Doug’s A Coupe

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Last July, Doug and I headed up to St Louis, in the ’40 Stake Truck, to attend Dick Carroll’s annual breakfast in the park event. We took the stake truck because Doug was chasing a lead on a 30/31 Model A Coupe, and if he pulled the trigger, we were going to haul the body back home in the truck. We chased around the Alton, IL area and looked at the coupe, a ’29 sedan, but he didn’t pull the trigger. Worked out great for me, though, because that was the trip that I hauled home my spare flathead from Dad’s basement!

Shortly after getting back home, Doug struck up a deal on the 30/31 coupe body and went back up to pick it up.

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The goal was to build a low budget beater hot rod and have it driving by the 2nd Annual SWMO Hot Rod Hundred Reliability Runthis coming Saturday, and potentially be able to take it to the Lone Star Roundup in two weeks.

The coupe is sitting on a set of deuce rails, has a coil over rear suspension and a 3.25:1 geared 8″ rear axle. Standard 350 Chevy power with a 350 Turbo transmission. It has ’40 Ford front wheels and some aftermarket 16×6 wheels on the back. He’s going to run ’40 Ford Standard hubcaps.

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Getting ready for wiring.

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I stopped by on my way out of town to find that he had taken the coupe up and had the exhaust run and finished up the wiring.

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Yesterday, Doug got the windshield installed and has the visor mocked up for nailing to the wooden header panel.

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In a conversation that we were having about what to do with the dash, I told him that I had a spare 53-55 gauge cluster that if he wanted to use, he could snag it from Dad’s garage. Since gauges can be a pretty pricey item, he jumped on it, provided that I would help him with which senders to use and making some 12v to 6v regulators.

If he can get the visor mounted tonight or tomorrow morning, he should be able to make a test run or few before Saturday’s reliability run.

Of course, a post on the site isn’t complete if I don’t throw up a photo of one of my ’40 Fords. I was going to meet Doug for lunch, so I had the coupe out this morning. As it worked out, he had to run back south and couldn’t make it. I took some time to pose a few shots around the neighborhood.

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Bret
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The Man Show 2015

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It’s been a while since my last post on the site, so bear with me…

I’d decided to park the ’40 stake truck for some radiator repair, and to get the coupe out of it’s banishment to the back corner of the garage and give it some freedom. I finally washed it for the first time since the trip to the Frog Follies, last August, and drove it out to the memorial gathering for Gary Turner. (I failed to take any pictures of the cars out there, but it was a pretty cool turnout of mainly post 1948 vehicles)

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My ’40 Fords have not frequented “car shows” very often. They are more apt to be spotted running up and down the highways or running errands around town. Last year, my buddy Larry Krauck talked me into bringing them to display in the KOZL Man Show Expo. I explained that they are definitely NOT show cars, but beaters/drivers.

This year, about a week ago, Larry called me and asked me for a favor. I knew the Man Show was coming up, and had planned to bring the coupe down there, and I had just talked to him about that the week prior, so he caught me off guard. He asked if he could have my ’40 as part of the NASCAR Legend Junior Johnson’s Midnight Moon Moonshine display. I told him that while Junior owned a ’40 coupe, and those were the primary moonshine running cars, my ’40 didn’t meet the criteria, because it was flamed and had a set of American Mags on it. He said, “No…the truck!” Talk about feeling like an idiot!

Well, I had just spent the afternoon rearranging my garage, planning to pull the cracked radiator out of the truck, but told him I would be honored to have the truck in the display. (This is it’s second “modeling gig”!)

Fast forward to today. I took the truck down to the Springfield Expo Center and dropped it off, ran home, sat in on a couple of conference calls, then dug the coupe back out to head to the Expo Center and drop it off.

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Saturday afternoon, I got to shake hands and meet Junior Johnson, and his travelling crew. Junior was extremely gracious and expressed appreciation for the truck. The guys in his travelling crew asked me to pop the hood (one was a former crew member on the NASCAR team). They did rib me a bit about having a GM Alternator on my flathead Ford motor, but they really enjoyed seeing the truck, too.

Next planned event for the ’40s will be the 2nd Annual SWMO Hot Rod Hundred!

Bret
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The FUN is in the RUN!!!