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Projects Trying to un-ugly a 1946 Ford coupe

Discussion in 'The Hokey Ass Message Board' started by Chris, May 23, 2016.

  1. I had a 1941 Ford club coupe project, but when I saw this 46 coupe advertised locally a few weeks ago I figured I should go look it. The seller told me over the phone it was a traditional Hotrod. He had no pics in his ad. This is what I saw when I walked in his garage.

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    The paint, stickers, tires/wheels...ugh it needed help. It did run and drive, but the seller told me it needed a new engine, and thus why it was a pretty reasonable price. It had all stock running gear and aside from having some trim shaved, appeared to be a nice dry car. I was sure I could get it looking a lot better for not a lot of money, so we struck a deal and I brought it home. The car running/driving was the bonus as I wanted a car my family and I could enjoy sooner then later. I asked the seller where the front bumper was, and he replied "hotrods don't have front bumpers". Sure thing, man.


    First thing I did was pull the gross 14" wheels and white wall radials off and put some 16's on it. The drums had been redrilled to 5x4.5" bolt pattern, so this meant I had to clean up another set of drums and rebuilt all the hydraulics on the brakes and packed wheel bearings while I was at it

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    Then, I removed the seats and swapped them with the freshly stitched seats I had for the other coupe. The seats in the 46 were nice, but not my style. I also peeled all the stickers off and put a stock steering wheel back in it.


    The car has been painted "Hotrod flatz" which is a single stage enamel with a flatning agent. My car painter friend Dusty came over and looked at it, telling me you can wet sand and buff the flatz paint. We tried an area just above be passenger side headlight. Now I get to do the whole car!


    And yesterday I figured out why it was running bad. I think he had an externally resisted coil, with no resister, and it burned up the points and condenser. The coil is not marked anywhere, so I replaced it with a internally resisted coil and a fresh distributor I had. It now runs like a watch. It had a rechromed rear bumper, and I picked up a rechromed front bumper at the Monroe swap meet a couple weeks back, and found a nice front gravel pan on Craigslist. I installed those and it really looks better.

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    Next up is a dropped axle I got from Anson axles. Stick around, in my free time during the next month or two I hope to get the coupe sitting right and paint shined up

    Last edited: Jan 23, 2017
  2. adam401
    Joined: Dec 27, 2007
    Posts: 2,187


    Man that's a huge improvement looks great
  3. Bader2
    Joined: May 19, 2014
    Posts: 1,143


    Looks really good! Nice save.
  4. Jalopy Joker
    Joined: Sep 3, 2006
    Posts: 25,272

    Jalopy Joker

    Congrats - yes, I think that you can save it

  5. Raiman1959
    Joined: May 2, 2014
    Posts: 1,427


    That is a beautiful car!!! That white interior against that black paint is quite stunning! It's nice ya' got the stock steering wheel back in!....I love the look of that car!....good job for sure!:D;)
  6. Man, what a difference. Now show the rest of us how to make it sit right.
  7. Squablow
    Joined: Apr 26, 2005
    Posts: 14,542


    "Save" seems a bit extreme on an already driving car, I'd maybe leave that term for the guys building cars that many would consider parts cars or un-fixable, but I would say you can definitely improve it, and you're already getting there.
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  8. Sorry about that, I meant save it from the look the previous owner had going on. I changed the thread name for you
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  9. Squablow
    Joined: Apr 26, 2005
    Posts: 14,542


    No offense intented, all of the changes look good so far.
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  10. 302GMC
    Joined: Dec 15, 2005
    Posts: 6,267

    from Idaho

    Chris, you do nice work ...
  11. 35cab
    Joined: Jan 5, 2011
    Posts: 256


    Great stuff Chris, car looks so much better, love the interior. It must be quite satisfying to see pretty much instant results.
    I am not sure where you find the "spare time" but you use it well.

  12. I don't either, with having a 1.5 year old. Usually late at night after everyone went to bed. But the whole reason behind this car is for us to use for family cruising.

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  13. 2935ford
    Joined: Jan 6, 2006
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  14. KoolKat-57
    Joined: Feb 22, 2010
    Posts: 2,982

    from Dublin, OH

    Very nice transformation ....... so far!
    I am sure as time allows it will get even better!
  15. I took it in its first "out of the neighborhood" drive last night. Did very well. Drives nice and runs pretty good. Has a very slight miss every once in a while I'll have to try and figure out. But all in all I'm impressed

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  16. Damn!
    I like it!!!!!!!!
  17. Nice looking car (now), good job, and a good eye.
  18. xpletiv
    Joined: Jul 9, 2008
    Posts: 938

    from chiburbs

    When you're done, drive by where ya bought it and say "now, it's a hotrod!"
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  19. You are the only person I know that can buy a '46 Ford that is missing a front bumper and then find a rechromed one at the swap meet the next weekend and a gravel pan for it on Craigslist ...o_O Love it brah!
  20. That's how I roll?
  21. 3wLarry
    Joined: Mar 11, 2005
    Posts: 12,804

    Member Emeritus
    from Owasso, Ok

    Is this getting a 283? I noticed on the What cam for a 283 thread you asked what cam you should use...which btw, should be a factory 327/3oohp cam for all around drivability/mileage/power range, etc., and not the Duntov 30-30 that someone .02 cents
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  22. Yes Larry eventually I'd like to put my 283 in this car. Keep the stock rear and trans, so nothing radical. Here is that engine mocked up in a coupe I had before this one. It's a 57 283 with power pack heads. Thanks for the cam advise, I've never built a chev before

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  23. Today was exciting, my friend Dusty came over and started wet sanding and buffing the car. It's turning out far better then I imagined. It's about half done

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  24. Baumi
    Joined: Jan 28, 2003
    Posts: 2,530


    Wow,that paint comes out great!! You´ve done some awesome improvements on that coupe!
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  25. RainierHooker
    Joined: Dec 20, 2011
    Posts: 2,018

    from Tacoma, WA

    Lookin' great Chris...
  26. dad-bud
    Joined: Aug 22, 2009
    Posts: 3,884


    You have definitely un-uglified the coupe. Are the wheels and tyres off your roadster? They suit the car just right.
    When is it appearing in Car For Sale?
    Thanks for sharing the 'upgrades/
  27. studebaker46
    Joined: Nov 14, 2007
    Posts: 657


    listen to larry aside from being alittle cranky he is giving you good advice about the 283 that is the best cam combo you can use on the street especially in a car like that with stock driveline
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  28. Looking really good...
  29. xpletiv
    Joined: Jul 9, 2008
    Posts: 938

    from chiburbs

    Hot damn tamales! Look at the shine!

    I think if you did stop by where you bought it from, the guy wouldn't believe it is the same car at all. Beautiful transformation!
  30. indyjps
    Joined: Feb 21, 2007
    Posts: 3,935


    That looks great, you've paved the way for all the those flat paint jobs to be shiny again. Makes sense the flattening agent floats to the top and clouds the finish. Can't wait to see more, like where you're going with the car.

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