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Hot Rods Forty Ford Fixer upper

Discussion in 'The Hokey Ass Message Board' started by Silva, May 21, 2019.

  1. Silva
    Joined: Apr 28, 2005
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    So I bought this cool old hot rod a little over a year back. It appealed to me because it stood the test of time, was built in a traditional sense and had a very cool drivetrain. It also is a car that's been driven... a lot, and as the previous owner described been driven hard and put away wet. As most old cars, it needed some stuff. Originally built by long time New England hot rodder, Paul Aldrich in the 70's. It was built with an eye toward the past, back when it wasn't a popular thing to do.
    It features a 59 Buick 401 nailhead and a T-10 four speed transmission.

    Here it is leaving snowy New England.

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    Arriving in Austin Tx.

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    To be continued...
     
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  2. chevyfordman
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    I can't wait.
     
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  3. I'm liking it so far.:)
     
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  4. Dick Stevens
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    I'm in!
     
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  5. Stogy
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    :rolleyes:...mmmmmm...Bias Plys...OH and the rest is really cool too...Congrats @Silva...looking forward to the 'To be Continued' part and thanks for the teaser
     
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  6. F&J
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    I have seen Aldrich at some of Massachusetts traditional shows, but never met him. He has had some cool cars like the 52-54 Ford wagon with a early Olds Rocket that is used for towing a vintage airport drag car. I was surprised your 40 has a nailhead as I believe he still has a ton of early Olds stuff.
     
  7. rd martin
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    kool car! im a life time 40 fan, so please …. carry on! with pics please!:cool:
     
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  8. Tim
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  9. Nailhead and a 4 speed.........perfect.
    I have 40 fever. I want a coupe and I'm gonna get one. I've had several 2 door sedans but they didn't scratch my itch. Yours is good looking and understated.
     
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  10. Silva
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    Thanks for all your positive responses...

    So, I left off with delivery of the car to Austin. I met the transporter, because I live on a very tight and winding road near lake Travis. The drive home was uneventful and I made mental notes on the way.
    Shifts good, plenty of power, doesn't drive too bad, could use shocks, etc. The only negative was brake pedal is rock hard but stopping power is way off... Pulled in my driveway and the brakes failed.
    Happy I made it home safely and it is an old car I justified!

    Here it sits D.O.A.

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  11. Stogy
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    I'm smiling ear to ear looking at that and it's not even in my driveway...glad your interesting drive was eventful but unscathed...time to Iron out some minor details...;)
     
  12. Great looking ride...
     
  13. Bandit Billy
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    Sits great! Fender openings outlining those wide whites like it was a sketch. I don't see a lot of painted headlight buckets, I like the look!
     
  14. The37Kid
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    Nice car, Paul Aldrich has built and restored some nice vehicles over the years.

    Bob
     
  15. 40FORDPU
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    Nailhead with a 4 spd, in a '40 Ford..great combination!
    Nice, have fun with it.
     
  16. Wow, never pictured that car leaving New England. I've seen it in person once or twice over the years. Congrats! I'll be watching this thread
     
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  17. Silva
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    So no big deal right? It's all part of the "process" assess and repair. So, I did just that and decided while fixing the brakes, I'd change the front spring and install tube shocks from chassis engineering.
    I bought new Lincoln style brakes from the hub out, courtesy of Boling Bros. Replaced all hoses, lines, master cylinder, rear wheel cylinders etc. Oh and while we're there why not freshen things up with some chassis black...


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  18. Very nice, I would not change it too much, I have a thing for nasty ass fast cars that aren't too pretty.
     
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  19. Looks right out of the old days!:cool:
     
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  20. alchemy
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    I love a 40 Standard. I hope you are keeping the original headlight doors. Are those 50 Merc wheels?
     
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  21. 40Standard
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    good looking sedan
     
  22. tub1
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    40 standard is my pick of the 39/40 fords windscreen on a 40 is cool and I like the 39 style droopy hood , I've a 39 sloper ,you Tudor looks great
     
  23. Silva
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    Ok, so brakes and front suspension sorted! but wait what's that smell? The undeniable odor of an electrical fire...

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    A phone call to Rebel wire for a 9 + 3 wiring harness will take care of this issue. While re-wiring the car, I took the opportunity to clean up the dash and interior, while making some sympathetic changes.
    IE: swapping mismatched instruments, installing 49 Ford door handles and window cranks.
    SoCal speed shop 49 Ford style switch pulls. Compounding some of the striping off the dash, yet leaving enough, as a nod to the original builder. A thorough cleaning of the old vinyl...

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  24. dirty old man
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    Looking good! I like it:)
     
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  25. 40ragtopdown
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    Nice car enjoy it. That's an inspirational ash tray.
     
  26. The37Kid
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    Some people still wonder why we find wiring a mystery.:confused::confused::confused:

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  27. Zax
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    I just got through redoing the wiring on my '40. There was some scary stuff going on. It's amazing it had not burnt to the ground. Yours looks very similar to what I found.

    Keep up the good work.
     
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  28. brady1929
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    Great hot rod.
     
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  29. Stogy
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    More like some shouldn't be allowed to be near it...:D
     
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  30. Stogy
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    That's the only smoke that should be in the cabin...:D...rub it 3 times and she turns into a live Pinup...Oh Yeah

    @Silva was that under the seat?
     
    Last edited: May 25, 2019
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