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Projects Tony Miller's Custom 40 Ford Convertible

Discussion in 'The Hokey Ass Message Board' started by DRD57, Jan 12, 2012.

  1. cleatus
    Joined: Mar 1, 2002
    Posts: 2,277

    from Sacramento

    I like the way Tony thinks.
  2. 57J2
    Joined: Dec 13, 2008
    Posts: 142


    Thanks for taking the time to post this. Your work is very impressive.
  3. blackout
    Joined: Jul 29, 2007
    Posts: 1,269


    Speachless, BTTT
  4. CraigR
    Joined: Jun 20, 2008
    Posts: 375

    from California

    Damn that looks good! Good eye Tony! (I geuss we knew that already)
    Nice work Don, must be fun stepping back at the end of each day's work and seeing that vision come to life! Damn my car looks fat now!
  5. oldsrocket
    Joined: Oct 31, 2004
    Posts: 2,172


  6. What a fantastic build. design is right and stance is perfect. When you first started I thought not a Forty coupe, but I really like it.
  7. The title threw me ((WTF?)) but diggin' the build.
  8. Grumpy
    Joined: Jan 28, 2003
    Posts: 2,569

    from NE Ohio

  9. Roadsterpu
    Joined: Nov 10, 2008
    Posts: 895


    I love Tony's cars. He has a great eye. Save a wheel choice here and there.

    Tony, this car is great. I can't wait to see it at breakfast. Really glad to see the progress.
  10. Great work and well executed plan! Amazing look for sure!

  11. zman
    Joined: Apr 2, 2001
    Posts: 16,594

    from Garner, NC

    what his son used to say x2.
  12. LabRat
    Joined: Jan 10, 2008
    Posts: 1,551


  13. Zed
    Joined: Dec 4, 2005
    Posts: 952

    from FRANCE

    wow ! thanks for sharing ! subscribed :eek:
    Joined: Dec 22, 2009
    Posts: 9


    Very cool. Its good to know there are others with the custom affiction. I don't think it can be cured. Ronnie

    Attached Files:

  15. Yep....I love this version.

    Incredible vision and execution....can't wait to see more!
  16. FASI
    Joined: May 11, 2001
    Posts: 1,135


    Tony, great concept and it looks so right. Looking forward to the finished car. The build photos are very well done as is the metal work itself. Congrats on what will be a killer ride. Keith
  17. cru_zn_29
    Joined: Jul 11, 2010
    Posts: 71


    This is a great project will definitely turn a lot of heads. Happy to see the doors worked out for you.
  18. 50Fraud
    Joined: May 6, 2001
    Posts: 9,891


    Me too, Kenny!

    Thanks to all you guys for your comments and your support.
    Last edited: Jan 17, 2012
  19. Wow amazing work.
    I have a 39 standard that I hope to start this winter and I am still trying to figure out a direction to go with the build. Koolkemp wants to put it under the knife lol. This thread is great motivation!
  20. need louvers ?
    Joined: Nov 20, 2008
    Posts: 12,906

    need louvers ?

    Damn Don! That looks great! I'm usually not to in tune with lots of custom bodywork, but you managed to fix all the things I don't like about that particular car with out making it look "custom" for custom's sake! And your using a standard hood and grill too! Even better!
  21. koolkemp
    Joined: May 7, 2004
    Posts: 6,006


    Just waiting for the call lol!!!
  22. To get the back in the weeds we moved the leaf springs inboard of the frame rails and then built a generous "C" notch in
    the frame. Here's the beginning pattern for the notch

    Is that 2x4, 1/8" square tubing in the notch? I was admiring the nice rounded edges.
    looks good.
  23. DRD57
    Joined: Mar 5, 2001
    Posts: 3,989


    Yes. We built the "C" notch pieces and then cut the top of the frame so they could be inserted and tacked in without completely severing the rear section of the original frame. Then, once they were tacked in we cut the frame out below them and finished the welding.
  24. RPW
    Joined: Mar 3, 2001
    Posts: 950


    Very pleasing to see! A wonderful design that is coming alive. That brings loads of inspiration and knowing the taste of the builder as well as the owners taste, it will be a perfect custom, or may I call it a coachbuilt?
  25. Mazooma1
    Joined: Jun 5, 2007
    Posts: 13,598


    The owner and builder have more patience, talent and vision than many of us combined.
    Most everyone gets a car and makes so many changes that sometimes it becomes a cartoon of what it was originally.
    Guys, just by their nature, want to change everything.
    We're the same guys who think if a six-pack is good, a case must be better.
    All the while, the guy who has only three beers gets the best looking chick at the party and takes her home while the rest of us are drunk and arm wrestling in the kitchen.
    Tony and Don were and are the guys with their eye on the goal instead of, like most of us, who would run to Pep Boys for chrome valve covers and be satisfied.
    Tony and Don were the guys that used restraint and tact to get the girls while everyone else would try to impress the girls with belching contests.
    Patience, skill and style trump excess and overindulgence in a more elegant and refined world.
    In the car world, Tony, is the classical composer and Don, is the most talented of orchestra conductors.

    Upon it's completion, Tony and Don will:
    A. keep the majority guessing
    B. stun the perfectionists
    C. amuse the amateur "car minded" population on the highways
    D. baffle the Ford "know-it-alls"
    E. shame the self-proclaimed "expert"
    F. put smiles on the faces of the rest of us mortals.

    thanks for bringing us along for the ride.....
    Last edited: Jan 22, 2012
  26. 50Fraud
    Joined: May 6, 2001
    Posts: 9,891


    Hi, Per, nice to hear from you.

    Aw, shucks, Doug; you are too kind.

    A couple of other guys have played a role in this project that deserves acknowledgement. The original idea of putting a '46 top on a '40, and the necessary adjustments to make it look good in profile, was done with the help of John Vernon's hand at Photoshop. John is no longer active at Photochopping, and his last version was tweaked a little more by Rik Hoving:


    Other design studies were undertaken to determine the precise amount to channel, how much to cut and rake the windshiield, and which of several grille options to use. This is Rik's rendering of a faux '40 Merc grille, which is what we're currently planning to use:


    These guys' skill at Photoshop helped determine the boundaries between Not Enough & Too Much, and gave me enough confidence to pull the trigger. Thanks to them both, and especially to Don.
  27. afaulk
    Joined: Jul 20, 2011
    Posts: 1,191


    Wowsa, lots of work and looking good !!!! This job took a lot of vision and patience not to mention the required skills. Good on ya!
  28. That is cool!! Soooooooooooo much work but it looks amazing!!!
  29. Sledge
    Joined: Feb 5, 2008
    Posts: 1,722

    from Nor Cal

    wow, lookin good. Totally agree about the stock 40 convert top, They look like a covered wagon.
  30. cruzr
    Joined: Jan 19, 2006
    Posts: 3,125


    Tony.............outstanding!! cant wait to see you drive it in at the Anti-Donut breakfast.......

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