This '40 Five Window, built by Jim Lowrey Sr. of Meredith, NH, is a great example of a tasteful and great driving mild rod. The body is restored with great panel fit and paint work by Jim Lowrey Jr. of Tilton, NH. If it wasn't for the pin striping by Larry Hook, it would almost pass for a stock Ford. The interior is nearly stock Ford trimmed in red leather hides, while under the hood reveals the highly modified flat head.
The stock 221ci V8 has been bored 60 over, fitted with a mild Isky cam, Offenhauser cylinder heads and topped with a Road Runner Enterprises Weiand supercharger. The Road Runner kits are known for producing excellent power but still maintaining pleasant street drivability. The blower is capped with twin Stromberg 97 carbs in keeping with the traditional spirit of this hot rod.
The engine bolts up to a rebuilt 1941 Ford 3-speed side-shift transmission that benefits from a 2-speed Columbia rear axle. The vacuum-operated Columbia has all of its appropriate hardware including the speedometer ration corrector. Anyone who has driven a Ford V8 with a Columbia knows how this transforms the usability of these cars.
Offered here is a great looking and great driving traditional hot rod. Done to a high standard and in a tasteful way, with its powerful and reliable drivetrain it should be great fun to either cruise around in or tour.
The 1940 Ford has been a hot rodder's favorite almost since it appeared.
The essence of its appeal lay under the skin where the simple yet powerful and reliable running gear and chassis had been substantially improved by the adoption of hydraulic brakes, a long-overdue concession to advancing technology that finally matched the Ford's braking capabilities to the performance of the gutsy flathead V-8.
The combination of design and performance gave the '40 Ford a particular presence, an attitude and style which set it apart from its contemporaries. Its strut and style only added to its appeal to street rodders, who made its style their own with the addition of unique performance and appearance features.