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Ford Builds A New 1940 Coupe, Sort Of 1
Posted by Kurt Ernst in Automotive, Ford, Hot Rods, Kurt, Vintage on 11 1st, 2012

Ford’s 1940 Coupe body – image: Ford Motor Company

One of the most iconic body styles among hot rodders is the 1940 Ford Coupe. Since the car has now been out of production for over 70 years, original examples in salvageable condition are getting harder and harder to find. Fiberglass replica bodies and parts aren’t as desirable as sheet metal, leaving those who wanted a 1940 Ford Coupe street rod of their own with few good choices.

Until now, that is. Ford has just announced that it’s again producing an all-steel 1940 Ford Coupe body, which awaits a modern interior, suspension and drivetrain. The body joins other all-steel vintage bodies already in Ford’s parts catalog, such as the 1965 to 1970 Mustang bodies.

Ford’s 1940 Coupe body – image: Ford Motor Company

Unlike the original, this body shell is built from high-strength steel and assembled using modern robotic welding. It’s fully rustproofed, too, meaning that the replica bodies will likely last far longer than their original counterparts.

Ford’s 1940 Coupe body – image: Ford Motor Company

The price for a complete body starts at $11,900 plus freight, and individual panels are also available if you’re already mid-restoration. Ford will show a built-up example from this year’s SEMA show, meant to give attendees an idea of what’s possible given a large enough budget.

Old School Cool – Big Muscle Drives A 1949 Dodge Wayfarer: Video 19
Posted by Kurt Ernst in Automotive, Big Muscle, Dodge, Hot Rods, Kurt, video on 10 19th, 2012

Dan Zuccaro and his 1949 Dodge Wayfarer

When you think of grand touring cars, a 1949 Dodge Wayfarer probably doesn’t come to mind. In fact, hot rods and GT cars are generally two different animals: GT cars are all about long-distance comfort at high speeds, while hot rods are all about style and speed from stop light to stop light. If these sets ever intersected, Dan Zuccaro’s 1949 Dodge Wayfarer would be in that small area.

At first glance, the Wayfarer looks to big and heavy to be nimble, but then you find out it only weighs some 3,300 pounds. To put that in perspective, consider this: a new four-door VW GTI Autobahn weighs 3,113 pounds, so this car is just one adult male passenger away from the same weight. It was built in an era when manufacturers didn’t worry about things like high-strength steel, or side impact door beams, or even dual rear brake lights.

Under the hood lurks a 383 cubic inch small block Chevy, good for 425 horsepower and 400 pound-feet of torque. Zuccaro opted to cross brands since the Chevy motor was a good fit and has enormous aftermarket potential. Should he decide that 425 horsepower isn’t enough, more grunt is just a bolt-on blower kit away.

The interior is mostly original, with the addition of modern amenities like air conditioning, cup holders and additional gauges to supplement the original art-deco ones. There’s no denying that the car has a certain presence and appeal, and it will certainly get you noticed even more than a worked Mustang or Camaro. It’s not for everyone’s taste, but we salute Zuccaro’s take on what makes a hot rod.

Stuff You Don’t See Everyday: An Original VW GTI Rat Rod 21
Posted by Kurt Ernst in Automotive, Hot Rods, Kurt, Rat Rods, video, Videos, Volkswagen on 09 21st, 2011

Our friend Ralf Becker has a website called Chromjuwelen, which is German for “Chrome Jewels.” Ralf has a taste for the weird, and he loves all things related to cars and speed. Much of his work covers the hot rod culture in Germany, which is both active and eclectic. If you’ve never seen a vintage Opal with a V-8 stuffed under the hood, just spend some time on Chromjuwelen, and I can guarantee you’ll come across one.

When it comes to building hot rods, few things surprise me. A first generation VW GTI transformed into a rat rod, however, is a new one, even for me. The car, named “Bad Luck,” was filmed at a recent German hot rod event dubbed Rust & Roll. I wish I could tell you more details about the car (like what kind of V-8 sits where the 1.6-liter four-banger used to go), but I couldn’t find any specifics on the owner or the build. I would have loved video of the car in action, too, since I’ll bet it’s capable of some fairly impressive burnouts.

Love it or hate it, you’ve got to admit it’s original.

Source: Chromjuwelen

1928 Ford Is The Coolest Rat Rod I’ve Ever Seen 20
Posted by Kurt Ernst in Automotive, Find of the week, Ford, Hot Rods, Rat Rods on 01 20th, 2011

There are only two kinds of car guys: those who love rat rods and those who hate them. If they’re authentic, I’m a big fan, but nothing is cheesier than a fiberglass replica sprayed up to look like rusty metal. Ditto for “authentically distressed” parts; if you pulled it off a ’32 Ford in a junk yard, it’s cool. If you buried it in your back yard for a month to look old, it’s not so cool. When it comes to cool and authentic rat rods, this ’28 Ford Model A up for sale on Auto Trader Classics is as good as it gets.

First, that’s an authentic body, right down to the faded original paint and “W.M. Roe Post 99” lettering. Someone painted that by hand, back in the 1930s. The frame is from a Model A, but it’s been sectioned and reinforced, and the car rocks a 7” drop. Power comes from a moderately built Ford 302, with custom heads, a hot cam and dual Holley carbs. The transmission is from Speedway Motors, and the power gets to the ground via an 8” Ford rear with 3.80 gears. In other words, this thing would be a blast to launch off a stoplight.

As for the rest of the build, it’s chock full of good stuff. Aluminum was used in the bed and door panels to save weight, and the car sits on 24” Foose Nitrous wheels (although the owner will toss in the original steelies if you want them). The owner’s asking for a very reasonable $13,000, which seems like a hell of a deal for a turn-key rod. Even if you weren’t a fan of the whole rat-rod look, you could certainly dress it up and throw on a coat of paint (though please don’t) for less than it would cost you to build a ground up rod. I’m sure it’ll find a good home, and I doubt it will take very long to sell.

Source: Bang Shift