In today’s climate old Fords are being saved from the crusher by hot rodder’s world wide. Â If you look at Fordbarn you will note all types of sheet metal is available to save your baby. Â I receive many request’s for photos of original firewalls, floorboards, quarter panels and other parts that a viewer is trying to restore and needs a reference. Â I for some reason have a lot of photos of various sections of the Deuce, Model 40, Forties and 46-48 Fords . Â They come in handy when you are restoring your body. Â The Green Book has lots of diagrams but a photo of the real thing is much easier to copy. Â Bob Drake has made available some really nice parts for the Forties and Brookville will sell you a complete car or just a quarter panel. Â I have watched many cars being put by together by experts who know how to shape and weld metal. Â I am amazed at how they do this and the money spent on making it happen.
Gary in Kansas has a talent for piecing together Deuces to make them whole again. Â He sent in some photos of his Sedan Delivery project which is coming along nicely. Â I don’t have the skills to do this but admire those who can put Humpty Dumpty back together again. Â He once had several parts from an orginal delivery but this one looks like he is making his own rear door from a Deuce door. Â I am looking forward to seeing this one finished.
Thanks for you who responded to my request for Deuces for the GNRS next year. Â Bob is looking for a stock 5 window, Roadster, Victoria and both a hot rod and stock sedan delivery. Â Let me know if you would like to show your vehicle.
I am still cold from the weather so I better crank up the furnace and warm up a little bit.
If you want a nice chop on a Deuce sedan this 2 1/2 inch is a great one to copy. Â The rear window looks like it has been cut the same amount. Â Some people like to leave them stock when they chop the top but I don’t think it looks in proportion to the side windows.
This hammered 34 coupe has the Salt Flats look and is starting to take shape. Â You can see how many patch panels have been installed and the amount of work required to make it look correct. Â I think those front bones are going to hit a lot of speed bumps although this is how it was done in the early days.
Here is a photo of a stock 40 Ford firewall that could save any butchered firewall you may find. Â I have a couple of these that I have savced from those who installed the Bithcin firewall.
Gary has pieced together the rear door pieces to form the door. Â Note new drip rail above door.
The door has now been roughed in and is ready for final body work. Â This rear window is larger than the 3 inch chop of the sides.
A view of the inside shows how he pieced together two sections to from the rear door. Â The original ones had a wooden frame that the rear skin from the sedan was attached.
This is how the car looks today. Â I have shown the pieces he used in previous posts and thought you would enjoy seeing the roughed in sedan delivery Deuce. Â The chop is on an angle 3 1/2 inch front to 3 inch rear. Â Looks wicked good to me.
Here is the front of Lucy as she looks today. Â The Buick and Wilson backing plates look good but I wish I would have installed 16 inch wheels with a deeper inset. Â I don’t like the bulkiness of the drums.
The rear drums are just right. Â I used early 12 inch Buick backing plates and front drums. Â I need to clean the dust off these to make them sharper looking. Â I have a fortune in this conversion but I like the look. Â Frantic helped me with the machine work.
Someone asked about clearance with the Magnum axle and stock spindles. Â You can see the interference with the steering arm in this picture. Â They must be really bent down or cut off to clear the axle. Â I choose to cut off the steering arms and use the deep drop ones from CE.
Today’s Garage Scene…dreaming!
Gary has this P&J chassis that is a little different with the 40 banjo, Â pull out axles and open driveline. Â This would look really great and be different from the 9 inch. Â I could add the QC and really be cool….Stay Tooned!