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Hot Rods Barn find 1937 Chevy coupe

Discussion in 'The Hokey Ass Message Board' started by airbag, Feb 14, 2016.

  1. Jalopy Joker
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    go over to You Tube and search: Chevrolet Suspension System In 1938 - Ella73TV ---- knee action = independent suspension. search Chevy of the 40's for their basic disc brake conversion kit. had a '34 Plymouth PE with stock knee action suspension with disc brake kit and road good, running 350/350.
     
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  2. choptop40
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    Diamond crown speed line....I'll take it off your hands...
     
  3. It's your car to do with as you want, but in that condition, I would be reluctant to cut into it. A bolt in IFS, or dropped axle, built up 235/261 with a 5 speed would be what I would do. Then drive the wheels off it.
     
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  4. dirty old man
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    I couldn't have said it any better than this, although I would be willing to go GMC 270-292-302 or the later 250-292 sixes also. Just whichever you find at a deal. I would be sure to get an engine with full pressure oiling, however.
    My '40 Ford has a T-5 and a 3.70 rear gear, and the rear gear gives pep around town plus the 5th gear OD makes interstate cruising a breeze at any speed you want within reason. I have a MII front end and 4 wh.l discs also.
     
  5. zjerry
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    Nice looking 1937 Coupe..
     
  6. 1934coupe
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    What Tagman said works well and is an excellent way to go, another although maybe a little harder to come across is the front suspension from a 49-54 Chevy or 53-62 Corvette they unbolt and I believe will almost bolt into that chassis either way it will look stock. As far as engine it is a large engine compartment and in my opinion small blocks look lost in them any BB chevy looks right at home and even a stock 396 would move the car along just fine. Good Luck nice find.

    Pat
     
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  7. Late to the Party
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    "As far as engine it is a large engine compartment and in my opinion small blocks look lost in them any BB chevy looks right at home and even a stock 396 would move the car along just fine."

    I was thinking of a 409 myself. :) But having a 327 in-hand and paid for makes it pretty likely that is what will happen.

    I agree with the guys who say not to cut the frame for an IFS. Several have suggested bolt-on improvements using later Chevy parts; that's the way I'd go with it.
     
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  8. Lobucrod
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    I've had my 38 coupe for 42 years now. Started out with the factory straight axle. First thing I did was to put bendix brakes on it. Drove it like that for about 25 years. Put a Heidts mustang 2 kit under it and Hated it. Last year I finally got around to putting the factory straight axle under it and changed to cross steer with a Saginaw 525 steering box. Best move I ever made. Steers like a dream.
     
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  9. tb33anda3rd
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    any body who takes a MII out and puts a straight axle in, is my hero.:)
     
  10. airbag
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    I completely understand the concerns of the FEW on so called ruining a "barnfind", I just wanna give the car more of a late 50's hot rod style, just a little lower and some more power to where I can go wherever I want and can also find parts that are readily available, looking to put a 50's_60's style front suspension wether it be 49-54 chevy or 60's corvette and the mild 327 and 4speed I already have along with a open driveshaft, just not much of a 6 cylinder fan. The parts I remove from the car when I do will be available on here before anywhere else, planning on getting the car running before disassembling it, never know my mind may change and keep it the way it is. Members are asking what my plans are, I tell whats on my mind and get ridiculed.... Really?????

    I can delete this thread and never talk about it again on this website, just thought some members on here would enjoy it. I didn't create this thread for me, just always have enjoyed the stories of others and wanted to share my latest find that's all.
     
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  11. Budget36
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    That's the (at least) second comment you have made about being ridiculed.
    No one has ridiculed you, seems you feel that if some one offers a different opinion, you feel like you are being ganged up on.

    Lighten the eff up...guys are just expressing their thoughts (the same as you) in an open forum, in a thread you started.

    It's no different when someone post a pic of their build that they have worked hard on, and someone critiques what they have done...the majority don't get butt hurt because of a difference of opinion.

    Now all that grown up talk aside, if I had a BBC ready to go, and your car..well, I'd be saying "see ya later Stovebolt".

    PS...

    Interior pics would be nice to see too;)
     
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  13. DDDenny
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    I promise to play nice if you promise to swap in that 327/4speed, and keep posting updates.
     
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  14. 3wLarry
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    I like to think of the bragging rights of saying she's got a 327/4-speed/Early Corvette front suspension
     
  15. airbag
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    DDDenny and 3wLarry thank you, if I didn't think I could do it tastefully I wouldn't even think about it. I wanna leave the appearance the same just lower the front a little, same or similar wheels (I realize I will need to machine the hubs and whatever rear end I go with to make her wear the stock 6 lug wheels and I am 100% capable of that.
     
  16. airbag
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    That's gonna happen, so stay tuned!
     
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  17. DDDenny
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    Just rolls off the tongue don't it Larry!
     
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  18. 3wLarry
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    sorry bubba...the wheels/tires on it now do nothing for me...it's screaming for vintage American Racing Torque Thrusts and bias black walls...listen to your car...she'll tell you what she wants
     
  19. DDDenny
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    Oh yaaa
    Here come da judge, here come da judge!
     
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  20. I'm on board with the 327 and a hand shaker, I would go as far as chrome reverse wheels too.
     
  21. 3wLarry
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    keep me laughing bubba, I'm needing it...back in hospital for intense chemo
     
  22. DDDenny
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    We got your back bud.
     
  23. 1934coupe
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    Good to seeya back big guy. Try a marathon of these guys for a laugh.

    Pat
     
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  24. 3wLarry
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    stolen from @DDDenny

    THIS trips my trigger...needs to be lowered, but you get the idea... early to mid '60's... dude

    [​IMG]
     
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  25. My 38 Chevy with stock front suspension went over bumps better than my 38 w/Must II
     
  26. That's just silly.
     
  27. slammed
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    That color after a weeks worth of buf/wax/glaze ,hard rake & Supremes.
     
  28. SAM_0111s.jpg Here is one for ya... SAM_0111s.jpg
     
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  29. airbag
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    I am on the same page as Larry with what this car needs. I only wanna preserve the dust and barn find look for the time being to get some cool pictures that's all. Car will be washed, have so many side jobs pending the Chevy will be a little bit before the build starts.
     
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