Red Gone Wrong: 1947 Ford Coupe

1947 Ford Coupe

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This ’47 Ford is the poster child of when paint jobs go wrong. I don’t want to be too harsh on whoever rolled on this paint, though, as I’m sure they were just doing the best they could with what what they had available. I do think they might have been better off spending that time and energy on slowing the car’s rust issues though, but what’s done is done. Thankfully, this is still a ’47 Coupe and is likely desirable by anyone dreaming about building a killer hot rod! This racer red Ford can be found here on eBay in Dade City, Florida with bidding just over $2k.

1947 Ford Coupe Flathead V8

Late ’40s Fords are quite popular with the hot rod and customization crowd, it’s actually pretty easy to see why. Besides having great looks, these cars were often optioned from the factory with a flathead V8. This car just happens to be one of those V8 equipped cars. The seller has the engine running and even has a video of it doing so, but states that they are listing it as a non-running project.

1947 Ford Coupe Interior

To say this car is in need of a restoration might be an understatement. It really needs everything, including a serious amount of rust repair. The engine doesn’t sound too bad, but could benefit from a tune up. And of course that interior is going to need some attention. I guess whoever did all this work at least kept it around. This one looks like a lot of work, but could be a sweet ride once it’s done! So would you take this project on and if so, would you leave it bright red?

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  1. 67 GT fastback

    Harsh commentary ? Of course
    all true ….and yes big opportunity -as they say

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  2. robert

    I had one like that baby blue 47 coupe. Sold it for $50 when I went into the Navy (1956). Was almost perfect shape and no rust. Had a tri carb setup with a Columbia two speed and of course the shifter on the left side. Believe it or not still around today but completely restored. Could sneak three in the trunk into the drive-in and hold enough beer to keep the prom class party at Blue Beach going all night. Could out run the only state police officer in the county but not the ticket. He would leave it in the mail box knowing my father would see it first. Got sentimental awhile back and bought this running 47 four door for $2500. Going to make it a black and white 47 police car with siren and all the goodies.

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  3. Steve

    I wonder why it has a 1939 and earlier windshield wiper setup. Strange.

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  4. geomechs geomechsMember

    These never quite caught on with the hot rod crowd like the ’40 models did. Still desirable though. I know that I’m sounding like a stuck record but I actually think these are better kept/restored original. I’d get rid of those cheezy buckets and do the interior up properly while I was at it. As far as a paint job goes, it can all be sanded off and done again…

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  5. Frankie Fisher

    Body off frame, media blasted, every part taken off and refinished or replaced..bla bla bla. $50k and couple years of your life, you would have a nice hot rod worth $40k.

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  6. dogwater

    Paint it red ,put some 24’s with rubberbands drop it on the ground************

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  7. Mark S

    It’s unnecessary to do a body off restoration, just give it a driver quality single stage repaint. The ugly carpet would have to go, but the seats if properly install and trimmed out could stay. With some work door panels could be made and could look quite presentable. Do the required work on the mechanical components and you’d have a nice old car without braking the bank. Once you have it to a driver level you can always make changes along the way, this idea that all vintage car have to be turned into trailer queens is redicules I still think that a vintage car can be done on a budget and enjoyed.

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  8. geomechs geomechsMember

    Hi Mark. I can agree with you on everything but the buckets. But that’s just me. Often times one has to bite the bullet and pull the body in order to gain access to the frame and undercarriage but it doesn’t need to become a trailer queen in the process. I think that too many people set too much store on the paint job when the average DIY can do a decent job by taking his time and planning ahead.

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    • Mark S

      True DYI paint jobs can be quite good and aren’t that hard to do. If your not in favor of buckets they can do the job until the correct seats can be located and restored. For me I have a bad back as well as lots of leg pain and the buckets are more comfortable, And that means a lot to me. Original seats can be fitted in at any time😃

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  9. Lion

    I had a 1935 Ford 2door that was brush painted bright green. Not a rust spot on it. Mind you it was only 25 years old at the time.Actually looked good from 20 feet away.
    This 47 needs to be driven and enjoyed while the upgrades are done. Too good to rod.

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