My 1939 Ford Standard Coupe - The Tear Down

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Finally! The frame is back from the strip shop (American Metal Cleaning of Cincinnati). They do a lot of production work, which takes precedence over our old car stuff. It came out clean as a hound's tooth. The one spot on the inside X frame rail that had rust needed to be repaired. A friend near the strip shop cut out the ragged hole and welded in a patch. All I have to do is clean up and grind the weld down a little.

My grimy front axle and spring assembly is just set in place at the front of the frame. I still have to take it apart and have those parts cleaned up and painted.


If you are around the southern Ohio area, and need a dip shop for this kind of work, contact:

American Metal Cleaning of Cincinnati
475 Northland Blvd
Cincinnati, Ohio   45240
(513) 825-1171

Here is the same shot from a little further out. The frame is resting on four jack stands. I brought it home on my utility trailer. My brother and a couple friends helped me get it into the garage. In a pinch I could have dragged it in by myself, but extra hands are always nice..... plus I didn't have to scrape it up this way.

Those ratty tires and the original wheels and drums are going. I borrowed some old tire "spoons" and removed the tires from all five wheels. Worked up a real sweat doing that!

Just another picture of the clean frame, looking from the rear to the front.  With my plans to use a Borg-Warner T-5 transmission, I'll be removing some of the center section. The whole frame is riveted together. I can actually grind off the rivets where I want, and take out just the frame parts I need to remove without torch cutting anything. If possible I would like to keep all center section parts in case someone wants these for an original restoration.
The clutch and brake pedal assembly was likewise dipped to clean it up. These are unique to 1939 Fords. The pedal pads are rubber covered steel pads that thread into the holes at the end of the pedal arms.

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