Curbside Classic: 1940 Ford Hot Rod • Latter-Day Raisin Bran

The giant trunk attracted my attention to this old black car parked outside an auto parts store. I couldn’t tell it was a Ford until I saw the badges, and I had only the dimmest clue to its age until I went and asked the internet.

Maybe I got it right calling it a ’40; donno. But the trunk looks enormous, at least from the outside, at any angle. I wonder if the tailpipes might look less extreme if there were a bumper.

It’s a V-8 Ford; says so right on this art-deco callout in the middle of Trunkworld, here.

These are actual, real whitewall tires, as described in scripture. Are 5-lug wheels original? No idea. But I think the red wheels go well with the whitewalls on this black car…

…and its big, bulbous fenders.

The hood and interior door panels might be stashed with the bumpers.

I wondered whether these headlamp fixtures were original, or one of the aftermarket conversion kits widely popular for 1930s cars when the 7-inch round sealed beam came in for 1940. This being that year of car, these are factory fixtures. Originally they would have held a pair of…

…these, evidently made for Ford by Tung-Sol (see the T-S under the SEALED BEAM callout?).

More deco details: that ribbed trim strip. Those chevron-shaped taillights. That gasoline cap.

Whoa-HO! A flathead Ford V-8 engine with Edelbrock finned aluminum heads; shiny waterpipes; twin (Stwomboig?) carburetors; looks like there’s a set of headers under there, and I’m sure I’m missing a bunch of remarkable stuff here –under the hood-. There’s a vacuum gauge duct-taped to the left windshield; clearly the owner’s doing some period-correct tuning on this hot rod.

And under the door, here, looks to be the end of the Lake pipe on the other leg of an exhaust cutout.

There’s one on the other side, too. Lake pipes, as in “…she purrs like a kitten, ’til the Lake pipes roar”. Which brings us to…

…these decals (sorry outta focus; my phone decided it knew better than I did what I really wanted a picture of), which got me wondering just what a “deuce coupe” is, anyhow. From what I found, formally it means a 1932 Ford coupe, so I guess officially this isn’t one. But the decals suggest the working definition’s edges have softened with time.

(as to the title of this post: advertising has it there are deuce coupes of plump, juicy raisins in every box of Kellogg’s Raisin Bran.)