Nick De Simon's 1940 Ford
1940 Ford coupe, owned and restyled by Nick De Simon of Jersey City, New Jersey. Nick's dad ran De Simon Auto Body in Jersey City, and Nick worked for his dad in the shop. In 2015, Nick's brother in law, John Zotynia, told Kustomrama that Nick was a fabulous body man and fabricator, and that he always had a customized car. An construction photo of the coupe, taken in the mid 1950s, shows it with a chopped top and a deeply channeled body. When the photo was taken, the car had no engine or front sheet metal, so the ass off the car is on the ground. When the engine and front came back on, the rear of the car was raised a little, but it was still very low. The car was built at De Simon Auto Body, during weekends, nights, and in Nick's spare time. It was completed around 1957, featuring a bigger rear window. The deck lid was welded shut and molded in, and it ran fender skirts in the rear. It was nosed, decked and shaved for door handles. The original headlights and taillights were kept. Inside, Nick installed a narrowed 1951 Ford dash. Nick mixed the paint for it himself, and it was painted at his dad's shop. John remembers that the car looked dark blue at night, and eggplant-purple during the day. "A beautiful color." Nick kept the original driveline, and it was powered by a flathead V8. The car was sold locally in the late 1950s or early 1960s. Nick never came around to do the interior, so it was rather rough inside when he sold it. As so many other East Coast customs, Nick's coupe ended its life at the junker. Nick had many photos of the car, but all, except one, got stolen from him. The car was mostly driven around town, and as Nick didn't bother to take it to shows, we don't have any photos of the car as it appeared when the build was completed.
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