SWEET 40 SEDAN DELIVERY, 350CI CHEVY, TH350 TRANS, MUSTANG II FRONT END!
Old meets new in a pretty impressive way with this astounding 1940 Ford panel delivery. While externally it still sports all its original Henry Ford sheetmetal, underneath there's enough modern componentry to make it qualify for a new birth certificate. If you're looking for the ultimate hauler, you've just found it.
Nobody's arguing that the 1940 Ford wasn't among the all-time great designs. Just look at values between 1940 and 1941 models; the '40s command a HUGE premium, so there's something to be said for this truck's classic good looks. It hasn't been chopped or modified, and it seems as if the bodywork is just the way the factory did it decades ago. It's got some age to it, so there's a nice patina, but this isn't a show truck. Instead, you can drive it anywhere without worries and for an old hauler, a few nicks and scratches are completely appropriate. It appears that the roof insert has been filled, which is no easy task, but the rest remains quite stock, from the simple bumpers to the chevron-style taillights that are a 1940 Ford trademark. The chrome has all been refinished at some point, mostly because it's just too nice to be original, and it includes the grille, which, on 1940 Ford commercial vehicles, was identical to the 1939 Deluxe grille.
The interior is comfortable for two and thanks to a recent makeover, it's in outstanding condition. The twin bucket seats were borrowed from a late-model and there's a custom center console between them. Custom gray leather upholstery looks great with Ford script embroidered on the seat backs, as well as beautifully stitched door panels and matching carpets for a sophisticated look. The original dash has been fitted with a billet gauge panel full of handsome vintage-looking gauges from Classic Instruments. Other features include under-dash A/C, an AM/FM/cassette stereo neatly installed in the original radio's slot up high, and the original clock still in the glove box lid. A banjo-style steering wheel tops a tilt column, which is also enhanced by a gm-style shifter that manages the TH350 3-speed automatic transmission underneath. It's strictly a two-seater, but after you see the cargo bay and its beautiful polished oak floor, you won't mind a bit. There are also custom side panels that match the door panels and more Ford V8 embroidery to dress things up back there.
The engine is a 350 cubic inch Chevrolet V8, which really shouldn't come as much of a surprise. Of course, it's been slathered in chrome for a crisp look, including Mickey Thompson finned valve covers, an Edelbrock air cleaner, and a chrome alternator. An Edelbrock 4-barrel carburetor delivers the fuel mixture and gives it great throttle response and plenty of torque to move just about anything you can fit inside. The firewall has been smoothed and painted to match the bodywork and all the wiring and plumbing has been neatly routed to give the engine bay a neat, clean look. Underneath, the original frame has been reinforced and fitted with a Mustang II front suspension with power disc brakes and a neatly installed dual exhaust system that is muted but suitably authoritative. Out back, a GM 10-bolt rear hangs on leaf springs with modern tube-style shocks, so the ride is pretty comfortable and it feels far more modern than you'd think. Timeless chrome steelies with baby moon hubcaps are the right choice and wear 205/70/15 whitewall radials all around.
Any 1940 Ford is a desirable machine, but the ultra-rare panel delivery is one of the greatest finds of all. A nice older build that can still be enjoyed, this is a lot of truck for the money. Call today!
- AM/FM Radio
- Cassette Player
- Air Conditioning
- Leather Seats
- Tilt Wheel
- Front Disc Brakes
- Power Brakes
- Power Windows
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