BaT Auction: 1940 Ford Deluxe Coupe

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This 1940 Ford Deluxe Coupe was purchased in January 2012 by the seller and subsequently modified into a period-style hot rod. The interior was stripped and custom red-painted steel wheels were added along with a front anti-sway bar, rebuilt Houdaille lever shocks, a Stewart Warner electric tachometer, the original Philco AM radio, an aftermarket Craig Powerplay 8-track player, and much more as detailed below. The 276ci flathead V8 is paired with a column-shifted 3-speed manual transmission and has been built with an Isky 400 Jr camshaft, Offenhauser 400 cylinder heads, three Stromberg 97 carburetors, an Offenhauser triple intake, and Winterburn CD ignition. Service in the last two years included rebuilds of the engine and transmission, new tires, new springs, and a new clutch pressure plate. This 40 Ford Deluxe is offered with service records covering the seller’s ownership, literature, a collection of spares, and clean Ontario registration.

The car was refurbished prior to the seller’s purchase, and the acrylic paint is described as older with some imperfections. Parts said to be in need of replacement include the driver-side vent window seal and the passenger-side running board, as it exhibits rust at the rear.

BaT Auction: 1940 Ford Deluxe Coupe

Custom red-painted 15″ steel wheels from Stockton Wheel of California wear polished caps and measure 4.5″ wide up front and 6″ wide at the rear. Bias ply-style Firestone whitewall tires from Coker Tire measure 5.60 up front and 8.20 out back and were mounted in April 2018. The suspension utilizes a front anti-sway bar, rebuilt Houdaille lever shocks, and new springs from EATON Detroit Spring.

BaT Auction: 1940 Ford Deluxe Coupe

The stock interior has been stripped and insulated with a silver sound mat in place of the headliner. Tears in the seats are shown in detail in the gallery below, and replacement carpet has been added along with seat belts.

BaT Auction: 1940 Ford Deluxe Coupe

The factory steering wheel is retained, as is the original vacuum tube Philco AM radio mounted atop the body-colored dashboard. Other features include a telescoping antenna, a Stewart Warner electric tachometer, and an aftermarket Craig Powerplay 8-track player with Jensen speakers powered by a 6-to-12V power inverter. The seller reports that the speedometer gear has been updated to work with the larger rear tires, and the 5-digit odometer shows 47k miles, about 6k of which were added by the seller.

BaT Auction: 1940 Ford Deluxe Coupe

Power is from a 276ci flathead V8 that was rebuilt in several stages, most recently in 2017 by Competition Automotive of Richmond Hill, Ontario to its current high-compression, racing-style configuration. Equipment includes:

  • Ported, polished and relieved engine block
  • 4″ Mercury crankshaft
  • 3-5/16″ cylinder bore
  • A center crank support brace
  • An Isky 400 Jr camshaft with Isky 185-G valve springs
  • Manley 1.6″ valves
  • Red’s hollow adjustable lifters
  • Ross dome pistons
  • Offenhauser 400 cylinder heads
  • Three Stromberg 97 carburetors
  • An Offenhauser triple intake
  • Winterburn CD ignition with a switch to revert to Kettering inductive ignition
  • Taylor ignition wires
  • A high-output Mallory coil
  • A dual-point crab-style distributor with centrifugal advance
  • Champion L90C spark plugs
  • A Ford partial-flow oil filtration system
  • A lightened flywheel
  • Ceramic-coated Red’s headers
  • A stainless steel exhaust system with 12″ steel pack resonators and dual outlets

Dyno results are available in the gallery and show 189 horsepower at 4,600 rpm and 238 lb-ft of torque at 3,600 rpm. The car retains its 6V electrical system, and maintenance in 2018 included an oil change and lubrication.

BaT Auction: 1940 Ford Deluxe Coupe

Shifting is through a 3-speed column-shifted manual transmission that was rebuilt in 2017 by VanPelt Sales of Milford, Ohio with new bearings, snap rings, shifter levers, and more. The 9″ clutch was rebuilt by Ft. Wayne Clutch & Driveline in Indiana with a new pressure plate, and the car retains its 3.78:1 banjo rear end.

BaT Auction: 1940 Ford Deluxe Coupe

A selection of spares comes with the sale, including Stromberg 97 carburetors, jets, power valves, a new rubber seal for the vent window, an Offenhauser intake, generator, a heater box, blower motor and associated hardware, rear wheel hub puller tool, new brake pads, and more.

BaT Auction: 1940 Ford Deluxe Coupe

Service records dating to the seller’s purchase in 2012 are included in the sale, a selection of which are shown in the gallery. Literature, including parts catalogs and service manuals, are also included.

The video provided above shows the engine idling and revving, and a drive-by clip is available below.

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