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

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

  1. Roothawg
    Joined: Mar 14, 2001
    Posts: 22,481


    Gotcha. Heavily influenced.
  2. I tried to buy a 38 Deluxe Sedan before I found my 40. I would've bought it if the guy (2nd owner) wasn't totally drunk on the price. Coincidentally, that car is currently on Craigslist for 2k cheaper than what he priced it to me, but now it's dealer owned.

    Anyway, I've always liked the 38-39 standard. And your coupe stopped me dead in my tracks at my first Texas event which was Day of the Drags around 2007.
  3. Petejoe
    Joined: Nov 27, 2002
    Posts: 11,227

    from Zoar, Ohio

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  4. There a black 49-51 Merc from Nebraska that has kidney beans, fuel cap, & other hot rod queues that is really a neat car....I searched but couldn't find a pic...Might have been featured in R&C? Maybe someone else has pic, sounds like the look and style you might be after.

    Any plans for the small block that's coming out?
  5. AHotRod
    Joined: Jul 27, 2001
    Posts: 11,648


    Kind'a sounds like your building a Hot Rod Ryan .... will the inside be 'race' inspired? Maybe diamond tuff style?
  6. Do you mean the Matthew Fox Merc?

  7. No, That one is cool, but a little pro-modish....The one I recall is a more understated, narrower PSI kidney beans with real knockoffs.

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  9. alchemy
    Joined: Sep 27, 2002
    Posts: 17,908


    Find some real Halibrands. Let them turn gray. Perfect mid-point contrast color between the black and the new shiney stainless.
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  10. Blakmerk
    Joined: May 15, 2002
    Posts: 315

    from St.Joe MO

    Hmmmm. I Love that car. Hell Yeah.
  11. Phillips
    Joined: Oct 26, 2010
    Posts: 1,367


    "“It’s already in the schedule,” he said.

    Funny, that. Good friends and family often know what one is thinking, before one even realizes they are thinking it!

    This is gonna be good.
  12. Malcolm
    Joined: Feb 9, 2006
    Posts: 7,875

    from Nebraska

    Nnnnooooo!!! ;)
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  13. great to hear it's back, and with action on it's heels. Always loved those previously posted 'early' photo's and illustration, although this one burned a hole in my memory that I still find inspiring, on multiple levels.


    Cheers, and looking forward to the updates,
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  14. youngrodder1929
    Joined: May 28, 2006
    Posts: 430

    from Vancouver

    iv been lurking here for a wile now crazy how time flys cool to hear how it all started out iv pretty much grown up (sort of) 15 to 25 now on the hamb can't wait to see the rebuild !
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  15. metalman
    Joined: Dec 30, 2006
    Posts: 3,288


    When I bought my 39 coupe the guy was so proud of the one piece moulded windshield he had put in it yet I almost passed on buying because of it. Luckily I spotted the original hanging in his garage, wouldn't buy the car unless he thru it in. Changed it out right away so I understand completely, just didn't seem like an old Ford looking thru that big one piece glass. The fold out is nice as well, provided your not following a cattle truck (ask me how I know!)
    39 standard coupes are one of my all time favorite body style, a 38 deluxe is just a slight notch below (I prefer the smoother roof to trunk line) so looking forward to following this build.
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  16. This is going to be killer! Can't wait to watch the progress!
  17. buzzard
    Joined: Apr 20, 2001
    Posts: 4,335

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  18. Ryan
    Joined: Jan 2, 1995
    Posts: 20,271

    Staff Member

    I haven't seen that picture in years man. Thanks for that.
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  19. The37Kid
    Joined: Apr 30, 2004
    Posts: 28,736


    The car sure sits nice, what is the axle drop and wheel/tire size? Bob
  20. Well? You posted that on the 24th. It's now the 1st. It's next week, so where's the updates man?!? :D
  21. Ryan
    Joined: Jan 2, 1995
    Posts: 20,271

    Staff Member

    I actually ordered a part for it today... in fact, it's the only part on the car that's really gonna stray away from the mid-1950's or so period - a tremec TKO 500. I've never owned a car with overdrive and I'm pretty excited about it. Road trips in comfort!

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  22. NashRodMan
    Joined: Jul 8, 2004
    Posts: 1,779


    Hmmmmm......Its real quiet here now.
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  23. swifty straights
    Joined: Sep 29, 2015
    Posts: 44

    swifty straights

    Looking forward to see the build! The car looks awesome now! Can't imagine how its going to look when it's done!
  24. 22 track
    Joined: Mar 23, 2001
    Posts: 317

    22 track

    Ryan, I am glad you have seen the light on modern transmissions. As far back as 1969, Tom Senter wrote an article in R&C explaining how modern transmissions made playing with traditional engines like (Ardun) flatheads so much more enjoyable. A while ago you wrote an article praising Ford top loader transmissions for their authenticity. I remember when it was common to replace them weekly if you got on the throttle hard. It is much more fun to be able to use all that hard earned power freely and to have an overdrive besides.
  25. Don't forget the man's still recovering from surgery guys.
    I'm keen to see this bad 38 come together as well, and I don't think we'll have to wait to long.
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  26. Ryan
    Joined: Jan 2, 1995
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    Honestly, I still think for around town driving there is nothing more fun to shift than an early ford top loader. It's just so tactile.

    This is a different car though.

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  27. Ryan
    Joined: Jan 2, 1995
    Posts: 20,271

    Staff Member

    Thanks man. I'm getting better for sure.

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  28. Tman
    Joined: Mar 2, 2001
    Posts: 35,964


    Nice, you will love that tremec. The Rocky33 would not have been the same w/o the overdrive
  29. Gary Addcox
    Joined: Aug 28, 2009
    Posts: 2,469

    Gary Addcox

    Here I thought you were a delinquent from California, yet you turn out to be a college graduate. LOL. Seriously, I think your coupe has the "look" it deserves. After all, it is actually the "beginning" of the venerable '40 Ford with its body style being the same except for the cowl sides, and to a rookie, it is one. Just my opinion, but no one makes a tail dragger out of a '40, so I personally hope you don't make yours into one. The proper steelies and 'caps, the sinister rake make it every bit as "in" as the finest '40. Just my opinion again, and like assholes, everyone has one.
  30. Gary Addcox
    Joined: Aug 28, 2009
    Posts: 2,469

    Gary Addcox

    Hell yes. Traditional or not, that extra gear makes things quieter in the cab, decreases the revs of your engine, and increases hell out of gas mileage. My buddies laughed at me when I insisted on O/D in my Deuce, but I have the last laugh at 22.5 mpg to California and back three times. I saved a bunch on those trips. You will love it, and who gives a shit what others say or think ? It's your rod. Build it your way. Damn, where have I heard that ? Cruising at 2000 rpm's instead of 2700. Go figure.

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