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The Wit's End coupe: my '34 3-w project

Tom

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This coupe has been just about the most frustrating project (car or otherwise) I've ever tackled. In 2009 I got a call from my friend Randy, who knew I was on the hunt for a '33-'34 3-w. He knew of a body with some parts for sale in Missouri and gave me the phone #. The beginning: 34 3w body.jpg 100_8637.JPG New wood kit:
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misc parts including new patch panels. The initial purchase also included a nice pair of rear fenders and some so-so fronts (4 in all), plus Walden door patches from the beltline down. 100_8651.JPG 100_8648.JPG
And after packing it all up in a Penske 100_9980.JPG truck, I drove home:
 
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Tom

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The body looks good, but it is not attached to the floor. Right front cowl support is rusted out, plus you can see some other rust out in the doors, etc. But it IS a 1934 Ford 3-window coupe.
 

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And then it sat for a while. I don't have body working skills so the hunt was on for someone who could do the work. I heard Jesse Miller was real good, and have seen his work before, so off it went to his shop. But first, I needed a decent frame to get this old Ford back on a solid base. After a couple of snafus with a local rod shop (there's only 2 so guess which one...), I had a talk with Rusty Burford of Dirty's Speed Shop. He built a new frame for me quickly, and of great quality:
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When Jesse was close to finishing, all hell broke lose with his life, and the chaos spilled over to his business, so I needed my coupe to get out of there. Rusty came to the rescue once again !
 

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Here we are at the present. Just this month, Rusty was able to get started on it (and mostly because I had built up my funds ;)).

Center x from my original frame will be mated to the new frame. And Rusty repaired the ancient split deuce wishbones that have been in my garage for 20+ years.
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Keep on keepin on Tom. This is a great build that will look awesome when finished. I haven't done a ground up build in years, but I can remember all the ups and downs to get it finished. I'll be watching your progress.
 

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Very nice looking car. Another fun build to watch. How big is your collection of cars and project cars?
I have no drivable hot rods. This coupe is the closest that I have right now. I do have some parts for a deuce - frame rails, front axle, grille and some odds and ends for a 3-w coupe. Yeah I like coupes!
 
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I have no drive able hot rods. This coupe is the closest that I have right now. I do have some parts for a deuce - frame rails, front axle, grille and some odds and ends for a 3-w coupe. Yeah I like coupes!
2 or 3 yrs & Deuces will be the cheapest in 30 yrs.
 

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2 or 3 yrs & Deuces will be the cheapest in 30 yrs.
The prices have dropped significantly just this past year. I am seeing nice, running driving 3-w coupes selling for $60-85k. There's one near me that the owner is having a ton of trouble selling his for $30k - but it's rough.
 
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