The Ford car was thoroughly updated in 1941, in preparation for a time of unpredictability surrounding World War II. The 1941 design would continue in an aborted 1942 model year and would be restarted in 1946 and produced until 1948 when the more modern 1949 Fords were ready. This is thought to be the first Ford to offer an oil filter. The two interior heaters were a "Southwind" gasoline burner, which had the advantage of keeping one warm in winter at drive-in movies (provided a small electric fuel pump was used), and a more ordinary hot-water type. Both had window defrosters. It had an excellent radio, which could consume the battery in about two hours. Electric windshield wipers were available in addition to the vacuum-powered wipers. Rear suspensions sometimes had a sway bar, most did not. It had excellent brakes for the time, and the best handling of an ordinary car at the time. It was a very transitional car.
The "ignition key" for these cars was actually used to operate a bolt lock which, on one end, unlocked the steering column (a feature destined to return, mandated, decades later), and on the other end unblocked the ignition switch, allowing it to be operated. Starting the car was then accomplished by pressing a pushbutton on the dashboard, another feature destined to return with the advent of "smart keys". Although starting cranks had been replaced by electric starters for decades, Ford cars included a manual starting feature until 1948 as an antidote to dead-battery syndrome. The wheel-lug wrench served as a handle (also for the jack) and the jack shaft with bayonet-coupling pins could be inserted through a small hole in the grille to engage a bayonet socket on the forward end of the engine crankshaft. A quick-and-easy twist of the handle was sufficient to start the flat head V8, and the bayonet coupling was self-disengaging for safety.
The final year for the old-style Ford was 1948, with an all-new model launched partway through the year. The wood-sided Sportsman convertible, supplied by the Ford Iron Mountain Plant, ended the year with just 28 built, and the all-wood bodies on the woody station wagons were replaced with steel for the 1949 season. The old car-based trucks were replaced by the F-Series this year.
This very nice driving car has a known history going back many years having passed from one collector to a second collector in its local circle of enthusiasts. Since the current caretaker acquired the car roughly 6 years ago, the car has had the Carburator and Distributor rebuilt, the brake system overhauled with new master cylinder, wheel cylinders, hoses, and linings. A new set of proper heavy duty battery cables was also installed. The previous owner had the car repainted, a new interior installed, and a new set of tires installed just prior to parting with the car. This is a very solid car that will clean up quite well- there is some minor bubbling in the paint in a couple of areas (pictured) from underlying paint prep issues. This can be easily remedied and touched up given the forgiving nature of the the color- these are not rust areas-simply the finish failing after many years. Really those are the only real flaws noted on this tour proven car. This car started right up after sitting in a garage all winter. This is a pretty much turn key car that can be pressed into immediate service, and driven and enjoyed for years to come. As you can see the car is accompanied with some good spares and a nice set of period plates as well. The maunals in the trunk are not for this model and do not go with it.