Adams intended to do a full restoration of this 1940 Tudor, but instead opted `to build it as I would have in high school, but could not afford it then.' Still flathead-powered, the gleaming black sedan has covered at least 36,000 miles since he put it back on the road.
Fender skirts, wide whitewalls, lakes pipes and DeSoto bumpers were the hot ticket back when Adams was in high school, so that's how he trimmed out his '40 Ford sedan. Note the classic blue dot chevron tail lights.
There was really no reason to modify the already-beautiful '40 Ford dashboard, complete with working clock. Joanna Adams said she is more comfortable driving the sedan than the pickup, despite the fact the car has a manual transmission and the truck an automatic.
While the pickup features the commonly used Chevy 350 V-8 power plant, the sedan remains true to its flathead roots, with this nicely detailed factory rebuilt 239 cubic inch engine. Thanks to a Mitchell 2-speed overdrive, the car registers 20 miles to the gallon at highway speeds.
Digital instruments were a long-off dream when Adams began building his truck back in 1956, but the custom pod in the center of the dash looks right at home in the color-keyed interior, which features a '40 Ford car instrument panel and modern analog gauges.
The impact of a 6-inch channel job is readily apparent in how low to the ground the body work on Adams pickup sits. Running boards were discarded and 1948-style Chevy pickup fenders incorporated into the1950 Ford bed sides.
Gilbert Adams' custom 1940 Ford pickup was a long time coming -- 55 years, to be precise. But the devotion and craftsmanship he sank into the project has paid off in a big way, as this view of the '40 Ford DeLuxe automobile front clip illustrates.
The 350 cubic inch Chevy V-8 was dressed up in cream paint and chrome to match the interior of the truck. It connects to a 700R4 overdrive automatic which in turn is mated to a 9-inch Ford differential.