While I did not go immediately into my current career, I continued to work with Early American Auto Repair in various ways; one such hobby turned into a complete modification of an antique 1940 Ford 2 door sedan. I chopped the top 4 inches, and took a 4 inch section out of the lower body. I installed a Mustang II front suspension, Nova rear axle, and a small block Chevy engine to complete the customization. I never lost my love or appreciation of cars!
Previously, I have restored numerous cars of varying vintage. Most were original restorations that placed in the top 3 of local antique auto shows. Some restorations were partial, as well as a few being modified. Complete restorations are projects I enjoy, but I choose them judiciously. A complete ground up restoration takes a lot of man hours; so you have to have an interest in the car you are working on.
About 25 years ago, I spotted an old 1940 Ford 2 door sedan rusting in a field. It was severely rusted. When I inquired about it, I was told I could have it for the taking. I'd always wanted to try chopping a top like they do on Hot Rods and this car was rusted so bad I didn’t feel guilty about chopping it. If it didn’t turn out well, I could scrap it without remorse. Well, the top chop turned out great, but the bottom 4” of the car was rusted out. So I chopped that out and lowered the body. I then saw some hope for the car. I welded in new floors, upgraded the front suspension (Mustang II) and rear suspension and axle assembly (Parallel leaf springs and open drive rear axle). I then boxed the frame rails and fit in a small block Chevy and late model transmission. All of the work I had done up to this point was just mocked up and tack welded. Life took over and the car sat for several years. My Father-in-law saw it and expressed an interest in the project so I gave it to him. He finished up all the welding. We widened the fenders to fit fat tires and fabricated a tilt front body clip. The chassis is now in the shop to be finished and we will move onto finishing the body and building a fresh engine for it soon. You will be seeing regular updates and it will be referred to as “The Family Forty”.
While automobiles are my career, they are also a hobby for my wife and I. Currently we personally own a 1909 Model T, 1930 Cadillac, 1965 Corvette and a 1975 Road Runner. We are members of the Antique Automobile Association both nationally and locally. I was the Chief Judge for the Apple Blossom Show for our Local association for approximately 5 years. My wife and I enjoy touring both locally on “Sunday Fun Runs”, and nationally. We annually attend a Reliability Run in New Hampshire with our 1909 Model T. We have also toured Long Island, New York with the Model T.
Take a stroll around the website to see if you recognize your car or one like it. You can contact me with any and all questions via the website. I provide quality craftsmanship at reasonable prices. I look forward to talking with you about your antique, classic or custom American automobile.