The 1939 Ford DeLuxe headlights and grille are distinctive.
An excellent interpretation of the "Art Deco" design philosophy.
Mike and Dianne Edwards sending their prized '39 Ford Coupe from their home in Tucson, Arizona to Hot Rods & Custom Stuff in Escondido.
A beautiful portrait.
Even up close this beauty shows no flaws.
A striking profile.
What a gorgeous piece of art looking back at the occupants.
The gauges have the look of fine watches. Remember that this was a Ford, which was targeted to the lower end of the buying market segment. Hard to believe that an "economy car" in that day exhibited such style and grace. Unheard of in today's automobile offerings.
Even the clock is a piece of jewelry set in the artfully woodgrained dash.
From any angle, this car says, "Class!"
This original "banjo" steering wheel will remain as a part of the finished car. That's a a wise decision.
This car was extremely nice to start with. Rust repair will not be required here.
85 horsepower V8 engine was high tech for its day.
The trunk interior is just as nice as the rest of the car.
A peek under the peak of the hood.
The engine compartment was worthy of a museum piece.
Underneath was just as nice and fresh looking.
1939 saw the introduction of hydraulic brakes to the Ford line of cars. Henry Ford had faith in the tried and true mechanical actuation method, but public demand made him change. For safety's sake, it was a change for the better.
Electric start was standard on Fords by 1939.
Lever action hydraulic shocks were functional, but not the latest technology.
The axle moves up and down pushing a lever through itsarc, resulting in fluid being forced through an orifice. Shock absorption is the result.
The front suspension is located bymeans of trailing arms, or commonly called "wishbones" due to their "Y" shape. The wishbones were allowed to pivot about a ball at the apex. This accomodated rough roads and resultant axle movement.
The front transverse, or "buggy" spring. This was the way horse-drawn buggies were suspended and Ford remained with this design until 1949.
The front clip separated from the rest of the body.
The body and frame less the front clip.
The start of minor surgery in the trunk.
Massaging the rear inner fender wells to accomodate larger tires and wheels.
This shows the 2-inch inset of the wheelwell and the inboard tilt at the top that allows the use of more aggressive tires and wheels in place of the old bias-plies.
The rear four bar attach points are stout and offer a lot of adjustability.
The trunk is very close to original.
The Chevy LS3 376 cubic inch, 480 hp engine as it comes out of the crate.
Fitting up the engine and Tremec 5-speed transmission in the frame.
The firewall needs to be moved back just a tad to make for good engine clearance.
The firewall was disected, then stitched back together.
When we're done, it'll be near impossible to tell that the firewall was modified.
The independent front suspension A-arms and air bags. They're taped up to protect them during fabrication.
We put a bit of a bulge in the inner fender panels to make room for the larger than stock tires.
The new passenger compartment to trunk wall. It's bead-rolled for strength.
The original wood-grained dash and the heater box. The heater box will now be the home for the stereo controls.
David Wright mocking up the heater box. The door opened shows where the stereo controller will be.
We're in the very early stages of mocking up the heater box/stereo controller in this picture.
The front suspension and brake assemblies.
The rear axle ready to go into place in the frame.
The exhaust system has been fit, welded, checked for clearance, and is ready for Cermacoating.
Dressing the chassis prior to powdercoating uses up some sanding discs.
Loading up the frame to go to the powdercoater
The front suspension and brake assemblies in place. We use tape to protect the polished stainless pieces during handling.
A view of the front brakes.
This baby's going to sit low - if and when, the owner wants that stance. The air suspension provides that flexibility.
Sparky's disassembling the chassis to get it ready for finishing. After the entire chassis goes together and we are confident that everything fits, we tear it apart again.
The Chevy LS3 engine removed from the chassis.
Here's the completed chassis, ready for disassembly.
A view of the front drive and cooling system components.
Edelbrock coil covers.
Fuel pressure regulator.
The fuel tank installed in the chassis.
The air bags on the front suspension provide adjustable ride height.
The radiator was custom fabricated for us by Steve Long Custom Radiators.
This radiator is world-class.
Sparky is fitting the last part of the exhaust system.
Masked in preparation for painting the firewall.
The trunk is masked for painting.
Lizardskin inside the passenger compartment reduces heat and noise for the occupants.
The rear wheel wells look good in black gloss against the Lizardskin. These will show in the final interior design, so they have to look good.
The floor and firewall are coated with Lizardskin.
The wheelwells inside the trunk will be painted, so they're masked.
The trunk has been coated with Lizardskin ceramic coating and the inner wheelwells are primed for paint.
The underside of the body is coated with Lizardskin to reduce the heat inside the car and to reduce noise inside as well.
The gas filler has a small door over it in the trunk.
Even the inside of the "turret" of the car was coated in Lizardskin to reduce the heat load coming in. Since this car will live in southern Arizona, heat management is extremely important.
One of our Technicians applies the Lizardskin to the inside of the coupe. You can do this at home as well. We have the material and the tools that will allow you to do this yourself.
Applying Lizardskin is very straightforward and doesn't require a dealer to apply. You can do it yourself, or have us do it for you.
This is how the Lizardskin product is packaged - ready for application. It can be sprayed, brushed or rolled on.
Careful masking is necessary to prevent unnecessary cleanup later.
The firewall and floorboards are treated to a good coating of Lizardskin.
The exhaust system fabrication takes a lot of skill and planning to do right. Shields will be fabricated to protect sensitive components from exhaust heat.
Masking of the body to prevent overspray of Lizardskin.
The inside of the doors are treated with Lizardskin.
The car is completely masked before applying Lizardskin to protect the finished paint.
Masking all over is important.
All seams are sealed prior to the application of Lizardskin.
The trunk area prior to being coated with Lizardskin.
The complex heating and airconditioning ductwork is beautiful.
A work of art designed to move heated or cooled air for the comfort of the passengers.
The engine complete with new Edelbrock coil covers.
The chassis is ready for the design, fabrication and installation of all of the functional systems.
The air conditioning hoses are neatly routed in the front fenderwells.
The air conditioning hoses are securely clamped to prevent damage.
The routing of the lower radiator tube as sen from underneath.
Th upper radiator tube isfabricated from stainless steel tubing.
The body sits nicely on the chassis.
The engine will get dressed upsoon.
The chassis prior to the installation of the exhaust system.
The gas filler will be unobtrusively located in the trunk.
Sparky designs and fabricates a guard to prevent damage to the brake system components.
The air conditioning system vents are cleverly hidden behind doors in the kick panels.
The right hand air conditioning duct is complex, but does the job well.
Too bad this piece of art will be hidden from view.
Everything is packaged pretty tightly under the dash.
Efficient Wilwood disc brakes will stop this hot rod with no problem.
Packaging of the Ridetech air suspension system considered minimizing the loss of luggage space in the trunk.
When closed, you'll hardly know that the air conditioning outlets are here.
A '39 and a '32.
Ivory-toned steering wheel rim and shift knob are classic.
Climate and suspension controls are hidden in the glove box.
Classic wood-grained dash will remain as is.
The instruments were beautifully restored by Classic Instruments.
These restored gauges are functional art.
The initial placement of the batteries and air suspension components.
Randy tries out the seating position.
Twin Odyssey AGM batteries will provide plenty of power to operate all of the accessories on this option-loaded car.
Randy and Sparky going over details during fabrication.
Sparky is dressing one of the numerous welds on this exhaust. Once it's been ceramic coated, it'll look like one continous tube.
We designed and built heat shields to protect sensitive components from exhaust heat.
The exhaust system features 2 1/2 inch diameter tubing connected with aircraft type V-band clamps.
The mufflers are placed in order to reduce the amount of heat going into the car.
Shielding the exhaust to protect heat-sensitive components is important.
The frame as it came back from the powdercoater. Re-assembly can start now.
Front suspension components are laid out for re-assembly.
Eric and Sparky are putting the front suspension back together on the frame.
Continuing the assembly of the front suspension.
Starting to put the brake system back in.
The engine is in.
Rear axle and suspension.
It's starting to look more complete.
Details of the front brake calipers, the air bags, and the A-arms.
The Tremec 5-speed transmission is bolted to the engine.
The exhaust system is done in a custom shade of Cerakote ceramic heat resistant coating and looks tremendous.
Nearing the point where we're ready to mate the chassis with the body.
The near completed chassis.
Looks too nice to hide it with the body.
Right before it goes to the HR&CS paint shop for body mating and final assembly.
The body ready and waiting for the chassis.
Adjust and watch, watch and adjust.
It's getting there.
Everyone makes sure that everything's clear on their side.
We're almost there.
Chris checks things out.
The wheels and hubcaps are billet aluminum. They were designed by Randy and Mike Edwards and machined from a block of aluminum by EVOD.
You won't see another set of these on the road! They were custom designed and manufactured exclusively for this car. A traditional look with modern manufacturing techniques.
Out in the light of day.
Ready for it's first test drive.
Mr. Edwards flew in for a test drive.
He's got to give it the once over first.
Looks good from this angle...
...and this one, too.
Mark Cerquone, our Assembly Lead, looks it over. He and his crew have labored diligently over this creation.
The intake system was designed by Mike Edwards and Randy to make use of some high efficiency air filters. The design has a hint of stack injectors.
The intake system looks quite at home under the hood.
The heater ...
...conceals the stereo controls.
These headlights are so cool.
This angle shows off one of Edsel Ford's finest designs.
The art deco look was in its heyday in 1939, and this Ford design was a great example of it.
Hunkered down on the bags, it looks sinister without looking overly low.
Now with the front bumper installed, it looks elegant.
This is one really nice ride!
With the proper tuning and calibration, this car exhibits the driveability of a modern luxury car and the power to set you way back in the seat.
A beautiful dash like this can make it hard for you to keep your eyes on the road.
The heater box with the stereo controls hidden inside, is a nice, traditional touch.
The leather and the woodgrain trim on the door panels is "period-perfect".
The beautiful curves of the trunk hide an elegant space inside.
This is one very special license plate.