Ford 1942 Business Coupe
Project update 2001-04-13 I have a small  confession to do, 
I made a detour this time to (not working on my Ford). 
Anyway below you can see what I have been up to since the last update. .

Both my two sons have moved out and started there own life's and families. So the wife an I  had some spare room in the house.
And the boss (read Wife) decide that we needed to get a Guest room. So Henriks room was converted into a Guest room. And with the help of some hardware from Ikea, we started to convert the room.
This is how it ended up.
The other room had become an instant storage of old stuff.
But with some more work, and some IKEA hardware it was turned into an boy room.
And its a Big Boy room ;-)
Check out the nifty wardrobe door handle.
Ikea supplied the shelves. So i could put up old the gold that i collected and kept inside the wardrobe.
 More gold.
There was also space for some bigger shelves, for the nice to have car parts. That is to nice to have in the garage. But will end up on the 42 someday. The Cabinet is for car magazines.
After this job, finally there was some Ford time. I started with welding a zillion holes in the firewall.
And then put on some primer. 
 After that it was time to clean up the inside.
The plan is to sand down the body, put on primer and then a cover layer of matte black paint. I wont do any work to get it smooth. At least not this time. I will drive it for a year or to and then get a nice interior and shiny exterior. 
Since i replaced the drip rails i had to seal up the gaps, that resulted from that work. 
I used some "body" sealant that is non hardening and supposed to keep everything water tight. 
 This is similar to what Henry's boys did when the car was new, so i think it will work out OK.
With the inside ready to go, it was time to fix the underside of the floor pan. I used same sealant for all the weld "gaps"
 Then it was primer time.
After the primer i put on some matte black paint.
After the matte black i put on a Bitumen based rocker panel "paint"
Then it was time for the flip side.
This is the material used. Its good to use an respirator since it keeps your head clear, and i guess your healthy to.
This is the matte black paint i used, i think it was used on seventies Opel Rally Kadett hoods.
Paint is fresh and still shiny. I know its supposed to be bad to use newspapers, but iv used that for twenty years and it works ok for me. And all work is done in the my garage, and i don't have problem with dust. Just wipe it down with a Tack rag before spraying on the primer or paint. Of course its nice to wipe of the floor before you start.
After the paint had dried, i masked the fender wells, and put on some more Rocker panel stuff. this gives a thick stone resistance surface. 
This is what happens when you mount the exhaust system before you mount the body. Learning by mistake :-) 
So i made some more bulges in the floor, and since it was in the rear compartment, i decided to do it like this.
All welded up.
Then i had to lift of the body again, and paint and put on the "Rocker panel" paint.
This is how the exhaust system looks, two short Smittys mufflers, do some muffler work. Not much i must admit. But i will decide what to do after I have driven it a couple of miles.
Here is the tank painted.Bougt this on a swap some years ago, and its like new on the inside. So no problem with rust.
I put some padding (tie strap type) between the tank and the chassie mounts. And locked the bolt with some wire.
The red spot on the floor was the result after leaving the steering box in the wise over the night! I had planned to just repaint it. but i guess that was out of the question.
After some dismantling i found out that the box was filled with water!
But fortunately after some cleaning up, i could assembly everything again. I guess the oil had preserved all metal parts. I only needed to get a new seal, since the old one had hardened.
Looking good and ready for some more work on the road. By the way i also straightened the steering arm, since the tie rod rubbed the oilcan. This a result of my lowering work, but now it clears again.
Check out this someone goofed on the production line back in 42. The right part is mounted backwards, but apparently it has done its work anyway. and yes i know i goofed when i removed this part, since its easy to change the parts without doing all this work ;-) Learning by doing.
Then it was time to fix the pedals, the new parts is on the top.
After pushing out the worn out steel rod. i mounted the new one. Making sure it was mounted centrally again.
Her you can see the worn out bushing, the pedals where really sloppy.
I used the saw to carefully cut trough the old bushing's.
The i pressed in the new bushing's. Number one
And number two I had to do some reaming to get it to fit again. I'm not sure you supposed to do this but i had to anyway..
This is how the new part look.
To be able to mount the steel clip at the end I put it into the wise like this. And then used an screwdriver to press the clip  into the slot in the steel rod.
Body mounted and rolled out for the first time. I have not put on any bond and done any sanding. This is mostly since i hate to do that job, and i want to drive it for some time before i put on any shiny paint. Since i must do some more metal work fixing door gaps and so on.
Looking good or what? now its only the boot lid and doors and fenders to paint and mount...and so on...................
Specification Ford 42 Coupe

Type..........Ford flathead 8 BA
Induction....Fenton Manifold 3 Stromberg 81
Camshaft....8BA Truck
Ignition........Original Nos
Exhaust....... Home Built headers.
Heads.......... Original today But I'm looking for some aluminum heads Not Edelbrock or Offenhauser, Got any ??

Frame..................Original C,ed in rear.
Front suspension..Super bell tube axle 4-inch drop axle Posie spring split wishbone.

Rear suspension...Original with With long shackles "Special "aircraft" shock kit tube type this was an old after market kit that i found at a swap meet.

Tires, Front/Rear... Firestone 5,60 by 15 8,20 by 15 Whitewalls.
Wheels.................. Volvo 810 15" rims They have the old Ford bolt pattern.

Drive train:
Transmission........3 speed original gear box.
Rearend...............Original 46 Ford 3,54

Model..................Business Coupe
Modifications........Removed Running boards, mild custom.

Not yet but i think about flat black with flames, suggestions anyone?

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