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About SteveWlf

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  • Birthday 08/06/1937
  1. I picked up a '42 For convert as a HS Jr in spring of '56 for $75 since the kid and thrown a rod in the OEM engine. Since I didn't have the money, my kid sister put it up on the condition it would be her car if I didn't pay her back. I had never rebuilt and engine before and wanted to get it going for summer driving. Found a '39 Ford wreck being parted out and paid about $25 for the engine. Swapped them out and had it running, albeit with the wrong/smaller engine. Don't remember any major problems or fit issues. Come fall, my sister insisted on her money back or the keys to the car. I had my made good money over the summer and wanted a Ford with OVHV and the '57 was just coming out. I talked my parents into letting me get one of the first '57s and let my sister have the '42 convert.. After graduation in Class of 57 I worked all summer and when the Iowa winter made working life miserable for me, I joined the navy. My sister sold the car to one of my brothers and he, being a Gear Head, contacted Ford Mo, Co. since there had always been questions and doubts about the year of this car. Most thought it was a '46 with the wrong grill. FMC came back with the numbers posted by 19tom40 and an offer to purchase it for the MSRP at the time of Original sale. I think that was something less than $2000. Still a lot of money in the '50. However, it had to have the origanal engine, etc.. and I had scrapped that. So Sorry, So Sad for my brother. I think he ended up selling it for a couple hundred. Just goes to show, if you find something origanal, try to restore/rebuild it if you can. Steve
  2. Just quick follow up to my original post. Went back to check some details on this "find" and as I had already notice all of the trim/moldings had been removed and major portion of the body sanded to bare metal (now flash rust). I now notice that the interior dash trim has been removed, the speedo, clock and instruments are all still intact and in the dash, thre radio is removed and sitting on the floor board. A lot if not all of the trim/moldings are in the back and in the trunk so I fell fortunate there. One door panel is missing. Trunk handle is missing but could be inside, out of site. Anyway, I notice that there must be something else that goes on the dash besides the trim. What goes around and above the interments and partially up the dash. The sheet metal that is exposed looks like something was over it origanally. I looked at some picture of the '48 super deluxe and it looks almost like a padding or plastic covering. I didn't see anything like that and that would be hard to find or duplicate/aftermarket. Really ugly as it is now, just painting isn't going to make it better. I'm pretty much satified that this is the original engine or the correct replacement. If it starts and seems reasonably sound, I will be content to leave it origanal, short of a full overhaul. Steve
  3. Just found this car, a 95% complete solid, original and running condition. Not sure yet if it is the original engine, been researching the items to check (head stud count, casting numbers, etc..). I'm short on the cash so I'm trying to trade my '86 F250 diesel for it. It has been 55 years since I have even put a wrench on a Flat Head Ford ('42 Ford Convert. That's right '42, very limited production.). Always regreted giving it to my sister when I joined the navy. Not my favorite engine to work on but would like to preserve it for show if it is in solid running condition. Not like I need this car for a Freeway Flyer or Rodder. This is the same model and style that my uncle purchased used in the early 50s and it was a nice and proud ride. I'll be back later with updates if I get it. Steve