Last updated on November 25, 2022
Today’s car is a 1939 Ford Deluxe Coupe. It is finished in Dartmouth Green with a Tan interior. The yellow on the wheels is not original, but done so you can see the wheel’s details. It is owned by George Garrett. I saw this car at the Petersen Automotive Museum on September 26th and then again at Seal Beach Car Show on October 9th.
It is powered by a 1948 Ford flathead truck engine that originally had 239 cu in, 3.9 Liters. The block was bored .040 over, with a Mercury crankshaft and a mild Iskenderian cam giving the engine an increase of an estimated 120 hp. It has 2 Holly 2-barrel carburetors on a Edelbrock intake manifold that have an original look with the factory correct oil bath air cleaners, It transfers that power through a 3-speed manual transmission and delivering that power to the rear wheels through a Columbia two-speed rear end. To slow it down, are 4 wheel Hydraulic brakes that were introduced in 1939. The front suspension has a 1 inch dropped solid axle with a transverse leaf springs and in the rear is a semi-floating axle with a transverse leaf spring. The total number of 1939 Fords produced was 487,031 of which 37,326 were 2 door Deluxe Coupe.
The restoration was performed from 1995 to 1996. I love this car. It is mostly original with all the right tweaks to make it improved and a little unique. It is an amazing car and the pride of ownership written all over it. What a great car to take to car shows, cars and coffee, or just a cruise up the coast. Thanks for riding along. Frank
Below is a recent photo taken the “Yanks Air Museum” in Chino for the Cars in the Canyon Car Show held on October 8th, 2022. The plane make a great back drop. George and his 1939 Ford Coupe took home a well deserved “Best in Class” trophy.