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Features The '40/41 Pickup

Discussion in 'Traditional Hot Rods' started by Ryan, May 25, 2016.

  1. metalman
    Joined: Dec 30, 2006
    Posts: 3,273


    Not from Reno, I'm from the nice cool New Mexico desert. Actually, I hardly ever put A/C in my hot rods, don't like how they look, especially under the hood. Built this one to auction on a budget, sometimes you got to figure in weather or not it'll hammer for a couple thousand more if it has air. Funny thing I've learned about auctions is it's more visual then function that sells. I figured the new owner could always add it, which in this case he did.
  2. the-rodster
    Joined: Jul 2, 2003
    Posts: 6,548


    I drove to Hot Springs AR and grabbed this 41 over the weekend.

    It has been in a barn for the last 40 years.

    It's really solid, but could use some better rear fenders.

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  3. Late to the Party
    Joined: Nov 16, 2015
    Posts: 873

    Late to the Party

    That oughta keep you out of the bars for a while. ;)
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  4. That's my old truck... haven't seen it for years[​IMG][/QUOTE]
  5. flamin01a
    Joined: Jul 23, 2005
    Posts: 78


    I've posted this before, but a friend used a ford ranger bench seat in his 40 p/u and it works well. It has a muncie four speed, and a 40 clutch pedal. I've driven it before, it works well.
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  6. Have you priced 'better' fenders?
    Out here in SoCal, rear fenders are worth more than the whole truck. The last good set I saw and there were a buddys he offered them to me for what he paid $350.00 for the pair, I had to pass and he sold them for I think $350 each.[/QUOTE]
  7. Bader2
    Joined: May 19, 2014
    Posts: 1,143



    Was in saskatoon a few years back at superrun.

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  8. So-cal Tex
    Joined: Aug 24, 2005
    Posts: 1,352

    So-cal Tex

    I too love '40-'41 pick ups and this is the second one I have owned and it is a keeper, same owners pictured below since 1963, so for 53 years this was their baby.......
    \'41 Ford and OG owners.jpg
  9. ^^^^He doesn't look too happy^^^^

    Can't say that I blame him.
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  10. So-cal Tex
    Joined: Aug 24, 2005
    Posts: 1,352

    So-cal Tex

    He was sad but wanted it gone since he is 74 years old and no longer wants to work on it anymore, he made me promise not to Street Rod it so that will be easy to uphold. I told him anytime he want to stop by and drive it he can.
  11. LTM75110
    Joined: Oct 16, 2006
    Posts: 519


    Great find, Maybe when comes time for some engine work ,a set of heads and an intake can find their way onto the engine.
  12. So-cal Tex
    Joined: Aug 24, 2005
    Posts: 1,352

    So-cal Tex

    I thought I would share the story with you all on how I found this neat old truck, Well I needed a clutch ball for the '40 linkage on my '32 3W I am building and a guy on ebay had one locally for a good price, hit the buy it now and told him I will pick it up and save shipping, so a few days later I stop by his house to pick the clutch ball and he lives in an old part of town in a mid century house that he has lived in since '65, so as always I ask does he have any other flathead parts, he says yes watch my ad on craiglist, then I respond well I am here so do you have time to show me what you got, we go around to the side yard past this '41 Ford Truck then to his shed where I picked up some brakes, shifter and some drums. So I causally ask about the '41 and he tells me he has owned since '63 when he lived in Laurence Kansas where it once was a City truck, it was all stock including the 6 volt. He said he was too old to work on it and wanted to sell it to younger guy who would not street rod it. He gave me a price that was good and 3 days later I was loading up. Plans are to lower it with big n little black wall Firestone on stock steel wheels and maybe a 12 volt conversion other than that just drive it!
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  13. Man, that's just dead luck! You were in the right place, at the right time, with the right guy. Congratulations!

    I could use some pics of how the seat bottom and back cushions mount/mate up if you could take some pics and PM them. Thanks!
  14. Hamtown Al
    Joined: Jan 17, 2007
    Posts: 2,295

    Hamtown Al
    1. Virginia HAMB(ers)

    The latest revisions to the 36 Fordy:
    Painted the wheels and changed back to small caps, replaced old horn grille turn signals with new headlight conversion that added stock positioned parking lights that double as turn signals... looks much better to me.
    BTW, I also had the interior insulated along with installing a headliner and carpet... dang truck is starting to ALMOST look finished but I know that will never happen! Also revamped the engine to become an "Australian Ford.";)
    Australian Ford by Al.JPG

    Your pickup doesn't HAVE to look like everybody else's pickup.;)
    Still have to add my new V8 horn grilles... one day!
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  15. deucemac
    Joined: Aug 31, 2008
    Posts: 979


    I have enjoyed reading all the responses on '40 & '41 pickups. I always thought of them as the original "Ranchero". I have owned 7 of them over the years and liked each of them except the last. I scrounge up a good frame and all the other parts to build number 7 and then took a job far from where I lived at the time. So I spread the word that my '40 pickup was for sale. Next thing I know a friend of a friend comes by to look at the truck. The cab, rear end and front end was together and the rest was in piles around the garage. I had installed Pete and Jakes Chevy engine mounts and the dropped axle front end was chromed. Got it used for a good price. My idea was to put a good running and driving truck that I could use everyday and still take on rod runs when the time came. Kind of a high class beater and not a worry about everything show piece either. Anyway, this guy shows up hot to trot and inspects everything. He looks at the mounts and asks what they are. I tell him they are for Chevy and he gasps. Well I am putting a Ford in it, he says. So I ask him if he had ever done one to which he replies, no, but it isn't that hard. I told him that even though I was a Ford guy, a Chevy fits so much easier than a Ford and my idea was to make a nice bullet proof driver without too much cost or down time. He looked at me like I was some moron. We talked some more and then he found a small rust hole about the size of a quarter in the right rear kick up abut where the X meets the side rail. He goes into a panic about the hole and how difficult it will be to fix. I tell him how it will take all of an hour to fix and once painted won't be noticed. He went home and called me the next day to buy it and paid my asking price without haggle. He got a complete truck with two good cabs 4 doors, hoods, a set and a half of fenders, but didn't want the 350/350 set up. He took it home and I moved away. Fast forward a few years and I move back to the area and ask my friend how his friend was doing on my old 40. He had not touched it. He hauled it home and never touched it again. Seems he was worried about the rust repair, hadn't attempted the engine installation at all and it sat outside next to his barn along side a Corvair. That was in 1985 and for years I could drive by on the freeway, look on the hillside and see it there turning a larger pile of iron oxide. A few years ago his neighbor built an out building which blocked my view from the freeway. Last year I ran into my old friend and inquired about my old truck. Yes the other guy still had as far as he knew. I asked him to talk to the guy next time he saw him and see if he would part with it. A few days later he called to tell me that, yes he had the truck but , no it wasn't for sale because he was going to fix it up! Only 31 years of weather, outside, on a hill, in Palmdale Ca. From a real chance for a cool driving pickup to a genuine rust bucket. I figure some day I will find another one hopefully as nice as that one. But this time there won't be a reason to sell it to a dreaming fool.
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  16. Great truck, Al.

    Almost have all the missing bits rounded up for my '41.

    Is that RH mirror arm the same as the LH, just turned around? I need a plain one, if you have a spare.
  17. Hamtown Al
    Joined: Jan 17, 2007
    Posts: 2,295

    Hamtown Al
    1. Virginia HAMB(ers)

    Looks like the same arm works on either side.
    What do you think?

    Helpful Al

    10/22/16 I just noticed that may pictures show how I flattened the ends of the running boards to match the normal front running board design on 40-41 pickup boards...of course, THIS truck is the VERY rare 1936 Super Deluxe model.;)
    I presume they picked up the design feature for the later 1940 pickups.:D
    Last edited: Oct 22, 2016
  18. Thanks, looks like it to me. Now to find a gennie one.
  19. Hamtown Al
    Joined: Jan 17, 2007
    Posts: 2,295

    Hamtown Al
    1. Virginia HAMB(ers)

    I'll dig around... might have one left around here somewhere but doubt seriously if it would be an original. They are readily available, I believe, as repops.
    Keep workin'
  20. Ryan
    Joined: Jan 2, 1995
    Posts: 18,704

    from Austin, TX
    Staff Member

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  21. rpm56
    Joined: Nov 29, 2013
    Posts: 55


    I'm not a Chevy guy, but those rear fenders look more at home than Henry's.
  22. MMM1693
    Joined: Feb 8, 2009
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  23. barrnone50
    Joined: Oct 24, 2010
    Posts: 496

    from texas

    Sweet 36 Cabriolet!! oops 40.Like the stance Hell I like everything about it!! Also A Ford in A Ford.I want one!!
    Last edited: Oct 23, 2016
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  24. 36couper
    Joined: Nov 20, 2002
    Posts: 2,008

    from ontario

    I'm a little further along than this photo shows. It's all white primer now.
    I spent the spring and summer buttoning up my 65 Corvette L78 clone, and now I can get back to working on the truck. The cab needs one more coat of primer and then the prepping for paint starts. The truck has a brand new frame, new Ford 9" and a Super Slide II IFS. This truck has been a money pit.
    The colour will be an original 1940 Ford called Cordoba grey.
    I'll be selling the truck in 2017 unless someone offers me enough money now to recoup my investment:D
    Last edited: Oct 23, 2016
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    Joined: Jun 3, 2005
    Posts: 7,752


    I know the feeling. Too bad you're not a dedicated Hershey visitor. You'd have gone home with one for sure, if not a 1/2 dozen other dream rides. I spied 2 different original 40 Standard coupes and 1 older restoration that was so well done you could call it an original. Reasonable money too. Ok, maybe you shouldn't attend after all...:eek:
  26. @Ryan .... you've probably seen this already. It is YOUR classified section .... but maybe you haven't ... (drugs !!) ... hope you're doing and feeling better. And away we go !! >>>>

    .... upskirt shots .... face unseen to protect the innocents. :) Take care sir.




    <apologies if re-posted>
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  27. ^^^ looks great on top, underside, not so much.
  28. tofords
    Joined: May 26, 2009
    Posts: 898


    This is my 18th 40-41 ford truck, it's a 1941 all steel, 350/350, m-2 front and rear, very nice driver. IMG_4670.JPG IMG_4668.JPG IMG_4658.JPG IMG_4657.jpg IMG_4664.JPG
  29. jvpolvere1
    Joined: Aug 19, 2016
    Posts: 176


    Must have been there quite a while to have 23 trees get in the way, Looks terrific.

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  30. jvpolvere1
    Joined: Aug 19, 2016
    Posts: 176


    Great trucks. My favorites are those wearing their natural patina, or older paint jobs. They seem to take a different aura when they wear show quality paint.

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