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Discussion in 'The Hokey Ass Message Board' started by 50Fraud, Feb 8, 2020.
Vern Hammond's 40 chopped Custom by Scott Guildner
From my collection.
I remember this article well, although I'm puzzled by one detail. The 3" channel is discussed in some detail, but the interior photo doesn't show the depth of frame exposed (and usually covered) through the opened door that is typical of a channeled '40. Admittedly that interior shot is cut off just below the floor level, and it's possible that the visible portion of the frame extends below the floor, just out of the field of view.
Go here for good picts of Geraghtys car.
From the Detroit Autorama
A Custom In The Style I Like..
The un-cropped interior picture settles it: not channeled. Thanks for the clarification!
Here`s one from just south of Fort Dodge Iowa. Custom made.
That's pretty nice. I think it might have looked better if the window frame had been chopped about an inch in the rear.
another early chopped convertible.
Seen at Autorama.
I can't get this one out of my head ...
Best looking 40 sedan, Shaved, stance, hubcaps, 48 bumpers, gravel pans, Bates lights, Appletons, SLICK!
The 3 window 39/40 is rare but not good looking 5 wimdow's look far better, the chopped 40 convert even better. The black 2 Dr sedan is killin' it, love it.
Thanks for taking the time to create this post. It's really neat to see the cars/details where your influence came from.
Scrolling down, that Hooker/Valley Custom's car really caught my eye. The lack of running boards and the radiused wheel openings really transforms the car.
The best looking custom 40 Ford ever is not a 40 its Ray Vega's 38 tub
The remarkable thing about Hooker's car was that it was built on the cheap for a high school kid, and has almost no tricky metalwork in it -- yet it is perhaps the most striking car of this whole genre.
I love this thing too.
Another early one.
terry Roberts 40
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Wow! A bunch of beautiful '39 and '40's.
I have to say though that the Ralph Jilek '40 is as good as it gets for me. I prefer the earlier look and this thread definitely has some beauties!
50Fraud you've definitely built a great car but I'd love to see it finished with the proper wheel covers and tires.
Taken on a used car lot in L.A in '55. (Edit) This was Custom City's lot ...
The pictures were shot by this fella …..
To me, this thread just illustrates how well styled '39 and '40 Fords were.
Nowaxn5, I'm an old fart. I was a teenager in the '50s, and my hot rod & custom tastes were formed back then. Accordingly, prewar Fords should be on steel wheels with small hubcaps, beauty rings, and medium-width whitewalls. I credit Roy Brizio with adding chrome rims, reversed rears, and '50 Merc hubcaps as the high-end version of the same style. IMO there is no better-looking combination on a traditional-looking prewar Ford, so that's the style I selected for my '40. I made the design decisions on my car, and the wheel treatment & tires that are on it ARE the proper details.
I agree. A funny thing about that: a few years back, a book was published about Edsel Ford and his design chief, Bob Gregorie. I don't remember the title, but the focus was on the design of Fords during the years that those guys were in charge. In the book, Gregorie talks about the design of the '39, and then jumps directly to the '41, without a single word on the '40. He was proudest of the '41, and apparently thought that the '40 wasn't worth commenting on. Not the way that I see it!
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