1939 Ford Deluxe Fordor. It was featured in the July/Aug 2006 issue of the "THE V8 TIMES" magazine. My father found this car in a barn near Vernon, Texas in 1972. He bought it from the man who bought it new in 1939. It has a clean Texas Title. It has an all steel body and frame. It has never been wrecked. I am the third owner, my father was the second. I am now selling this family heirloom because it should be enjoyed by someone who will have fun with it. It now rarely gets outside, but runs great! We did an off-the-frame restoration that began about 16 years ago, trying to keep it as original as possible. The car has less than 400 miles on it since the restoration. It looks like a show car.
The transmission is the one that it came from the factory with: three on the floor. The VIN on the frame matches the VIN on the transmission, proving that it is the transmission that Ford put in it in 1939. It also still has the original torque tube and rear end. They all work great.
It was professionally painted by Roger Holcomb (who called his shop “Body by Roger”) of Burleson, TX in 2003. He used multiple coats of a high quality urethane paint. The paint looks like a show car’s. The interior was restored by Gwen's Upholstery of Cleburne, TX, in 2004. We replaced the original mohair seat fabric with high quality modern material that looks identical to mohair.
When not being driven, the car has been staying in a climate-controlled building for 14 years. As you can see, the external paint and interior look new.
It has a very strong period-correct 59A-B Flathead V8. This engine has less than 400 miles on it since it was rebuilt. It burns no oil and runs great. We kept the original Six Volt system intact. I did break with the original by adding seatbelts and a dry-cell Optima six volt battery. The wide whitewall tires have less than 400 miles on them.
EVERYTHING WORKING: The Choke and Throttle knobs on the dash work properly. All four instruments in the Dash Cluster (Engine Temp, Oil pressure, Amp meter, and Fuel level) work properly. All windows operate correctly. The speedometer and the clock in the glovebox cover both work. The roll-out windshield works properly, as does the cowel vent. The original vacuum-powered wipers work. The rear side windows both open properly on their hinges and close tightly. All four doors shut properly. The "suicide doors" work properly. I have four different keys for this car, each fits a lock that works properly: the ignition on\off switch, the glove box, the passenger door, and the trunk latch. The headlights dimmer switch works properly. All the lights burn correctly. From the factory, Ford originally put two horns in this Deluxe, and they both still blow loudly.
For the sake of it’s history and because it is the original one, I did not put a new odometer in it. It is frozen at 80,009. The odometer is the only thing that does not work on this car.
NEW: We did install new stainless steel on the grill. We installed new welting between the fenders and body, new glove box, new glass in every window, new running board covers, a new starter, new gauges, new interior handles, new wood covers for the storage bins in the trunk, a new trunk floor pad, new side-view mirrors, a new hood ornament and hood release, and a new fuel tank. We re-chromed the bumpers; they look new. Both bumpers have correct blue stripe down the middle. A new clutch was installed recently. Please notice the new mahogany woodgrain on the steel dash and steel window moldings.