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The spectacular lines of the 1939 Ford Deluxe coupe have made it one of the most popular pre-war American cars. But this all-steel example is truly unique and much more than just a pretty face. Here you will find a 340ci Mopar engine combined with a 4-wheel independent suspension with a Mustang II front and Corvette rear. The ride is nothing like you’d expect from a 1939! Throw in the custom leather interior, air conditioning, 4-wheel disc brakes, and beautiful red paint and you’ve got one exceptional street rod.
This project started with a solid 1939 Deluxe coupe (which is markedly different than the Standard model of the same year) and proceeded to put it through a frame-off build. The body is steel throughout without any fiberglass components. The chassis was modified with a Mustang II front suspension along with rack and pinion steering. The rear section was redone with a C3 Corvette independent rear suspension. Nice! The body is painted in a striking Viper Red and is nicely accented by the Deluxe trim and aluminum wheels.
The powertrain uses a 1968 Mopar 340 cubic inch engine (2780930 casting). This really surprises people when you pop the hood! It features a higher lift camshaft along with an Edelbrock aluminum intake and 4-barrel carburetor with electric choke. It delivers plenty of power and has a great sound as well. There is also an electric fuel pump with regulator and a large electric cooling fan. The transmission is a 727 Torqueflite which feeds the Corvette rear end. It’s an awesome setup that really moves and is a great complement to all the suspension upgrades.
The custom two-tone leather interior has a very clean look. All the upholstery is professionally done, and the front bench seat is one of the most comfortable you will find. The dash and gauges have been redone with modern pieces along with an underdash tachometer. The HVAC control knobs are on either side of the center vent, while the radio has been hidden in the glove box along with the headlight controls. The car also has power windows and a tilt steering column. The horn, wipers, lights, and turn signals all work properly. Note there is a parking brake with the handle mounted sideways in front of the seat. Finally, the finished trunk matches the interior and has a hidden battery compartment and shelves.
This 1939 is truly one of a kind on paper and in person. While many of its features are seen on other expensive builds, when is the last time you saw one with a Mopar drivetrain and Corvette IRS? Everything is well executed and the final product is a blast to drive. I don't think you'll find its equal.