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Hank Dubois

Hank at the 2007 Eastern National Meet, Fairfax, Virginia

 

Hank's '35 3 Window Coupe as it appeared in the 2006 NVRG Calendar

 

I have been a member of the Northern Virginia Regional Group since 1987 and have served on the Club's Board of Directors for quite a bit of that time in a variety of positions. Currently (June 2002), I am serving as President for the 2nd year. My better half, Cindy, and I own 3 of Henry's finest: 2 '35 3-Window Coupes and a '39 Deluxe Woody. I have been interested in (actually fascinated by) the early Ford V-8 since I was a teenager in the late '50's and early '60's. I have a fair degree of technical knowledge on '35 (and to a lesser extent '36) Ford cars and would be happy to try to answer any questions regarding these years. I'm now trying to develop a similar degree of expertise on '39 Ford cars. I am also interested in traditional flathead-powered Ford hot rods, i.e., the kind built after WWII until around 1960, and always enjoy seeing, talking about and sharing information on these cars.

This is our 1st V-8, a late production '35 Deluxe 3-Window Coupe, which was purchased locally from a former Club member in October 1987. It is a fairly original car that had a cosmetic (paint and upholstery) restoration over 25 years ago but is still quite presentable. The car came to Virginia over 35 years ago by way of New Hampshire and Massachusetts. It is not running now and I am converting it into a traditional '50's-style hot rod. This is being done without altering the car in any way that can't be easily reversed. This picture was taken shortly after we got the car and was used on our 1987 Christmas card.

 

This is the engine that I'm using in our '50's-style hot rod. It's a '41/'42 Mercury that was originally built as a hot rod motor for drag racing in California during the '50's. It has had 4 owners and has been installed in at least 3 early Fords since that time. I recently had it "freshened up" for street use by veteran flathead engine builder Ron Holleran from Chester, Vermont. Ron has been building performance flatheads since the '50's and is well known in the Northeast's flathead hot rod fraternity. Thanks to Ron, the engine now has a 4" crank in addition to it's original bored, ported and relieved configuration and measures out at just under 280 cubic inches. It has a new set of Offenhauser heads, a race dual-pattern cam from Ron's inventory and will be running 2 Stromberg 97 carburators on an Offenhauser manifold. I've heard the engine run on a test stand after it was broken in and it sounds great. Needless to say, I'm looking forward to driving our hot rod Coupe with this engine!

 

This is our 2nd V-8, an early production '35 Deluxe 3-Window Coupe, which was purchased nearby in Virginia in July 1998. It is a nice, rust-free original car that came to Virginia by way of New York and Pennsylvania. Other than a '36 LB engine and correct new LeBaron Bonney upholstery, this car is pretty much as Henry built it; it even has quite a bit of its original paint. However, since the LB engine has dome top pistons and needs valve work anyway, I have decided to replace it with a very low mileage original '35 engine that I have on hand. This will make the car correct in every respect. I am currently working on this project and hope to have the car back on the road this fall (2002). This picture was taken at the Sully Plantation Car Show in June 2000.

 

This is our 3rd V-8, a late production '39 Deluxe Station Wagon, which was purchased in New Jersey in November 2000. This car had always been in New Jersey and is all original except for a nice brush paint job done sometime in the '50's, reupholstered 2nd and 3rd seats, and replacement plywood in the tailgate. Even the top on this car is sound and original and only a very little wood repair is needed. We have the entire history on the car since new and even have an original set of keys on the selling dealer's key fob! For an original Woody, this car is in unusually good condition especially considering the fact that it was used as a commercial vehicle by an upholstery shop from 1940 until 1964. We plan to only repair (as needed) and conserve this car as an original V-8 Woody. This picture was taken on our lawn in May 2002.

   

Hank recently acquired this '35 Cabriolet which is undergoing a frame-up restoration

Updated 12/04/07