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1940 Ford Inspired by an Early 1960s High School Hot Rod

HOT ROD logo HOT ROD 7/10/2020 Taylor Kempkes,Reader Submitted Photos
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The hot-rodding world is rife with rich history and often fueled by nostalgia. Yes, new technology and the drive to make more power and go faster still exist, but that's only half the story these days. This 1960s style 1940 Ford Tudor Sedan Deluxe built by Robert Ward is the perfect example.

a car parked in a parking lot © Reader Submitted Photos

"I built this 1940 Ford as a tribute to my father's high school hot rod," Ward says. "In 1962, my father had a '40 Tudor Sedan Deluxe with a '59 Corvette dual-quad 283 with a Zephyr geared three-speed trans; it was a low-budget high school kid's hot rod. My entire life I heard the stories of him and this car racing around my local area of Bordentown, New Jersey."

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When a nice 1940 Ford popped up for sale locally in 2017, Robert's decision was simple: Either run to the bank to get the funds, or run to the bank to get the funds. After acquiring the car, the fun part started. "I set about doing it up just like he had," Ward said, "with a 283 dual-quad and I lowered it, put a Bob McCoy style nerf bar on the front, and found a '49 Plymouth rear bumper."

a close up of an engine © Reader Submitted Photos

Although the original '40 Ford was long gone, Robert's father, Bob, had kept one photo of the car, which is the lead image in this story. He also held onto the original glove box door, and on it was a pin stripped cartoon of the car next to its nickname "Wardy's Forty." So, the finishing touch, Robert decided, was to have the glovebox of his '40 done up in similar fashion even though this never was going to be Robert's 1940 Ford.

Robert decided to make Fathers' Day 2020 something a little more memorable than usual for his father. Instead of keeping the 1960s style 1940 Ford hot rod for himself, Robert surprised his father and handed over the keys to the one who inspired the build in the first place.

Bob Ward's 1940 Ford Tudor Sedan Deluxe at a Glance:

  • 283-c.i. small-block Chevy engine
  • Edelbrock dual-quad intake manifold and carburetors
  • Bob McCoy-inspired nerf bar in front
  • 1949 Plymouth rear bumper

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