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Old 02-11-2019, 09:37 AM   #41
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It may be an original prewar 85 HP but it does have the post war rabbit ear type distributor set up and coil. The 59A engines from post war made it into a lot of earlier cars. They are 239CID & 100HP so It wouldn't hurt a thing if that is the case. Parts are available for all of the ignition set ups now days. Fuel delivery and ignition will likely be your first start towards getting it running. Cleaning the fuel system is a chore but that car is worth the effort.
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Old 02-11-2019, 12:23 PM   #42
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TR, that's a great original Ford, and you are very lucky also to have a family history with it. If it were mine, I would restore mechanically, and preserve everything else.

I know you are set on whitewalls, but consider please, the V8 model (Standard), was an economical choice, almost never having whitewalls installed back in the day, and even the Deluxe models seldom sported whitewalls.

Earl Scheib did have a one day paint job available, I believe the cost was $29.95 back in the early 60's. For this price, you got very little prep work: A wash to remove wax, a very light sanding just to remove gloss, masking on the brightwork, and a quick spray of paint. What I'm saying here is that you may be able to salvage the original paint by carefully removing the Earl Schieb paint! It surely will have spots worn through, but originality counts big time here!

A car that has been carefully preserved today garners as much or more interest as a fully restored car. Spend many thousands on a restoration, only to see the preserved car next to you in a car show steal all the attention! The EFV8CA Rouge award (for original cars) is a prestigious thing to have!
How does go about removing paint applied over the original paint? Years ago, someone brush painted red over the original green on my '34 Ford truck.
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Old 02-11-2019, 12:24 PM   #43
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Itís hard to tell without some digging into it, he had parted out several flathead cars back then and kept the drivelines. It could potentially be a mix match of parts
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Old 02-11-2019, 06:01 PM   #44
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Ok inventoried my stuff, looks like I have two last generation flat heads, and another post WWII engine. I pretty sure the 50s engine is the last running engine that was in the car. I have a rear end assembly and front end. Few extra fenders and some misc air cleaners. Running boards are there, ones bent a little.


















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Old 02-11-2019, 06:58 PM   #45
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Cars soon to bring going where the others are at my dads

It needs a new home!

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Old 02-11-2019, 07:29 PM   #46
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One of those 8BA family motors has Mercury water pumps. If it came from salvage it might be a 255 CID 8CM Mercury motor from 1949 thru 1951.

The 4-inch stroke crankshafts can be used easily in any of the motors that use a long snout crankshaft from the 1939 on up. It gives a bit more git up & go.
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Old 02-11-2019, 07:38 PM   #47
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A great Find. Please let us know where you are located. This would make finding assistance easier.Good Luck
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Old 02-11-2019, 07:45 PM   #48
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Grandpa liked that one motor well enough to put the coffee can over the intake manifold. That is an awesome car to start with, good luck with getting it back in operation.
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Old 02-11-2019, 07:57 PM   #49
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Northeast of Pittsburgh, maybe meet some of you at Carlisle ford nationals this year
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Old 02-11-2019, 08:20 PM   #50
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I see '41 hubcaps,
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Old 02-11-2019, 08:53 PM   #51
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Nice little collection of parts. If you get the current engine going, you have choice of engines to build and swap out later down the road.


The transmissions look like side shifts. Guts of the sideshifts can be swapped out with earlier toploaders. One maybe a early lasalle??
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Old 02-12-2019, 08:04 PM   #52
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WOW!
What a car!
Please preserve that amazing time capsule.
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Old 02-13-2019, 03:47 PM   #53
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In the picture of the engine IN the car, what is in front of the oil filter cannistor??
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Old 02-13-2019, 04:10 PM   #54
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In the picture of the engine IN the car, what is in front of the oil filter cannistor??
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That's not a 1940 engine it is apparently a 59A with the rabbit ear distributor. What you see in front of the oil filter is the coil, with the resistor on top. I have no idea what the cylindrical object is in front of the coil.
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Old 02-15-2019, 07:37 PM   #55
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Tinker in post 32 stated it exactly. Get it running and make it road worthy and drive it for a while and then you have a better feel as to what you would like to do to it. Myself, i like them as is, just like this. You did good by the way. Good luck with it.
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Old 02-15-2019, 08:43 PM   #56
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Alan : I believe that is one of those spark boosters sold by J C Whitney & Mallory back in the day.
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Old 02-15-2019, 11:26 PM   #57
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Alan : I believe that is one of those spark boosters sold by J C Whitney & Mallory back in the day.
A Spark Booster, of course! Those little gems are highly prized by those whose wallets have become too thick!
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Old 02-16-2019, 07:48 AM   #58
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Are you guys sure that's a "spark booster"? I always thought they were inserted into the secondary side of the ignition. That looks like it's connected to a primary terminal. It looks more like a large "Mallory-type" condenser to me. Mallory also used a brass strap rather than a wire to connect to the condenser.
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Old 02-16-2019, 08:55 AM   #59
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That car is in the kind of condition that is nice to find them in. Complete, not left outside to rot and with a bunch of spares in addition.

Personally I would agree with the people that have said just get it back up and running as close to as it was when in regular use.

Re the hood trim/release handle. I think when you refit the trim/handle, the linkage that is inside will hook straight to it.

It's quite a clever linkage, and sort of snaps over centre when the handle is closed.

That is if it is like my 41 pickup linkage anyway. but it should hook up.

It's a great looking car and any flathead nut would love to have it. I'm sure you will really like being it's next custodian.

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Old 02-16-2019, 09:10 AM   #60
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I appreciate the comments. Iím proud to own the car.
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