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Jan 22, 2013 at 9:53 am
very nice car and good story behind it. ever consider a cartoon of it -
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Jan 20, 2013 at 2:06 pm
Stay tuned, more information and photos as I get time.
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Jan 20, 2013 at 2:00 pm
love those 40 fords.....

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1940 Ford Deluxe Coupe Hotrod (Bettie)

Last updated Jan 20, 2013  

Photo of a 1940 Ford Deluxe Coupe Hotrod (Bettie)


This car has been a hotrod, drag car for a long time, the current paint and graphics were done in 1999/2000 and 2ish owners ago. She looks good in pictures and from 10 feet or so, this paint is about the 9th paint job on the car. All of the bodywork I have found, the typical spots, is done in lead. The person I bought the car from found it on Whidbey Island, Washington in a carport. She had been sitting since 2001. He got it running and played with it for a year, but didn't like the Chevy motor in a Ford, and put it up for sale. I bought it in 2011. What started as a clean it up, she was self-oiling from the inside out, tune it up and sell it for a better ride has become a passion. As a kid, there was a black (oxidized and rust spotted) 1940 Ford Deluxe Coupe behind a local used car lot. I loved that car and worked my butt off to buy it, but ended up $300.00 short when a cash in-hand buyer showed up and hauled it away. So fast forward to 2011, and my journey has begun.


GM 383ci Stroker, Balanced & Blueprinted, 540hp/460 ft. lbs. of torque
11:1 compression, Scat, Pro Comp Stroker Cast Crank
PRW, 1.6:1 Pro Series Stainless Steel Roller Rocker Arms
Comp Cams, 12-702-8, Mechanical roller, Howards, Roller Lifters
Edelbrock, Performer RPM Aluminum Cylinder Heads
Sanderson, full length headers,
Flowmaster 40s, 2.50 inch exhaust
Gear Box
TH350, Transgo, 350-1&2 Reprogram Kit, Extra clutches in primary and secondary clusters, Increased internal pressures, Monster, Punisher Pro-Street 2300-2500 Stall Torque Converter.
Rear End
Ford 9in, Eaton Positraction, 3.50:1 gears
Moser 28 spline axles

Factory Options

Hmmmm. It has an original all Ford Frame Body and trim.


Boxed frame, Mustang II front suspension, tubular A-Arms QA1 coilovers, Parallal rear leafsprings Calvert Monospring, caltracs, and spring slider (to add this spring). Rear fenders are fiberglass 3" wider than stock, and a bit more.