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Old 06-20-2016, 09:50 PM   #1
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Default 1940 standard tudor survivor. Project Updates

Fellas, My dad (Tom) and I just purchased this 1940 standard tudor. The previous owner bought it off a used car lot in Southern Illinois in 1971. He did some light body work, repainted it and replaced the interior material and drove the heck out of it up until 10 years ago. It has sat in his shed since then.

About two years ago I paid a visit to the owner about an unrealated matter. I knew that years ago he owned a 1940 ford and while we were talking I asked him if he still had the car. He told me he did and then asked if I wanted to see it. Of course I did! He showed me his '40 tudor and his early V8 parts collection that included 3, 59A flathead engines, 3 transmissions, boxes of distributors, carbureators, starters, generators and lots of other small items all related. Then I asked him if he wanted to sell the parts. At the time he did not. Before I left I gave him my phone number and asked that when he wanted to sell the parts to please give me a call.

Two weeks ago I ran into the man at my wifes grandfathers 80th birthday party. Turns out they know each other. He approched me and asked if I wanted to talk "Ford". I'm always ready for a V8 conversation. He told me he was ready to sell his parts and his car. However, if I bought the car the parts had to be in on the deal as well. The following week dad and I went to view the collection and a deal was struck. We are now the owners of a 1940 standard tudor.

Our plans are for a restoration. A very nice correct restoration that we can drive and enjoy. I'd like to be able to load the family up in this car for touring and EFV8 club meets.
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Old 06-20-2016, 09:58 PM   #2
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Default Re: 1940 standard tudor survivor

More photos.

There is only some minor surface rust in a few places. The body is straight, virtualy dent free and no rust out to be seen. There is a replacement 59A engine in the car that is currently not running. I do have a correct 221 engine for it already.
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Old 06-20-2016, 10:00 PM   #3
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Default Re: 1940 standard tudor survivor

A few more from moving day
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Old 06-20-2016, 10:20 PM   #4
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I would just drive it the way it is. Nice find!
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Old 06-21-2016, 01:32 AM   #5
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I agree with Skidmarks.........just clean it up and ride !!

Very nice !
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Old 06-21-2016, 02:15 AM   #6
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Very nice Seth. What happened to the Austin Healey that is behind the v8 in the first pic?

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Sure to put a song in your heart.
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Very nice car, Seth! Have fun with it. Glad to hear you will be restoring it!
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Old 06-21-2016, 06:15 AM   #9
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1940 Tudor Standard was my high school car.... Will have another one one of these days.
Nice find !
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Old 06-21-2016, 06:56 AM   #10
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Great save, enjoy working on your new car.
39/40 Ford sedan models were made by AMT you can find them on EBay, great way to test out color schemes.
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Old 06-21-2016, 07:30 AM   #11
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Hi Seth, very nice find!! I have always liked that slopping rear body style used by Ford on the '38 to '40 sedans
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Old 06-21-2016, 08:26 AM   #12
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Very nice Seth. What happened to the Austin Healey that is behind the v8 in the first pic?

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The Austin Healey is a 1964 3000. Six cylinder, essentially 6 speeds with the overdrive. He is keeping that car. It will be going to his daughter and son in law.

By the way, you have a good eye. I was wondering who would spot that car in the photo.

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Why restore it?
It is perfectly fine just the way it is.
If it gets restored it wil loose all of it's personality.
Just my $.02
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Old 06-21-2016, 12:13 PM   #14
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A very nice car. Personally, I too would be prepared to just clean it up and run it as an "old Car".

An excellent find.

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I agree, it is too nice to restore. The running board rubber even looks good.
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What a nice car! I am also a member of the drive it like it is choir. But it's all yours so do as you wish. My "3 years at the most" rebuild has hit, drum roll please, 21 years. Had I only known.
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Old 06-21-2016, 12:35 PM   #17
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You guys have me thinking about this drive it as is idea. The interior is pretty much 1970's vinyl and smells pretty bad from being closed up. It will require an engine build, radiator cleaning/check and I'd go through the transmission for sure. The overall condition of this car was just too good to pass up. At least that is what I told my wife!
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You one lucky guy. (talking about your wife). For the car's interior aroma problem, how about placing several open boxes of baking soda around on the seats and floor. Might help.
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Spritz-up the interior and spray some "Smell-Good"! New engine, trans, re-do the radiator, along with some new wires and tires (the whitewalls look pretty-good on that car). Crank 'er up and GO! You'll be cruisin' by the end of summer if not sooner, and you don't have to worry about scratches and fingerprints. Besides, you'll save UMPTEEN tens of thousands by foregoing the wonderful services of KUBE's '40 resto shop. DD
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Spritz-up the interior and spray some "Smell-Good"! New engine, trans, re-do the radiator, along with some new wires and tires (the whitewalls look pretty-good on that car). Crank 'er up and GO! You'll be cruisin' by the end of summer if not sooner, and you don't have to worry about scratches and fingerprints. Besides, you'll save UMPTEEN tens of thousands by foregoing the wonderful services of KUBE's '40 resto shop. DD
LOL! Kube does a great job. We have always done our own work at home in the shop. I have never turned out a "Kube" level of restoration but they are very nice drivers say a #2 level.
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