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    Michu
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    Hi everybody,

    i‘m Michu from germany, i watch the CCC for quite a while now and it inspired me a lot. It inspired me that much that i started a project again. I dream about a late ’40s style Custom for over 15 years and have inhaled every book and information that is available. In the past i had some projects (’41 and ’46 Ford) that i never got on the street, because they where in too bad condition and i‘m really no expert in body work or restoring cars and don‘t have the money to have it done by a professional. So some years ago i sold my projects and sadly nearly all parts i‘ve collected.

    But the dream is still there and now i have a project again, a stock ’42 Ford wich i will turn slowly but consequent into a late ’40s style Custom, i want to do it as period correct as possible with attention to the detail. I decided that i‘m going to build it like it could have been driven around in California in 1948/49. It will be some kind of backyard build because i have to do most things the learning by doing way, but of course i will plan every modification carefully and i think i‘m in the right place here to ask questions. I just started with a sunken license plate, first i was a bit afraid of cutting into the trunk, but i‘m happy with the result.

    I will attach some before/after pictures of what i have done until now. First i had removed many stuff from the Ford that doesn‘t fit my plans, also i mounted 16“ wheels with ripple disk hubcaps, it think this fits just barely the 1948/49 theme as is the sunken license plate, just before this stuff was out of fashion in the very early 50s. Recently a buddy of mine and me swapped dashboards, i like the ’41 dash more and he likes the ’42/’48 dash more, so we‘re both happy now, i also found a chrome radio face plate for it. I know, the older dash is not really an update for the car but some early ’42 models where equipped with ’41 stuff at the factory, so i think it‘s ok. And i feel the ’41 dash harmonizes very well with the mercury steering wheel. Other parts already waiting to be installed are a set of ’48 Pontiac taillights and a set of 112s. Further plans are a very subtle hood peak, ’41 style skirts and a bit more far in the future a top chop, i already study all pictures that i‘m able to find.

    But next on the list is to have the Ford inspected and registered and then i need to lower it. In the front i want a dropped axle and in the back a straight crossmember with longer shackles to get the right stance. And now i have a few questions, if you don‘t mind. Do i have to replace the crossmember with a straight u-beam or is it recommended to rework the original unit? And i think c-ing the frame is neccessary too? And what else do i need for the front except the dropped axle itself? I‘d be very pleased about every information! Thanks a lot!

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    #64446
    Rik Hoving
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    Thanks for the post Michu. Will be very interesting to follow. I will get your pics up large in the post tomorrow.

    Enjoy the beauty of Customizing

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    #64447
    Tinwolf
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    Hi Michu !

    Long time no hear !! Looking like period perfect with the sunken license plate and the rare -42 Ford business coupe project is inspiring ! I meet Paul from San Diego last year in Fallbrook meet with his period -41 Ford business coupe , not the same year but the closest I could think of seeing your -42 Ford . I took some pictures at the meet , see them at this link: Kustoms of SanDiego c/c The Fallbrook kustom car hop 2018 Palus -41 Ford

    So with your lowering plans , depending on how low you want to go there is different ways of doing it , to get the late fourties lowering I think the front frame can be stock and work with the dropped axle and spring . The rear is the matter of straightening the crossbar , remove the block on top of the spring and possibly de-arch the spring , I been semi involved but there is guys out there that is better at this …

    What about topchop , I worked on a -41 Ford business coupe once that had the doors swapped to club coupe (long) doors , really neat proportions with the shot roof and long doors , maybe to radical , Paul “Snooky” Janich 1941 Ford business coupe https://www.customcarchronicle.com/cc-builders/barris-kustom-shop/janich-ford-restoration-progress/#.XRI-Mf5lJmM

    https://public.fotki.com/Rikster/11_car_photos/beautiful_custom_cars/barris-1/snooky-janich-1941-ford/

    and also the Paul Bragg built -41 Ford business coupe a great source for inspiration

    https://public.fotki.com/Rikster/11_car_photos/beautiful_custom_cars/paul_bragg/paul-bragg-1941-for/

    Best of luck with your build !

    Wolf

     

     

     

     

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    #64448
    Tobias Binsch
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    Hi Michu. Great that you started a thread. I will follow and in looking forward to see more of it.

    More Traditional Customs for Germany ???

     

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    #64449
    Michu
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    Thank you Rik!

    Hi Wolf! Yes, long time no hear! Thanks for the links you’ve sent, these are my favourite chopped Business Coupes, i definitely want to go this direction with leaned back a pillar. When the time comes i will have more questions about this, for sure 😉

    Tobi, yes, you’re right 🙂

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    #64451
    Torchie
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    Great start.

    I will be watching this build as well.

    Please keep the posts coming…

    Torchie

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    #64454
    Mild Mitch
    Participant

    YES! Great build and plan. I love the License plate. Very well done. As Torchie would say, Xs 2

    Mitch

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    #64455
    Michu
    Participant

    Thank you Torchie and thank you Mitch!

    As soon as there is any progress i will post it, it’s good to be here!

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    #64462
    Michu
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    Here is an idea i had some time ago for a mild version based on the Valley Custom ’46 Ford wich i really like. First i „businesscouped“ it, then cleaned it up a little more, smoothed the fenders, raised the front wheel openings, added ripple discs and lowered it a little more. I think an ’46/’48 Ford upper grill part could be reworked to line up with the ’42 hood. But all in all this is more a very early 50s style i would say?

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