At first sight, Anders "Nisse" Nilsson's '40 Ford DeLuxe coupe may appear to be nothing special. The coupe is a straightforward street rod with steel wheels, solid axles at both ends, a Chevy 350 under the hood, and a tuck 'n' roll interior. It's a classic recipe for a nostalgic rod. The superbly thought-out details-along with its flawless look thanks to the perfectly polished paint-distinguish Nisse's creation from many similar rods.
Although his grandfather's '58 Anglia DeLuxe is what got Anders interested in cars, the '40 is his first Ford. For a long time, he was a "Bow Tie boy," and built three Camaro drag cars-one of which was a black '69 Camaro SS 396 (and yes, the paint was just as well polished as the '40). After building a couple of '57 Chevrolet Nomads, Anders tried to track down his grandfather's Anglia, but that search-and-rescue attempt ended at a junkyard in Denmark.
Anders, together with his parents, runs a Statoil gas station in Lomma, Sweden. Although the company takes up a lot of time, he still manages to squeeze in some of his car projects. He had thought of building a nostalgia street rod based on a '39-40 or '46-48 Ford for quite a while. In fact, he thought about it for so long that he knew exactly how the rod would look if he made the plans a reality.
"I caught the hot rod bug from Christer 'The Bubble Gum King' Persson and his buddy/mechanic, Uffe Larsson," recalls Anders. "Christer's yellow '40 Ford coupe is real eye candy. After I'd checked it out a few times, I decided to get one myself and finally discovered my '40 in the classifieds of Wheels Magazine here in Sweden."
A young man from northern Sweden originally imported the coupe from California, where he had discovered it in a plumber's backyard in Los Angeles. The car previously had a series of other owners before Anders ran across the car, but the '40 was in good running condition with decent paintwork when he bought it ... at least most of us would have thought so.
After driving the coupe for a short while, Anders couldn't bear the sight of the black paint any longer and stripped it down to the bare metal. "The paint had lots of little bumps that I suspected were rust in the pores," he says. "In the end, I took the whole body off and had all the parts sandblasted and zinc sprayed. There is no way the body will start to rust again."
His friend, Richard Berngard, replaced a few small rust spots with new sheetmetal. The chassis looked OK, but it too was torn apart and sandblasted. Finally, Mats and Erold at Aktuell Billack in Malm painted all the parts individually in Sikkens' blackest black.