1938 Ford Standard Model 81A
Fresh mechanical, body-off refurbishment. Older body and interior restoration. This was a three old guy project that is 95% complete. There few details that could be sorted to make it perfect but all the heavy lifting has been completed.
Rebuilt 1946 239 ci
1946 Ford Truck 239 cu in (bored .080) for an actual displacement of 252 cu in
Machine work by Selby & Sons Engine Machine Santa Rosa (flathead legend Vern Tardel’s machinist)
Cylinders 3 & 4 sleeved - all cylinders bored .080.
Engine block was boiled, decked, and align bored.
Rods - big ends resized, pin alignment checked.
Cylinder heads surfaced by T & G Machine San Rafael
New valves, springs, and guides
New pistons, rings and pins.
New head studs and nuts
Three cut valve job using Neway cutters. Valves hand lapped.
New water pumps, thermostats, and hoses
Complete engine gasket set
New oil filter
Transmission: (3 speed)
Rebuilt - new first gear, reverse gear idler, replaced countershaft with good used item from Red’s Vintage Parts
New bearings (main shaft, output shaft, counter shaft, etc.)
New clutch plate, disc and release bearing and release bearing arm shaft bushings.
New output shaft/driveshaft universal joint
Dark root beer, with black fenders.
Fresh mechanical, body-off refurbishment. Older body and interior restoration. This was a three old guy project that is 95% complete. There few details that could be sorted to make it perfect but all the heavy lifting has been completed. Here's the extent of the work performed:
Acquired June 26, 2017 in Fairfield CA as a partially assembled, non-running project. The seller had acquired the car a number of years earlier in Chino Hills CA. License plates were not included but older CA registration (not in seller’s name) indicated the car had a personalized plate “Bugly38”. I've contacted those owners and was told that this Ford was first used as a Army staff car in San Diego.
After initial inspection we were able to start it up and determined there was no compression of cylinders 3 & 4 and first gear was extremely noisy. Engine disassembly revealed the piston pin retainers in those two cylinders were missing and the pins had cut into the cylinder walls. First gear was missing some teeth as well as the countershaft.
As the body, paint and interior were in reasonably good condition from a prior refurbishment we proceeded to perform a mechanical rebuild on the running gear and chassis. The only rust found was in the driver’s side floor under the pedals. This was cut out and patched.
The body was removed, and the frame was pressure cleaned and wire brushed, after which it was coated in POR15 preservation paint.
New sub-harnesses: generator & coil, firewall to fuse panel, license plate light
New Optima 6V battery with faux stock battery cover
New spark plugs and ignition wires