While still using the separate fender design which had evolved from the 1920s and 1930s, the 1940 Ford coupe had rounded lines which dictated how cars were to appear in the next decade. The car, while once proving affordable and simple transportation for many Americans, went on to be a hot rodders' favorite, as its Flathead V8 could be easily tuned. As V8 engines developed and more became available cheaply, so hot rodders fitted older cars with increasingly powerful engines, the small-block Chevy being a favorite. This car uses the basic rails strengthened to take Mustang II front suspension and a 9-inch (229mm) Ford live rear axle on leaf springs. The small-block has been treated to a high-lift camshaft, re-worked heads, a dual plane intake manifold plus Holley four-barrel carb, so it can run the quarter in 14 seconds while giving cruising comfort for four.
Ford Coupe (1940) Specifications
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