RESTYLING THE 1940 FORD COUPE
Turning a “tall top” 1940 Ford coupe into a streamlined tail dragging Custom Car.
The 1940 Ford coupe has never been used a lot for customizing a lot. There are a few nice once done in the 1940’s and 1950’s, and even in more recent years. But the very high, forward angled top and the short doors of the 1940 Ford coupe made it rather hard to customize with the right flowing lines. I was working on a clients digital customizing project 1940 Ford and found this nice side view photo. It is always hard to find good side views and even though this one found on the internet was rather small, it was good enough to work with. When the clients project was finished I decided to use the same image for an idea I have in my head for a long time.
A 1940 Ford coupe with long (possibly sedan) door and a much longer roof line. Almost like a 1941-48 Ford long door coupe body combined with the 1940 Ford body. Perhaps it could be possible to use a 1941-48 Ford top, but in my case I wanted to use the 1940 Ford body and just reshape it to create better line.
What was done on this Digital Restyling 1940 Ford project.
- Get the car lowered, skirts added and new hubcaps and better looking tires.
- Stretching the doors, till the side window opening length had the desired look.
- Angle the rather upright 1940 Ford A-pillar back to give the car some better lines.
- Roughly cut the top in sections and reposition them to create a longer smoother roof.
- The rear was lowered a lot more than the front of the roof.
- Shorten the section of body from the trunk to where the top starts.
- Slightly pie-cut sectioned the body from the belt-line to to bottom of the side windows.
- Reshape the side and rear quarter windows till the shape looked good and matched the shape of the top.
- Adding details like shortened side trim, teardrop fender skirts, ’46 Ford bumpers.
(added on June, 2015) After an online discussion about the design I made a few more refinements to the design. Reshaped rear quarter window, echoing more of the original 1940 Ford rear quarter window shape. And I moved the rear quarter window back an inch, perhaps a little less. So that the very narrow B-pillar behind the door opening of the original 1940 Ford is now about the same with as the door pillar on the A-pillar. This gets the whole look of the B-pillar a bit better in balance. To be able to do this I had to move back the whole roof a bit as well, otherwise the C-pillar would get to thin.
This combination of base photo and early design stage shows how much had to be altered to the body to make it look like as in the finished design. When everything was done the busy background was removed to show the lines of the car better.
My good friend Wolf always wanted to see how a well proportioned 1940 Ford three window coupe would look like. For this 3- window coupe the roof shape was modified with a bit more bulge at the back. and the back portion of the roof was moved forward a little over the earlier 5-window version. The doors were also lengthened to get the side windows more in proportion with the new top shape.
[box_light]Want to see more? Take a look at some other Digital Restyling projects by Rik Hoving Kustoms on the Custom Car Chronicle site.[/box_light]
Are you day dreaming about your own perfect dream custom?
- Do you wonder what your precious car would (or could!) look like, even before you start cutting on it?
- Would you like to see different paint variations and styled on your custom car before you even start to mask the car, or order that expensive new paint?
- Or would you like to see the difference of a 2, 3 or 4 inch chop and see the impact it will have on the rest of the car?
- Maybe you want to see any other modification done to your custom car, without having to actually perform that modification and find out a different modification would have worked better with the rest of your car?
Do you suddenly see all the possibilities? Perhaps now is a good time to contact Rik Hoving and ask him about the possibilities of his digital Restyling options. Request are free of any obligations.
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