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1939 Ford Bob Brooks

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The photos were taken in 1948.

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    1939 Ford Convertible Black Padded Top
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    1939 Ford Convertible Sedan Custom

    From an ebay auction come these two snapshots of this rather nice looking 1939 Ford convertible seda ...more

    n Custom Car. The collection of photos that was offered seamed to come from either the east coats of the mid west. I have never seen any other photos of this great looking car. It has perhaps some "problem" areas as a very heavy top and very sharp c-pillar corner. But over all I really like the car. Has anybody any more info on this one? It is such a well done and heavily modified car it must have been at some car shows in the late 1940's early 1950's.

    The car appears to be channeled over the body with raised fenders both front and rear with skirted rear fenders. A sectioned hood, possibly with a removed beltline, chopped windshield frame with a padded top. The whole front section was modified and reshaped to accept a 1948 Cadillac grille (best use of any of such grilles on this type of car I have ever seen). Newer bumpers, possibly Olds or Buick, but hard to tell. And a set of Cadillac Sombrero hubcaps and spotlights. I would love to know a bit more about his car. So if you recognize this great looking custom, please leave your comment, or contact u at rik@rikhovingkustoms.com so that we can share the information with the rest of the world.

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    1939 Ford Coupe Bob McNutt

    1939 Ford Full Radical Custom Coupe
    Built in 1959 by Bob McNutt in Ada, Oklahoma
    1957 Chevrolet 28 ...more

    3 Power Pack with Rochester 4 barrel shifted through a 1946 Ford 3 Speed tranny. Bob hand built the Chevy to Ford adapter to save $25 back in 59 (bout like $400. Today). All this passes onto a 1940 Ford Banjo rear end including it’s 40 Ford juice brakes.
    Air Conditioned back in 1959 with a 59 Chrysler York A/C compressor vented behind the seat, controlled by Novi under dash controls (which were discontinued in the mid 60’s)
    The Chrome reverse wheels are custom made with 50 Mercury centers welded to 14” rims then chrome plated.
    The body work is all done in lead Hence Lead Sled (No Bondo)
    It’s chopped, sectioned, channeled, nosed, decked, pan-caked hood, canted 59 Chevy quad headlights (with vent scoops), 47 Lincoln rear ¼ panels, hollow handmade copper grille then chrome plated, note the scoop for ventilation below the grille
    Customized 1940 Mercury bumpers
    All the chrome was done back in the day (not new)
    1957 Studebaker Azure Blue
    When finished in 1959 it was powder blue with wide whites and 56 Buick spinner hubcaps
    The current Azure blue, chrome reverse wheels, and interior were added as you see it back in 62-63. The chrome buttons are 63 Chevy Impala, and Old steering wheel.
    This car was in over a dozen magazines and won 1st place all over the USA. It was driven to most shows and towed with a tow bar towards the end. It was shown in Texas, Oklahoma, Arkansas, New Mexico, Washington, Arizona, Kansas, Nevada, and more. Bob stayed out of California said those guys were too arrogant for him. Didn’t go too far up north said it was too cold during the winter show months.
    The car was retired in 1964 and stored until 1976. It was sold in 76 towed to a dirt floor barn and sat untouched until 1994.
    In 1994 famous car customizer David Guymon out of Cartright, Oklahoma bought the car in November. At Mr. Don Deere’s (then ISCA director of Dallas AutoRama) request Guymon refreshed it to it’s present stage for the Dallas AutoRama in 95 in 31 days.
    The car was the 1st and only car, other than Darryl Starbird cars, to be invited into The Darryl Starbird Museum. It sat in The Starbird Museum for 2 years. Today the museum has a separate wing for cars other than Starbird originals.
    Currently the 283 runs strong but smokes. The late 50's Air Conditioning system is still hooked up but currently not working. The tires are new exact reproductions of what it had in 1964.

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    1940 Ford Convertible with tailvin

    Old photos from 1943

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    1940 Ford Coupe - Danny Hall

    Form more info read my blog about this car.
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    1940 Ford Jim Chapkis Channeled with '39 Buick grille

    Jim later sold the car to Revelle Harrison, who owned it when the car was featured in the April 1953 ...more

    issue of Hop Up Magazine.

    When the car was featured again in the December 1957 issue of Rod & Custom (Cover Car) it was owned by Richard Stockton.

    Hop Up April 1953

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    40's-50's Build 39-40 Ford customs
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    Al Beckman's 40 Ford convertible

    Chopped Carson top, mild lowering, DeSoto bumpers, deep mandarin maroon paint, mild dechroming, riplle disk with single flipper. Perfect custom fro the late 40's

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    Art Lehner Fadeaway Ford 1939 Ford
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    Bill Halliday 1940 Ford convertible

    From Pasadena

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    Bill Page's '40 Ford convertible

    Carson top Don Riggs did the body work

    This car is still around... not in perfect condition, but can be restored back to how it used to look in the 50's.

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    Bill Pearce 1939 Ford convertible

    I have a 1939 ford convertible custom. It was built in the late 40's or early 50's. The car belonged ...more

    to my grandfather. He bought the
    car in 1942. He grew up in La Puente, Ca. That is in southern Ca.
    The car is chopped, channeled , sectioned and it has a Carson top. It looks almost identical to Wayne Walkers 1939 ford. When my grandfather past away in 1999 the car was sold by my grandmother. I was heart broken that I couldn't have it. Ever since it was sold I thought about that car every day. That car was a bond between my grandfather and I. He talked about the car with me but, I never learned any history about the car.
    I just know it was built in the Los Angeles area. My grandfathers name is Bill Pearce. In July of 2006 I was browsing on e bay. I typed in hot rod and the first thing that popped up was my grandfather's car. It looked a lot different from when I saw it last. I almost skipped right by, but one of the pictures caught my eye. It was a picture of the engine. The engine is a flathead ford with early model sharp heads. It has air scoops off a kris kraft boat. That is what people are telling me at least. I had pictures of the car in my work truck. So I went and got them to compare them. The engine was identical down to the radiator hoses. So I made contact with the owner and bought the car the next day.
    > I have a lot of pictures of the car. Six of them are from 1956. I would like to find more history on the car.

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    Bill Soske 1940 Ford Convertible
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    Bill Victor Channeled 1940 Convertible

    This 1940 Ford was auctioned on ebay in 2006. Here is the information that came with it.

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    d Deluxe Convertible. Well, this is it. The holy grail. Can't believe I have it, sad that I can't keep them all. First, let me say that I would love to restore it for whoever buys the car, back to it's prime when it was running the streets of LA in the 1950's. It is a whole lot of fun to drive around now. I am going to drive it to lunch tomorrow to the Foster's ice cream and burger joint where the Beach Boys used to hang out, for our shop lunch. I will add some pictures. I am also going to drive it home tomorrow night, then cruise the PCH beach road in the am with my surfboard. There are some good 10ft waves now.
    With that said, let me tell you the story. The car came from the garage of Bill Victor where it sat for years and years. Bill Victor started and owned the famed high performance gasket company Victor Gaskets. This is what I have put together about the story on the car: The car was built in the 50's and roamed the streets. In the 60's it was taken off the road, taken apart and primed, the windshield frame was recut to be chopped even more, but luckily was just left cut in the front seat of the car. I decided to just put the car back together and get it running and driving again. Also, when the car was taken apart and primed is when they took out the old firewall and put in the new firewall. Some of the old firewall comes with the car, but it is not in great shape. I would repair and put it back in myself. You can see where it was modified to accomadate the channeled body. I tacked the windshield frame back into place (you can see where the original frame chop was clearly on the inside and back of the window frame. The vent windows, Carson top, door windows and side glass etc.. all match the original chop, so I stuck with that. I also didn't want to alter anything. I feel like this is a piece of history.
    In the 50's the car was chopped ( about 4 inches), channeled ( about 5 to 6 inches), nosed, decked, hood sectioned / pancaked, shaved, Carson top made etc.. A 40 Mercury engine was put in with a 1939 gear box. The engine has: remember this is all the original speed parts, assembled in the day, unmessed with since then! Offenhauser aluminum finned heads, Fenton duel carb aluminum intake with two Stromberg 98 carbs, Harmon Collins duel point distributor with duel coils, headers (brand? or custom made?) I am told that the engine was stroked and anything that could be done at the time was done, but I have not taken the complete engine apart, so I can't vouch this, but it is most likely true. The torque tube and rear differential is stock I believe.
    The engine runs well and has good power. The trans shifts and works fine, but it is a little noisy. The rear diff is in good shape. The complete brake system looks like it was replaced in the 60's when the car was
    THE BODY: Great shape. Very very solid. The body panels are very straight and solid. The bondo on the rear quarter is very very thin. I don't know why it is there. You can see the inside/backside of that quarter and there is not a ding in it. This is a rare example of real old school metal work and all the body mods done by the original men who created what we all now enjoy and love. The car was not old school or retro at the time, but modern and cutting edge. Kind of funny to think about.
    WHAT I HAVE DONE: We pulled the oil pan and cleaned it out. We also took off the water pumps and rinsed out the engine block. Then I got the engine going. It runs well. Changed the transmission oil, spark plugs,cleaned the trans out. We also put the wiring harness that had been in the car back in. The headlights, running lights, turn signals, and brake lights work. The car starts up and drives well down the street. We also put the fenders back on. I also put on the wide white tires. I have the 60's tires that came off of it.
    The car was tangerine / burnt orange before it was taken apart in the 60's. The old pictures of it were right before it was taken apart.

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    Bob Creasman 40 Ford with fade away fenders

    The car was once owned by Seal Beach, who had it restored by Jim Bruns and his crew at Bruns Kustom ...more

    City.
    Rumored to be the first '40 Ford channeled in Southern California Bob Creasman chopped the top and channeled the body over the frame 4 inches. In 1948 Creasman fitted his coupe with the fadeaway fenders you see here. Packing a stout '43 Merc motor and the aerodynamic mods described above. A few years ago the Bruns found out that a traditionally styled coupe was hibernating under a blanket of dust in a garage in the San Fernando Valley, so he began to research the history of the car in an attempt to verify its early-rodding roots. With the help of Mark Drew a Enthused Custom car historian its tru identity was uncovered. The car was obtained and Bruns opted for a ground-up restoration, with the goal of restoring the Ford to its former glory without changing any of the original kustom tricks. A 4-inch dropped axle gets the nose down where it belongs. Bruns then ground away half a century's worth of wear and tear and began the process of restoring the body to its former glory and sprayed down the body with a few coats of '98 Cadillac Cranberry Metallic paint, which is offset by a maroon and pearl white tuck 'n' roll interior.
    Ziggy, a very tallented custom car guy worked on the car, and eventually the car was bought by Mark Drews who had it recently (2005) finished with a beautiful period maroon paint job, and a nicely finished period interior. Also the bumper mounted taillights are a later, but period addition. In 2014 the car has changed hands again.

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    Bob Sanders 1940 Ford Coupe
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    Clarence Patterson 1939 Ford Convertible
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    Dave Cunningham '40 Ford sedan

    Sectioned by Dave and the Hutchin's body shop. Rest of the custom work was done by Barris.

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    Doug Rice Sectioned - chopped 39 Ford coupe

    Doug Rice, Aberdeen, Washington did all the work on this sectioned channeled and chopped '39 Ford co ...more

    upe himself. Chooped 3 inches in the front and 4.5 in the back. Channeled 5.5 inch, raising all the fenders and sectioning the hood so that would fit the raised front fenders. Modified '40 Ford dash to accept SW instruments. '37 DeSoto bumpers front and rear and with taillights integrated into the rear bumper guards.

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    http://richardsoncustomautobody.com/1939Ford.html

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    Duke Fosters 1939 Ford
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    Earl Bruce 40 Ford coupe

    Roy Hagy did most of the body work on Bruce Earl's coupe. He chopped the top, filled the rear side w ...more

    indows, rounded the door corners, removed the running boards and removed the chrome. The car was also at the Valley Custom shop for paint and perhaps more work? The paint prep photos where taken at the Valley Custom Car Shop

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    Fred Cain chopped-channeled 1940 Ford

    The little pages - you remember them?? This car was featured in the August 1953 issue of HONK Magazine.

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    Fred Welsh 1940 Ford Four door "Treasure"
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    Gary Overby - Joe Falashi 1940 Ford Convertible
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    Gene Garrett 1940 Ford Convertible
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    Jack Richardson's 40 Coupe with Chevy grille

    Sectioned hood looks to be a combination of 40 Ford back portion and 46 Chevy front section combined ...more

    . The hood was also sectioned to compensate for the raised front fenders. The rear fenders where also raised and the runningboards removed. Bumpers are 46 Chevy units

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    Ken Costello 1939 Ford Coupe
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    Kenny Contratto 1939 Ford Convertible

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    Marty Moore 1940 Ford Convertible

    Built by the owner Mart Moore. Marty has owned the car since 1947, and has since them worked on his ...more

    car to create his ultimate Custom. He chopped the windshield 2.5 inches and the vent windows 3.5 inche. This allowed him to get a more attractive look on the Carson top. Chrome trim and door and trunk handels where all removed and Electrical Solenoids installed. The wheel openings where radiused with round rod giving better proportions after the car was lowerd. The rear cross-member was raised and at the front Marty used a dropped axle to get it to sit right. A set of 1949 Chevy taillights (lenses only) where set low into the rear fenders, juts above the De Soto bumper. The interior has extra space in the back because Marty removed the storage area for the original folded down top. A wider Hudson rear seat was installed and the whole interior was upholstered by the Carson Top Shop in red and white leather.

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    Nicholas Schlouch '39 Ford convertible

    This original late 40's built custom was completely resored by Donn Lowe.

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    Paul McGill 1940 Ford Convertible
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    Rebel Without a Cause 1940 Coupe
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    Restored '37Ford with 40 Ford front

    '37 Ford coupe with '40 Ford hood and front fenders crafted on. The cowl was sectioned and the beltl ...more

    ine and recontoured to fit the '40 hood which was narowed at the back to fit '37 Ford body. The front fenders where reshapedand the rear fenders come from a '38 Ford. This car was built at Valley Customs.

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    Roy Richter 1939 Ford Coupe

    Roy Richter built this car himself during WWII
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    tal craftsmanship. The car started out as a coupe. Roy cut off the top chopped the windshield and left on the coupe doors which where also chopped with angled forward b-pillars. The Carson Top Shop created the padded top for this unique car. The belt line was removed from the whole car, the bottom of the body had a few inches removed, and both fenders front and rear moved up with a sectioned hood. New metal running boards half the width as the originals where installed.

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    Sectioned 1940 Convertible Unrestored
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    Sectioned 1940 Ford Convertible

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    ock bored to 3-3/16" standard Mercury; new 4 ring pistons; 1950 Mercury crankshaft with 4" stroke; 29A connecting rods; cadmium silver bearings; truck oil pump; 3/4 H&C camshaft; adjustable tappets; Lincoln valve springs parted and relieved; 7.5:1 Edlebrock heads (plus bore and stroke equal 9.0:1 compression ratio); Edmands 2 carb manifold and two regular Ford carburetors; H&C distributor.

    Transmission: Transmission is stock 1940 Ford except for: main drive gear, cluster gear, second gear, and sliding gear, which are from a Lincoln 25 tooth cluster.

    Rear axle: Rear axle is stock 1940 Ford.

    Exhaust: Clark headers and Smitty mufflers were used. Tail pipes were custom made from 1934 Chevy and 1940 Ford pipes combined.

    Body: Body sectioned 4.5 inches below belt line. The top was chopped 4 inches. The seats are from a 1937 Ford Tudor. The rear fenders are from a 1940 Ford Panel Truck. The taillights are from a 1941 Studebaker. Side grille panels of the 1940 Ford deluxe grille are filled solid. The bumpers are 1949 Plymouth.

    Chassis: The front end is lowered 3 inches by use of a dropped axle and 15 inch wheels. Tubular shocks were installed. The rear end is lowered with a 5 inch drop by use of a "frame channel" job. Rear cross member is 5 inches to the rear. Track bar is used for stability. Steering is pivoted on same mounting pad, and rebolted to conform to the body channel. Gas tank is mounted from inside now due to extended rear portion of frame.

    The paint was done by Jess Patter and the upholstery was done by Knights Trim Shop.

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    Tony Dando 1939 Ford Convertible
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