Body & Paint
A calculated guess would suggest this roadster started life as a five-window coupe, as the doors are too short for a three-window and too long for a roadster. However, the conversion wasn't immediately obvious at the time of purchase and only came to light once the body had been blasted and new roadster doors were offered up! Not that you'd know now of course, as the CCHR crew spent considerable time fabricating and leading the cockpit perimeter, as well as blending the '40 Ford dash into the door tops. A stock firewall was modified and subtly recessed to accommodate the Hemi; '37 Ford taillights were added in recesses at the lower corners of the quarter-panels; and the outside door handles eliminated when the doorskins were fabricated. The body also now has new inner door structures and a reconstructed decklid, as well as fresh wheelwells. Newport Restorations in Orange, CA, handled the body prep and applied the PPG "Dana Blue", which is a modified early Ford shade. Once the windshield frame was chopped 3 inches, The Glass House in San Dimas, CA, fitted new glass. A gennie '34 grille was found at a swap meet, and after much repair and polishing was sent to American Brightworks in Garden Grove, CA, who handled all the chrome on the roadster.
Black Naugahyde covers the Glide bench seat and pleated side panels, all ably upholstered by Southern California Upholstery in Placentia, CA. A LimeWorks '40 Ford steering wheel is coupled to a column by the same company, while Jeff Coleman wired the entire car from scratch. The dash is filled with original '40 Ford gauges sourced from everyone's favorite Internet auction site, while the seatbelts are courtesy of Harvey's, the company set up and owned by Dana and Melanie when he made a one-off purse for her from seatbelts and discovered a market for them.