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Projects The '38 Ford Build Thread... Again...

Discussion in 'Traditional Hot Rods' started by Ryan, Oct 24, 2016.

  1. Ryan
    Joined: Jan 2, 1995
    Posts: 19,800

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    The '38 Ford Build Thread... Again...


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  2. I started in this hobby with a 65 chevy long bed with a 292 in 1974, (actually there was a 1952 Jeep wagon that never the city limits). I was in Nevada working for a small town newspaper and with that truck I moved to California to start college and my photojournalism degree.
    Eventually moved back to Nevada, got married and in 1981 bought my 41 Ford pickup. With white spoke trucker rims with G78 tires and a 53 flathead I drove it until a move back to California. It sat in the in-law back yard until I finally drug it to So Cal. Joined the Forties Limited who were the influence for 40 Fords at the time. When I finally started working on it, I did what I was told: rip out the straight axle and drive line and go 'modern'.
    It was all tore apart and the pieces followed me from a apartment side yard to a real garage where a independent front parallel rear springs and a nine inch were sorta hung. Another moved and the pieces followed. A slow build continued until the leukemia showed up. The build ramped up as much as energy and money allowed and I finally got to drive the beast just before heading to the hospital.
    But luck shined on my bearded face and I came home and I started to drive the damn thing until the wheels came off. and I parked it in the back, 30,000 miles with trips to Bonneville, Lone Star, Paso and more.
    I will never get rid of it, but it is time to get it driving again.
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  3. 504640
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  4. Inthemitten
    Joined: Jun 13, 2014
    Posts: 36


    Stoked on this!

  5. Great story, Boss! Can't wait for more............:)
  6. louisb
    Joined: Oct 13, 2008
    Posts: 1,058


    Tag, I am in.
  7. 'Bout time! Can't wait to see how it turns out!
  8. And you forgot to mention your NSRA Nationals experience with it.
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  9. Me too, this should be good.
  10. flatheadpete
    Joined: Oct 29, 2003
    Posts: 10,206

    from Burton, MI

    "I fucking hot rodded man."
  11. .... and "I'll love you all over again".
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  12. I remember the coupe with that very nice SBC. It was an old Comp Eliminator engine or similar if I recall? Sounded really nice and seemed to have a very high rev limit.

    The nice thing about our old cars is the memories and the paths they lead us down.
  13. slowmotion
    Joined: Nov 21, 2011
    Posts: 3,276


    This oughta be good....!
  14. Hot Rod Cowboy
    Joined: Jan 2, 2010
    Posts: 231

    Hot Rod Cowboy
    from Dallas, TX

    We are basically complete strangers, yet, somehow, I've been waiting to see this particular thread for awhile now. I can't wait to see the 38's next awakening.
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  15. Some please post the speed and power video clip...
  16. belair
    Joined: Jul 10, 2006
    Posts: 8,739


    Rebirth is a good thing.
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  17. jeta12
    Joined: Oct 14, 2012
    Posts: 235


    I will be watching!!!
  18. G V Gordon
    Joined: Oct 29, 2002
    Posts: 5,705

    G V Gordon
    from Enid OK

    Good to see the '38 getting some love, Like where you are taking it.
  19. I believe it was a Reher-Morrison pro-stock engine.
  20. enloe
    Joined: May 10, 2006
    Posts: 8,998

    from east , tn.

  21. It was always one of my favorites...I was excited to see it in the flesh at Atomic HQ.
    So glad it's getting finished (again).

    ...and yes someone's gotta post the video of it 'pulling out'.......
  22. straykatkustoms
    Joined: Oct 30, 2001
    Posts: 15,356



    Looking forward to seeing the progress with the Coupe. I took a picture of it in Wichita back at KKOA's 20th anniversary. It was the lowest coupe that I had ever seen. It will be kool to see it running around again.
  23. Funny, the picture I posted (from carnut) is also from the Wichita Spectacular in 2000.
  24. J. A. Miller
    Joined: Dec 30, 2010
    Posts: 1,638

    J. A. Miller
    from Central NY

  25. RustyRedRam
    Joined: Jan 24, 2005
    Posts: 1,128


    Ryan, I've always dug the look and style of your '38. Glad to see it move towards the traditional (when it did) and I'm wicked curious as to what's gonna change. My guess is the blown Y-block. Can't wait to see it. And thanks for re-lighting the fire to finish my '36 5-W and get the '39 Dodge back on the road.
  26. hasty
    Joined: Jul 5, 2009
    Posts: 1,410


    Looking forward to this - I hope you keep the same stance?
    I've admired the pictures you have posted of it over the years.
  27. One of my favorite photos of the '38:

  28. treb11
    Joined: Jan 21, 2006
    Posts: 3,686


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