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Old 05-14-2020, 09:16 PM   #1
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My dad bought a '39 Deluxe with a stock flathead. We were told the car had a Columbia 2 speed overdrive. Not having any overdrive experience, I started googling how the columbia overdrive works and any information i could find. While under the car, I looked at the overdrive and it looked nothing like i found on the web. I continued googling and taking pictures of what he had under the car. I determined that he actually has a Borg-Warner R10 overdrive. But it looked odd to what I was finding on the internet. Most R10's are attached to the tail shaft of the transmission. My dads overdrive is sitting in front of the rear-end. Back to googling, I found there was a guy in Ohio called "Mr Overdrive" who made this overdrive system. Mr Overdrive name wad actually Lloyd Young. While explaining all this to my father today and he knowing our journey, I found this magnet in his glove box today. Notice the name on the magnet? You gotta love these old Fords.

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Old 05-14-2020, 09:24 PM   #2
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Your car looks very good. I, for one, would not mind hearing more about this, as well as seeing some more pictures.
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Old 05-15-2020, 08:40 AM   #3
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I wonder how many people still have their magnet?
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Nice looking car!!...You’ve come to the right place to find that answer.....I’d like to see pics of the unit as well......Mark
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Found this on Google:
https://www.earlyfordv8.org/forum/pr...=18&Topic=7517
https://forums.aaca.org/topic/304068...ng-has-passed/
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The 38/40 models were my favorit cars and trucks. Nice work
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got to love those four door 39's and 40's. what is the color?
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those were good overdrives, but they had a "big jump" into overdrive. i dont recall the ratio, but its quite a change
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those were good overdrives, but they had a "big jump" into overdrive. i dont recall the ratio, but its quite a change
30% reduction in RPM''s.
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Color is "Folkstone Gray"
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those were good overdrives, but they had a "big jump" into overdrive. i dont recall the ratio, but its quite a change

All those numbers work-out to roughly the .69 or .70 neighborhood, quite a nice ratio, actually! DD
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Color is "Folkstone Gray"
Nice looking car but Folkstone Gray? Not even close.
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Nice looking car but Folkstone Gray? Not even close.

In the picture the color favors champagne, to me! DD
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In the picture the color favors champagne, to me! DD
Or, it looks to be Auric Goldfingers first car...
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For the color, we are not sure. We need to repaint a hubcap that popped off while driving down the road. When we find out the color, I'll let you guys know. It is a champagne color. We do get a lot of nice comments on the color


I only have a short history on the car based on information of the previous owner and a title from PA. The car was in Texas, moved up to Utah, over to South Dakota, then onto Pennsylvania (owners name was Ford) and a guy in Georgia traded his GTX and cash for the car. We found it in Georgia. The guy that owned it in Georgia passed from cancer while converting it to 12 volts and replacing the flathead. We completed the 12 volt conversion and swapped out the old flathead after we saw a lot of bubbles coming out of the top of the head. The block had 4 cracks. Now we have a strong flathead with an Isky Max1 cam. We baked the block, new cam, crank, piston, rods, lifters, valves....you name it, we replaced it. The rebuild cost around $5000. The key here is that my dad wanted an old ford with a flathead. I think we hit his goals...


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Sounds like a recipe for happiness!
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