Friday’s Fords

I have been spending some quality time in the garage and its has paid off. Today, I have the frame in the jig with all the dimensions correct per the Wescott drawing and figured out that the front crossmember extensions I added prevented the rails from being 90°. I redid the crossmember and now it’s perfect. Somedays things just seem to come together. Now, I can move on to welding the boxing plates and adding the center crossmember. I would like to thank Duane for his excellent advice on how to move the frame around to where I wanted it to be. A little heat carefully applied, will move the metal without distortion. After seeing the nice Deuces on our trip, I decided to switch the rear buggy spring to coil-overs. I know that is not the “traditional look” but all the owners told me the ride was much improved over the buggy spring. The easy installation and the adjustable ride height makes it a no brainer for me. As I have discussed over the years, changing direction on your original build plan can be costly, but in this case, I can save the rear end for another day and purchase a set of coil-overs. The balance of the build still is on track to stay the course.

I have seen an increase in the sale of Hot Rods from my site during the summer months which means disposable income is once again available for those who have put faith in our economy. Hot Rods in the $70K range seem to take a little longer to sale compared to the ones in the $35-40K range but so do million dollar plus homes. A million dollar home in LA doesn’t get you much these days. Purchasing someone else’s Hot Rod has always been the smart thing to do from a cost perspective, especially today. Labor and material cost will take the average person out of the market for doing it himself. Buying something you can live with and maybe change a few small things to make it yours — is the economical way to go. Avoid purchasing a car that you want to re-paint and upholster as this is cost prohibitive in most cases. Look for the best possible quality build you can afford and make it yours.

I have added some very nice restored 1940 Fords that a friend of mine is putting on the market. He has an extensive collection of 1940 Fords but has moved back to Deuces like many of us and no longer has a need for the cars. All of these cars have been maintained and stored in a climate controlled environment in a very dry climate. He is offering the following cars for sale: Convertible, Sedan Delivery and four door. Please see them in the Cars For Sale section.

For those of you in Louisville, please send some of the rain our way — we sure can use it.

Thought for the day — Wealth should not be measured by the size of your wallet but rather by — good health, good friends, good memories and feeling good about yourself.

Have a great weekend and take the wife/girlfriend out to dinner. (or both)

Stay Tooned!



Here is the chassis when I finally had it pulled into specifications.


From this photo that Duane sent I went ahead and added another upright to help pull the rails in at the bottom. I ended up with 12 uprights in total which brought the rails into specifications.


Steve is using a triangulated four-bar system in his new chassis. He selected coil-overs also for the ease of installation and adjustability.


This very cheery 33 sedan with a flathead mill was worth looking at closely. He drove it down for the luncheon.


The interior was stock and as Henry intended. Note the second handle behind the emergency brake. I am guessing overdrive.


This is the time of year that you see Hot Rods on the highway in WI. The B&W photos add to the image. (Delphine Photos)

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When Roy put his touches on the 39 convert they come out looking like this one.


The legend built some nice fiberglass cars and this was one of them. The car was a Great Eight selection at Cobo Hall a few years ago.


The rear was bobbed and exposed the 9 inch rear end. Barry had an eye for color and stance. He also used tube axles on most of his builds.


The 5″ dropped Bell style axle has been around for a long time and still looks good.


l always wondered about the engineering of this set up. The wheel is so outboard that the stress sits on the spindle end as opposed to the center of the spindle. The outer bearing is taking the bulk of the load. Just saying!

Today’s Photo


A study in design, fabrication and engineering is here for your viewing. Hours of fabrication involved but the mount is a piece of art to Hot Rodders. (Dave Lane)

New cars for sale — See the For Sale Section


1940 Ford Sedan Delivery



1940 Ford Convertible




1940 Ford Four Door Sedan

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