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Tin Man's '39 Ford Nostalgia Drag Car


Tin Man's '39 Ford Nostalgia Drag Car

For years I (The Tin Man) have wanted to build a drag car. I have been involved with performance cars since I was 14 years old and had a couple of oportunities to go down the drag strip but never with a car that was ment to be there. A couple of years back I traded a bit of work and a bit of storage for a '39 Ford Sedan. It was just a body shell and a frame and a few parts. Originally I thought I would make it a roller and bring it to the swap meet, then I attended the Minnesota Street Rod Association sponsored "Super Secret Fun Run" nostalgia drag race at Brainerd International Raceway. The rest is history. A friend (Ron Dvoracek) and I decided to team up on building the '40 into a 1/4 mile screamer.

 

Tin Man 40 Nostalgia Drag Car We both agreed right away that it had to be chopped, but it couldn't be just an ordinary chop.
Tin Man 40 Nostalgia Drag Car Ron takes it for the first drive, or is he just a bit psycotic from the thought of what he got himself into.
Tin Man 40 Nostalgia Drag Car Here Ron is prepping the roof  for the chop
Tin Man 40 Nostalgia Drag Car

The roof came down 3 inches. Note the bracing to keep the door openings and body  square.

 

Tin Man 40 Nostalgia Drag Car We didn't want to loose the look of the stock roof line so the solution was to shorten the body between the B pillar and rear fender untill the back half met up nicely with the roof.
Tin Man 40 Nostalgia Drag Car Here you can see how nice the roof line matches up with the back of the body. The quarter window is also shortend the same amount as the rest of the body.
Tin Man 40 Nostalgia Drag Car

The chop of the body is completed.

Tin Man 40 Nostalgia Drag Car The body ended up being 9 inches shorter so the frame was shortened the same amount then we boxed it the full length. Here Ron learns how to weld. And I plan to drive this thing?
Tin Man 40 Nostalgia Drag Car

We have a mock up motor and trans mounted utilizing a set of Tin Man small block chevy mounts and a custom drop out trans crossmember. We plan to run a 383 cube small block Chevy.

Tin Man 40 Nostalgia Drag Car We also plan to run a powerglide trans.
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We have the doors chopped.

Tin Man 40 Nostalgia Drag Car

Rear suspension is ladder bar set up with diagonal link tied to a Currie built 9 inch Ford.

Tin Man 40 Nostalgia Drag Car

The front suspension is in. We used a straight axle front with parallel leafs. Its a good feeling when a car is a roller for the first time. I can't wait to go for a drive.

40

The engine is set back about 6" and we now have the firewall in place.

body work

We have a great crew to help us on the body work.

Tin Man 40

Its a little different than an original 40. We are going to call this a 39 from now on.

Tin Man 40

The chassis is mostly done.

Tin Man 40

The Speedway 39 grill fits pretty good.

Tin Man 40

The mud work on the main body is nearly done. The modifications (radiused rears to accomodate the 31 X 12 slicks soon to come, front and rear cut since we are not using running boards) and repairs are done on the fenders. The roll cage is tacked in. We still need to do some hood fitting.

Tin Man's '39 Ford Nostalgia Drag Car

This is my friends Ron & Lou ensuring that our 40 will do wheelies. With some help from some body man friends the mud work is getting roughed in.
 

Tin Man Fabrication 1940 Ford drag car
Tin Man Fabrication 1940 Ford drag car
Tin Man Fabrication 1940 Ford drag car
Tin Man Fabrication 1940 Ford drag car
Tin Man Fabrication 1940 Ford drag car
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