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Discussion in 'The Hokey Ass Message Board' started by Chris, Aug 25, 2020.

  1. My wife has been telling me for the past couple years to get something we can all ride in. I am sure a lot of you have kids and know what it's like to not all fit in the hot rod/custom. I had a 53 Sunliner that I really liked, but it was pretty cramped inside and the top was always up with the kiddos in the back. I really only liked driving that car with the top down. So, I decided to sell it and try to find something a little better for a family car.

    I started out looking at 50's hardtops and wagons. Has anyone here ever shopped a cool station wagon? They are as much or more money as a hard top! My stipulation is I did not want to restore a car, I don't have the time and wanted something pretty turn key. I don't mind doing some stuff but I just didn't want to start from scratch. I also wanted something that I would drive with or without family. So it had to be cool.

    Earlier this year I kind of had the idea of a 40-earlier Ford tudor sedan. Plenty of room and inside and iconic cars. Prices are not horrible and hell yeah I would drive it and not feel dorky. So...the hunt was on. Tom Branch had reached out to me months ago asking what I thought his super bitchin 46 Ford coupe was worth. I asked why and he said his brother had a killer 40 tudor that he was thinking about buying, and if he did, the 46 would have to go. So a month or so ago I text Tom and asked if he ever bought the 40 from his brother. He said no, and I asked if his Brother wanted to sell it. He said yeah. So a couple calls and some pics later...and we stuck a deal. I had a friend coming up from SoCal with an empty trailer this past weekend, so he drug it up for me.

    The most bitchin thing about this car is Tom built it. The guy just builds killer stuff. This was an older restored 40 that was left for dead. Tom's brother bought it and Tom put it together using a 283, stock trans and rear end, as low as it will go while still using an I beam, big n littles, etc. The appealing part to me is all the plumbing, wiring, engine, trans, rear, brakes,'s all new/rebuilt. Tom build the engine himself. It's a basic 283, power pack heads, 4 barrel and dual exhaust. I have ached for a 40's Ford with an early Chev and stock trans/rear for years. Thousands were on the road in the 50s/60's and I want a taste of that. The interior is an older Labaron Bonney interior with the stock dash and some simple SW gauges under the dash. The previous owner bought every piece of chrome/trim that Bob Drake makes, along with all new seals, window runners, etc. Tons and tons of money spent on stuff that adds up fast. The trunk was full of Bob Drake products that have yet to be installed (mainly trim). The paint is pretty old but the car is a 99% rust free car and has the charm we all like in old cars. You can't really hurt it, so being the family wagon that was also a plus to not have something "too nice" but just nice enough... if that makes sense

    I have never really bought a "turn key" car, I always find stuff and bring it back to life. It is fun to be able to hop in and go. It needs seat belts and some odds and ends. And of course a little here and there to make it my own. But it is bitchin, and glad I got it from a friend. That's what this is all about.

    Branch's rule

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  2. scrap metal 48
    Joined: Sep 6, 2009
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    scrap metal 48

  3. 31Apickup
    Joined: Nov 8, 2005
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    Last edited: Aug 25, 2020
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  4. 41rodderz
    Joined: Sep 27, 2010
    Posts: 5,622

    from Oregon

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    Joined: Jan 7, 2016
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    Schweet! The kiddos look happy, probably a reflection of what they see on their Dad's face!
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  6. guthriesmith
    Joined: Aug 17, 2006
    Posts: 5,683

    1. H.A.M.B. Chapel

    Very cool family car! Making this hobby a family fun deal is so much better than it just being "Dad's" hobby... Looks like your kids are enjoying the new car!
  7. sidewayzz69
    Joined: Aug 9, 2020
    Posts: 234


    Awesome car man.
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  8. BuckeyeBuicks
    Joined: Jan 4, 2010
    Posts: 2,397

    from ohio

    You done good, it looks great and it has a real engine in it:cool:
  9. Moriarity
    Joined: Apr 11, 2001
    Posts: 21,897

    Staff Member

    bitchin....40 fords are wonderful cars. congrats
  10. okiedokie
    Joined: Jul 5, 2005
    Posts: 4,357

    from Ok

    I love it. Brings back fond memories of my two boys setting in the back seat and while traveling down the highway seeing their heads bobbing up and down. They weren’t heavy enough to compress the springs. Great 40, enjoy.
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  11. Nicholas Coe
    Joined: Jul 5, 2017
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    Nicholas Coe

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  12. i.rant
    Joined: Nov 23, 2009
    Posts: 3,343

    1. 1940 Ford

    That is one nice timeless sedan. Enjoy your new memory maker!
  13. 40ragtopdown
    Joined: Jan 13, 2015
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    Can't go wrong with a40 Ford. Nice car enjoy.
  14. Bandit Billy
    Joined: Sep 16, 2014
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    Bandit Billy

    20+20 adds up to 40 so this is the perfect year for that purchase. Nice one Chris.
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  15. 57JoeFoMoPar
    Joined: Sep 14, 2004
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    Absolutely perfect car man. Congrats on a nice purchase. Looks like it's walking that fine line where it's super nice in and out and looks like a million bucks going down the road, but upon closer inspection might have a few dings and flaws that make it the perfect cruise night car to drag the group around in and not constantly sweat about where you go or park. A basically bullet-proof drivetrain doesn't hurt either.

    It's always more fun when you can bring the family and kids and share the hobby.
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  16. J. A. Miller
    Joined: Dec 30, 2010
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    J. A. Miller
    from Central NY

    Nice!! Should be a great family car.
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  17. Wow, that is a cool ride man! I would drive it!
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  18. It's a great car. I was able to check it out in Pomona last winter. It checks all the boxes! Congratulations
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  19. ART 323436
    Joined: Jun 3, 2009
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    ART 323436
    from Oakley ca

    Great looking car love the stance
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  20. We raised our twin girls in the back of a '40 deluxe sedan that could pass for a exact copy of yours less the whitewalls.

    Brenda drove that car daily for 5 or 6 years until I traded it for a '39 Ford convertible, you will be happy with that car for years to come. HRP
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  21. The 39 guy
    Joined: Nov 5, 2010
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    The 39 guy

    Chris scores again! Nice sedan!
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  22. Jalopy Joker
    Joined: Sep 3, 2006
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    Jalopy Joker

    Cool - good move
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  23. catdad49
    Joined: Sep 25, 2005
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    Thatsa Nice! You can take all the neighborhood kids for a ride.
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  24. Tman
    Joined: Mar 2, 2001
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    Nice find!
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  25. slowmotion
    Joined: Nov 21, 2011
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    Man, you got a knack for finding cool shit. Congrats!
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  26. Zax
    Joined: May 21, 2017
    Posts: 262

    1. 1952-59 Ford Social Group

    Gorgeous car. Very tastefully built.

    What size tires? 7.00s in the rear and 5.50s in the front?
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  27. slim38
    Joined: Dec 27, 2015
    Posts: 496

    from Sudan TX
    1. H.A.M.B. Chapel

    Hell ya! Its a lot funner when you can haul the kids around with you. Thats what its all about. Enjoy!
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  28. 35cab
    Joined: Jan 5, 2011
    Posts: 266


    Love it, I had a 40 standard Tudor for around 10 years, updated suspension, lowered in front and all stock stuff rebuilt, a great driving car for all the family, so much room but still had a bit of attitude.
    Miss that car....
    Yours sounds a good couple of notches up from what I had so it must be pretty much perfect, enjoy.
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  29. Took a little inventory, this was in the trunk. Lots of parts installed on the car already as well.

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