Nancy Chapman brought her '40 Ford in for some modernization. We'll be installing a firewall in her all original steel body and building a new chassis.
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Here's the late model power plant Randy brought for us to put in the new chassis.
The frame rails are mounted in the jig.
Here's all the parts laid out. This '40 will ride on a Heidt's independent front end and Posies rear springs.
The front crossmember and the hats are laid out and ready to be installed in the frame.
The Heidt's front suspension is now installed on Nancy's frame.
The rear leaf springs have also been installed. The next step will be to install the rear-end, the center tubular crossmember and the rear shock crossmember.
The body has been bolted down to the chassis and the firewall has now been removed.
Here you can see the bracing we installed to hold the body in its original form to remove the firewall.
The new firewall has been tacked in place and the Ford power plant is lowered between the frame rails.
Whoa...a tight fit on this one!
Now we'll fabricate a template that will bolt to the motor mount holes on the block of the Ford engine. A duplicate for the other side will be made and we'll fabricate the motor mounts using these plates.
The driver's side plate is bolted to the block.
Here's the backside of the firewall showing the transmission. All the metal flooring will be removed and replaced once the firewall is welded in.
With the body removed, we can weld up the new motor mounts and transmission mount.
Here's the tube motor mounts we fabricated to hold the engine in place.
Here's a front picture of the frame with the engine in place.
This picture shows the drop out transmission mount.
The rearend has been placed on the springs and the pinion angle set. Next we'll install the shock mounts.
This rear shock crossmember is being positioned in the chassis.