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Discussion in 'Traditional Hot Rods' started by Jerry Perkins, Nov 26, 2017.

  1. Jerry Perkins
    Joined: Oct 29, 2017
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    Jerry Perkins

    I'm rebuilding a 1940 ford 1/2 ton pickup. Not the traditional perfect bolt numbers matching and not a boxed framed Chevy motor replacement. This has a 221 c.i. flathead that has been overbored to 239 c.i. and a 400 jr. Camshaft. The original 4 speed on the floor and the body and frame has only had the rust removed and replaced with good metal. It's got tube shocks and I've done everything by myself by hand. What I didn't buy, I made from whatever I had. It's been so fun and all I want to do is drive it and work on it to make it better.
     
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  2. show me.......
     
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  3. Jerry Perkins
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    Jerry Perkins

     

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  4. 40FORDPU
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    40FORDPU
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    1. Northwest HAMBers

    Nice project.
    Be sure to keep us updated.
     
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  5. Jerry Perkins
    Joined: Oct 29, 2017
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    Jerry Perkins

    Will do. I have the hood, fenders, and glass in with new rubber seals. I have a video on you tube at 1940 ford 59a. It shows me test driving. So much fun
     
  6. joel
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    Welcome Jerry. I'll follow along.
     
  7. ENUF 41
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    Jerry, looks like your having a great time.
     
  8. albertaboy
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    I subscribed and am looking forward to seeing your progress.
     
  9. dwollam
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    dwollam
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    Paint those heads and timing cover red!
    I've had two '40 pickups, a '39 Deluxe Coupe with '40 trim, and my '40 Standard Tudor my Dad bought in early 1965.
    It is not going anywhere until I die! Then it still stays in the family.
    I love '40s. Yours is looking good!

    Dave
     
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  11. buzz4041
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    I am following.
     
  12. Jerry Perkins
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    Jerry Perkins

    This is the inside. I need to update some more pics
     

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  13. manyolcars
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    manyolcars

    Are you going to use the granny gear to pull heavy loads?
     
  14. Jerry Perkins
    Joined: Oct 29, 2017
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    Jerry Perkins

    I feel like this truck deserves to be retired from heavy work but still driven. I just want to drive it and still feel all the bumps and bounces off the way it was in the 40s. The whine of the transmission and the lump of the flathead. I get allot of thumbs up
     
  15. Jerry Perkins
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    Jerry Perkins

    That is so cool. I'm rebuilding the bed on my truck and I envy yours. I'm cutting out rust but no new panels. The stake pockets are going to be new but the rest is patched. By the way my wife calls my 40 patches.
     
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  16. joel
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    I thought about rebuilding my bed, but careful inspection revealed that the only parts worth fixing were the bed sides. I decided, in this case, time was more important than money. I have about 30 hours in assembly and install of the new bed.
     
  17. patterg2003
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    patterg2003

    Welcome. really a nice truck and you are doing it justice. Enjoy your build & keep us posted on your progress.
     
  18. Jerry Perkins
    Joined: Oct 29, 2017
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    Jerry Perkins

    Will do. I'm working on the bed and a friend sold me a set of 1935 ford spoke wheels so I'm cleaning then up also
     
  19. joel
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    Go patches


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  20. Jerry Perkins
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    Jerry Perkins

    Another pic. I'm going to keep adding photos as I progress.
     

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  21. Jerry Perkins
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    Jerry Perkins

    I'll keep adding pics. I actually put out on the freeway near Boise today. Did real good up to 70 mph and stayed comfortable at over 65mph
     

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  22. Jerry Perkins
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    Jerry Perkins

  23. Glad to see you moving ahead. Nice truck
     
  24. sstock...not
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    The 1940 Ford truck is a classic. Have one myself. Bought it with a sbc in it. Wish it had a flathead like yours. Good luck with it.

    Butch
     
  25. expavr
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    expavr

    What ratio are you running in the differential to do 70 MPH?
     
  26. coilover
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    coilover
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    I think you have a better engine than you stated, looks like a 24 stud one to me. Lady luck is with you.
     
  27. joel
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    It looks like good progress on the bed. Are you going to use a wood floor or steel?
    If you are OK at 65 mph, I’d say engine is good. How are the brakes doing?


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  28. Jerry Perkins
    Joined: Oct 29, 2017
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    Jerry Perkins

    I failed pre race inspection at swap meet and test tune drags but got info on what I need to be ready for the nostalgia drags. Found a cool tach and some seat belts from
    A 50s ford too.
     
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  29. Jerry Perkins
    Joined: Oct 29, 2017
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    Jerry Perkins

    I think it's a 3:70 . We did the math and that' what it seems to be. I had it up to 75 and I think it will top out at around 80 somewhere. I failed pre race inspection at the swap meet and test and tune drags yesterday but I have info to be ready for the nostalgia drags and will post what it does in in the top end
     
  30. Jerry Perkins
    Joined: Oct 29, 2017
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    Jerry Perkins

    I found some polished 4x8 sheets of aluminum diamond plate I really like I want to use. It' soft but looks great and it' cheap, $100. Also light . The brakes work much better than I thought they would. I have a 70 camaro with manual disc brakes and they feel comparable. I see why people use 40 juice brakes on there deuces.
     

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