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1941 Ford Tudor Sedan

Tin Lizzy Car / May 26, 2017

This 1941 Ford Super Deluxe Sedan Project has been with the seller less than a year and is said to be mostly complete except for missing interior fittings. Purchased as the basis of a hot rod or rat rod build, the seller decided the body was too solid and complete to alter. Ford’s 1941 car line came in Special, Deluxe, and Super Deluxe trim lines, with body styles including coupes, sedans, a convertible coupe, delivery wagon, and a woody station wagon. This non-running example has a 221ci Flathead V8 that does turn and is paired to a 3-speed column-shift manual. This Sedan is untitled and sold at no reserve on a bill of sale.

This Ford is said to remain stock, with many original parts and a solid frame. The body is said have limited rust, with issues noted where the cabin floor meets the firewall, in the trunk at the rear pain, and in the passenger drip rail, as shown in gallery photos below. Both doors are solid with good gaps, and open and close correctly. The seller notes the intact rear window is out of the car, but in good shape with a new rubber gasket included. Driver-side rear window and passenger side glass are cracked.

Ford updates for 1941 included a wider body that nearly covered running boards, headlights out over front wheels, and a 3-piece grille with a tall center bookended by small kidneys. This Ford retains a manual start feature, where the lug wrench handle can be inserted through the small grille hole to engage a socket on the crankshaft.

The interior retains dash components, but seats and trim are missing. The 5-digit odometer shows 69k with actual mileage unknown, and no vehicle or service history is available. In this set-up, an ignition key unlocks the steering column, with the engine started using a pushbutton on the dash.

The seller has identified no VIN plate on the car. Tires are old, heavily checked, and ready for replacement.

The 221ci Flathead V8 was the top engine and was standard for the Deluxe trim level. This engine is thought to be the original 1941 V8-11A unit and would have been rated at 90 hp when new. Ignition parts are believed complete other than a missing coil.

The seller notes the engine does spin and has compression, but is untested. Introduced in 1938, this series of Flathead V8s are often referred to as “24 stud” engines.

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