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What's your flavor: The '39 or the '40 DeLuxe?

Discussion in 'The Hokey Ass Message Board' started by Jive-Bomber, Sep 21, 2012.

  1. Jim Bouchard
    Joined: Mar 2, 2011
    Posts: 795

    Jim Bouchard

    I am a 40 deLuxe guy all the way but a 39 DeLuxe and 40 Standard very close seconds. Ford got those years right! I agree on the 40 dash being the best dash
    Ford ever made! I like all three!
  2. 40 with 39 doors sans wind wings.
  3. I do believe the 40 Standard has the best of both 39 and 40 Fords - but, if I had to choose between the two, 39 ....
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  4. Jonnie King
    Joined: Aug 12, 2007
    Posts: 2,077

    Jonnie King
    from St. Louis

    I like the '39. But, then, you could always adapt a '39 front clip on a '40...and have 'em both, if you really couldn't decide. :D

    My Dad had a new '41 when I was a tot. Sadly, we had no "full-frame" pictures of it that I can find. It was a gray, 2 door sedan, dog-dish hubcaps. Bad news was it seemed to be a target for every drunk driver in St. Louis !

    My poor Dad never hit anyone in his life, but that '41 was hit about at least three times during its life from 1941 to 1950, by "bottle jockey's" who should have been kept off the road.

  5. el Scotto
    Joined: Mar 3, 2004
    Posts: 4,521

    el Scotto
    from Tracy, CA

    Me too!! :)
  6. flamin01a
    Joined: Jul 23, 2005
    Posts: 78


    My dad told me the bootleggers used the 39 standards because they were cheaper to buy so that mattered when they rolled them!
  7. Cerberus
    Joined: May 24, 2010
    Posts: 1,392


    There is something really appealing about the simplicity of the '39 compared to the '40 Ford Deluxe.....dash, taillights, grill, headlamps.
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  8. '41 Business Coupe... I towed one home yesterday. I know it's not quite as snazzy as a '39 or '40, but I've never run with the cool kids anyway.
  9. hotrod mike
    Joined: Nov 21, 2006
    Posts: 1,729

    hotrod mike

    The '39 DeLuxe has better looking headlights,grille,dash and opening windshield. That's why I prefer them. But, I do like the 40's tail lights and trunk handle better than a '39. I had this on my '39.
  10. atomickustom
    Joined: Aug 30, 2005
    Posts: 3,408


    That's what I was going to say! Best of both years.
  11. tommy
    Joined: Mar 3, 2001
    Posts: 14,757

    Member Emeritus

    I fell in love with a low mileage unrestored 39 deluxe coupe that I can not get out of my mind at Hershey many many years ago now. It would be way out of my price range today. What a cool survivor that I hope still looks the same today. Near perfect original upholstery, Crank out W/S, swan neck floor shift etc. etc.
  12. J. A. Miller
    Joined: Dec 30, 2010
    Posts: 1,804

    J. A. Miller
    from Central NY

    I'm a '39 guy all the way. That's not to say I wouldn't take a '40 though!
  13. Would take a 40 all day long
  14. Pretty much my thinking and although it's not an option, I'd trade my fleet for a '34 coupe
  15. The37Kid
    Joined: Apr 30, 2004
    Posts: 28,981


    Showfield or flea market? Sounds like the one in Stamford, Ct. Bob
  16. Muttley
    Joined: Nov 30, 2003
    Posts: 18,480


    Me too. I hate the big, ugly headlight bezels on the '40 and cant stand three speeds on the column either...........'39 all the way.
  17. xhotrodder
    Joined: Jul 2, 2009
    Posts: 1,633


    40 Deluxe for me please.
  18. mendoza727
    Joined: Dec 11, 2006
    Posts: 76


    Hands down '39 Deluxe Coupe!
  19. need louvers ?
    Joined: Nov 20, 2008
    Posts: 12,906

    need louvers ?

    Easy! '39 Deluxe!!! I'm clearly biased as my high school transpo for a bit was one with a 283, that weird '58 reverse pattern three speed, Rocket mags that sorta looked like Americans, and all the other crap common to '60s hot rods. In 1981 with that car I was "persona non grata" 'cause it was all Old crap and "why would someone as young as you want any of that stuff?"

    But honestly, even as a little kid growing up with my dad's '40 Deluxe, I just couldn't get with the extra bump on the hood and that grill. Just never looked right to my eye. Now, a '40 standard would be a very close 2nd choice...
  20. 40 Standard with 39 taillights. 39 crank-out windshield is nice, but those 40 wiper towers are so damn graceful. Both headlights are nice and you can switch to whatever trips your trigger.
  21. andyg
    Joined: Aug 10, 2007
    Posts: 560


    They're both great going down the road but I like the round gauges, wood grain, with the windshield kicked out about 5 inches, eatin' bugs, wind in the hair, and the swan neck myself!
  22. deto
    Joined: Jun 26, 2010
    Posts: 2,621


    39. I think it just flows better...
  23. Weasel
    Joined: Dec 30, 2007
    Posts: 6,694


    Easy enough - excluding the convertibles, make your own....
  24. carmuts
    Joined: Jun 17, 2009
    Posts: 874


    39 for sure. Rod
  25. Ford should have stopped making new models in 1939... it was perfect.
  26. ALL-WAYS a Forty guy here but disappointed over the years that Ford dropped the convertible sedan after '39. So when I came across this Forty-ized '39 conv. sedan with '40 headlights, tail lights and trunk, there was only one thing to do. I BOUGHT IT.
    I also own a '40 DeLuxe coupe.

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  27. hotrod40coupe
    Joined: Apr 8, 2007
    Posts: 2,562


    I have the best of both worlds. A '40 Deluxe Coupe and a '40 pickup.
  28. cruisin30
    Joined: Apr 13, 2005
    Posts: 120

    from Katy, TX

    Had both and loved em both but they didnt advertise the 40 as the "Fabulous 1940 Ford" for nothing. Prefer the 40 by a couple hairs over the 39's.

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  29. Bosco1956
    Joined: Sep 21, 2008
    Posts: 545

    from Jokelahoma

    39 because I own one

  30. This sais it all for me, I agree 100%

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