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History The Bob McCoy '40 Appreciation Thread

Discussion in 'Traditional Hot Rods' started by Ryan, Dec 7, 2022.

  1. Ryan
    Joined: Jan 2, 1995
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    The Bob McCoy '40 Appreciation Thread


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  2. One of my favorites, back in the day.
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  3. corncobcoupe
    Joined: May 26, 2001
    Posts: 6,601

    Staff Member

    From what I understand there is a copy / tribute clone of it out there too.
    Marcus Edell out of California owned the clone for a brief time.

    Here are some pictures of the real "McCoy" I found on the internet.



  4. guy1unico
    Joined: Aug 30, 2006
    Posts: 1,091


    My 39 Deluxe more door has the wheels, tires and rake.

    1939 deluxe 4 door.jpg

  5. I think Marcus has owned EVERYTHING for a brief time!
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  6. Gotgas
    Joined: Jul 22, 2004
    Posts: 7,112

    from DFW USA

    Easily the best looking nerf bars ever. It's not even close.
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  7. hotrodjack33
    Joined: Aug 19, 2019
    Posts: 3,985


    That car was a big influence on me as a kid...I probably built this kit half a dozen times. BUT, even as a kid (and budding artist), I remember thinking that the blend/fade on the flames was poorly done:(
  8. The flames, nerfs, stance, it all just works.
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  9. Marty Strode
    Joined: Apr 28, 2011
    Posts: 7,706

    Marty Strode

    Too busy for my liking.
  10. krylon32
    Joined: Jan 29, 2006
    Posts: 9,024

    from Nebraska

    Several years when I was vendor at the LARS my spot was next to Bob. He and his wife were really nice and very interesting to talk to. I had him make one of his famous cutaways for a friend of mine which he proudly displays in his office.
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    Joined: Jun 3, 2005
    Posts: 9,655


    I'm inspired by the stance and detail. I'd love to see a full feature. Engine, interior, more of the story type stuff.
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  12. Churchy
    Joined: Dec 31, 2008
    Posts: 34


    Bob McCoy was a heck of an artist … and at times chose to use his own creations in his work… Somewhere years ago I snatched this off the web and threw it in a folder with other 40 stuff.

    You either love or hate the flames… there is no middle ground on that. But, this has been one of the most photographed Hotrods out there… so there is definitely something appealing about them
  13. My dad had one of his art pieces, a painting of dad in a sprint car busting out of the frame, my step mom commissioned it.. I have a couple of his prints hanging on the walls at home. We would always chat with him at LARS too.
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  14. Dream Boy
    Joined: Apr 12, 2022
    Posts: 13

    Dream Boy

    '40 Deluxe Coupe, Sedan or Pickup in the top of my list of favorites of all time. This one is outstanding !
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  15. showrod
    Joined: Feb 8, 2007
    Posts: 771


    I have an older car friend who has shared with me that when he got out of the military
    He was in California. He was looking for a 40 ford coupe. He spotted one on a used car lot.
    To his surprise it was parked next to the Bob McCoy sedan. Also for sale.
    He could afford either one but after a difficult decision he bought the coupe.
    Although he had the coupe a very long time, and made many memories with it he still regrets not buying the McCoy sedan.
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  16. hotrodjack33
    Joined: Aug 19, 2019
    Posts: 3,985


    It's kinda funny, especially since I've been involved in "automotive art world", that I never put 2 and 2 together...the Bob McCoy '40 Ford, and Bob McCoy the artist are one in the same.
    Joined: Dec 19, 2015
    Posts: 288

    from Canada

  18. Pinstriper40
    Joined: Sep 24, 2007
    Posts: 3,589


    My '40 sedan is of course very much influenced by a few '40's, first Bob McCoy's sedan, then Gene Sonnen's, and finally Chuck DeHeras' So-Cal speed shop built '40 coupe. I always loved the nerf bars on the McCoy sedan and Chuck's coupe. Anyways, that's that... My '40 will soon be getting a much needed freshening up in 2023, including a 327 topped with four Stromberg's, a repainted firewall, and a Dave Bell style multi-color pinstriping job.
    Here's some more of Bob's art. I was happy to meet him in 2014, just 3 months before he left us. Screenshot_20221207-165640~2.png Screenshot_20221207-165541~2.png IMG_20221207_165718~2.jpg IMG_20221207_165833.jpg
  19. Great looking ride

    what are the wheel covers off ?
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  20. Outback
    Joined: Mar 4, 2005
    Posts: 1,817

    from NE Vic

    Bob's Tudor is such a cool jigger, I have seen many photo's of his car but hadn't realised he was connected to 'His' art as I have seen it around. if I was going to end up with a 39 or 40 Tudor it would have to look just like Bob's!

    Where is it now??
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  21. denis4x4
    Joined: Apr 23, 2005
    Posts: 4,066

    from Colorado


    Bob did one of his 3D acrylic pieces of my Zipper about 17 years ago. The NHRA Museum had a nice display of Bob's art for years and the '40 was on display there for awhile. Bob was a Rodeo rider, sprint car driver and all around good guy.
  22. Dadgum it, now I want a 40 sedan again. Maybe @Pinstriper40 will just send me his. ;)
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  23. My second & third hot rods were 1940 Ford DeLuxe sedans, both were black and I wanted to have someone do the Bob McCoy style flames on both, We were raising twins and I never could scratch up the money to have it done.

    I love all the Deuces I have owned but that doesn't diminish my application of the 40 Fords, We traveled all over the country in my black 40 with a glass Mullins trailer in tow with the wife and both girls, I miss that car. HRP
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  24. rd4pin
    Joined: Feb 2, 2010
    Posts: 177

    from louisiana

    One of my favorites back in the 50s.
  25. Rand Man
    Joined: Aug 23, 2004
    Posts: 4,711

    Rand Man

    I’ve been a fan of the nerf bar and full wheel covers since I was a child. Dig it man.
  26. deucemac
    Joined: Aug 31, 2008
    Posts: 1,377


    Having grown up in San Diego and known Bobby for many years, although beautiful, his 40 tudor is only a small part of and incredibly talented person, wrestler , rodeo cowboy, body guard, excellent sprint car driver with a future Indy car ride had he not suffered a terrible crash, kean Bonneville racer, artist, striper, and one of the craziest/ best good guys to ever appear on the automotive scene, and I am fortunate enough to to have known him! I proudly display two of his drawings in my overstuffed garage!
  27. BamaMav
    Joined: Jun 19, 2011
    Posts: 6,233

    from Berry, AL

    I’ve always liked that car. I agree, the fade on the flames could have been better, but it was radical for its time. The design of the flames is much better than a lot of earlier designs. We’re just so used to seeing perfectly blended colors it makes this one look off a bit, but anything else just wouldn’t be the same on that car, it gives it its identity. You say “ Bob McCoy’s 40 Ford” and we all know what you’re talking about.

    Like Anthony says, I’d drive it!
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  28. 100% Matt
    Joined: Aug 7, 2006
    Posts: 2,735

    100% Matt

    Bob’s 40 was definitely an influence on my 40
  29. Cyclone Kevin
    Joined: Apr 15, 2002
    Posts: 4,198

    Cyclone Kevin
    Alliance Vendor

    Bob was a great all around Hot Rod Guy.
    Here’s a painting he did of Clem Waske back in the 90’s. 55734BF4-A98C-48AC-B9E5-4D62489EA1CE.jpeg
  30. Here's some higher resolution scans of the images @Ryan already posted:

    Bob McCoy '40 - on cover of Trend Book #160 - HOT ROD 1958 Annual.jpg

    Bob McCoy '40 - Bob standing.jpg

    Bob McCoy '40 - Bob driving.jpg

    Bob McCoy '40 - 3-4 front view.jpg

    Bob McCoy '40 - 3-4 rear view.jpg

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