fender workings

here are a couple of shots of the passenger side fender that I have off, and have begun to strip. All the parts, including the main body itself will go to bare metal, and I will do as much of the repairs as possible in steel, then use only as little plastic filler as possible to correct whatever I cant, or dont want to do in steel.

Also pictured here is the wire brushed body ID tag on the firewall...badass huh?

The Concept

The gravity of what I am about to do is, and has been foremost on my mind. With a production run of just 387 cars, I get to work on something that is more rare, than say, a yenko camaro...and certainly better looking...hahahaha.

Nevertheless, the point is, Im only really gonna get one shot at this, and it has to be right. I dont want to short change this thing, or shortcut it, like I see so many other people do these days..(jawa Sr. , s.h.o.k, ...et al, insert your names here). This isnt to say that I havent short cutted shit in the past, oh no, just the oposite...the reason Im really really concerned about NOT doing this is BECAUSE i have had such a propensity for it before. Hence, the over riding theme to this thing, above all else is to NOT RUSH anything. Now im not kidding myself here, Im not like, overnight going to start turning out Steve Sellers type work, (fuckin bastard) But more than that, before I start any serious work reshaping anything, I have to have a clear roadmap of where Im going. There is only one way (in my mind) to do this. And, thats to have a concept to work from.

Enter DIABLO. After countless discussions, (like 3 if i remember correctly) My brother sat down and hammered out the artwork you see here, and in fact its one of these pieces that I use for the very header of this blog.

Not much is done here, but then again, this is a goddamn zephyr, so not much needs to be done.

Mild chop, lowering, headlight, and taillight treatments. A little bit of work on the lower portions of the fenders, and thats about it. The only thing I will be doing that we dont see in these drawings is that I am going to install a split light for the back window out of a 36 FoMoCo product. At this time there is still some debate as to whether I am shitcanning the current quarter windows for a smaller 39 chry. units, or not. Well, time will tell on that one. For now, trip out as I did at Diablos BAD ASS artwork. And if you get a chance visit him online-


Work begins....

Now that the car is on the dolly and actually within site of the front door of the shop, I begin with removing the passenger side front fender. SPECIAL BONUS: got a neighbor who GAVE me a very nice 1966 327 as his contribution to the project. So here are a few shots of the cars new motor as well!

Onto the dolly we go....

With the help of a rented tractor, the zephyr gets loaded onto its work dolly....

Now what...

A few shots of the Zephyr as it sits on the ground here at the shop, waiting to be placed on its newly construced dolly.

I built the dolly as a means of moving the car around easily until I can get the running gear I want underneath it.


Arguably some of the prettiest cars ever built in this country are the ones built by Ford Motor Co. between the years of 1936 to 1940. Although Ford was on the right track in a fundamental sense, they didn't really hit their stride until Edsel Ford brought over a European designer by the name of E.T. "bob" Gregorie.
The first thing bob worked on was the Lincoln Zephyr line, and from the list of people who bought cars from Lincoln that year, his efforts were obviously successful. From Micky Rooney to legendary architect Frank Loyd Wright, everyone who was anyone wanted a Zephyr.
And rightfully so. Art deco inspired touches were evident everywhere on the cars. Even the nose of the automobile was made to resemble a ChrisCraft boat slicing through the water.
Additionally, 1940 was the year that the clunky looking "coupe sedan" was discontinued, and replaced with the 5-window club coupe. First year production numbers were correspondingly low, with less than 400 of the 5-windows ever being built. That number aside, the car was well received and plans for much higher production were on the table for model year 41. The Japanese navy, it would seem, had other plans, and on Dec. 7th of 1941 with the bombing of Pearl Harbor - all automobile production stopped. Nevertheless, the 40 5-window has, for as long as I can remember, been my dream car. My unicorn if you will ( shameless "gone in 60 seconds" rip off there)
History aside, I probably could have picked an easier car to idolize than the second rarest and most expensive car Detroit made for that time. However, knowing the history, you resign yourself to the fact that your probably never going to get to own one. It was then with little more than total abandon that I reacted like a drug feign at a methadone factory when I found one of these cars sitting in a field in Idaho. No running gear, or interior (save the dash) but complete otherwise, right down to its 1940's Oregon title. FOR 150.00 BUCKS!
Needless to say...that car came home without a second thought.
The next post, and really to a greater extent all of the posts from now till the car is done, will be of what happens next. Where do I go from here- and how does it get built. There are multiple rust issues, and TONS of work to do. So, stay tuned...and see which happens first, me dieing of old age, or this car hitting the road! Its time I get to do what I never thought I would have a chance in hell of doing. I get to own, build and drive a 1940 Lincoln zephyr 5 window coupe.