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December 7, 2013

1940 Ford is a modern ride in disguise

NORMAN — Juan Villareal first saw the 1940 Ford 2-door Deluxe at an All Transportation Swap Meet.

“My dad had a couple of cars like this,” Villareal said.

He asked the owner what he had to have for it. A deal was consummated on the spot with cash and title exchanging hands the same day. The Norman resident actually heard the car’s cam before seeing it and instantly recognized the distinctive sound. When Villareal turned around, he saw a 72-year-old automobile that had recently been completely refurbished. It’s painted an unusual vibrant blue and has lipstick-red leather interior.

“The interior has won a couple ‘best of shows’ since I bought it,” Villareal said. After acquiring the car he’s added new running boards and chromed much of the engine that’s a 350 Chevrolet V-8. Sheet metal is about all that remains of the car first assembled before America entered WWII. And the original Made in the USA fenders and hood are solid. Current after-market replacement parts are available, but nowhere near as heavy and substantial as this old steel. The body lines are unmistakably from another era. An elderly motorist blew kisses to Villareal to get him to pull over so he could check out the attractive car from his youth.

The Ford’s transmission is automatic. The front end is from a Mustang and the rear end also is modern Ford. There are disc brakes in front and it has air conditioning.

“Except for idling a little rough, it’s a good running little car,” Villareal said.

The fact that it’s cobbled together with components from different manufacturers is a source of appeal for him.

“The mechanical part intrigues me on a car like this,” he said. “It’s not like a new one that you buy that’s all ready to go. This is a Ford with a Chevy engine, so that’s interesting right there. Nothing on this car came with it originally, it’s piecemeal.”

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