The Jalopy Journal
Discussion in 'Traditional Hot Rods' started by Wildcycles, Mar 18, 2015.
Very nice! Great find.
I like that it looks like grandpa's old coupe, but with that hot Chevy V8 in it. Congratulations! Yes I am jealous.
Nice find, that's one fine '39! Looks to have double hump heads on the 327 ; so min 1.94 valves. Very cool coupe.
Great find! Like the Chevy engine with generator. Looks 60's for sure.
I'm a 39 fan as well, and yes I would go back to 39 lights. Nice car!
Love it when they are left in one era and not
Hope you will stay with the early "60's style.
Great find. Nice car.
Ohhh that is so nice.
Don't alter one thing, maybe compound and wax, shapoo the interior and drive it everywhere.
Very nice! I like mine!
Very cool ! Im super jealous
Great score, enjoy.
Great find, more pics?
Great car! I'd love to see the underside and the rear motor/ trans mounts. Chrome garnish moldings? I just had a quote for mine; low so far $1400. I should of had them done in '66.
Speaking of this, I had the garnish moldings chromed in my 32 coupe back about 1975 and it cost me all of $35 for all of them. A few years ago I saw a quote of $600 to plate a set.
So you would have done better back then.
Yeah, plating has gotten rather expensive.
What a fine '39! Congratulations! I love the way it looks, wouldn't change a thing! And I, too, am envious!
The fan blade is chrome plated on this car... can't imagine anyone spending the money on that these days. And the chrome is in nice condition too. Better quality that what you pay big bucks for now.
There isn't anything too sacred about how they did the transmission and rear end. The tri-five three speed didn't have a rear mount, so none was used. It just sits in the center of X-member. I was gonna try to fabricate something between the side bellhousing mounts and the frame to support it, but not sure yet. When they cut the bones and mounted the rear end, they initially didn't have a panhard bar, but one was added at some point. It runs and drives pretty good, but transmission mounts and reat suspension needs to be cleaned up
really cool find congrats on the car. I am surprised the traditional Nazis didn't give you grief over the 327 it is exactly the way I would have done it in 1966 or 2015. enjoy Tom
Well my 38 came with a set of the JC Whitney "conversions" or similar. Looked just like the standard issue 40 headlite bezel and sealed beam lens. I sold them on E-Bay as soon as I could get them off. Now you must have X-ray vision to tell the difference from a picture. Do you own a 40 or are you just a tire kicker?
Great find, updated running gear for reliability and drivability. Correct wheel update. Coooool!
To any nay-sayers, this car fits the criteria established here
pretty well. 327's were around in '63, the cutoff year.
It was completed probably before the cut-off year.
And, the wheels and tires were changed back to what
they would have been, at the build time.
This is a mega score, definately "traditional."
The car makes a statement, and those that understand
"Get it", those that don't need to figure it out.
I read through the criteria before I posted it here and figured it fit best as a traditional hotrod. The previous owner purchased the car in Riverside, CA in 1964 and changed nothing except the wheels since that time. He told me it was set up with a 283 and multiple carbureters for drag racing prior to him owning it. Maybe everybody would be happier with MY car if I put a flathead back in it.
The fact that it was bought in the condition it is in
now in '64 proves that it was built '63- or before.
You already changed the wheels.
The Chevy in a Ford was done as far back as "55 so it is definately
You gotta remember, back in the day, you used what you had,
not what you thought the other guys liked.
Crap it even has a generator!
Leave it alone.
Drive the wheels off, and have fun doing it.
If you take it to a show all the traditional guys
like me are gonna be all over it.
And you will see the newcommers spending
more time looking at your Hor Rod than the $60,000
street rod next to it!
Just my $.02!
The car is driveable as it is, but like any old car that's been modified and sitting around for 50 plus years, it has its issues. I drove it to a local cruise night a couple weeks back and it was interesting to see people's reaction to it. There are the folks who just take a quick look under the hood, see the "SBC" , frown and mumble to their pals as they walk away. There's the ones who say "Looks like a stocker, when are you going to restore it" Then there's the old-timer who walks around the car quietly, looking closely at details, pausing here and there, grinning and then walks up to shake my hand and says almost apologeticly "Well son, that's the way we did 'em back in the early 60's"
Not to be too picky, but...
The cut-off year here, as per Ryan, is 1965, meaning 1965 and older or, in other words, pre-1966.
Here, let Ryan do the talking:
"The HAMB is dedicated to spreading the gospel of traditional hot rods and kustoms to hoodlums world wide. That's right; TRADITIONAL. If you've come here to discuss anything other than Hot Rods or Customs built in a style representative of 1965 or before, you've come to the wrong forum."
I bought my 1939 in 1974- 283 hooked to 39 trans- 9 inch Ford rear- jacked to the sky- Orange exterior with blue glass- gasser style- paid $800 and drove it home- spent the next 24 years screwing with it-
Made it a real nice Rod because I was reading Strret Rodder, etc- 350/350- power everything- today if I was just buying it I'd leave it alone- voting for you to make if safe and drive-
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