COTM 2006_04






In October, 2005, I sold a 1965 Austin Healey 3000 during the “High Holy Days” of Hershey. Needless to say, the money was burning a hole in my pocket and I was determined to find another treasure.


I had a few requirements that helped narrow the search. I wanted an open car with some creature comforts that would qualify for the Glidden Tours (pre 1942). By creature comforts, I meant roll up windows, a heater and the capability of carrying four passengers without a rumble seat.


I was having breakfast at a diner inOntarioone December morning when an acquaintance asked if I knew anyone that would be interested in his 1940 Ford Deluxe Convertible. This was exactly what I was looking for and it was right in my own backyard.


He purchased the car inCaliforniain 1966 and had it shipped to upstateNew York. He had good intentions, but other priorities took over and the Ford remained in storage and was never registered inNew York. I looked the car over, and within a week, I was the proud owner of this 1940 Ford Deluxe Convertible.


The car had been restored in the 1980’s and had a strong running engine and drive train. The interior was in excellent condition but the paint (Yosemite Green) was showing some wear and a few areas of the body needed a little attention.


I decided to have the restoration work done at Richard’s Auto inSodus,New York(315-483-8632). He has done restoration for several GVACS members and they all seem to be very satisfied. Two major benefits of working with Richard are that he allows you to so some of the work yourself and he completes his projects in a timely manner.


The work was started in January and I drove the car home in April. It was not a complete body   off restoration, but all the chrome, the doors, hood, trunk and fenders were removed, stripped and prepared for paint. I took this opportunity to change the color to Mandarin Maroon. After painting was completed, the car was reassembled, using new molding, seals and a few other parts that needed replacing.


I was pleasantly surprised at how well the car ran. Cruising along at 60 mph was no problem after some minor maintenance on the 85hp flathead V8. For the last two seasons, my wife Linda and I have enjoyed rides in the country, participating in local events, taking an AACA tour throughPennsylvania, and joining the GVACS group in Chautauqua.


An additional benefit from owning the car, has been all the wonderful people we’ve met and friends we’ve made through GVACS. Thanks for welcoming us to your family.

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