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As with bikers, there are two schools of hot rodders—those who look at the machinery as art, and those who actually use the machinery as vehicles. This gorgeous 1939 Ford Deluxe 4 Door Sedan seems to straddle the boundary between the two. It’s an all original, beautifully restored, and is one heck of a driver. It’s a great-looking and great-driving cruiser that will be a hit at just about any show you attend.
The car was restored about 10 years ago, when it was owned by a gentleman in Pennsylvania. He restored everything on the car, including the interior, undercarriage, paint and drive train. A man in Michigan bought the car about 6 years ago, and did a couple of touch ups to it. This is a very original, all steel, great driving, piece of automotive history.
Yes, that’s 100% original Henry steel in this one. No fiberglass reproduction body, no plastic fenders, just a straight, clean, honest car. The gaps are excellent and the panels have near exact alignment. She fits together very, very well. The Brown/Burgundy paint was laid down 10 years ago, and the color fits this car very well. It’s a sophisticated, vintage-looking finish that could have been an original color. All of the trim on this ’39 looks to be original, from the grille to the bumpers, and looks very nice. There is one small crack in the driver side rear window, as well as one small chip on the passenger side rear window. Aside from that, there are no major blemishes on the car. The suicide doors function as they should and all of the lips and jambs are clean and rust free.
In the power department, this car was built with the road in mind. Given that, it’s no surprise to find the original Flathead V8, which was completely overhauled during the restoration. As I said, this car was built to be driven and she cruises down the highway at 70MPH with no problem. Sitting on top of that motor is a great looking carburetor and the oil-bath air cleaner. Up front you will see the dual radiator, which is in Money was spent making the car work correctly rather than on flash, because flash doesn’t do anything when you’re behind the wheel. All the basics are there, including a new 6v battery, new spark plugs and generator. It’s just built to be reliable, powerful, and you won’t think about it any more than you do the engine in your daily driver—you’ll just get in, turn the key, and it’ll start and run.
The chassis is like the engine compartment—well designed, properly engineered, and nicely built, but showing signs of use, which only proves that this car is everything I’ve told you. The transmission is a rebuilt 3-speed manual with the shifter on the floor. Out back, there’s an original style rear end with the torque tube coming off the transmission. The Flowmaster mufflers are covered in header wrap to keep some of the heat off the floorboards. Both front and rear suspension features single leaf springs. The original x-frame is in awesome shape, with no rust and no holes, as are the floorboards and gas tank. Up front the I-beam axle and king pins are in great condition. The wheel cylinders are fairly new and the flexlines are in good shape. The original style wheels are beautifully complimented by a set of wide whites.
Like the body, the interior looks not too removed from original. The interior was completely restored in original fabric, including the carpet, seats, headliner and door skins. The radio, gauges, wipers and lights all work properly. The dual horns are not currently hooked up. The wood grain dash is in beautiful condition and the wrapped steering wheel is comfortable in your hands. New wood and new mats in trunk look spectacular, and there’s something you hardly ever see in a rod — a spare tire! It looks like nothing has ever been in the trunk since it was restored. Like I said, the guys who built this rod knew it was going to hit the road and they thought of everything.
There are plenty of rods out there that are desirable because they border on art—if you want one, check out our inventory because we have several. Then there are those that were never meant to sit still, cars that motor down the road without worries and with the same creature comforts we enjoy in our modern iron. The 1939 Ford is one of the most popular today for good reason, and doesn’t need a lot of modifications to stand out. The true beauty of this one is best appreciated from behind the wheel. Call Tom 7 days a week! 248-974-9513!