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Old 01-21-2015, 10:31 AM   #1
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What you see before you is something so incredibly rare that there doesn't seem to be anyone alive that can actually tell us why it was made or for whom. It's a 1940 Ford cutaway ... To read the rest of this blog entry from The Ford Barn, click here.
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Old 01-21-2015, 10:44 AM   #2
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That is really special. I am surprised the FORD MOTOR COMPANY wasn't interested. It definitely is a museum piece and worth saving and sharing with the public and auto enthusiasts.
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Old 01-21-2015, 12:19 PM   #3
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I would start looking at material on the '39-40 World's fair, where Ford had a major pavilion, as a possible origin...donating the thing to a major engineering university would seem to be a sensible thing for Ford to have done when the fair closed and the 1941 models came out.
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I would start looking at material on the '39-40 World's fair, where Ford had a major pavilion, as a possible origin...donating the thing to a major engineering university would seem to be a sensible thing for Ford to have done when the fair closed and the 1941 models came out.

That's what my thoughts were too. Possibly a display from the 1940 Worlds Fair in NY.

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Old 01-21-2015, 12:57 PM   #5
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It's spectacular to us, but was just so much junk to Ford once they were no longer selling '40's!
Ford made spectacular cutaways and display parts, at least from the early 1930's into the '60's...they made production parts look like jewelry.
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Old 01-21-2015, 01:14 PM   #6
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It is shown in Lorin Sorensen's book "The Ford Shows" in his Fordiana series. The notation on the page is for the 1940 Michigan State Fair. Would also think it was shown at the 1940 New York world's far.
There were also cutaway 1937,1938 and 1939 chassis for the respective shows and fairs.

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It looks great - the fella did a fantastic job of restoring it. My guess would be that it would have been a promotional piece for motor shows and then offered as an educational aid. It may have been produced by an apprentice school at Ford or some training school, ford or otherwise.

I served my apprenticeship at "The Austin" at Longbridge. there was a similarly prepared Austin A40 chassis and I saw it at Bromsgrove college. I was told that it was prepared by Austin apprentices and loaned to the college. I wouldn't be surprised if the Ford chassis has a similar history.

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I went to ISU in the late 80's/early 90's and remember that chassis well. I myself tried to buy it (and had Loren Muench as a professor) but couldn't get anyone that had any authority to sell it. It was never used in any of my classes and was just a dusty relic in an old storage section of the Industrial Tech department. Besides the chassis, there was also a cutaway of a 40's-50's Chevy 6 engine and some transmissions. All of these items certainly were from the factory because they were way too detailed with chromed parts that a college class couldn't afford to do. I always wondered what became of the chassis since the building it was stored in has since been torn down. Good to see it's still alive and wasn't parted out.
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Would make a great display at the Early Ford V-8 Foundation Museum in Auburn, IN.
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Hi Everyone; That would be a big hit at any V8 Club National Meet.

I'm sure I could look at it for hours.

First I've seen a chrome Ring & Pinion set! Maybe I don't get out much!?!

Here's some shots of a cutaway engine is in Don Garlits' museum in Ocala. https://www.fordbarn.com/forum/showth...hlight=cutaway
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Those cut-a-ways are really interesting. I was in charge of restoring a cut-a-way engine and transmission that our Regional Group donated to Jerry Windle for the museum and is now in the Auburn In museum. It was displayed at the California museum in Sacramento before the EFV8 club had their own building. Our particular engine/trans was a 21 stud block but it had 24 stud heads with dummy studs in all the holes except 2 that lined up and held the head on, the trans was a 40. It had parts from many years, the intake was a 46-48 so it must have been updated. I will dig up pictures and make an album.
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Old 01-21-2015, 05:23 PM   #12
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That 1940 Ford Cutaway is a thing of real beauty. The restorer has done a marvelous job restoring it back to how it was when Ford made it for displaying, and is to be congratulated on doing such a fine job on this rare piece of Ford History.
The attached photo is of a 1940 Mercury Chassis that is on display at the Early Ford V8 Foundation Museum is Auburn, Indiana. While this is a great exhibit also, it is not a cutaway like the 1940 Ford Chassis.
I hope that his 1940 Ford Cutaway Chassis is going to be displayed in a museum where people can appreciate it for what it is.
Thanks for sharing these great photos of this masterpiece.
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I too believe I have seen it in a picture mounted on a chrome tube frame that rotated and was built for the shows.
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I would start looking at material on the '39-40 World's fair, where Ford had a major pavilion, as a possible origin...donating the thing to a major engineering university would seem to be a sensible thing for Ford to have done when the fair closed and the 1941 models came out.
I would have to agree with Bruce. It has to be specially made for exhibit in an auto show. Just looking at the cutaways and the chrome treatments lead me to that conclusion.
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I would start looking at material on the '39-40 World's fair, where Ford had a major pavilion, as a possible origin...donating the thing to a major engineering university would seem to be a sensible thing for Ford to have done when the fair closed and the 1941 models came out.
I don't know if the Ford chassis was exhibited at the 1939-'40 NYWF, but Sorensen's "The Ford Shows" does have a picture of a 1940 Mercury Fordor with both cutaway chassis and body. The photo does not show much, the car is too far away, so I didn't scan and post it.
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There is a 33/34 cutaway chassis here in Australia,its at the birdwood mill museum in SA,
It looks the same with eng ,trans etc all sectioned.
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I really enjoy stuff like this. Thanks for posting.
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Here he lies Broken Hearted, spent all weekend trying to get that Mercury Started!
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There are some pictures of a 33-34 "exploded" cut-a-way chassis on the "The Old Motor" website. It was at the Worlds Fair in 1934. There is an amazing amount of work and terrific workmanship in those things.
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That chassis is astonishing! Never heard of Rick Rennebohm of Whidbey Island, WA. but he definitely did a excellent job restoring that piece of automotive history!
Perfect for the 75th birthday of the 40 Ford.
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