The 1940 Ford Coupe body shell from Ford Restoration Parts presents a clean canvas for those people who've always wanted the perfect hot rod. The durable body is a far better starting place than similar kits made from fiberglass, and is much easier to source than an original 70-year-old car.

Ford is taking the first crack at putting one of these babies together, in the appropriate environs of the SEMA show. This factory version has received a heart transplant in the form of a V8 crate engine, which should give it plenty of performance to back up those classic good looks. Hot rod inspiration, thy name is Ford.

Get a good look at the resto-mod, as well as some more snaps of the body shell in the raw, in our galleries of live images from the show floor.


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      OnTheRocks
      • 2 Years Ago
      That's weird. I don't see any CARBURETORS on that engine.
      RobbieAG
      • 2 Years Ago
      That looks really cool. I've always loved the lines of the '40 Ford Coupe. I wish I could afford one...
      AngeloD
      • 2 Years Ago
      I think that instead of building a hot rod it would be interesting to put in a venerable Ford 200 cui inline 6 with a 3 speed column shift and get something like an actual 1940's Ford.
        Anthony Thomas
        • 2 Years Ago
        @AngeloD
        Why a 200cid? The last Ford Pickup Inline-6 was 300cid EFI, that might make sense. Doing old-rosy glasses stuff for the sake of rosy glasses isn't a good idea. 300cid EFI is more power, more torque and better mileage. Why would you do only 3 speeds, when you can do a column shift 5 speed OD automatic with lockup converter for great mileage? @Robbie is there something preventing you from buying these parts from local Ford parts desk when they become available? I predict this will become very popular and you will see more OEM resto products.
        Markus
        • 2 Years Ago
        @AngeloD
        I think we should just build a really good Ford again.
        F_Monk
        • 2 Years Ago
        @AngeloD
        I was thinking the very same thing.
      Jeremy Pennini
      • 2 Years Ago
      I love that Ford is doing this. First the 1964-66 Ford Mustang now this? Awesome.
      KAG
      • 2 Years Ago
      Nice
      JP Chow
      • 2 Years Ago
      ... is there room for a Coyote block?
        DC Mike
        • 2 Years Ago
        @JP Chow
        This is EXACTLY what I thought. I like the way you think.
        Walt
        • 2 Years Ago
        @JP Chow
        Short answer - yes! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Xtjc4ZrSQt8
      EJD1984
      • 2 Years Ago
      Are there parts available to make this look like a regular stock/factory 1940?
      csrecord
      • 2 Years Ago
      How about the glass?
      diffrunt
      • 11 Months Ago
      What's underneath ?
      Mercer
      • 2 Years Ago
      If you got all the body shell & panel, and you can buy all sorts of parts from OEMs, I wonder if you can build an entirely "new" 1940 Ford. Focus ST powered hot rod, anyone?
      k.naz
      • 2 Years Ago
      Wouldn't mind having this as a daily drive with a turbo I6 under the hood. Would be nice to cruise around in.
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