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Old 07-31-2014, 02:42 AM   #1
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Default Double Trouble - Sloper

Trouble always comes in pairs
So here's the story....on 'Double Trouble'.

HURRAH !!!! at long last, things have come together that my friend, Wayne and I have finally managed our schedules that we have been able to get a decent start on our 1939 and 1940 Ford Sloper projects.

With living overseas, working, both building houses and raising family, we both agreed,..to bite the bullet, and said we better get started, stop procrastinating any longer as we would surely die around our projects and never realise our dreams in driving and enjoying our Aussie 1939 and 1940 Ford Slopers.

Wayne and I have had our Slopers for a while now.
Unfortunately both the cars had somewhat hard lives until we got them and both the old girls sat around waiting for our belated attention. Though we didn't totally ignore them we did however continue to get parts, purchase new panels and manage to put together bucks for the rear lower areas.

Anyway, as you can seen by the early pictures they seem quite reasonable but once you get down to identifying the problem areas both the cars had near the same rust and damage issues.

Seeing that we had the same issues we agreed to jump into the projects and do them both at once, at the same location,, this way saving on time, energy, and speeding up the projects without double handling etc.
Our area is a little squeezed but the 39 and 40 are only a couple of feet apart and we easily jump from one to the other either doing the repairs or for on-going reference.

Follow along with Wayne and I during our build(s) and hope you like our Sloper resurrections.
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Old 07-31-2014, 03:03 AM   #2
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Go for it Fellas, Will be following your progress.

Good Luck with it all.

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Old 07-31-2014, 03:32 AM   #3
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Havent seen a Sloper for a while!!

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Old 07-31-2014, 04:45 AM   #4
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Havent seen a Sloper for a while!!

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From memory, there might be (2) Ford slopers around that neck of the woods
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Old 07-31-2014, 08:07 PM   #5
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Wayne has go a couple of these hiding in the shed..
They wanted to know, when can they start???
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Looks like the Roaming Gnome(s) have come to lend a hand. lol
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Old 08-01-2014, 08:37 PM   #7
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Sloper - that's a new one for me!!!!
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Old 08-01-2014, 09:02 PM   #8
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Hi there, "SLOPER" a bit like a USA tudor sedan but has a lower rear roof line, ie more slope. Hence the name "SLOPER" which was not an official Ford name and only built by Ford Australia in Geelong, Victoria (state) in 1939 & 1940. Regards, Kevin.
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Old 08-01-2014, 11:57 PM   #9
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Hi,
Yeah, our beloved Sloper. Not many years ago, nobody wanted to know about one or even owning one.
I was one of them also,
How things have changed, now everyone wants one becuase of its rarity.
But I tell you nothing will let me part with this old girl!!!!!!!!!!!!
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Old 08-02-2014, 02:37 AM   #10
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This is what we aspire too.
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Old 08-02-2014, 02:40 AM   #11
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It's the coupe you have when you don't have a coupe.

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Old 08-02-2014, 05:12 AM   #12
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If I only had a "Sloper" to race at Bonneville!!! Cool cars.
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Old 08-02-2014, 08:23 PM   #13
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This is what we aspire too.
Hi Oz,that last pic is of my sons '40, shown here on the same day about 20ft. further along the street



....whereabouts are you situated?,regards, Col.
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Old 08-03-2014, 01:10 AM   #14
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Hi Col, been watching his thread since getting it, great to see it come along since then.
What can I say, about Ford Slopers, I just love that shape and the body lines.
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Old 08-03-2014, 02:36 AM   #15
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A few years back just prior to leaving to go overseas for work, in a moment of madness, I sold of my (2) perfect 1940 Deluxe RHD dashes to a friend in Melbourne.
And REGRET it till this very day...
Now that I am back ,I started chasing for some dashes, Boy!!! was I wrong, do you think you can get a Aussie 1940 dash now!!!
Anyway after much begging with the old friends, I managed to get another 2.
One was okay, the other, rusted all along the top and lower corner.

This how I went about doing the repairs on one of the dashes.
For the top edge of the dash I made up a male/female die that copied the small recess that has the screw holes to mount the dash to the inner cowl lip.
Basically I used just some small hand tools and varying thickness of left over scrap metal, welded up the set pieces and then prepared the new insert metal.
Then simply it was using a 20 ton press stand and pressing in the desired form.
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Why did they build that body style there & not here? The ute was popular down under,what was the allure of the sloper?
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Ford Australia though having imported various components via Canada over the previous years were bound by strict government Acts and regulations that sought tp protect the Australian workers and economy.
Out of this some unique Aussie came about because of our culture and needs.
Ford wasn't the first to do the Sloper style here in Oz.
Ford only produced this body style here for 1939 and 40 only.
If memory serves me right this was our version of the coupe and was referred to as Sedan Coupe.

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Old 08-03-2014, 05:43 AM   #18
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According to Ford Geelong sales book the correct name for Slopers was "Coupe Sedan"
There were only 1763 units made for the 1939 and 1940 style.

There is a body number stamped on the firewall near the kidney shaped metal cover over the wiring loom. For '39 Standard it reads S91C*** and for Deluxe D91C***, the Standard cowl, bonnet and fenders differ to Deluxe style.
In 1939 there were 1160 units, 368 were Standard and 792 were Deluxe.

The 1940 Sloper has a cowl number stamped 01A-70-*** ther were 603 units, 342 were Standard and 261 were Deluxe. Production of 40's ceased in December 1948.

In 1980's I owned a 1940 Deluxe Sloper, cowl number 01A-70-428, made in December 1941
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Old 08-03-2014, 06:12 AM   #19
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Hi Rob
Thanks for the information, greatly appreciated.
Forgot to say both these are Deluxe versions.


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According to Ford Geelong sales book the correct name for Slopers was "Coupe Sedan"
There were only 1763 units made for the 1939 and 1940 style.

There is a body number stamped on the firewall near the kidney shaped metal cover over the wiring loom. For '39 Standard it reads S91C*** and for Deluxe D91C***, the Standard cowl, bonnet and fenders differ to Deluxe style.
In 1939 there were 1160 units, 368 were Standard and 792 were Deluxe.

The 1940 Sloper has a cowl number stamped 01A-70-*** ther were 603 units, 342 were Standard and 261 were Deluxe. Production of 40's ceased in December 1948.

In 1980's I owned a 1940 Deluxe Sloper, cowl number 01A-70-428, made in December 1941
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Very cool, never heard of them. They appear to have a roof radius line and rear side window similar to the original style VW beetle, obviously much larger. As JWL said
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The aero-dynamics would do well there!
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