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1939 Ford Deluxe GT 5.4L Supercharged Convertible Hot Rod Build Project

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1939 Ford Deluxe GT 5.4L Supercharged Convertible Hot Rod Build Project

There can be no questioning that the sheetmetal work on this 1939 is something to behold but the name of the car is “GT39” begging the question where does the “GT” come from? Equal to the task the powertrain matches the sheetmetal craftsmanship. A 2006 Ford GT “donated” the powerplant. These motors are handbuilt, all-aluminum 5.4L (330ci) V-8s. The Lysholm supercharger with intercooler easily pumps out 550 hp at 6,500 rpm and delivers peak torque at 500 lb-ft at 3,750 rpm. The block was modified to accept a starter since on a Ford GT it’s mounted to the transaxle. For those of you who think you are going to run out there and get one of these bad boys and drop it into your hot rod—OK—but! The motor runs a Ford GT powertrain control module (PCM) and fuel injector interface module that runs two injectors per cylinder and two fuel pumps. There were over 200 wires that needed to be pinned and connected to run the motor. The PCM comes blank (yep, no data) from Ford and in order to make it run (properly) Tim when to Bickford Ford and found a customer who let Tim remove a running Ford GT computer and flash it to retrieve the necessary data. Using a Predator Tuner, Brian Macy of Horsepower Connection was able to delete what wasn’t required and tune the GT39 so that it would run correctly.

Cooling this potent V-8 is an aluminum Be Cool radiator and bringing in the oxygen is a K&N air filter, while supplying the pump gas is a submersible fuel pump Rock Valley stainless steel 26-1/2 gallon tank. The custom exhaust is another item from Diver’s Street Rod and it runs through Hushpower HP-2 mufflers. (Diver’s crew is made up of Russ Divers (Tim’s father’s cousin and a longtime metalman), Scott Divers (Tim’s older brother), Justin Divers (Tim’s son), Dave Larson, and Nick Lampert.) The supercharged motor is attached to a Ford 4R100 automatic with a CompuShift electronic shifter. This power in the original GT Ford would scoot the coupe from 0-to-60 mph in 3.5 seconds and a quarter-mile in 12 flat. We would imagine this ‘vert isn’t far off that pace!

An Art Morrison rectangular tube frame built with a 113-inch wheelbase was modified to accept the 5.4L Ford engine and Ford 4R100 Lightning transmission. The tranny runs as a standalone via a CompuShift computer.

The Art Morrison IFS utilizes Mustang II base geometry, while implementing a Dodge Omni rack-and-pinion directed through a Flaming River steering column attached to a carbon-fiber wrapped wheel. From here a RideTech air suspension utilizing 12-way adjustable QA1 shocks is located at the corners. Since we are on the subject of the corners look for the Schott Performance GT39 wheels measuring 18×8 in front and 20×9 in back all wrapped with Pirelli P Zero rubber with 245/35R18 in front and 285/30R20 in back. Another noteworthy corner appointment is the Wilwood disc brake package with rear mounted 11-inch rotors and 13-inch rotors in front with custom face (GT39 was designed by Scott) Dynalite calipers followed by a Wilwood pedal assembly, master cylinder, and proportioning valve. All of the plumbing is polished stainless throughout. The Strange Engineering offset pinion 9-inch rearend is equipped with 3.70 gears, limited-slip differential, 31-spline axles, and is located by a four-link and Panhard bar.

Built By:
Divers Street Rods
509 W. Stevens Ave.
P.O. Box 856
Sultan, WA 98294
Phone: 360.799.1327
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