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Martin Sampson of Austin, Texas, had a simple goal when building this 1940 Ford: recreate high school memories of his first car but with the flair and drivability of a high-tech restomod.
Martin's first car at age 16 was a 1940 Ford that got the nickname "Thumper" for its severe hot rod rake that was likened to the rabbit in the movie "Bambi." He only held onto the car for two short years before needing to sell it for college funds. Decades later, an old high school friend of Martin's came across a 1940 Ford Deluxe Coupe sitting in a barn in southern Illinois.
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It didn't take long for the memories to flood back and for ideas to form in Martin's head of what he could turn this '40 Ford into with today's tech. After making the purchase, he formed a plan, and a four-year build began, turning the coupe intocruiser that would be a joy to drive, easy to maintain, and turn some heads at car shows.
The list of modifications is a long one (see below), but we'll hit the main ones here. To get that reliability and ease of maintenance, Martin opted for anbacked by a 4L60E automatic overdrive transmission. The 1940 Ford also got power brakes, power steering, power windows, A/C, XM radio and Bluetooth connectivity. On the outside, all the trim was removed to give the coupe a clean, modern look but without taking away from the classic lines of the body.
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"It took nearly four years to complete the project," said Martin, "but 50 years later, I have my car back. It was worth the wait."
Martin Sampson's 1940 Ford Deluxe coupe build details:
- Corvette LS1 engine
- Custom ceramic coated exhaust system
- Billet Specialty serpentine system
- BeCool aluminum radiator
- 4L60E automatic overdrive transmission
- Narrowed rearend from a Fourth-gen Camaro SS
- Mustang II style front suspension with QA1 shocks
- Wilwood power disk brakes
- 18-inch front, 20-inch rear Boss wheels
- Original frame, powder coated
- ididit steering column with mahogany bajo-style steering wheel
- Classic Instruments gauges
- 6-way power seats from a Pontiac GTO
- Eight-speaker sound system with subwoofer and Bluetooth
- Chocolate fudge leather and suede interior by Twin City Upholstery
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