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Old 08-14-2020, 11:01 PM   #1
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Has anyone built a 40 sportsman, or seen a photo of such a thing? I know they didn't exist in nature, but what a handsome thing it would be. That 36 roadster sort of got me thinking.....
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Old 08-14-2020, 11:38 PM   #2
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1940 FORD SPORTSMAN CUSTOM CONVERTIBLE >

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Thanks Pete, but I was thinking wood bodied sportsman as in '46 and 47. Sometimes I think about a wood bodied convertible. We have two whole months here in Western Washington where such a thing could be practical.
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Old 08-15-2020, 08:47 AM   #4
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There have been several '47-'48 "phantom" Sportsman's and I've even seen a '32 roadster fabricated out of wood but never a 1940. It would make a beautiful car as many people think that the 1940 Ford is one of the most beautiful body styles ever built. Those compound curves around the trunk area could be a killer to fabricate.
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Here is a '41 Mercury "Sportsman".

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Looking at the work you do, if anyone could build one I think it might be you. Is this next on your to do list?
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Old 08-15-2020, 09:12 AM   #7
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Looking at the work you do, if anyone could build one I think it might be you. Is this next on your to do list?
Just thinking out loud at this point. That merc looks like a factory job! I don't have the money to build a 40ish that would pass muster in most circles. I have a factory cowl and I could imagine a pair of fiberglass fenders. I also have a running chassis with most of the right dimensions, but alas, not a 40 ford. The build if ever started would probably be best on the hamb. Hoping to finish stripping the chassis this weekend.
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That would be one great looking car. I absolutely love the Sportsmans. It incorporates two things I love: Wood bodied cars and a convertible
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Here you go! > http://www.cruisenewsonline.com/Indi...nvertible.html
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This super cool 1940 Ford Woody convertible belongs to Cocoa Beach resident Gilles Rodier. It is painted a redish-maroon with a set of steel wheels accented by baby moon hubcaps, beauty rings and wide whitewall tires. Inside you’ll find a tan vinyl and cloth interior with a tilt wheel, power steering and A/C, while under the hood resides a small block Chevy backed by an automatic transmission.
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Or, you can build this plastic model > http://cs.scaleautomag.com/sca/model.../t/113492.aspx



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Somebody's momma once said that if'n ya can't say something nice,...…!


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Old 08-15-2020, 06:08 PM   #12
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i think a roadster pickup would fit the bill for an active guy like you in the summer months like a wood Ute

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Old 08-15-2020, 06:18 PM   #13
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I get it, Mr Koopman. I totally get it. Like the woodie I just returned home from town in, mine wouldn't have a tilt wheel or auto trans and where there wasn't a half inch of dust there would be bird 'droppings' from all the swallows in my shed. It would be laughed off the concourse at Pebble Beach, but a blast to bomb around the island in. Maybe even a rumble seat for the grandkids!
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i think a roadster pickup would fit the bill for an active guy like you in the summer months like a wood Ute
CAS, you musta read my mind.. Way more funky and slightly easier to build. It would wear the bird s#!+ better than a sportsman. There was a guy that went by \willowbilly' on FTE. He built a VERY nice RPU from many parts. Drove the wheels off of it. He was about my age 67 but he passed away from cancer about 2 years ago. It wasn't a rat rod, no navajo blankets on the seats (yawn) or hand grenade shifter, no skulls, no crossbones and no barbed wire. Just a fun open truck made from what he had on his N Dakota farm. He was an inspiration. Not saying I'm not thinking of a sportsman as well, but whatever it ends up it should be interesting. I didn't get any more stripping done on the chassis today. Too hot out.
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CAS, you musta read my mind.. Way more funky and slightly easier to build. It would wear the bird s#!+ better than a sportsman. There was a guy that went by \willowbilly' on FTE. He built a VERY nice RPU from many parts. Drove the wheels off of it. He was about my age 67 but he passed away from cancer about 2 years ago. It wasn't a rat rod, no navajo blankets on the seats (yawn) or hand grenade shifter, no skulls, no crossbones and no barbed wire. Just a fun open truck made from what he had on his N Dakota farm. He was an inspiration. Not saying I'm not thinking of a sportsman as well, but whatever it ends up it should be interesting. I didn't get any more stripping done on the chassis today. Too hot out.

And he was a hell of an artist/metal sculpturer as well. Left us way too young.
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That obviously JUST DOES NOT WORK on a '40...….period! DD
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so, a 40 ute is not attractive? heck i had a 49 chevy 1/2 ton with the roof cut off, and the doors welded shut and cut down like a jeep when i was a kid. wish i still had it. it was a piece of crap that provided many miles of happy summer nights. with GB's skills, i would be hesitant to say anything is not possible

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Old 08-15-2020, 11:57 PM   #19
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I would never cut up a real 40 ford to make something like I am proposing. Too expensive to buy and to buy parts for. Besides, I tend to stay away from vehicles with an enclosed drive line. I would consider taking a chassis of similar dimensions, mount a ford cowl and some useable or f/glass 40 ford fenders and play with ideas on some kind of open car with a body made primarily of wood. I have found that when one paints fiberglass fenders, running boards etc with rustoleum rusty metal primer using a brush, they look an awful lot like really straight steel stuff. After all, who would buy plastic fenders and do that? Your typical fiberglass fender guy puts 12 coats of candy apple red on em. (groan)If I get to this project I will give a shout out and anybody interested can see some pics. Trying to explain my unusual way of making vehicles from what is available is like talking politics to your relatives and hoping to change their minds. Or starting another motor oil thread or.......
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Please check your email, Gary. I sent pics of an article from the current month’s V8 Times with early Sportsman concept drawings. Hope the iPhone pics are clear enough to let you read the article.

Fittingly, the word of the day at the Dictionary.com site is “vicarious”. We all watch your projects as they evolve and marvel at your talent and vision. Stu
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