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Nancy Chapman's 1940 Ford

 

 

 

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.

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The frame rails are mounted in the jig.

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Here's all the parts laid out. This '40 will ride on a Heidt's independent front end and Posies rear springs.

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The front crossmember and the hats are laid out and ready to be installed in the frame.

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The Heidt's front suspension is now installed on Nancy's frame.

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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.

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The body has been bolted down to the chassis and the firewall has now been removed.

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Here you can see the bracing we installed to hold the body in its original form to remove the firewall.

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The new firewall has been tacked in place and the Ford power plant is lowered between the frame rails.

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Whoa...a tight fit on this one!

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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.

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The driver's side plate is bolted to the block. 

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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.

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With the body removed, we can weld up the new motor mounts and transmission mount.

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Here's the tube motor mounts we fabricated to hold the engine in place.

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Here's a front picture of the frame with the engine in place.

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This picture shows the drop out transmission mount.

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The rearend has been placed on the springs and the pinion angle set. Next we'll install the shock mounts.

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This rear shock crossmember is being positioned in the chassis.