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Customs Has anyone 3 window swapped a 40 ford coupe. Not just filled quarter windows.

Discussion in 'The Hokey Ass Message Board' started by Hitchhiker, Oct 9, 2022.

  1. Like the title says, has anyone 3 window swapped a 40 Ford coupe? Not just filled the quarter windows, but changed the roof line? Think 36 3 window roof on a 40 ford....maybe even lengthen the doors?
  2. Kiwi 4d
    Joined: Sep 16, 2006
    Posts: 3,383

    Kiwi 4d

    Earl Bruce coupe nick named “the armoured car” you can see why.It may be historic but that doesn't make it nice. It needs what @Hitchhiker mentions.
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  3. JimSibley
    Joined: Jan 21, 2004
    Posts: 3,674


    I would like to think I have seen it done, but I am not sure. Seems like it would look alot like a willys.
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  4. 40Vert
    Joined: Jun 10, 2006
    Posts: 667


    Here are a couple of pics of two different styles.

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  5. tubman
    Joined: May 16, 2007
    Posts: 6,419


    Ya' know, I really like how it looks, but it's just WRONG!
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  6. Exactly what I was talking about! Thanks!
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  7. Several have tried. I haven't seen one that was an improvement. I think the dark blue one above is about the best. The others are all pretty much deformed.
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  8. I was thinking poormans Zephyr. But willys would be spot on.
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  9. Tim
    Joined: Mar 2, 2001
    Posts: 15,098

    from KCMO

    There was a glass 37 three window made at some point. Might be worth looking Up for a point of reference
  10. Interesting idea Hitchhiker.. That said, those fibreglass '37 three windows missed the mark in my opinion as the window opening and roofline were distorted somehow - much like the primer example 40Vert showed. I agree that the blue example looks much better. This conversion really requires an exact replica (or transplant) of Ford's '36 three window. It's proportions are spot on.

    As I said, interesting idea and I bet the fellows on the Photoshop thread would jump on this one. ..Maybe a slight chop as well?

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  11. There have also been multiple photoshop versions over the years too. That glass one was hideous. Wasn't that supposed to be a 37?
  12. Not a '40, but here's how it should be done:

  13. This looks good. Any more pics of this one?

  14. 41woodie
    Joined: Mar 3, 2004
    Posts: 1,126


    Many have tried, many have failed.
  15. That's a tough one to pull off but the 39 above looks to have pulled it off from the angle of the photo.
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  16. Hitchhiker, do you have a 40 Coupe your thinking of cutting up?
  17. adam401
    Joined: Dec 27, 2007
    Posts: 2,843


    Ive kicked the idea around for years. I think the ticket is to use 2 door sedan doors on a coupe with the b pillar moved back. Door tops of course would need extensive work.
  18. Fogger
    Joined: Aug 18, 2007
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  19. 40FORDPU
    Joined: Mar 15, 2009
    Posts: 3,547

    from Yelm, Wa
    1. Northwest HAMBers

    It may be easier to accomplish by putting a '40 front end on a '36 3 window, if someone feels the need.
    I'm like most, love the '40 Ford for its overall look, which includes the roofline (except for the '40 Convertibles, my top will always be down).
  20. moparboy440
    Joined: Sep 30, 2011
    Posts: 987

    from Finland

  21. stanlow69
    Joined: Feb 21, 2010
    Posts: 6,862


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  23. the 38 has a different roof shape to the 39/40 in the crown to deck transition, so is easier to pull off. While a couple are pretty good efforts I still haven't seen a 39/40 that would make me want it more than a stock version.
  24. goldmountain
    Joined: Jun 12, 2016
    Posts: 4,016


    A forty three window just looks wrong.
  25. toolz
    Joined: Dec 4, 2010
    Posts: 44


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  26. BamaMav
    Joined: Jun 19, 2011
    Posts: 6,137

    from Berry, AL

    I dunno. Why mess with perfection? If Henry thought a three window 39-40 looked good, he would have built one…
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  27. choptop40
    Joined: Dec 23, 2009
    Posts: 4,622


    Foose Sr. 1940 chopped 5 window was each his own .......
  28. finn
    Joined: Jan 25, 2006
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  29. 1934coupe
    Joined: Feb 22, 2007
    Posts: 4,910


    Not exactly the same but "Dutch" Comstock from Herkimer NY did a 46ish Ford coupe into a 3 window. The guy was on here must have been 4 years ago. Car looked good, Dutch did quite a job.


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