This Month's Featured Ride - April 2008

Dan Neri's 1940 Ford Tudor

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Dan Neri found a diamond in the rough when he came across this 1940 Ford Tudor Sedan buried under a ton of model airplanes in someone's garage. The owner had begun a restoration project some years ago, and never had the time to finish. New parts still in the boxes were stacked deep in closets, and after a few minutes of looking the car over, Dan decided that this would be the perfect car for the "ground-up" build he always wanted to do.

The body on the Ford was the original steel, with very minor dings and dents. The chassis was lowered four inches, and the Chevy 350 was punched 30 over. The interior was practically gutted, but the dashboard was in perfect shape.

After getting the car home, the process of removing the body from chassis started, and an accessment of the parts began. Plans started to be made for body work, paint colors and interior options; all while the body was being stored under a tarp in the yard!

Dan decided on going with somewhat of a street rod look for the Ford by modifying the dashboard to fill in radio, headlight, ignition, heat control, and ashtray holes. He kept the original signature speaker grill and installed a chrome tilt steering column along with Dakota Digital gauges to tech out the instrument cluster. One of the most unique features of the dashboard is the fact that there aren't any key, headlight, wiper, or heat controls! They're all hidden in a custom console to smooth out the look of interior.

The interior was completed by installing leather power buckets front and back, and having AutoMat finish off the door panels, headliner and kickplates.

The exterior of the car was a labor of love for Dan. He installed LED turn signal side-view mirrors, a custom grille, and removed the original single tail light. He custom cut a four tail light array and installed a unique LED third brake light. The decision to not re-install the bumpers was a tough one, but definitely the right choice since the chrome from the original body was not used.

After a few dozen trips to every car manufacturer on Long Island to get ideas for paint were made, Dan decided on a GM Indigo Blue Metallic for the lower half of the car, and a Honda Celestial Silver for the top. A two-toned orange and light blue stripe split the colors perfectly and finish the paint off nicely.

The Billett Specialties Aluminum Wheels are mounted to Goodyear tires and help give the Ford a lower stance.

It took about two years from start to finish, luckily with the help from his two wonderful sons, and a bunch of friends and family.

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