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Double Cool – Mike and Marcia McAuliffe’s 1940 Ford Sedan February 19, 2018 Written by Damon Lee

We all know that 1940 Ford coupes make great customs, but what about a ’40 Ford four-door sedan? One look at Mike and Marcia McAuliffe’s low-slung and curvaceous beauty will make you a believer!
Built by Brandon Flaner and Aaron Groesbeck at East Bay Speed & Custom in Concord, California, this more-door custom is built in true vintage tradition and looks like something that could have cruised the California roads shortly after World War II. The body mods are relatively mild, consisting of old-school tricks like shortening the hood trim, shaving the deck lid, rounding the rear door corners, welding in a flush-fit ’46 Ford gas door and installing ’41 Studebaker taillights. The Ford was also fitted with smooth ’40 Chevy fender skirts and ’40 Mercury bumpers before Brandon picked up the paint gun and laid down a rich, deep finish of PPG Everglade Green, a ’50 Mercury color.
Of course, those body mods are enhanced with the car’s low stance, which was achieved with equally old-school means. The front was brought down using a dropped axle, while c’d rear frame rails and a flat rear cross member helped accommodate the lowered stance in back. Stock brakes were rebuilt on all four corners, while the 16-inch wheels were shod with Firestone wide whitewall tires and original National flipper hubcaps.


Pop the hood and you’ll find even more nostalgia: 293c.i. of Flathead power! The Frech block Flattie was built by Rick Hall and has all the correct traditional performance parts, including Navarro heads, chrome headers, a Harmon Collins magneto and a trio of Stromberg two-barrel carbs atop a Cyclone intake. The Flathead is backed with a rebuilt ’40 transmission sending power to a rare Columbia two-speed rear end.

Climb into the four-port cabin and you’re greeted by a sea of traditional green and white tuck-and-roll upholstery finely stitched by longtime NorCal thread master Bob Divine. Period-style details abound, including ’46 Ford instruments and a coveted original Ford Crestliner steering wheel.
The style, execution and quality of workmanship in the McAuliffe’s sedan has not gone unnoticed. It won multiple awards at the 2017 Grand National Roadster Show and the Dick Bertolucci Automotive Excellence Award at the 2017 Sacramento Autorama before becoming a Goodguys Custom of the Year finalist at the 2017 All American Get-Together. With all the cool factor you could want and passenger space to spare, this is one custom that’s capable of hauling all your friends – and plenty of trophies – in comfort and style.





Photography by Mike Harrington
 

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Double Cool – Mike and Marcia McAuliffe’s 1940 Ford Sedan February 19, 2018 Written by Damon Lee

We all know that 1940 Ford coupes make great customs, but what about a ’40 Ford four-door sedan? One look at Mike and Marcia McAuliffe’s low-slung and curvaceous beauty will make you a believer!
Built by Brandon Flaner and Aaron Groesbeck at East Bay Speed & Custom in Concord, California, this more-door custom is built in true vintage tradition and looks like something that could have cruised the California roads shortly after World War II. The body mods are relatively mild, consisting of old-school tricks like shortening the hood trim, shaving the deck lid, rounding the rear door corners, welding in a flush-fit ’46 Ford gas door and installing ’41 Studebaker taillights. The Ford was also fitted with smooth ’40 Chevy fender skirts and ’40 Mercury bumpers before Brandon picked up the paint gun and laid down a rich, deep finish of PPG Everglade Green, a ’50 Mercury color.
Of course, those body mods are enhanced with the car’s low stance, which was achieved with equally old-school means. The front was brought down using a dropped axle, while c’d rear frame rails and a flat rear cross member helped accommodate the lowered stance in back. Stock brakes were rebuilt on all four corners, while the 16-inch wheels were shod with Firestone wide whitewall tires and original National flipper hubcaps.


Pop the hood and you’ll find even more nostalgia: 293c.i. of Flathead power! The Frech block Flattie was built by Rick Hall and has all the correct traditional performance parts, including Navarro heads, chrome headers, a Harmon Collins magneto and a trio of Stromberg two-barrel carbs atop a Cyclone intake. The Flathead is backed with a rebuilt ’40 transmission sending power to a rare Columbia two-speed rear end.

Climb into the four-port cabin and you’re greeted by a sea of traditional green and white tuck-and-roll upholstery finely stitched by longtime NorCal thread master Bob Divine. Period-style details abound, including ’46 Ford instruments and a coveted original Ford Crestliner steering wheel.
The style, execution and quality of workmanship in the McAuliffe’s sedan has not gone unnoticed. It won multiple awards at the 2017 Grand National Roadster Show and the Dick Bertolucci Automotive Excellence Award at the 2017 Sacramento Autorama before becoming a Goodguys Custom of the Year finalist at the 2017 All American Get-Together. With all the cool factor you could want and passenger space to spare, this is one custom that’s capable of hauling all your friends – and plenty of trophies – in comfort and style.





Photography by Mike Harrington
What a beautiful sedan!
 
what ? You now have a Merc convertible also ? Man, you really know how to find great hot rods !
Yes, I really like the proportions of the chop and channel. It is old school, gas welded and leaded, rough to todays standards, but it is the real deal and I really like them that way. Even though red would not have been my first choice for a 39 Merc, it has been growing on me since it works well with the 'Rebel' 40 coupe.
In time it will get repainted, but I will leave it red for now. 20190421_134423_resized_1~7.jpg
 
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Yes, I really like the proportions of the chop and channel. It is old school, gas welded and leaded, rough to todays standards, but it is the real deal and I really like them that way. Even though red would not have been my first choice for a 39 Merc, it has been growing on me since it works well with the 'Rebel' 40 coupe.
In time it will get repainted, but I will leave it red for now. View attachment 56065
Very very cool, Chris! I should put you on commission to find me one!
 
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