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.
The roof came down 3 inches. Note the bracing to keep the door openings and body square.
The chop of the body is completed.
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.
We have the doors chopped.
Rear suspension is ladder bar set up with diagonal link tied to a Currie built 9 inch Ford.
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.
The engine is set back about 6" and we now have the firewall in place.
We have a great crew to help us on the body work.
Its a little different than an original 40. We are going to call this a 39 from now on.
The chassis is mostly done.
The Speedway 39 grill fits pretty good.
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.
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.