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Drake/Carpenter 40 coupe body ??

Discussion in 'The Hokey Ass Message Board' started by 47chevycoupe, Oct 24, 2012.

  1. 47chevycoupe
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    I have been looking for a car for a while and have not found the right one yet. While on CL I saw a 40 4-door sedan. That got me to thinking about doing a body swap.

    I called Dennis Carpenter about their 40 coupe. Everything sounded good until the salesman said the doors are the same length as the 2 door sedan, WHAT??? I asked again and he is positive they are sedan length doors. I would think they should know. He also said there are several already in the crate ready to be shipped.

    Now for my question, is the coupe and 2-door sedan doors the same length? I was sure the coupe and 4-door sedan was the same length. It's not the first time I have been wrong.
     
  2. 40 & 61 Fords
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    The coupe and 4 DOOR doors are the same length. The top rear corner curves down on a coupe, and goes straight on the sedan door. I actually have a sedan door on the left side of my coupe.

    The tudor sedan door is about 4 inches longer than the coupe/4 door door.

    Was the 4 door on the Minneapolis Craigslist? I saw it at a swap a couple of weeks ago....It's pretty rough!! Frame is rusted through, lots of rust all over, no title. It was marked at $1600...I'd pass!
     
  3. otas
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    i think the salesman had to be wrong. bob drake would not spend that kind of money and put sedan doors on it.
     
  4. 47chevycoupe
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    I thought they were the same. The sales guy was wrong. No that was not the car in Minnesota. This car is in Oklahoma. For about 15K I could have a new rust free 40 coupe.
     

  5. Y-Blokkah
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    I can't wait for a few reviews on that body.
    I'm almost ready to throw down on one... to be Y-Block powered, of course!
     
  6. Took these pics at Fall Carlisle this month...Dont know what doors they use but she's a beauty!
     

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  7. adam401
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    Stock coupe doors are the same length as stock 4 door sedan doors but the top needs to be modified slightly to fit.
     
  8. fleet-master
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    i've been rebuilding this 'un...apart from the trunklid...it'll be all new panels from the A-pillars back. We're waiting on floors at moment. Can let you know how it turns out if you like....:)
    its a 39 deluxe coupe.the doors are the same as 4door sedan other than the top rear corner as others have stated.
     

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  9. Photo Kelly posted has the short doors...the sales guy at Drakes must be misinformed.
     
  10. uncle buck
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    He actually said Carpenters is who he called and I agree that their rep is the one that is misinformed. You are correct as to the short doors are what is used. Drake gets a bad enough rap that I though I should point out they were not in the wrong this time. :)
     
  11. nutter_street_rodder
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    Bob Drake's latest sale flier says the '40 coupe is canceled.
     
  12. Southfork
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    The coupe is cancelled? WTF does that mean?
     
  13. Fortunateson
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    Drake had to get out of it (might of been over his head $$$ wise). Sold the project to Carpenter. Apparently assembled in FLA. Panels from China.
     
  14. I took the picture in the Carpenter tent....
     

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