Imagine what it would be like today if you had $40 burning a hole in your pocket and a used T.V. and really wanted to get a hot rod in trade for it. I would imagine people would laugh you off of their property or worse now a days. Then again this is 2013, but in 1965 thats exactly how Barry Naples bought his 1931 Chevrolet 5 window. Barry is now 72 years old and is retired from Hirsh Industries. Living with his wife Shirly in Des Moines Iowa, he enjoys going to Sprint car races at the famed Knoxville Raceway and going to car shows. Barry is no stranger to cars and has owned hundreds since he has been of age to drive. His first car was a 1947 Chevy with the vacuum assist shifted transmission. From there on the buying and selling started. He has had as many as ten 1964 Impalas, and ten 1950 Fords. Besides the 31 Chevy he currenlty has a 1963 Ford Galaxie Convertible with a 390 and an automatic that was just recently restored. He also owns a 1970 Chevelle that he and his grandson Dusty cruise, and wrench on together. Of the three cars the '63 and the '70 are in tip top shape. The man he bought the '31 Chevy from had apparently given up on hot rodding it and Barry was at the right place at the right time. The previous owner had attemped chopping the coupe as well as channeling the body over the frame. Barry can no longer remember what drivetrain was in the old Chevy at the time of purchase but he pitched it in favor of something newer but didn't know what to install yet. In the mean time he got to work on the body of the car. Barry started by rechopping the coupe. He did this by himself and it seems that he still has a sore spot for doing it that way. He said with aggrivation in his voice, "I had that top on and off multiple times trying to get it right." He says he took out between 4 and 6 inches but can't remember exactly how much. Once done and almost 50 years later the chop still looks great. Next was rechanneling the body. The previous owner started to do so but just set the body on the frame without finishing. Barry started after it but didn't own a welder so he used an acetelyn torch and coat hanger to weld the floor and mounts. When finished with the channel it was 6 inches over the frame. The Chevy still retains its original wood innner structure. With this work done it was time to find a fitting drivetrain for the car. It is now 1966 and fate would intervien on his way to look at a vehicle to rob of its components to bring the Chevy back to life. While driving to see the donor in his 1964 Impala Super Sport an 89 year old man would run a stop sign and broadside Barry on the drivers side. He said it happened next to a car lot and that he wiped out the first 10 cars in the front row. His door also blew off "right out from under my arm" and slid another block down the street. He was okay and drug the Impala back home. While sitting in the driveway thieves stole the chrome wheels and nice tires off of it and just left the Impala in the air on the jacks they used. It was a bad deal but now he had an engine to drop in and gain momentum on getting the Chevy back on the street. He removed the 327 from the Impala and put a solid lifter cam in the block and added an Edelbrock tunnell ram with twin AFB's. He also dressed the engine up with Edelbrock finned aluminum valve covers and '57 Chevy fender well headers he bought off of a circle track racer at the Iowa State Fairgrounds. He backed the 327 up with a Hurst shifted 1962 Muncie and a 1957 Chevy rear end. U.S. slots big and littles and Firsestone tires round out the package. That wan't the only thing he repurposed from the Impala. He cut down the dash to fit and welded it into the '31 he also retained the factory AM radio and speaker grille from the '64 for music. Barry then cut down a 62 4 speed console to use in the old Chevy as well as the door panels from the '64. He also dressed up the body with the "SS" badges on the grille next to the R.E.O. headlights and use the '64's tail lights on the deck lid of the coupe. At this point in time the Car was blue in color and stayed that way until 1970. Add fellow hot rodder/fabricator/painter Dave Farren to the mix. The car was stripped down to bare metal and after exsposing at least 7 previous colors it was shot with mettalic green laquer. After the base coat flames were taped off and shot as well as scales down the trunk lid. Barry made an insert for the top out of wood and diamond pleat vinyl with buttons added for effect. Chrome was now in order and everything from the front axle and leaf springs, headers and as Shirly said "every screw or bolt for the car" got it. The Chevy was once again ready for the street. The coupe would only be on the road for two more years. In 1972 the Chevy went into the garage only to be pulled out to work on other projects then put back away. There are a couple of factors that may have lead to its short lived street duty. It is hard to judge the rear of the car while driving with the wide tires and the gas tank hanging out off of the rear of the frame. It is also hard to drive due to sitting on the floor and trying to push the clutch in and shift it without any support for your legs. There are not any front brakes, not that they don't work but none at all. Lets fast foward 41 years to 2013. The car still slumbers in the back of the garage but today it had a visitor, me. I went to talk to Barry about the future of the car and to write this article on its life. Barry and Shirly were more than willing to share the memories of the the 5 window with me and I think they had a great time doing it. I have been told the car is not for sale and never will be. Now enter Dusty into the equation. The 16 year old sophmore has an intrest in the cars his Grandfather owns and regularly join Barry on trips to Knoxville and to car shows. Barry says they have plans to get the car going again this summer with some changes of course. One of them being an automatic and the possiblity of better brakes. The best thing about the car getting a make over is that another young gun will understand hot rodding and will learn the tradition from someone who lived it and still owns the proof. I wrote this article as an attempt to become a freelance writer and maybe get some work thrown my way in the future. I'm using The Hamb to test the waters. I was wanting people to tell me if the article kept them reading or if they got bored. Is it too long winded. I wanted to make sure you got the whole story. This is a real car and it has really been owned for 48 years buy the same guy. I know there are errors but it is the rough draft. Let me know what you think. Thanks, Bud.