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1940 Ford Deluxe Opera Coupe Hot Rod
I got it in 1986, collected parts and finished the body prior to 2005.
With the help of some good friends we finished the car in 2007
in time for the Seattle Roadster Show,
where it finished second in its class, against some high end competition.
The car was meant to just be a hot rod and driver,
my bucket list '40, but I am a detail guy and
once again I did too nice a job.
Its a beautiful car, with a hot rod soul.
With the exception of the rear end,
the entire running gear is new.
The frame was sandblasted and Chassis Engineering components were used.
The front end has a dropped axle, disc brakes,
anti roll bar, and P and J steering dampener.
The steering box is a rebuilt Chevy 525 box.
Split wishbones are used along with a drop out tranny support.
The rear has parallel leaf springs and
a completely redone '57 Ford Wagon Rear End with new brakes
and 3.55 gears.
All nuts, bolts, etc, are new.
The hydraulic brake and clutch are under the car
as is the electric fuel pump,
the gas tank is new as well.
We installed electric exhaust cut-outs in the 2" exhaust
which open with a switch on the dash.
The tires are 205 65 R15s radials on the front
with 6x15 chrome wheel Vintique Chevy Type Vented Wheels,
The rears are 235 75 R15s with 7x15 wheels.
'48 Ford hubcaps are used all around.
The motor is a '65 327 with Camel Hump Heads.
Bored .60 over and Balanced with a mild cam,
Pro Built with all new internals.
It has an older Edelbrock dual plane manifold and
new Edelbrock 4bbl, MSD Ignition, Porcelianized Ramshorn Exhaust.
All the wiring is cloth covered
An original chrome hurst motor mount was used and
probably an Ansen scattersheild bellhousing.
The tranny is a T150 Ford, all synchro 3 Speed, with a jeep top loader,
and '39 Ford shift lever welded on in place of the original straight jeep unit.
This is a great unit, the gear spread is great,
dont have to be constantly shifting,
and having sychro in low just makes a great tranny! old school.
I have an additional 3.0 pumpkin for the 9 inch which was too high
for the hilly area I lived in.
It worked fine with the tranny gearing ,
and was awesome on the highway,
but was not so good for all the hill starts I had to do.
Its plenty peppy now with the 3.55s!
The car was originally a California Hot Rod in the 60s.
It had nice chrome window moldings which I cleaned up and kept.
The body, fenders, doors, hood and truck were rust free,
with exception of the trunk tool area and pan, which we replaced,
and the drip moldings, which we replaced.
The firewall had the typical battery box cut in it,
I found an original one and we used that
I dont like flat firewalls.
This body is STRAIGHT, rust free, with awesome fits on the doors and hood.
And, about the nicest paint job you will ever find on a '40.
I finally found the source for Cloud Mist Gray after much work.
Its a base coat, clear coat. and near perfect,
it just draws people to the car.
I graduated from high school in 1966 and
this is what I was basing the build on.
I always prefered the '50s interiors to all black pleats of the '60s
so this is what I did.
Its real roll and pleat and a fantastic job, with the addition of a Glide Seat.
The knobs are 1950 Ford, once again old school,
and the dash knobs are So-Cal Balls to match.
The heater is a redone old one, no air,
and the gauges were rebuilt but I added new ones,
with a gas gauge in the glove box.
I had an SW Tach for 40 years and had it redone.
The '48 Ford Wheel is a favorite of mine so I used it,
along with a new Limeworks Column.
The idea of this car was a '50s hot rod updated in the '60s,
and with a few exceptions to safety and performance, that's what it is.
It is a beautiful car, highly detailed, but not over the top.
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Price: Now Reduced To $59, 500
It is currently located in Redmond Oregon USA
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