear clip is a one year only design, with no quarter window. 1942-48 had a small quarter window that doesn't lend itself as well to a Carson top. This is why the '41 is the favored early custom, in my opinion.
     
  10. I agree with Harvey.

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  11. Glenn Thoreson
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    I noticed there's no parking lights ?
    I wish my '42 looked that good. My '42 2 door has '41 rear fenders. I suspect the factory was using up some of their parts inventory before the Feb. 10th order to shut down civilian car production. Maybe a previous owner just needed new fenders.. Did you know that the first post war ('46) cars came with 2x6 wood bumpers? Certain metals, such as chrome in this case, were in extremely short supply due to the war demands. When you bought a new '46 when they first became available the dealer would put you on a list. As bumpers came in they would notify you and you would go in and get your pretty chrome bumpers installed. Ford quickly got that taken care of.
     
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  12. Automotive Stud
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    Good catch, I didn't think about the '42 having back windows like a '46-48. Although if you are building a Carson top anyway, I'm not sure why you couldn't just put the back windows down and go over it. Maybe it would be more obvious seeing the cars in person.
     
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  13. Dangerousdan
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    That 1942 De Soto was a beautiful car. Yea! that would have been a looker. My $0.02
     
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