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My Dad lands a 1940 Ford Deluxe coupe!

Discussion in 'The Hokey Ass Message Board' started by Chris, Jul 27, 2012.

  1. My Dad got me into cars. Ever since I was born he was always working or tinkering on something...and 95% of the time it was an old Ford. Over the years he has collected a lot of projects...more then one guy needs really. My Mom has been after home for a while to sell off some stuff and actually get some cars done!

    The Spokane Swap Meet was a week and a half ago and we saw this 40 coupe for sale there. My Dad fell in love with it. It is a very nice, strait, original paint Deluxe coupe. Sunday afternoon I was there working a gate (I'm in the early Ford V8 club that puts that meet on) and I ended up buying a 26-27 T RPU (long story). I called my Dad and asked if he could bring the trailer down and he said sure. So a couple hours later he's there and he's back eyeing that 40 coupe. He talked to the owner and the guy came down quite a bit from his original asking price. My Parents just got done siding their house and having power put in at their river property where they hope to build a home, so cash was very tight. My Dad told the guy he would liek to buy the car but just didn't have the money. The owner of the ol Ford said "Gimme a down and make payments!" How can you argue with that? So that was it, my Dad had me list a couple cars for sale (more to come) and today went and paid it off and brought her home.

    The history is pretty much non existent. It came from Idaho according to the title and an elderly fella owned it but died, the guy Dad got it from bought it from the estate. That's about all we not too much :) The odometer shows 88,000 miles. Car has whats left of it's original tan paint. Every piece of glass is 1939 Ford script. It's an early car with the flip up ash trays. It's missing the engine, transmission and front seat...otherwise pretty complete. It is strait as an arrow and has hardly and rust!

    My Dad's plans are to lower it, big-n-littles, flathead, stock 3 speed...basic stuff but it's hard not to on a 40 coupe!! He's in a selling mood, he says he realizes that he just has too many projects and wants to thin the heard, so keep an eye peeled in the classifieds if you need a new project :D










  2. Don's Hot Rods
    Joined: Oct 7, 2005
    Posts: 8,319

    Don's Hot Rods
    from florida

    That baby looks really solid. Always loved 39-40 Fords. Good for your Pop ! :D

  3. Steve 38
    Joined: Jan 5, 2007
    Posts: 490

    Steve 38

    Oh wow, too cool. Its condition is amazing!
  4. heyitsnate
    Joined: Apr 8, 2004
    Posts: 1,627

    from tacoma,wa

    This is awesome.

  5. The37Kid
    Joined: Apr 30, 2004
    Posts: 27,254


    Another fine addition to the family collection. Have you ever rolled everything out and taken a photo of the fleet? Bob
  6. flyin flattie
    Joined: Oct 13, 2005
    Posts: 437

    flyin flattie

    man thats a great solid start. Just need some good ol wheels and she will be all stock and a good start for what ever you want to do.
  7. Lil32
    Joined: Apr 4, 2012
    Posts: 1,379


  8. Nice score by your Dad, Chris. Look forward to seeing the progress....Murph, Are you watching?;)
  9. bubba67
    Joined: Nov 26, 2008
    Posts: 1,789

    from NJ

    I love '40s, congrats to your dad !
  10. 1941coupe
    Joined: Jul 4, 2010
    Posts: 397


    wow what a score,when was the last time you saw an unmolested solid 40 ford,like your dads plans,a nice dressed flathead wide whites way to go .
  11. Goodlife
    Joined: Apr 12, 2010
    Posts: 181


    Looking at the pictures I see a car that is in remarkable condition and by comparison, will be an easier restoration that a lot cars you would find today. Having spent the last year working on a standard that needed floor pans and several sheet metal pieces I would say you have a foundation that will go together with a lot less effort and expense.
    I lowered mine and am sticking with the flathead also. Will be interested to see how it goes and I would say that you did well finding that car.
  12. One of the best looking cars ever built. In my opinion!
  13. Scored BIG TIME, with that solid body you saved a ton of money and time in bodywork. Now you can paint it any dark (black) color you want.
  14. Rickybop
    Joined: May 23, 2008
    Posts: 6,573

    from Michigan

    Congrats to your dad on the '40. Really nice.

    Wanna see pics of your r.p. too!
  15. brady1929
    Joined: Sep 30, 2006
    Posts: 8,332


  16. Chris,
    Your dad needs a serious talking to. I hate that I don't have that 40. :D

    Looks like a good solid builder I am happy for your dad ( and you too of course). :cool:

    Hey just checked out the '37 man do I need another project, about like a hole in the head. Can't beat the price but someone would have to make more than one trip to haul it all home. Good looking project. It shouldn't last at the price for damned sure.

    Last edited: Jul 27, 2012

  17. Not much...but by Sunday it was 400.00 and I figured I needed it. As I was carting it off a friend of a friend made me an offer that I figured meant he wanted it more them me, so I didn't own it too long

  18. If anyone has a 40 business coupe seat, he's on the lookout!
  19. ss34coupe
    Joined: May 13, 2007
    Posts: 4,119


    Another great find!
  20. S.F.
    Joined: Oct 19, 2006
    Posts: 2,894


    AWESOME PIC! right click, save...
  21. nwbhotrod
    Joined: Oct 13, 2009
    Posts: 1,243

    from wash state

    My 1940 ford came out of Spokane about 10 years ago

    Attached Files:

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

    from Texas

    The 40 5W Coupe has seat with a solid seat back which which pivots up from the bottom toward the steering wheel to access the behind seat storage area.
    The "Business" Coupe or "Opera Coupe", both terms Ford did not use, has the split back bench seat and opera seats on either behind the seat.
    Both versions were available in Standard or DeLuxe versions in 1940.
  23. speedyb
    Joined: May 12, 2010
    Posts: 484

    from socal

    Man, thats a sweet one.
  24. sskustoms
    Joined: Jun 18, 2007
    Posts: 276


    WOW that thing is is in great shape !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
  25. broey
    Joined: Jul 4, 2012
    Posts: 67


    yeah, sweet find!
  26. nowaxn5
    Joined: Apr 15, 2007
    Posts: 813


    I'm sure you guys will do it right. Assuming he will do it that is...
  27. fatkoop
    Joined: Nov 17, 2009
    Posts: 712


    It's a forty coupe. How can you go wrong? (Not that I'm prejudice!)
  28. KustomCars
    Joined: Jul 31, 2011
    Posts: 3,457

    from Minnesota

  29. 343w
    Joined: Dec 15, 2008
    Posts: 1,465


    A 2 door sedan seat should work as well, it splits in the middle to access the rear.
  30. RAF
    Joined: Sep 13, 2008
    Posts: 432

    from MA.

    Congrats!! Sweet car.

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