Here we have a 1939 Ford Sedan, this Awesome looking car is like De ja Vue… Right? It looks so much like the 1939 Chevy we recently built. This car came to us locally for a New IFS front end to be installed.
Here’s a few more shots of the car before we start the project, This ride is beautiful inside and out. It has lots of modern equipment, but still holds a period correct look. These pictures are taken inside Prescott Hot Rods New Shop. This is the first car to receive work in the New Shop. It’s only fitting, The Owner helped us move EVERYTHING into the New Shop!! Thanks again, we couldn’t have done all this so fast without your help!
This car is great, so I figured id better show off some of the details. The owner bought the car in a completed state, but there are many details he wants changed. The interior is very nicely done, this took someone lots of time. A Vinyl headliner looks great, but its heavy and difficult to install. Nice job. The engine compartment looks good too, there are details that need to be addressed to get this car up to the Owners standards.
At Prescott Hot Rods we are all about the details, its expensive and difficult. This is why most shops build cars that look great at first glance, then when you look a little closer you start to see areas that could be better. This car needs attention to some of the small details. The frame is pretty greasy and need to be repainted.
Time to get to work on this 39 Ford, we’ve removed the front end so we can start to look at the work involved in installing an IFS front end in this car. An upgrade to disk brakes will be done as well.
The next step for the 39 Ford is to remove the engine. The original cross member will need to be removed and a new cross member mocked up. There are a lot of things to take into consideration when removing what holds a frame in perfect alignment.
The Small block has been removed, the next step is to get the front cross member drilled out and ready to remove. Soon we will start to mock up the IFS front end.
The parts are on there way and the second phase will start soon. The 39 Ford needs a small list of things done, we will try to capture some of that list while the Sedan in in the shop. Nice to have room to work!
The cross member is out and its time to clean up the rails. Need to scrub the frame rails and clean them before we start mocking up the new IFS front end.
The mockup on the 39 Ford has begun, this IFS front end is basically a Mustang II front end with a steering rack. When you remove a front end you are altering the way a vehicle will steer and handle. Its very important to measure and re-measure. The unique front end has adjustable hats, to allow the ride height to be easily adjusted.
Once the basic setup was bolted in place, it was time to paint it. The rest of the front end will get drilled and bolted on as we assemble things. Picture two has the A-arms bolted in place and its time to start setting up the spindals.
This front end is now very solid! The amount of drilling and bolts is crazy, you really need to have lots of quality machine drill bits to complete this kind of work. The front end is all assembled and ready to have the engine reinstalled.
The 39 Ford has a New IFS installed and the engine remounted. There are lots of little things left to do, like steering, brakes, fuel lines a list of others. The inner fenders also need to be clearanced and an alignment.
The 39 , Ford has a leaky A/C unit. This is a view from under the dash, the center console has been pulled down already. The A/C needs to be removed all the way.
There is no shortage of wiring here, someone had some real fun getting things to fit. Talk about ten pounds of stuff in a five pound box…
The unit is starting to come out, its not easy figuring out how someone else has done there job. It looks good when it was all installed. Putting everything back where it goes is going to be fun.
The front end is starting to go back together, there are a lot of little things that have changed because of the New IFS. New mounts and thing needing relocated for clearance are the current battle.
The engine wiring is all back together. The A/C lines had to be redone to fit with the new front end. As you can see, clearance is important. The fit is pretty tight in this engine compartment.
The Front end is all buttoned up, we still need to adjust and tighten everything up. The A/C has been sent back to the factory to fix a leak on the inside. When we get it back we can start to get everything all done and ready to run.
The new air conditioner is back, it’s time to put this Sedan back together. It’s a little scary, this looks a lot like heart surgery. All the tubes and lines hooked up and its time to plant this unit back into the dash.
The 39 Ford Sedan is all finished, the A/C has been installed and all charged up. We thought we might take it outside and park it next to the 39 Chevy Sedan.
Pretty cool, these 39 Sedans look great together. A couple Sedans and you suddenly have a car show! The pictures don’t show the likeness too well, these car look very similar.