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Discussion in 'The Hokey Ass Message Board' started by Jive-Bomber, Oct 24, 2017.

  1. Jive-Bomber
    Joined: Aug 21, 2001
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    Jive-Bomber submitted a new blog post:

    Why the '40 Ford?


    1. Continue reading the Original Blog Post
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  2. belair
    Joined: Jul 10, 2006
    Posts: 8,465


    I'll take two. Interesting that the Standard (did that name still exist?) was called the Ford V-8. Fun video. Thanks.
  3. RainierHooker
    Joined: Dec 20, 2011
    Posts: 2,016

    from Tacoma, WA

    Gotta love marketing.

    Items 3 and 4 are false. Other than the hub bolt pattern change, the brakes are identical from 1939 to 41. And the lever shocks from 1939 to 1940 passenger cars are exactly the same too. '40 Ford trucks got a different part number shock though...

    Granted, I have a bias towards the '39, but both years are a high water mark for Ford.
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  4. Its the head light doors!!!
    And the deluxe dash that make the '40'.
    Just like a 32, one year after a tone of improvements from previous years......
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  5. Love them. I just sold the "Varmit" back in April. For it I chose a mix and match of parts for a different look... 39 headlights, 41 bumper. By the way, the new owner who is also a Hamber just finished painting it washington Blue. It looks fantastic.

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  6. When my Dad and many others came home from WWII '40 Fords were plentiful and relatively cheap to acquire. They were the car of choice for hundreds of ex-soldiers who were looking for affordable yet peppy transportation. Beautiful cars right from the start, their appeal has only grown over the years.
  7. Moriarity
    Joined: Apr 11, 2001
    Posts: 18,589

    Staff Member

    40 fords are wonderful cars, period....
  8. They've been a favorite of mine since I was a little kid building models of 'em.:D 07032014.jpg 2013-10-22 13.06.45.jpg DSCN7764 (1).JPG 20170917_072156.jpg
  9. 40FORDPU
    Joined: Mar 15, 2009
    Posts: 2,841

    from Yelm, Wa
    1. Northwest HAMBers

    I also, as a little kid was into model cars, and '40 Fords were always my favorite.
    I have had a lot of cars, but my favorite has always been the '40 Ford and '39 Deluxe Fords.
    I have my '40 p/u (avatar), a '39 Deluxe coupe, and a '41 p/u project for my next build.
  10. eberhama
    Joined: Dec 19, 2003
    Posts: 673


    Same with me, got the AMT kit when I was 6 or 7, been a fan ever since. Now I'm building a 1:1 "kit" car.
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  11. Henry clearly hit a home run with the '40.:) 08142017.jpg 18814792_712939035576889_2830503049825111466_o.jpg
  12. Nobey
    Joined: May 28, 2011
    Posts: 1,171


    Forty's had a sway bar
    Fixed windshield, (no more rain on your feet).
    Windwings, and dual ashtrays
    The deluxe grill is a thing on beauty.
    When I was in High School, everyone put Forty lights in their 39's, now days guys like the look of the 39's.
    I even put a Forty hood, and grill on my 39 Deluxe, to make it look like a Forty. Bought the hood, and grill
    from a body shop for $25. buck, back in 1963.
  13. Built these when I was about 10 years old as a tribute to my childhood racing hero and NASCAR Late Model Sportsman Champion, L. D. Ottinger. 20171024_103516.jpg
  14. They made great stock cars as well. Or tow vehicles in this case. 10420053_831065130308878_5027428884051456634_n.jpg
  15. bobwop
    Joined: Jan 13, 2008
    Posts: 6,086


    great cars.

    has anybody else noticed the decline in value as of late?
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  16. bobwop
    Joined: Jan 13, 2008
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    if you want to see awesome 40 Fords, hook up with Tim, aka, olscrounger. Wow!
  17. That spacious trunk made them a favorite hauler for the moonshiners.:D 01-image (1) (1).jpg 20160823_184355.jpg
  18. Russco
    Joined: Nov 27, 2005
    Posts: 4,131

    from Central IL

    I don't know why, but I sure am glad they made them. I like mine '60's style.

  19. hansboomer
    Joined: Nov 15, 2008
    Posts: 69

    from new york

    That's because the people who remember them as kids are dying off. Model T prices have been stagnant for a long time for the same reason, and those are historically important cars that can still be restored and driven. You can expect muscle car and Mustang prices to level off soon (maybe they have already) as baby boomers age out of the market. That's the sad reality of the car hobby.
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  20. hansboomer
    Joined: Nov 15, 2008
    Posts: 69

    from new york

    The fixed windshield and sealed beams of the 1940 were a big improvement, but I always liked the look of the 39 grill, headlights and taillights.
  21. I can understand why everyone wanted the 40 sealed beams. As grandpa would say, before sealed beams "you could get more light out of a lightning bug's butt".... BUT now that they have the halogen bulb conversions the 39 lights were great in my 40.
  22. j3harleys
    Joined: May 12, 2010
    Posts: 820

    from colorado

    The headlights, taillights, grill, stainless side trim. The only thing you can do to improve it is remove the license plate from the middle of the trunk. IN MY OPINION.
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  23. seb fontana
    Joined: Sep 1, 2005
    Posts: 6,523

    seb fontana
    from ct

    Anyone ever see the ride stabilizer on a car? Doesn't look like the sway/stabilizer bar that went across frame and linked to radius rod bolts along with the shock links..Maybe never made it to production?
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  24. quick85
    Joined: Feb 23, 2014
    Posts: 2,089


    When you take a look at this one, or lothiandon1940's coupe, there's no need to ask why.

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  25. Thanks for the kind words.
  26. Most of you know I am a Deuce Guy but I cut my teeth on '40 Fords,I have owned 1 convertible,2 tudor sedans,3 coupes and a pickup and to be perfectly honest if the right one came along I wouldn't mind having another. HRP
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  27. buzz4041
    Joined: Nov 14, 2008
    Posts: 278

    from Texas

    They have the best flowing lines.
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  28. 302GMC
    Joined: Dec 15, 2005
    Posts: 6,184

    from Idaho

    Being a car kid growing up, the most prolific concentration of "in" cars were any '40 Ford but a Fordor, same with '46 - '48 Fords & Mercs. The rake had hit the Pacific Northwest, & everybody tried to outdo each other with the tilt. Some had shackles so long they had to cross RR tracks sideways ...
    The local muffler shop owner's son had a black DeLuxe Tudor with a Buick. I'd hang out up front & read magazines, and if his dad was gone, he'd take me on parts runs ... it was 3 blocks to the only underpass in town, which is where we headed. 13 years old, a 322'' Buick, 26'' Douglass steelpacks & 1 3/4'' tailpipes stays etched in the brain ....
    And November '58 Car Craft ....
    Last edited: Oct 24, 2017
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    There's something to love about both, but I'm understandably stuck on my 39 Std Tudor. In a coupe it has to be a 40, and I'll take mine Std or Deluxe. While a 39 Deluxe cpe may look nearly the same the 40 is, well, enough will be said for the life of this topic. I guess the reality is that the love affair with the styling began with the 38 Deluxe, no? Granted there's cowl and access changes up to the 40 but the basic coachwork is really quite similar. Part of Ford's genius in production/marketing. The 38 Std was essentially 37 rehashed, 39 Std was 38 Deluxe, 40 Std was 39 Deluxe, and not an all in way but so close it made each model year very efficient to produce. Ok screw it, I want one of each!
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  30. i.rant
    Joined: Nov 23, 2009
    Posts: 2,919

    from Illinois
    1. 1940 Ford

    I wanted one since I first discovered them in the little pages at Sladkeys’drug store back in 58.
    I still pinch myself every time I see it in my garage before I slide behind the wheel.

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