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Hot Rods Springing with a New Look 40

Discussion in 'The Hokey Ass Message Board' started by MrPhat40, Apr 25, 2020.

  1. MrPhat40
    Joined: Apr 30, 2007
    Posts: 91


    Here is how I spent my early spring. I decided to go with a bit more traditional look to my 40. Here are the before and afters. Comments, Critiques, and Criticisms are invited.
    Did not have a picture of the old steering wheel, a Lecara Banjo affair but I think you guys know that look.

    Thanks for sharing

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  2. BJR
    Joined: Mar 11, 2005
    Posts: 7,523


    Can't go wrong with a Crestliner steering wheel.
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  3. Looks great both ways. Make your pictures bigger so we don't have to click on the thumbnails.:) IMG_1714.JPG IMG_0954.JPG
  4. sliceddeuce
    Joined: Aug 15, 2017
    Posts: 2,982


  5. lostone
    Joined: Oct 13, 2013
    Posts: 2,030

    from kansas

    Love the front bumper and wide whites !!
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  6. i.rant
    Joined: Nov 23, 2009
    Posts: 3,642

    1. 1940 Ford

    New look has a cool vibe to it.:cool:
  7. Is that a 39 windshield? 40's are just rubber moldings not chrome, looks good.
    I like the new look.

  8. Kan Kustom
    Joined: Jul 20, 2009
    Posts: 2,703

    Kan Kustom

    I like the first wheels and tires better but I like the new nerfed bar bumper and steering wheel better now. Nice car.
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  9. Jalopy Joker
    Joined: Sep 3, 2006
    Posts: 28,801

    Jalopy Joker

    looks good - we all need a change now and then
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  10. The 39 guy
    Joined: Nov 5, 2010
    Posts: 3,264

    The 39 guy

    I like the coupe both ways! Enjoy the change!
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  11. jim snow
    Joined: Feb 16, 2007
    Posts: 1,508

    jim snow

    X2. Snowman
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  12. brady1929
    Joined: Sep 30, 2006
    Posts: 8,833


    Looks great.
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  13. It's fairly difficult to make a '40 deluxe coupe look "not good".
  14. MrPhat40
    Joined: Apr 30, 2007
    Posts: 91


    Thanks for your compliment.
    Good eye, it is in fact a 39 windshield.

    Sent from my iPhone using The H.A.M.B. mobile app
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  15. BuckeyeBuicks
    Joined: Jan 4, 2010
    Posts: 2,517

    from ohio

    A 40 Ford is like a pretty girl, you can't hardly make either one look bad. I have to say I like the new look better though.
  16. SicSpeed
    Joined: Apr 23, 2014
    Posts: 654

    from Idaho

  17. pwschuh
    Joined: Oct 27, 2008
    Posts: 2,581


    I agree. Love the new look.
  18. I’m digging the new look- the old look was good too though.
  19. Great looking car either way but personally I like the Halibrands on it.
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  20. rusty rocket
    Joined: Oct 30, 2011
    Posts: 4,567

    rusty rocket

    Damn it looks great both ways. Every other summer you could change it around. A weekend of work in the spring and bam new look.
  21. alchemy
    Joined: Sep 27, 2002
    Posts: 18,037


    Nice looking 39! I like both ways. Which is the new or old?
  22. jnaki
    Joined: Jan 1, 2015
    Posts: 6,987



    It was a very nice hot rod in the left photo. Everything was just fitting, style wise and stance, for a cool looking hot rod. The red color reminds me of our old 1940 Ford Sedan Delivery we had a long time ago. Yours is much nicer in appearance in the original state. Nothing fancy, just a very cool looking hot rod as a person would describe a hot rod.

    The wheels, the stock appearance, plus the fog light makes it like a show ready, daily driver, hot rod. If ours looked like your coupe in color and wheels, we probably would have kept it all of these years. It looks like a classic hot rod that would have been rolling on the streets in So Cal or elsewhere during our teenage years.

    But, you did ask for comments, so, the front end of your new version looks out of place. The tires and hubcaps do nothing to make it outstanding. It looks like you are trying too hard to please a certain group of owners. It was very nice the way it was in the original stance and look.

    Why were the mods done? As far as traditional, for the 1940, your original coupe version had the traditional look of a 50’s-60’s hot rod. The second version? There is no time period for that style. If the headlights were “frenched,” and the hood nosed, it might have a classification for it as a modified, custom car.


    Since the changes can be undone easily, the original version has our vote. For someone that has spent a lot of time in a 1940 Ford Sedan Delivery, my wife mentioned, (when asked which one she would have owned) that her favorite is the original version with that clean look of a cool hot rod. Would she have driven that coupe around So Cal like she did the sedan delivery? Of course was the answer. The other version, not so much…
  23. indyjps
    Joined: Feb 21, 2007
    Posts: 4,896


    I like it, takes it from a street rod look to a mild custom. Dont like the foglight at all.
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  24. Looks great! If it were mine, I'd opt for painted wheels, baby moons, and trim rings...
    jnaki likes this.

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