Russ Armstrong at Skagit Grand Central Collision repair in Burlington straightened the car and applied PPG urethane base/clear in one of the many interpretations of Ford Cloudmist Gray. Tim finished the body with Bob Drake’s stainless versions of Ford’s bumpers. Ketchum Metal Polishing in Arlington refreshed the remainder of the brightwork.
After crowing about it earlier on, it’s pretty obvious that Tim preserved the wood-grained dash. However, he replaced its gauges with Classic Instruments drop-in versions. Tom Sanders, the guy who fabricated the exhaust, also wired the car with restoration-grade cloth-jacket wire. Only he took the job one step further by weaving the loom with additional cloth-jacket wire to drive the extra components, like the gauges, heater, fuel pump, and audio system.
Dan Mitchell at Dan’s Auto Top and Upholstery in Auburn trimmed the cabin in a pleated pattern using sand-colored leather. He finished the floors with oatmeal-colored square-weave wool carpet. Henson also preserved another ’39 hallmark: the banjo wheel and its matching column. And in case you doubt us, yes, the ’39 DeLuxe got painted interior handles and the standard chrome.
Headlights withstanding, Tim Henson really did honor the car’s uniqueness. “My plan was always to try and build the car as it would have been done in the late ’50s or early ’60s, keeping as much originality in it as possible,” he says. “I believe we’ve done that.”
We do too; there’s certainly no mistaking it for its younger brother. At the very least you wouldn’t want to mix up the two within earshot of Tim Henson. It might just set off a little bit of a rift, you know.
Rod & Custom Feature Car
Lake Stevens, Washington
1939 Ford Coupe