Deluxe Deal: 1946 Ford Deluxe Coupe

What a start to a project! This seems to be a really good price for a vintage coupe. What we have here is a reasonably solid 1946 Ford Deluxe project car listed here on eBay with a buy it now of $4,000 and at the time of writing there a 6 days left in the auction. There is even the make offer option.

It is a disassembled project but, certainly not overpriced. The seller shows the problem rust areas. These cars are relatively simple to work on. In most cases, patch panels could be fabricated. The bottom of the cowl requires a patch but the wheelhouse area seems to be the worst. Although not shown, the inner rockers could be suspect as well. Otherwise, the exterior looks good, it would have taken a much better picture with the front bumper installed.

The interior is obviously disassembled with the dash in the trunk area. Hopefully, it is all there is indicated by the seller. This may look like a super-deluxe dash, but being dissembled it is hard to tell. Just like new cars it has a start button on the dash! I would plan on a new headliner, door panels, and seat upholstery since there are no interior panels.

The engine is still sitting between the frame rails but partially dissembled. There is no word if the engine is freed up or how long it has been sitting with the heads pulled. Some of the engine parts are in the trunk, with the intake manifold being the most visible. Originally this car had hydraulic brakes, and although four drums these could probably be revived utilized for pleasure driving. The downfall with these brakes is not the drum action, but more of the setup, getting the shoes equalized on all four corners. They had a ½ moon eccentric for adjustment rather than the more precise threaded adjuster found on later models of all manufacturers.

With such a low entry price the buyer could sit on the project and likely recover the initial investment even if it was sold years later with no further progress on the project. With the offer option, a good deal could be had. There are a number of directions a successful buyer could take with this car. A full restoration, a safe road worth driver “Rat Rod” or even a vintage Gasser. My choice would be to have as much fun as possible with this cool project, Flathead-powered and getting the car safety roadworthy with little change to the exterior. What would your option be?

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  1. j liu

    I see no body damage. This is a deal for the right person.
    Wish I had a large old garage on 3-4 acres where I could make all the noise I want and store all the cars I want.
    This Ford would be on its’ way to me.

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  2. J-

    Lookin for a good woman , boat and motor. Send picture of boat and motor
    Must like to clean deere ! J-

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  3. Gaspumpchas

    Yea Kevin this beauty is screaming straight axle gasser…looks boss with the front bumper removed. Something offbeat Like a FE ford or a w block chevy, early 60’s style. Good luck to the new owner!!


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  4. Chuck Foster Chuck F 55chevy

    A buddy had one of these, but street rodded on a early 70s Olds Cutlass frame, engine and driveline, I think a fairly easy conversion to do.

  5. deak stevens

    Why would anyone tear a car apart and just leave it. Crazy

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  6. Rustytech Member

    With all the rust in the wheel wells it’s going to need to be taken down further before it can be built up. The only way this is going to get saved is as a street rod, even then the buyer will be upside down before it’s done. Still it will make one assume rod.

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