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Old 01-20-2006, 11:47 AM
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1940 ford coupe frames

Which one is more cost effective, to build the original frame, or buy a new one ready to go? I want to drive my car on the main hwy at normal speeds.

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WELCOME YOU HERE........

If you are just a little handy with a wrench and have a good frame to start with....you can make your frame safe and updated for the highway.




This was my 40 Ford coupe. I sold it about a year ago to build another 32 Ford coupe. Chassis Engineering has about everything you need to update your chassis.

http://www.chassisengineeringinc.com/

Their catalog has kits for brake conversions, IFS and rear end conversions. There are other companies also. I have also used TCI for parts and frames. I bought a complete TCI Stage III chassis ....for a 40 Ford. Very nice but ......like most things.....nicer = more money

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Just my two cents here,

If you are not going to build it yourself, I would call Heinzman's Street Rod Shop in Phillips, NE. They recondition '35-'40 Frames and can and will put any Option you would want on it-prices are the best I've seen.

Typically, '35 -'40 Frames are in better condition than their earlier counterparts-not sure why, but there are just more good, usable examples out there. If yours is good(metal not too thin), I would use it.
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The info was very helpful, I will check out those sources. Thanks for the pics of the car. It was very encouraging. Your car sits just right, I like the stance of it. Oh, by the way I plan to paint my car the same color.
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The car in the photo has a dropped axle and a few leafs removed from the stock spring. Pretty much a stock 40 with a 283 installed by means of a engine/transmission adapter. I drove it everywhere.....I was almost 200 miles from home at a cruise night when this happened....



I fixed it.......and painted the entire car...



But do not have any GOOD photos on the HOST SERVER to post.



It sat fairly low. 40 Ford frames are very strong and do not need much to be a Hot Rod chassis. I was going to install the TCI chassis but decided I was going to build another 32. SO I sold the TCI chassis.

I would love to have another 40 Ford coupe.......and have been trying to buy one.....completely stock with 35 thousand original miles.....sitting since 59. It's black too......


Keep us informed of your progress......
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