Hello to all
I'm quite a ways into remaking a 1940 Ford Standard Coupe, Pro Street. It is an all Ford, all steel car, original running boards and body panels. Power is from a 351 Ford Racing Crate, 750 Edelbrock, mildly modified to about 405 hp. It is attached to an A.O.D. Trans, 2,400 stall speed B&M torque converter, leading to a 9" narrowed Ford rear. Tires are 21" wide Mickeys all inside the wheel wells. I have just completed all the sheet-metal from the Direct Sheet-metal firewall and floors to the rear pans. Hope some people enjoy the pics & maybe get ideas for their rides. Thanks Mike Dirr!!!
The body, frame, fenders, doors, etc., are ready to bring back to my garage for the first full build-up. Will assemble the car complete, drive it all summer to work out the bugs & determine any changes or modifications that are necessary before we do final body & paint. Might even show up at a few events as an "under construction" entry.
Here's some more details of the car:
The car is days away from being ready for final body work & paint. The frame has been totally boxed & reinforced, factory style slots cut along frame for access to bolts. We fabricated a brace to hold the transmission & to tie the x-members together firmly. The body is 100% original, all steel including original running boards. The fenders have been reinforced with stainless rod along all bottom edges to prevent splits on rolled edges. The car is being built as a driver, trying to maintain not only an original look to the body, with all trim being put back on the car. It is built to keep a "street rod & hot rod" appearance & still be drivable, quick, with creature comforts such as power windows, air, tilt, tinted windows, & a kickin' stereo. Will follow-up at a later date as things progress. A special thanks to Charles Sheppard for his huge commitment to this project. His talents as a fabricator, welder, & his wealth of knowledge as a long time Hot Rodder.
Thanks again & I hope everyone enjoyed this labor of love. Mike Dirr
Wow, what a build up, I know we can't wait to get more pics of Mike's project!!! We sure hope everyone enjoyed it!!! Thanks Mike for taking the time to send us these great pics!!!