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Old 05-01-2012, 07:39 AM   #1
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Default Fine GM cars for 1936...



When someone mentions they're building a "killer 36 three window", most of us just assume it's a Ford they're talking about. Why is that? In 1936 Chevrolet and the other GM cars had hydraulic brakes, independent front suspension and full steel turret...

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Old 05-01-2012, 07:47 AM   #2
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Default Re: Fine GM cars for 1936...

And the best part is that you can easily drop in a hot newer Chevy straight-6 for even more fun.
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Old 05-01-2012, 07:55 AM   #3
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Yep, Miss my '36,


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Old 05-01-2012, 07:59 AM   #4
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Default Re: Fine GM cars for 1936...

always thought the chevy's were stodgy, not to say they didnt have grafefull lines, but still alittle dull...Ive seen some nice chevy Kustoms from that era though. The Ford just has better lines in my opinion, plus it had that hot new flat head v8.
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Old 05-01-2012, 08:04 AM   #5
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Default Re: Fine GM cars for 1936...

First car I built was a 36 Olds--was very different at the time--always liked cars other than Fords
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Old 05-01-2012, 08:18 AM   #6
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Default Re: Fine GM cars for 1936...

I can safely say I would build the olds with a 324 rocket V8.
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Old 05-01-2012, 08:28 AM   #7
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I'll buy the Buick Special... but I'm bias.
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Old 05-01-2012, 08:29 AM   #8
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Default Re: Fine GM cars for 1936...

I never realized that GM produced that many coupes from their different lines. Very cool to see the examples for comparison. I wouldn't pass on any of them but the little , Chevy Master Deluxe, 3 window would be really slick with a dressed up 235 or bigger GMC inline 6. A 265 or even 283 wouldn't be too shabby either!!

The Olds would be slick too with a Rocket!!!
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Old 05-01-2012, 08:42 AM   #9
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My red one
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Old 05-01-2012, 09:04 AM   #10
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The Buick is my favorite.
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Old 05-01-2012, 09:07 AM   #11
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Default Re: Fine GM cars for 1936...

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I'll buy the Buick Special... but I'm bias.
I'll take the Special as well, wait for a Roadmaster to show up in the junkyard, and build my own Century. Hang on a couple more years and I can even buy a compound-carburetion manifold from the Buick dealer and a pair of 97s from the Ford dealer.

I'll be 35 when the war starts. Think I'll get drafted?
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Old 05-01-2012, 10:01 AM   #12
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Default Re: Fine GM cars for 1936...

I feel like '35 was a better year for Chevy. The master series would be the same as a '36, except the grills looked better (not so "bubbly"), and they had factory suicide doors. It was a nice blend between the '33-'34 models and what was to come, the '36 models.

That being said, I like Pontiac's lineup the best for '36. I dig that waterfall grill coming from the windshield.
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Old 05-01-2012, 10:02 AM   #13
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Default Re: Fine GM cars for 1936...

During 1936 Fisher/GM bodies also began phasing out wood in favor of all steel construction.
Chevy's Standard and Master Deluxe lines now both had the styling of the previous year Master Deluxe.
This helped making them the best selling cars again in 1936, after Ford briefly sold more cars for one year in 1935.

Here is a 1936 film of a Chevy made at the GM factory from scratch:

"Master Hands"

Complete with Richard Wagner film score!

In 4 parts:

http://www.archive.org/details/MasterHa1936

http://www.archive.org/details/MasterHa1936_2

http://www.archive.org/details/MasterHa1936_3

http://www.archive.org/details/MasterHa1936_4
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Old 05-01-2012, 12:20 PM   #14
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All metal roof in '36
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Old 05-01-2012, 01:29 PM   #15
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Default Re: Fine GM cars for 1936...

Love the '36, '37, '38 GM coupes...esp the Buicks...esp the Century and Roadmaster.
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Old 05-01-2012, 02:05 PM   #16
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Butt Ugly...
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Old 05-01-2012, 03:07 PM   #17
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Default Re: Fine GM cars for 1936...

I believe Chevrolet actually did build a 3-window coupe in 1936. Pretty rare, though.
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Old 05-01-2012, 03:42 PM   #18
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Default Re: Fine GM cars for 1936...

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During 1936 Fisher/GM bodies also began phasing out wood in favor of all steel construction.
Chevy's Standard and Master Deluxe lines now both had the styling of the previous year Master Deluxe.
This helped making them the best selling cars again in 1936, after Ford briefly sold more cars for one year in 1935.

Here is a 1936 film of a Chevy made at the GM factory from scratch:

"Master Hands"

Complete with Richard Wagner film score!

In 4 parts:

http://www.archive.org/details/MasterHa1936

http://www.archive.org/details/MasterHa1936_2

http://www.archive.org/details/MasterHa1936_3

http://www.archive.org/details/MasterHa1936_4
Wow what a cool movie, man I am glad I went to college and did not have to do hard labor, I would have never lasted those were real men
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Old 05-01-2012, 04:16 PM   #19
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Default Re: Fine GM cars for 1936...

I thought I was the only one that was gonna go "negative nelly". I do try to keep positive but those cars suck. I can speak from experience, I owned a 36 chev coupe before I bought my plymouth. The frame on that chevy was paper thin / poorly designed. Most likely OK for the original engine, but thin non the less. Then you got the wood issue - plymouth was all steel since 1930. And finally, they are too long in the "nose". 1937 got alot better for GM, although I think the frames stayed thin until 39? Bitchin and whinein, what can I say, I'm good at it!
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Old 05-01-2012, 05:44 PM   #20
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Default Re: Fine GM cars for 1936...

Love that Pontiac "Silver Streak" ad, but this era of GM cars is definitely not my favorite
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