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Discussion in 'The Hokey Ass Message Board' started by wutnxt, Apr 19, 2014.

  1. wutnxt
    Joined: Aug 2, 2009
    Posts: 320


    That axle is on the bottom of my concern list. A friend of mine wants it. He collects lots of worthless s_ _t.
  2. mickeyc
    Joined: Jul 8, 2008
    Posts: 1,066


    If you are installing a mild motor with an automatic the rear assembly in place now may be fine for your needs.
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  3. 1971BB427
    Joined: Mar 6, 2010
    Posts: 5,782

    from Oregon

    Sounds like fun! But anything to do with cars is!
  4. arkiehotrods
    Joined: Mar 9, 2006
    Posts: 5,909


    First off, congratulations on such a great find!

    Two vehicles on my bucket list: '56 Nomad (check), '40 Ford coupe (hopefully before I'm on the wrong side of the grass!), so I am a little bit envious!

    I like your plans for it; sounds "just right!" Keep us posted!
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  5. The '40 coupe is my holy grail car. Have fun with it and post updates.

  6. olscrounger
    Joined: Feb 23, 2008
    Posts: 3,956


    Congrats---great start
  7. wutnxt
    Joined: Aug 2, 2009
    Posts: 320


    Thanks for all the interest guys. I have never received this many replies to a thread. I'm just another lifelong (67) old car nut and I'm thinkin' this is going to be the last car I build. That means I'm keeping it, not croaking any time soon. I have a '46 Ford pickup that I built 22 years ago. My youngest son has laid claim to it. I'm thinking my oldest son will get this '40, then my grandson....yadda yadda.
    The car is in the shop right now on jack stands and the pieces are already coming off. I'm having a tough time with the bolts and caged nuts holding the fenders on. I've been soaking them and will keep trying. Got suggestions?
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  8. chevy54man
    Joined: Feb 7, 2013
    Posts: 1,683

    from NC

    Great find, good for you!
  9. 48FordFanatic
    Joined: Feb 26, 2011
    Posts: 1,336

    from Maine

    39's had the wipers over the windshield, also 39's didn't have the chevron taillights.
  10. Chuck R
    Joined: Dec 23, 2001
    Posts: 1,346

    Chuck R

    it's a 40 standard for sure. The 40 standard only came with one taillight. As you can see someone cut the left fender to install a second light. Great score, you are going to have fun with this car., I.rant you are correct awesome gaps. The grille looks excellent also.
  11. VoodooTwin
    Joined: Jul 13, 2011
    Posts: 3,455

    from Noo Yawk

    Air-powered tools, and/or a torch to heat them up.
  12. Chuck R
    Joined: Dec 23, 2001
    Posts: 1,346

    Chuck R

    This is a 1939 grille, different look from a 40.
    Here is a 39

    and a 40 standard
    Last edited: Apr 21, 2014
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  13. brady1929
    Joined: Sep 30, 2006
    Posts: 8,339


    congrats, awesome
  14. ronzmtrwrx
    Joined: Sep 9, 2008
    Posts: 459


    Nice score. Congrats to you.
  15. 1927Tudor
    Joined: Nov 21, 2007
    Posts: 188


    Congratulations, nice ride... try heat and a little candle wax.....
  16. bartmcneill
    Joined: Dec 23, 2009
    Posts: 384

    from Ada, OK

    Nice, wish the 38 body I have was so nice.
  17. wutnxt
    Joined: Aug 2, 2009
    Posts: 320


    Hey '40 experts I've got a 8" rear axle from a '64 Fairlane lined up and all I know is that it is fairly narrow. That chart that pops up in various places on here is a great resource but it omits the width for the '64 Fairlane, but does show the width for '64/'65 Falcon as 58" (ideal for Chassis Eng parallel leaf kit). Does anyone have any idea about the Fairlane unit?
  18. pasadenahotrod
    Joined: Feb 13, 2007
    Posts: 11,776

    from Texas

    Looks like you have a 39 fender on the left rear as the hole is hand cut and not matching the RR one. Std. cars had only one taillamp on the left rear fender.
    Is the dash a 40 Std. with rectangular instrument panel and arc-sweep speedometer?
  19. woodbutcher
    Joined: Apr 25, 2012
    Posts: 3,195


    :D Sweet find.Enjoy.
    Good luck.Have fun.Be safe.
  20. Zehndercarman
    Joined: Apr 22, 2014
    Posts: 1


    The cars really complete looks like a clean project with sweet results.
  21. wutnxt
    Joined: Aug 2, 2009
    Posts: 320


    Everything's Forty standard. The hole in the fender was done with an axe.
  22. OK, I gotta ask....what's up with the funky sidewalls on the rear rubber?

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  23. BurnoutNova
    Joined: Mar 30, 2011
    Posts: 135

    from USA

    Man people are just all about telling you its a 39! LOL

    Looks like an awesome score!
  24. edwardlloyd
    Joined: Aug 2, 2003
    Posts: 2,067

    from Germany

    Wow lucky you. That's a car with character. Still got it's Detroit soul.

    Twitter @edsrodshop
  25. billsat
    Joined: Aug 18, 2008
    Posts: 417


    I've been working on my '40 Deluxe for almost six years. We're actually putting it back together at the present - it feels so good to be putting parts "on" instead of taking parts "off". If I could do any one thing over again I think I would put a standard hood and grill on the car instead of the deluxe hood/grill. The standard grill in full chrome is just awesome looking. You've found a beauty, good luck with the build. And if it makes you feel any better, one side of my car had sat exposed to the weather in a shed for years. Just about every nut/bolt on that side of the car broke when we took it apart. The other side came apart with no trouble. But it was still fun to take apart!
  26. autobodyed
    Joined: Mar 5, 2008
    Posts: 1,944

    from shelton ct

    Real nice car, great game plan, good luck with it.
  27. thats what i like to hear, the story behind the find and acquisition.
  28. wutnxt
    Joined: Aug 2, 2009
    Posts: 320


    Its like they say in Real Estate: "Location, Location, Location"

    Well, in Old cars it's: "Connections, Connections, Connections"

    The gentleman I bought it from was 83 years old, not you typical old guy, but a real Hot Rodder. Among the cars I saw at his place were;

    Show quality '39 Ford convertible sedan with hot flathead. Bought it in a basket when he was 21 fo $75

    High quality street rod '48 Ford Panel with big block Ford

    Show quality '50 Ford Custom club coupe. Beautiful dark blue, 6cyl

    Show quality '34 Ford p.u. "sectioned", full fendered

    Beautiful bright red '53 Ford convert, stick with O/D

    About half a dozen other Fords. Too dazed to remember what they were
  29. Definitely a '40. '39 has roll out windshield and wipers above w/s. '40 w/s does not open and wipers are below w/s.
  30. Jason455
    Joined: Jun 21, 2004
    Posts: 515


    Im jealous that baby is SOLID
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