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Projects Garage find 1940 ford opera coupe

Discussion in 'The Hokey Ass Message Board' started by 32rustedinpiece, Aug 3, 2012.

  1. bustingear
    Joined: Oct 29, 2002
    Posts: 2,014


  2. .........That would be a very nice thing to do and sets a good goal to keep you motivated and moving forward on the project.:)
  3. Pops1532
    Joined: Jun 19, 2011
    Posts: 544

    from Illinois

    Great score!
    What are your plans for it?.....hoping you say get it running and stopping and preserve the rest as is. VERY nice find!
  4. Stu Padasso
    Joined: Sep 11, 2008
    Posts: 476

    Stu Padasso

    5 window coupe, no jump seats, bench seat
    business coupe (opera coupe), jump seats, split back seat
  5. Persistence pays off! Great find. Any pictures of the jump seats?
  6. nice find! to me the only thing cooler than a custom is a vintage one, it would be a great start for a period correct car. it was a good thing he told you about the glove compartment, imagine the surprise that would be!:eek:
  7. Goodlife
    Joined: Apr 12, 2010
    Posts: 181


    When I found my 40 they had lost the keys also. As I was pulling the the dash out, I looked in the ash trays and low and behold, the keys. You might look there.

    From the pictures that car is in very restorable condition with lots to work with. I would say you will save bunches of dough by not having to replace a bunch of sheet metal,etc. I am going back with a flatty against every ones advice, but you get to make that choice.
    I think that you did well in finding this car and will have a great time getting it back on the road.
  8. 32rustedinpiece
    Joined: Nov 24, 2005
    Posts: 617


    some more pictures of the car getting cleaned up. Been buffing and polishing yesterday and today, and it is coming out better than i thought. The top is almost perfect. The original paint looks like it did the day it rolled off of the assembly line! Hoping to get it all cleaned up, seeing if the old flathead is any good, and if it is, putting it back in it and see if it will run. Might just make it safe and road worthy and just drive it the way it is for now. Like people have said, it is too nice and period correct to start changing alot of it. Thanks for all the comments.

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  9. 1badbaker
    Joined: Aug 25, 2010
    Posts: 183


  10. twistedridez
    Joined: Aug 21, 2008
    Posts: 112


    What an awesome score!!! Can't wait to see your progress!! Congrats
  11. joel
    Joined: Oct 10, 2009
    Posts: 2,122


    Great car! I find a 283 to go under that manifold and finish what the old guy started.
  12. Tony Ray
    Joined: Sep 8, 2007
    Posts: 1,049

    Tony Ray

    wow.. awesome find! watching this for sure!
  13. daviscfad
    Joined: Nov 11, 2010
    Posts: 67

    from rr nc

    Thats a clean car!
  14. Wow man!!!
    Great car and great story.
    You're a lucky man.
    It polished up beautiful!
  15. redroaddog
    Joined: Apr 1, 2011
    Posts: 332


    we he said!!!:cool:
  16. skoh73
    Joined: Apr 17, 2008
    Posts: 1,553


    Oh man, what an absolutely drop dead gorgeous car. I can't believe how amazing she looks all cleaned up. Killer score!
  17. vonpahrkur
    Joined: Apr 21, 2005
    Posts: 923


    i agree, get a fender to replace the one that got lost, have it sprayed to match, get that sweetheart running, stopping and -DONE! :) Nice find! Congrats!
  18. Great find!! Time capsule car. The paint looks better than mine!:eek: Looks like it's got Mercury bumpers on it too.
  19. hemifalcon
    Joined: Mar 20, 2008
    Posts: 380


    Great car--and good job saving it.. Taking the guy for a drive next year will light a smile on the guys face that will be priceless.. And, i'll agree with what others have said--that interior is awesome!
  20. Rocky Famoso
    Joined: Mar 30, 2008
    Posts: 3,000

    Rocky Famoso

    I agree,
    The clock stopped___ and then it started ticking again...
    Continue on, where the last owner left off.
    Where those Moon hubcaps on the front seat in the first set of pictures?
    If so, it's gotta' be Moon caps and WWWs.
  21. Wow what a great ol car. That interior is SOOOOO bitchin! Love the pull handle for the trunk, too!!
  22. Mart
    Joined: Mar 3, 2001
    Posts: 4,603


    I love it.

    I just resurrected a 33 by concentrating only on what was stopping it from driving. If that were my 40 I'd be doing the same again.

  23. servi53
    Joined: Jun 28, 2006
    Posts: 338


  24. Larry W
    Joined: Oct 12, 2009
    Posts: 736

    Larry W
    from kansas

    OMG!!! Do the 327 thing, Nothing sweeter that a 40 with a 327. You won't be sorry..
  25. That's amazing the paint cleaned up that well! Hope you can match the paint on the missing fender.
    Please keep the interior! Even if you have to take it off to rebuild the seat and put it back on.
    I can't wait to get my 47 home.......
  26. seatex
    Joined: Oct 24, 2006
    Posts: 2,665


    I hate you! not really, but WAAAAY jealous! Awesome find!
  27. cheesegrater
    Joined: Sep 1, 2011
    Posts: 114

    from california

    Man put that thing together with a stock as a rock small block coupled to that adapter plate & have lots of patience when shifting gears or for sure youll blow something up then leave everything alone XCEPT make it safe & ENJOY THE HELL OUT OF IT
  28. chevy54man
    Joined: Feb 7, 2013
    Posts: 1,683

    from NC

    Hey good for you~! that is one sweet find!
  29. YJ4000
    Joined: Feb 5, 2009
    Posts: 286


    Any updates? Its been over a year. Looking foward to reading more.

  30. pasadenahotrod
    Joined: Feb 13, 2007
    Posts: 11,776

    from Texas

    Ford never called the 39-40 coupes with jump or "opera" seats by the name opera coupe.

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