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Discussion in 'Traditional Hot Rods' started by Ryan, Jun 5, 2017.

  1. Ryan
    Joined: Jan 2, 1995
    Posts: 19,062

    from Austin, TX
    Staff Member

    Ryan submitted a new blog post:

    The Branch '46


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  2. The only thing cooler then Tom's 46 is Tom himself
  3. I will also add, I bought my 46 club coupe as a family hot rod as well. 41-48 Fords are pretty popular, although mainly as customs. I have always thought they have great style and all the shiny gingerbread of a late 40's American car. The steering wheels and dash's are one of my favorites. Yet these cars are still cheap enough to afford. They can't all be 32 and 40 Fords. The 41-48 club coupes offer a coupe body style, but the full bench rear seat makes it family friendly.

    Spend a few hours looking through some little pages and I think you will be surprised how many 41-48 Ford coupes and sedans used to be "cool".
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  4. Rolleiflex
    Joined: Oct 25, 2007
    Posts: 943


    "In fact, this whole car makes me smile and I can’t figure out why that is. I mean, on paper nothing in the fat fendered Ford world sounds less appealing to me than a ’46 Club Coupe. A convertible? Yeah man. A sedan? Maybe. A Coupe? Doubt it. But a Club Coupe? Hell no."

    Ain't that the gospel truth! Then you see a 46/48' like this one and you find yourself searching all the classifieds...
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  5. Jeff Norwell
    Joined: Aug 20, 2003
    Posts: 12,967

    Jeff Norwell
    Staff Member

    It's all about Stance.

  6. froghawk
    Joined: May 9, 2008
    Posts: 849


    "Maybe it’s the little details like the ’40 Packard taillights or the ’49 Chevrolet license plate guard. Or, maybe it’s the perfect stance… I just can’t put my finger on it..."

    Not knowing any of the parties involved, all I can go by is the car, and I can put my finger on the stance and the WWs that are the perfect width and the '55-'56 Lancer caps. And the louvers – the louvers help too! So with a car this uniquely cool I'll bet the folks that made it that way are just as cool.
  7. I like it and what really gets my attention is the abbreviated trim on the side of the hood,This should have been done before any of them left the assembly line.

    I also like the excess trim on the front of the hood deleted,the way the car sits and the cool old hubcaps,the car is so understated that it would not be noticed by the causal observer.

    Damn you Ryan,Now I want one! HRP
  8. topher5150
    Joined: Feb 10, 2017
    Posts: 1,912


    My dream car, since I could remember was a between wars Ford coupe, but the sticker shock killed that dream good and dead. Fast forward in life got married, and then got our first house, and I decided (the wife got sick of me begging)I would like to try my hand at a hot rod. After checking the classifieds at what I could afford the 41-48 Ford was looking like it could be a pretty sweet ride without having to put my future offspring into debt.
  9. verde742
    Joined: Aug 11, 2010
    Posts: 5,501


    I am also a tudor type of guy, But I saw a '46 Ford Sedan Coupe, ( Ford named it, I didn't )
    that I really liked and am trying to buy it from my friend's widow, It sets extremely low, and whitewalls ( my personal favorite .) I started on the " SEDAN COUPE" hunt, after seeing Fat Jack's orange one, the one that flew at the Fremont drag strip. His kid, I think "John" had one there, Very similar to the one above, except it was a '46, (not a late '47-'48)
    thanks for all the great pictures, started my day !!!

    p.s. google Fat Jack wrecks at Fremont , nice coverage..
    of a bad situation
    Joined: Jun 12, 2010
    Posts: 7

    Perfect stance, perfect hot rod. I feel a painting coming on.
  11. I was fortunate enough to study it at the Grand National Roadster Show this last winter. Mr. Branch nailed it!
  12. The_Dude_47
    Joined: May 28, 2017
    Posts: 3


    currently in the process of bringing my 47 back to life, seeing this car with that stance and its story.. good stuff.
  13. THE STANCE! and the worlds most perfect wheel treatment........real dodge lancers.
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  14. catdad49
    Joined: Sep 25, 2005
    Posts: 4,170


    Looks kinda like a pair of your favorite shoes......yeah,you know the ones!
    Plus it's low and louvered, has four bar spinners and scavenger tips, and is used for it's intended purpose. Doesn't get much better. Thanks
    Last edited: Sep 6, 2017
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  15. El Jefe
    Joined: Dec 12, 2002
    Posts: 714

    El Jefe
    Alliance Member

    It's a sweet ride......and I've been a passenger and it rides as good as it looks......perfect cruiser
  16. Uncle Bob
    Joined: Oct 20, 2007
    Posts: 1,104

    Uncle Bob
    from Salado, Tx
    1. Northwest HAMBers

    For a variety of reasons we humans seem to tend toward trying to make it seem like there is "one thing" that makes or breaks whatever it is we're discussing at the moment. You hear it in the frequently used expression "...the thing is....", or one of it's variants. It's like we're deluged with info throughout the day and just long to keep things simple.

    While we each might see "a thing" on this car that we appreciate the most, it's the sum of all the "little things" done well that make it work as a whole. Call it balance, call it the vibe, call it any other expression of that sort. Whatever, for most of us, when it's's right! Good job Tom.
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  17. Chicagobob
    Joined: Nov 1, 2011
    Posts: 1


    I had a similar '46 coupe in college in Dallas in the 70s, with frenched headlights and an aluminum tubing grille. It had the same stance. However, its was achieved via a broken front spring, so that the only front suspension was the rubber stops. Nevertheless, I drove many thousands of highway miles with it, commuted for several years, and even used it to deliver pizza.
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  18. gdaddy
    Joined: Mar 6, 2010
    Posts: 172

    from nw fl.

    I like the body style , Ford .
  19. millersgarage
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  20. flathead A
    Joined: Mar 11, 2006
    Posts: 197

    flathead A
    from michigan

    Nice sedan Miller,I really like the TRUNK LID HANDLE
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  21. Gotgas
    Joined: Jul 22, 2004
    Posts: 6,839

    from DFW USA

    They have such a boxy, goofy roof on them (sorry). Has anyone tried throwing the old one away and doing a Sam Barris-esque hardtop chop to one of these cars?



  22. Silva
    Joined: Apr 28, 2005
    Posts: 433

    from TX

    Love this car, the right stance and details...Tom's pretty rad too.
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  23. sololobo
    Joined: Aug 23, 2006
    Posts: 8,096


    As Norwell and other brothers hailed "the stance". It has it goin on, love these fat fendered rigs, had a 42 and a 46 tu-door and loved them both. The interior is so just right. Car makes me smile!
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  24. fourspd2quad
    Joined: Jul 6, 2006
    Posts: 682


    Yeah that stance is perfect! I would love to see some fresh black paint too!
  25. Stan Back
    Joined: Mar 9, 2007
    Posts: 701

    Stan Back
    from California

    Okay -- for years and years I've wondered how many 41-48 coupes there were. Sport Coupes, Sedan Coupes, Business Coupes -- are they all the same body? Is it just the seating that is different. Someone please show me.
  26. I really like the coupes, both short-door and long-door versions. Sedans are just OK...coupes are great!
  27. Gahrajmahal
    Joined: Oct 14, 2008
    Posts: 397


    That is damn nice, but now I am curious to see all of the "bad" examples of this style.
  28. HRS
    Joined: Nov 7, 2008
    Posts: 361


    Its the stance and simplicity that does it for me...
  29. There are two- short door (or business coupe), and long door (club coupe aka sedan coupe). Short door has a shorter more flowing roof, and use the same door length as 4 door sedan. Long door have a longer roof and use the samebasic door size as a Tudor sedan (or convertible in length)
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    And had all that stuff been done to a Tudor? This entry would have been, "See, told ya...". If a Club Coupe can look kool this is it. Usually it takes something like this to grab my attention (from a google image search):

    To the question above, chops, either one is easy to screw up due to the qtr glass. Maybe the bigger club cpe glass area would help. Probably worth a look.
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