This '40 was pulled out of the southwest desert about 20 years ago though we're not sure how long it was sitting out there (probably another 15 at least). The drivetrain was long gone, but the body and chassis were as solid as you can hope for. The '40 will remain in it's heavily patina'd state and thoroughly enjoyed as a beater that can be driven anywhere at any time. Someday, it may see body and paint, but we'll see how it goes.
To date, the chassis was boxed and fit with an Chassis Engineering front end (as seen in Street Rodder Magazine) and a rear leaf spring conversion by WeedETR. A small block Chevy and automatic trans were bolted in place, simply because it was cheap and easy along with a Maverick rearend. Before the body was bolted in place, the chassis was blasted and coated with POR-15 and a TANKS Inc. fuel tank was nestled in place. Classic factory style steel wheels and vintage tires from Coker were mounted and there is an ididit column sitting in the wings awaiting installation. The factory gauge panel, which was full of sand and cactus needles, is being replaced with a 1940 dash from Classic Instruments.
The '40 will be ready for the cruise to Austin in 2019 for the Lonestar Roundup!