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From The Tom Haag Estate Collection

1940 Ford Deluxe Business Coupe Street Rod

  • Award-winning build
  • Part of a father-son building duo
  • Superb fit and finish, nothing less than perfection
  • Built on an original 1940 Ford chassis
  • Well-documented build with extensive photo album
  • Stock appearance, modern performance

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By the time Tim Bedford built this stunning 1940 Ford Model 67B Deluxe Business Coupe, his whole family had gotten into the spirit. His son, Tim Bedford Jr. followed in his father’s footsteps with his own award-winning builds, and whenever Senior would unveil his latest ride, others came and critiqued the latest 1940 Ford from the Bedford clan. From the sharply pointed prow to the curvaceous roofline, on their own, those coupes were a work of art when new. After the Bedford touch, they were a thing of beauty and perfection.

Tim liked to call this car “Sneaky Pete”, fairly stock-looking in appearance but completely modern in performance. Starting with a 1978 Camaro Z28 block, he had it balanced and blueprinted polished finned aluminum valve covers and Edelbrock intake manifold, Petronix electronic ignition with stock distributor, heat coated headers, 12-volt electrics with alternator and modern R134A air-conditioning. During the build, no holes were cut, and no hoses were visible; it is like Tim says, “Sneaky”. Starting with an original all-steel body and fenders, it was refinished in what Ford called “Cloud Mist Gray”. In reality, it was a pleasant medium green that was so popular when this coupe was new. Original style trim was used in the build to maintain that stock appearance. Underneath, the original frame was retained given many modern upgrades from the rear-axle setup to the four-inch dropped axle, an original 1940 Ford sway bar with Heim joint end and a disc brake conversion that look pretty stock.

While the exterior looks 1940, wait until you look inside; you have to look twice to see the little differences. Starting with the dash, Tim handcrafted modern gauges using original style faces giving the dashboard the look of 1940, but operating like a modern sports car. The seats are upholstered in supple tan leather with matching top-shelf quality vinyl trim for the door and other inner panels. Even the carpet, a high-grade German square-weave wool carpet was installed in the passenger cabin as well as the luggage compartment. The stock-appearing radio faceplate flips up to reveal a concealed audio system with CD player and satellite radio receiver. The heating and cooling system is also concealed, and it was no “kit” item; this was Tim Bedford creating and engineering his own design. Tim built a number of 1940s Fords during his reign as one of the top builders from California, and he kept “Sneaky Pete” around the longest before selling it to Tom Haag simply because Tim's wife liked it the best. We think you will love it too.

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