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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. 40FORDPU
    Joined: Mar 15, 2009
    Posts: 2,879

    from Yelm, Wa
    1. Northwest HAMBers

    327, 4 spd, Americans,..done!
    '38 Chev coupes, have always been one of my favorites.
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  2. loudbang
    Joined: Jul 23, 2013
    Posts: 30,455


    Wow it looks great in RED kinda got used to looking at DND's fine blue one on here but that red is real nice
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  3. Dave Downs
    Joined: Oct 25, 2005
    Posts: 877

    Dave Downs
    from S.E. Penna

    OK - I'll chime in with my preferences. 327 w/4-speed, excellent!!!!

    Now put on 3 carbs (for the 'look') and an obsolete .030/.030 cam (for the 'sound').........
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  4. volvobrynk
    Joined: Jan 30, 2011
    Posts: 3,588

    from Denmark

    The three carbs don't only add show, they bring Go to the party. And the duntov 3030 is always a cool call

    I tottaly agree
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  5. GaryN
    Joined: Nov 5, 2009
    Posts: 122


    Just an FYI for you. A friend of mine with a '60 Vette discovered that by using the spindle uprights from a '49-'54 Chev he could lower the front of his Vette. I don't remember the exact amount but it was at least an inch and maybe a little more. So if you end up going this route, the '49 to '54 Chev front end might be a better choice and probably a lot cheaper to pick up then the Vette front end.
    Also, if you decide to go with a beam axle, you might consider using one from a AD style Chevy truck. I did this on a '38 Chevy coupe a few years ago and it worked out great. Five stud car hubs will bolt on too. Or disc brake conversions are easy as well.

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  6. bobx
    Joined: Apr 17, 2004
    Posts: 1,061

    from Indiana

    i have some extra old dirt if you need some just let me know.
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  7. I'll concur GaryN, a 39-48 front end will bolt in. That's what my car has under the front. It does have tube shocks though, and Gambino makes dropped uprights for those front ends.
  8. ...your coupe is a great find, good luck with it;
    38 cpe 5-18-12 002.jpg durand 37 coupe 10-29-14 002.jpg 37 coupe 5-10 014.jpg's neat to know these cars are still out there;'s two coupe's I've been lucky to find and buy in the last 5 years. They are not in the condition yours is, but still cool . Both were stored over 40 years at separate places. the black 37 is my current driver. 37 & 8 Chevy coupes are my all-time favorite coupes.
  9. Voh
    Joined: Oct 18, 2006
    Posts: 853


    This the '37 that I got from my grandpa this past fall.

    As it sat in his garage from 1971..

    In my drive getting cleaned out...

    Tucked away in my garage for a little while....
  10. 37ryan
    Joined: Mar 9, 2012
    Posts: 2

    from michigan

    newbe here, hope this post takes, and i get a reply. I also have a 37. interested in your comment of using a 49-54 front end. Does it have the 15 inch 5x4.75 bolt pattern? Do you have to pull the engine to make the changeout? Is the wheel spread the same? Would like to keep the original steering wheel and gear box, is that possible? Please reply to as I may not be able to find your response in this forum. thanks very much in advance for any info you can give me.
  11. 1934coupe
    Joined: Feb 22, 2007
    Posts: 4,119


    37 Ryan do yourself a favor and click on "watch thread" on the right underneath the title of the thread.
    The bolt pattern is 5 x 4.75" and I do believe the tread width is the same.

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  12. 1low52
    Joined: Oct 26, 2007
    Posts: 295


    Wow, what a great car, and the response you've received has been equally great.

    I love the 327/4spd. plan. For me, using that combo., automatically puts the build in a time frame specific to it's availability.

    I love the awesome condition of the car as found and if it was me I would find another frame (still some around) to build using some of the ideas suggested that fit the era of your HAMB friendly hot rod combo. Set the original aside to leave open the option for you or another to use later on.

    It's just me but as I've grown older I find I change my mind and because of choices made my options are limited because I throw away or sell perfectly good stuff.

    Again I know sometimes space and $ are considerations but just a thought.

    Great old Chevy and build/enjoy it the way you like.
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  13. elba
    Joined: Feb 9, 2013
    Posts: 615


    Several negative comments about Mustang front ends on their 37/38 . I agree with them ! My straight axle was better.
  14. Nice find, that car is in great shape. The MustII style front end can work fine if installed right. If you want to ride lower, this is the easy way to get good ride. Might not be the traditional choice, but it works.

    I have the knee action on my 37 Chevy Ute. It is not that good, but it serves the purpose for now. I would rather have the parallel leafs and solid axle, but being a Master deluxe, it has the early IFS. My 38 Chevy sedan has the MustII setup, using stock arms and the strut rod; so therefore no problems.

    I think it comes down to how you want to build the car. The 37-38 (and 39s for that matter) respond quite well to the straight axle gasser type look.
  15. I agree that the Mustang II front does work fine. My '38 coupe has the Chassis Engineering MII front end and I have driven it many enjoyable miles around Texas the last year on cruises & car shows. I just swapped over to a manual r&p due to no room for the power steering pump and a mechanical fan.
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  16. King Karl
    Joined: Sep 27, 2007
    Posts: 384

    King Karl
    from N.C.

    I've been drooling over this 38 in the classifieds.
    A good look for these cars imo.

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  17. olscrounger
    Joined: Feb 23, 2008
    Posts: 3,977


    Great find-one of my favorite body styles of all time. Agree with the 327 and 4 spd.
  18. Chevy Gasser
    Joined: Jan 23, 2007
    Posts: 696

    Chevy Gasser

    Congratulations, nice score.
    If the car was anything less I would say go ahead and small block it, but what I saw in the pictures was damn solid, down to the wrapped rear springs. I would have to wash it, but...I think I would have to drive it some the way it is, for a while anyway. It won't take much to get that one going. I would spend a lot of time admiring it if it had a 261 done right. A 261 or a 235 for that matter is a bolt in, and few exist anymore.
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  19. 55Belairretrorod
    Joined: May 2, 2013
    Posts: 84

    from Australia

    Not an expert on this but I believe 1953-54 are the 'lower' ones compared to 1949-52 passenger car.
    This thread I'm sure will have the info-
    Sweet car by the way, gotta love those '37 Chevy's!

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  20. jlckmj
    Joined: Oct 28, 2008
    Posts: 59


    Nice find! For what it's worth, I agree with the 327 and 4 speed!
    You can now buy spindles for the front end of the 49-52 (maybe 54) Chevy's that allow disc brakes for safety and are 2 inches lower, if that is what you are looking for.

    There are always guys on the Chevy Talk board that are taking them out and putting in Mustang II or Jaguar front ends, so they can be bought cheap, sometimes free.

    Actually there is one right now on the HAMB for sale board, unfortunately it's in NY

    Here is a FREE one in Wisconsin
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  21. loudbang
    Joined: Jul 23, 2013
    Posts: 30,455


    Light blue looks pretty good too.

    Lt blue 37 chevy.JPG
  22. Jibs
    Joined: May 19, 2006
    Posts: 1,525


    Two 37's in my driveway. Black one is mrchevrolet with 292 six & 200r4, stock front axle. Blue one is my friend Cliffs, 301 chevy turbo 400, stock front axle. Back in the day the blue one was a gasser with an L88 & 4 speed. Both are real nice drivers.

    2 37s.JPG
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  23. Old-Soul
    Joined: Jun 16, 2007
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  24. airbag
    Joined: May 3, 2005
    Posts: 191


    I have finally got around to workin on the 37 and found out the family had drained fuel tank and radiator so just added new gas and a little starting fluid and it started right up and idled like it was new. Pretty cool.

    I have been doing some cleaning of the stainless and chrome and just amazing how it has cleaned up.
  25. airbag
    Joined: May 3, 2005
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  26. paul55
    Joined: Dec 1, 2010
    Posts: 3,340

    from michigan

  27. Looks just like the car I've been waiting to buy in my town!
    Awesome score

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  28. raymay
    Joined: Mar 2, 2008
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  29. T.L.
    Joined: May 24, 2011
    Posts: 206

    from Colorado

    Awesome car...

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