My daughter headed back to the Bay area and I headed to Frantic’s to pick up my springs and related parts. Â I was happy to finally have all the parts to complete the rear end installation. Â While I was there I looked at an exhaust system he just installed on a 35 Ford truck using Magnaflow mufflers. Â Fred started the truck and the sound was exactly what I was looking for, not to soft and not too loud, just right. I will build the head pipes from mandrel bent tubing but he can do the rest. Fred does a good job and makes everything removable for coating. Â I spent all morning at Fred’s and was late to Toppers where the discussion was on 39 convertible sedans which several of us like a lot.
The 39 tubs are not for everyone but you can learn to love them stock or chopped and lowered. Â John is building one along with his friend who has his almost completed. Â I looked for several years and found about 20 of them but never did find the right one for the right price. Â They don’t bring a big price in the market place and I don’t know why. Â If they were a 40 they would be priceless. Â John’s friend has a 40 dash and front end and is a full custom. Â Bob O and Dave both share the love of the custom tubs. Â I prefer the stock and dropped axle style but then I am not much for changing Henry’s design in the the 39-48 Fords.
I came home and installed the rear springs and rear axle. Â I had hoped that the 57 SW Ford rear axle perches would drop into place on the springs but they were off by 1/2 inch. Â I will either remove the pads and reinstall them or modify the ones that are installed. Â Fred told me they need to be mounted 6 degrees up for proper alignment. Â The stock Ford mounts are about 5 degrees so that would be close enough. Â I will solve the problem tomorrow.
Here is my style 39 convertible sedan. Â Stock appearing with dropped axle and mono leaf rear.
This is a great view of the 39 convertible sedan. Â Wheels up in the fender wells make for the custom look. Â Nothing else is needed in my opinion. Â My wife really likes these cars. Â I wonder how windy they are with all those windows and convertible top flapping around…who cares!
John loves this one from the past. Â Note this is a 1938 with the bustle back.
The late Art claimed this was a 1940 convertible sedan built for the Worlds Fair in 1939?
Bruce purchased this one from a storage trailer a few years back. Â I had looked at the car but passed for some reason. Â Why do we do that? Â I love this one.
This would have been the Prom Queens ride when I was in high school. Â Looks great doesn’t it. Â Bob O’s dream!
Here is a bone stock one that sold for a good price recently and was from back east. Â It wouldn’t take much for this one to be Prom Queen material.
If converts are not for you then then how about a 39 standard sedan.
Mercury also had a convertible sedan in the same era. Â I see this one at the Trompers Swap meet sometimes. Â This is a very rare car.
Â Today’s convertible sedan….dreaming!
Here is the best example of the stock 39 convertible sedan I could find. Â Fat Jack built this one and it is flawless. Â A Rodders Journal feature car a few years ago. Â Nice ride.