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• Bumper grille guard.

• Locking gasoline cap.

• Wheel inner trim rings.

The radio antenna is mounted on a swivel immediately above the center of the windshield. Mr. Aaron surmises that the previous owner of his car must have been very tall because the driver’s seat was close to the floor.

Mr. Aaron had the nice upholstery wrapped around new seat springs and now he can see out over the two-spoke steering wheel.

As for the two exterior mirrors on long, graceful swan-neck stanchions, Mr. Aaron says, “I can’t even see the right one.”

The 100 mph speedometer is directly in front of the driver while the front seat passenger can view the clock in the glove compartment door.

To lower the tan top, the three chrome-plated clamps above the windshield must first by unlatched. A hydraulic pump then provides the muscle to lower or raise the top. “It works pretty good,” Mr. Aaron reports.

In the raised position, the glass rear window is so small it hinders visibility.

However, the window is mounted in a larger section of the top that can be opened. “Doing so,” Mr. Aaron says, “increases visibility by 300 percent.”

To make the best use of trunk space, the spare tire is mounted horizontally.

From a design standpoint, running boards were one the way out, yet the rubber-coated ones on the 1940 Ford appear to blend into the lines of the car quite naturally. Riding on a 112-inch wheelbase enables the car to be turned in a 38-foot, 2-inch circle.

Mr. Aaron admits to over-engineering the starting process and says any trouble he has encountered in starting his car has been “driver error.”

“I’m still getting used to it,” he says. “I’ve learned to just get in and start it.”