This elegant 1940 Ford Deluxe Coupe is proudly owned by Martin Sampson from Austin, Texas. Martin used to drive a 1940 Ford Deluxe Coupe very similar to this one in his high school days. Unfortunately, he had to sell the coupe to have enough money for his education. After 50 years, Martin still remembers how much he loved his first car.
Martin’s childhood friend, Larry Seabert who owns Tech-Ni-Kolor- Autocrafters from Dwight, Illinois, knew how much he loved his first car. So when Larry got heard of a 1940 Ford Deluxe barn find back in 2007, he immediately told his friend about it. Martin always wanted to drive a 1940 Ford Deluxe coupe once again and this was the perfect chance.
After Martin bought the coupe, Larry started the build the same year. Larry, together with different fabricators and automakers from around the country, built Martin’s first love coupe. Martin, whom at that time lived in Dallas, was excited for his coupe that he constantly visited Larry’s shop in Illinois.
Martin wanted to have a car that looked exactly like his first ride but he also wanted to have a modernized custom classic coupe. So they decided to preserve the elegant exterior of the 1940 Ford Deluxe coupe and added modern hardware for increased performance and safety. The result was a classic show car that featured modern comforts such as air-condition system, power steering and brakes, power seats and windows and XM radio with Bluetooth function.
The drivetrain was rebuilt using readily available GM parts so that it would be easy to maintain it. On the photo above, Martin comfortably seats on the adjustable Pontiac GTO bucket seats which replaced the coupe’s original front bench. For the rear seats, custom bucket seats were made to replace the original opera seats. For added safety, the seats are then matched with shoulder seatbelt and modern door latches were also added.
Classic Instrument gauges were used which were all laid out by DC Street Rids. Classic Instruments also reworked the original clock which required being rewound after 36 hours, now the original clock is electric powered.
For a more modern power, a rebuilt LS1 engine donated by a 2002 Corvette was mounted in the hood and is matched with a 4LE60 automatic transmission. It also features a TruTrac serpentine system supplied by Billet Specialties and a lot of stainless steel and chrome works for that added charm.
Even though they wanted to preserve the classic look, some modifications were still done which includes: extending the back fenders to make room for the exhaust pipes that neatly hides under the body; the side trims were removed, and the door hinges were tucked away for that smooth and classy profile. The modifications were done really well that it still looks like any other classic 1940 Ford Deluxe coupe.
Martin’s dream car took almost 4 years to finish but after 50 years, he can again enjoy driving an elegant 1940 Ford Deluxe coupe.
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