Deuces and Forties

FB has a group dedicated to the Deuces and Forties which is one of my favorite groups. For many years I have wanted to start a company that dealt exclusively with these two models. I even had my son draw a logo which is a Deuce grille shell with a Forty headlight bezel in the middle. I still may make some shirts for Pewsplace with the logo imprinted on the back and front. As you know, I prefer the Model 40 for myself, but the Deuce and Forty combination is the popular pairing for most. I tend to like the convertible the most but have owned every model except a woody.

From a cost factor, the Forty is less expensive to purchase in most instances than the Iconic Deuce. Parts, both original and reproduction, are readily available for both models. A Forty needs no body modifications in my mind as Eugene Gregorie’s styling was a hit from the start. The Deuce is the same way except I do like the chopped cars better than the stock height ones. I remember Steve Davis asking me if I wanted him to chop my 3-window and I responded with a positive yes. We took two inches out of the car and it was perfect executed by Tikki of his shop. The only mistake I made was filling the cowl vent. Whatever your choice is you can’t go wrong with either model.

As far as build style goes, Roy Brizio told me once that 32-34 is fine with a solid axle and for 35-48 use and independent from suspension and parallel leaf rear. I follow his guide lines as he has built hundreds of cars that go down the road very nicely. I am the first to admit that the independent front suspension really provides a much improved ride over the straight axle in the later models. I even had Boyd build me a Deuce chassis with his suspension and it road very nice but I wasn’t crazy about the looks on a traditional style roadster. My preference for the Deuce is the solid I-beam axle up front and a QC coil over rear. I gave up on the rear spring set up as I could never obtain a decent ride. I know Pete Eastwood can make them work as I have driven his cars. Just my opinion on build styles as everyone has their own preference. One of each on your Deuce and Forty would be nice.

Have a wonderful weekend driving your Hot Rod or working in the garage on your Deuce or Forty project.

 

Stay Tooned!

Lynn

 

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A 40 convert makes a real nice ride with plenty of room for passengers in the back seat. I like the bows flattened to make the top flow better than the original.

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Randy just purchased this Deuce with a traditional build style. Black Deuces are really popular with the Hot Rod crowd.

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A custom 40 rag is going together with a lot of one-off items such as a rear side window and aluminum top.

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The highboy Deuce 5-window is another popular car with the Hot Rodders. UPI makes it easy if you have the $$$$!

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The Pacific in the background and the top down makes for a nice photo opportunity.

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Don keeps “The Flame Burning” with his Deuce builds. This is one of his earlier builds. He always has the eye for traditional styling.

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Two beauties from Ohio stopping for another great photo opportunity while on the road.

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Perfect Deuce that just pulled the fenders and is now having some driving fun.

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A show winner at the GNRS this 1940 Ford sedan was about as low as you can go with air bag suspension.

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One Deuce is not enough for most Deuce lovers. Add the truck and you have some hauling room.

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Dick keeps his 1940 rag in perfect condition and has owned for many years. A “Keeper!”

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Gary is a Deuce and Forty lover. He built this one in the 80’s and it is one of my favorites.

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Tim built him a nice 40 to drive and that he does. He drove from AZ to the GNRS last year to be in the 40 is 75 celebration.

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This is my style of Deuce. Slight chop, nice rake and stance.

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One of three built by friends who had Eddie Martinez do a complete R&P interior for them. Old School all the way!

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I spotted this nice full fendered Deuce sitting in the parking lot away from the crowd. It is nice to see fenders for a change.

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Finally, a woody to enjoy all the activities we have on the west coast. The whole family will love you and your “Woody!”

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  1. I own a 40 covert for 22 yrs just took out 1982 corvette rear end and put in 9 in rear with parallel springs way better ride

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