19 Differences on 1939 Models
Contributor: Paul Gorrell
- The engine vibration shook the rear lower edge of the
fenders till they cracked, so little running board fender braces were
- The transmission broke from being twisted by one rear
wheel dropping in a chuck hole, so a universal Joint was added.
- The exhaust system was moved from the drive shaft to
the frame when U-Joint was added in 1939.
- The hood prop was a specially marked 24” yard stick
that doubled as a fuel gauge.
- The windshield wiper was hand operated.
- The starter gear was centrifugally engaged.
- The Parking Brake lever was a vertical lever on the
right side of the transmission shifter.
- The crankshaft is slotted on the front end to drive
- The one piece brake lining floated freely between
shoe and drum and between guides, and worked good.
- Some 39’s were rated at 13 Horse Power.
- The first 39’s had no door lining, etc.
- The seats were shaped different, rolling back at the
top and framed with flat strap iron.
- The engine pan is almost cube shaped with two fins on
- The Serial Number is located above the starter.
- The Generator mounts with 2 bolts through ears on the
- The engine cooling shrouds are open on the front.
- The casting on the front of the engine has two
mounting posts for the Generator to screw into.
- The engine does not have the casting between the
and the pan that the Generator sets on.
- The starter is a foot operated switch instead of the
later hand pull, right of center on the dash.
1939 Convertible Coupe
Rounded door tops denotes Coupe