Jim Pond had always thought the '40 Ford coupe was a classic, going way back to when he built models of the car. His '40 Ford Standard Coupe rings all the right bells, with its understated Folkstone Grey paint, lowered stance and fresh bright work.
Pond scrapped the idea of installing a small block Chevy in his '40 Ford, opting instead to have Rex Gardner of Grove, Okla., rebuild an 8BA flathead V-8 for the project. Thanks to a fresh carburetor, a 3/4 race camshaft upgrade and dual, unmuffled straight pipe exhaust, the engine now turns out a respectable 130 horsepower and looks good doing it.
The original bench seat in the coupe was in bad enough shape that Pond decided to go with a modern Glide seat, complete with fold-down arm rest, all covered in two-tone leather by Rick Fisher Upholstery.
Pond chose a set of old spinner-style V-8 caps to set of the Wheel Vintiques chrome reversed wheels, accented by a band of body-colored gray paint. The tires are Hankook radials, sized 195/65/R15s up front, rolling on a 4-inch dropped Bell axle.
The '40 Standard grille was a carry-over of the '39 DeLuxe design, with vertical grille bars; the '40 DeLuxe was a similar shape, but had horizontal grille bars. Either version offered a striking profile.
A stainless steel grille enclosure was added to help boost airflow to the '40 Ford radiator. Note the radiator hose adapters which allow the larger diameter '40 hoses to connect to the smaller late model flathead water pumps.
Reproduction headlight bezels mount a set of ultra-bright LED turn signal/marker lights. Pond says purists scoff at such things, but he'd rather been seen in traffic after sundown than be historically compromised on the road. He also installed a high-mount third brake light in the rear window area.
The simple, but beautiful Ford 2-spoke steering wheel gave a good view of the gauges; 1940 was the first year for the column-mounted 3-speed gearshift, which Pond retained, along with the old toggle-style ignition switch. Accessory gauges include two water temperature gauges, one for each cylinder head.
Mounted just above the clock in the face of the glove box door is a plaque that identifies the '40 coupe as being built for Pond's wife, Paula. He figures that gives him leeway to build another old Ford for himself.