Ford 1942 Business Coupe
Project update 1998-07-21 Hi this is an other update on the  work on my  42 Coupe Business. I will try to keep you updated on my project on this pages. If you want to know how it started check out this page. Ive been a bit lazy for a wile but one month ago i signed a Contract to go to London and work on a project fo a year. And then i tought it would be nice to drive my 42 ford before i left for the project work, and since the frame only was sandblasted and the engine in pieces it have meant som late night to achive the result you will see in the bottom of this page.
Since i put a dropped axle in the front, and i will use the original type wishbone. The there was som work to be done on the frame. To be able to lower it to the maximum i had to extend the original cut outs in the frame. Here is the planned cut out marked in red. 
The parts where cut out with a grinder and  one piece was flattened.
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After that the parts where welded back into the frame again. I found if you cut the area that will be welded, with a grinder the thickness of the disc will give a perfect gap. This gives very  good penetration at least when you are welding thicker material than 3 to 4 mm.
Everything patched up again and then the welds are dressed up with the grinder. Don't go overboard with the grinder since it can impact the strenght of the weld.
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The result is 1.5 cm betwen the axle and the frame instead of 5 cm, Just the right distance fore a small rubber bumpstop. And still the use of an unsplitt original wishbone.
Since the pearch bolt holes are situaded closer toghter than on a original axle i had to shorten the wisbone, about 3 cm. I cut it at the original welding point, and cut of around 3 cm and then welded it back again. 
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Quick jump forward, here is the frame painted and front and rear axle mounted.
Looking good or what.
Sorry no pics on the assembly of the engine. But i painted the gearbox anyhow.
THE BIG MOMENT! Taking of for the first test drive :-) One happy Rodder.
Away we go.
And away and away.
Getting back in one piece.
Here we are back again, everything worked to my satisfaction but of course there is some fine tuning that has to be done. But not anything major.The car was running quit well on those Firestone diagonal tires.
Close up on the engine.Obvisly there is some quick and dirty shortcuts taken to get it running in the time decided. 
But i  will fixe those later when i get back from my assignment in London.
The interior needs some work!
But i think it has the right stance, and some potential to look good when ready.The body have to be taken of again and some (read alot) rust have to be repaired.But at least i have something to dream about when im working in London.
Specification Ford 42 Coupe

Type..........Ford flathead 8 BA
Induction....Fenton Manifold 3 Stromberg 81
Camshaft....8BA Truck
Ignition........Original Nos
Exhaust....... Home Built headers.
Heads.......... Original today But im looking for some aluminum heads Not Edelbrock or Offenhauser, Got any ??

Frame..................Original C,ed in rear.
Front suspension..Super bell tube axle 4-inch drop axle Posie spring split wishbone.

Rear suspension...Original with With long shackles "Special "aircraft" shock kit tube type this was an old aftermarket kit that i found at a swap meet.

Tires, Front/Rear... Firestone 5,60 by 15 8,20 by 15 Whitwalls.
Wheels.................. Volvo 810 15" rims They have the old Ford bolt pattern.

Transmission........3 speed original gear box.
Rearend...............Original 46 Ford 3,54

Model..................Business Coupe
Modifications........Removed Running boards, mild custom.

Not yet but i think about flat black with flames, suggestions anyone?

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