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Hot Rods Is the 1938 ford standard really the ugliest fat fender car?

Discussion in 'The Hokey Ass Message Board' started by crustz, Jul 12, 2015.

  1. crustz
    Joined: Sep 9, 2007
    Posts: 38

    from WA

    It's defiantly the least desirable of all fat fendered cars but in my mind that's mostly because it's the least common... I understand that if we all had the same taste we would all be chasing around the same fat chick, but I would love to hear some thoughts from those of you who don't care for them and why.. So for now let's just compare the 38 standard with the much more popular 38 deluxe model.. ImageUploadedByH.A.M.B.1436713645.290476.jpg ImageUploadedByH.A.M.B.1436713658.260312.jpg
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  2. Are you kidding,one look at Ryan's coupe proves they are not ugly! HRP

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  3. scrap metal 48
    Joined: Sep 6, 2009
    Posts: 6,075

    scrap metal 48

    I think the standard grille is the better looking of the two.. I also feel their popularity is rising fast...
  4. ss34coupe
    Joined: May 13, 2007
    Posts: 4,171


    Not a chance, 38 coupes are great looking cars.
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  5. I have always thought they were cool cars.....
  6. DDDenny
    Joined: Feb 6, 2015
    Posts: 14,727

    from oregon

    Either I'm getting old or someone put something in my coffee this morning.
    There was a time when those grilles didn't do much for me, and I've never been a big whitewall fan, but that combination really works for me.
    I could see myself owning that ^^^^^ car.
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  7. PKap
    Joined: Jan 5, 2011
    Posts: 593

    from Alberta

    Maybe it's the " least desirable" fat fendered Ford, at least historically for Hot Rodders, but definitely not the ugliest fat fendered car. I personally prefer the lines on Ryan's car over my 46 Ford. If there was a vote, I find most of the fat fendered Dodge offerings to be ugly, although there are a few out there that have been built to be cool.
    The beauty of what we do is that many times ugly can be fixed, and sometimes it doesn't take a whole lot to do so.

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  8. Gene Boul
    Joined: Feb 9, 2006
    Posts: 805

    Gene Boul

    Well that's why there are more than one song on a "jukebox"! I've never had the opinion that anyone thought my 38 standard was anything but cool. When we take it out to a freebe car-show or drive thru we get mobbed! Motorcycle guys particularly Harley gents always notice and give us a high five. Oh well to each his own.
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  9. There was a time, oh say 50 years ago (stop laughing punks:p) when the '37 was the red headed step child of the hot rod world (except for the roundy round guys who didn't care). Then in 1970 a guy named Orv Elgie finished a '37 sedan delivery that rocked the hobby and '37s took off. That left the '38 to pick up the mantle of "homely" that it's held ever since. Now I really like the '38 standard grille, and the coupe especially, but the deluxe and it's corresponding cousin, the '39 standard, just don't reach me (well, except for the pickup that had that nose grafted on, that looks bitchin'). Scrapmetal is talking himself into buying one, and DD is going they can be forgiven.;)
  10. I'd take either, but I'm more particular to the falling grille rather then the mustache in the wind version.
  11. 38 Hump
    Joined: Mar 29, 2007
    Posts: 42

    38 Hump

    I'm a little prejudiced (my '38 in avatar), I like em!!
  12. DDDenny
    Joined: Feb 6, 2015
    Posts: 14,727

    from oregon

    Deef too.
    My wife asks; why is it you can never here me but you can here a hot rod from a mile away.
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  13. squirrel
    Joined: Sep 23, 2004
    Posts: 48,235


    I like the standard a little better than the deluxe...but nothing is as ugly as a 46 ford pickup
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  14. You can make anything ugly if you try hard enough.

    The "ugly ducklings" are not ugly at all just depends on who's lookin' at 'em I guess.
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  15. volvobrynk
    Joined: Jan 30, 2011
    Posts: 3,587

    from Denmark

    They ain't ugly as a sin, but they will never be Chevy 46 beautiful.

    And the 38 is the red headed step child, when it comes to hot rods.

    But they can be made to stand out, can even become a nice custom.

    There is a guy on here building a 38 standard into a 3W coupe, looks like an zephyr coupe. Like that and Ryans a lot.
    Last edited: Jul 12, 2015
  16. crustz
    Joined: Sep 9, 2007
    Posts: 38

    from WA

    I would have to agree, I'm sure this is a question I could simply Google myself but one of you fellas probably knows.. Curious to the production numbers for 1938 deluxe vs standard.. Seems to me that I see more deluxe models that standard.
  17. metlmunchr
    Joined: Jan 16, 2010
    Posts: 757


    I like the 38 standard more than the 38 deluxe, but I also happen to like a 40 standard more than the 40 deluxe, so I guess I'm just strange :D
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  18. I remember a time when the 37 Ford was considered the ugly duckling in the Ford line up,I personally think once they dropped them they took on a entirely different look. HRP
  19. 3wLarry
    Joined: Mar 11, 2005
    Posts: 12,804

    Member Emeritus
    from Owasso, Ok

    note to self...bite tongue
  20. finn
    Joined: Jan 25, 2006
    Posts: 770


    They used to be ugly, but the've been rehabilitated as I get older.
  21. Paul
    Joined: Aug 29, 2002
    Posts: 15,287


    no, the ugliest fords were made between 1941 and 1948
    the '38 is a good looking car
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  22. Paul,even the 46 through 48 Fords have grown on me in recent years! HRP
  23. i.rant
    Joined: Nov 23, 2009
    Posts: 3,160

    1. 1940 Ford

    Both the standard coupe and Tudor outsold the deluxe models in 38.
    The rarest 38 model built was the standard sedan delivery, only 13.
    This info courtesy of The V-8 Album, produced by the Early Ford V-8 Club of America, great book.
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  24. Donut Dave
    Joined: Jul 9, 2007
    Posts: 376

    Donut Dave

    Have you ever taken a close look at the '37?
  25. B.A.KING
    Joined: Apr 6, 2005
    Posts: 3,728


    From what i have read over the years, the 38 standard was considered "ugly" in the day. Ugly = cheap= race car body. i have been told by old race car guys you could get them very cheap. You don't see a lot of them today. Thats why i like them,If you look at the old film of Daytona , where they are on the sand and hwy 1 ,i think you see quite a few of them.
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  26. I am with those who think the Standard looks better than the Deluxe. For a while I was thinking that the Standard version WAS a Deluxe because it looked better to me.
    I still think the 37 is kinda ugly. I like the 38 Standard better but even the 37 got better looking with age. Wish I could say as much about myself.
    But the 39 Deluxe is still perfection.
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  27. Gotgas
    Joined: Jul 22, 2004
    Posts: 6,948

    from DFW USA

    The '38 Ford is not the ugliest of the 'fat fendered Fords.' The '41 is. :)


    But all of the '35-48 Fords are great looking cars with a little work and a good eye.

    For the record, I have seen a whole bunch of ugly '36, '39, and '40 Fords. A car can't always rely on the good looks it was born with.

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  28. Never mind.................
  29. There was a time, but not now. I would love to find one.

    Oh yeah, I remember 4 Doors of any vintage were considered parts cars. That's changed as well.
  30. J. A. Miller
    Joined: Dec 30, 2010
    Posts: 1,549

    J. A. Miller
    from Central NY

    Just my opinion, but I think the 41s win the ugly contest.

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