Al Delost’s The Rebirth of Ol’ Heap 3
1940 Ford Sedan

Al Delost is the Vice President and one of the founding members of the Sudbury Street Rod Association. Restoring this 1940 Ford Sedan is his third complete ground-up build.

Al Delost is the proud owner of this beautiful 1940 Ford Tudor Sedan which he affectionately calls Ol Heap 3, but when you see his restored creation you quickly realize that this sweet ride is anything but an Ol’ Heap in any negative sense, but rather it is a well-crafted hot rod that would fit in nicely at any classic car gathering or car show.

Al is the Vice President and one of the founding members of the Sudbury Street Rod Association (SSRA) which was established in 1994, and he is multi-skilled, lifelong automotive enthusiast who has been turning wrenches and playing with cars for as long as he can remember.

Ol' Heap 3Here is Al’s story on the rebirth and build of his turquois-coloured hot rod.

Al Delost: The 40 Ford is my third complete ground-up build, the two previous being a 36 Ford and a 41 Chevy. Along with the most recent project, my 1940 Ford Sedan, I have worked on many other cars over the decades and I am usually found in my shop working on one project or another.

Ol' Heap 5Being a mechanical designer by trade,  I do nearly all of the work on my cars myself, including the chassis, metalwork, bodywork, wiring, and interior, the only exception being the final paint which I job out. I build my cars to drive and my wife Ginette and I have racked up thousands of truly pleasurable miles in our street rods having taken our rods on rides to the east coast of Canada, as far south as Tennessee and Arkansas, and many Canadian and US places in between.

Ol' Heap 6A bit about the 40 Ford:
I picked up the car through a Kijiji ad back in March 2012 from Carl in South River, Ont. Carl had picked up the car in around 2003-4 and dismantled the car and stripped it to bare metal at the time. As life gets in the way, the car sat in his garage in that state until I acquired it. The car had been repaired in the early 70s and had had a fair amount of brazing done. I cut out any of the old repairs and welded in steel in its place. The chassis has been completely redone with a Heidt’s independent front suspension (disc brakes, rack and pinion steering) and parallel leafs out back holding up a ’89 Mustang rear.

Ol' Heap 4The power comes from an old reliable ’70s, 350 chevy, bolted to a 700R4 OD trans. I also installed AC/heat and upgraded lighting. Although the car is 76 years old, it keeps up with 2016 traffic with no issues at all.

For photos of the complete restoration of Ol’ Heap 3 and photos of my other project cars Ol’ Heap 1 an Ol’ Heap 2, please visit my web site  www.alshotrodshop.weebly.com.

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