Galen Swisher's 1940 Ford coupe captures a chapter of his youth in high style, with its jet-black finish and red reversed wheels. He found the car three years ago in North Carolina and set out to replicate a '40 he had while serving in the armed forces in the late 1960s.
Swisher has kept the saddle tan upholstery that was in the car when he bought it, but plans to eventually have it redone in the same color and style. Note the air suspension controls on the front seat; the coupe has self-leveling air shocks that can compensate for load and lean while the car is in motion.
This is not your garden variety 350 crate engine; this one is equipped with a Vertex magneto that supplies its own electricity to fire the ignition and the Edelbrock intake manifold is fitted with a rarely seen Weber 4-barrel carb.
Swisher removed the stock `billboard-style' license plate frame and mounted the tag beneath the rear body work. When the engine is running, a vacuum actuator swings the plate down; as soon as the engine is switched off, the tag tucks back up out of view.
Swisher's first '40 Ford had reversed steel wheels that he crafted himself. This one is equipped with Vintage reversed wheels fitted with trim rings and moon caps. The rear tires are Michelin 235x70Rx15's.