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The 49 Chevy in the barn

Discussion in 'The Hokey Ass Message Board' started by Farm Coupe, Jun 21, 2011.

  1. Farm Coupe
    Joined: Jun 18, 2011
    Posts: 14

    Farm Coupe

    Since about 1974 this 49 Chevy Coupe has been sitting in Grandpa's machine shed. My aunt drove this car to college in the early 70's and it has been parked ever since. Grandpa bought it for her from the original owner. The car was originally black, but being on the farm with gravel roads, a black car would always show the dust. So it was painted beige with a white top. With the original inline 6 (216?) locked up we pulled it out and have started to get it road worthy. It now has a 235 (spring 2011 project) in it with the original 3 spd. The car had been sitting for nearly 40 years, while it had been moved from spot to spot in the machine shed, it had never been out for more than an afternoon to move farm equipment around and then drug back in. Here are pictures of where it's been sitting and right after we drug it out.

    The old car is pretty straight. I'm usually a 67-72 Chevy truck man but have been wanting to work on something different for a while. What's the easiest way to lower this thing for the money!?!? Thinking of getting it a couple inches lower and putting some new rubber on and driving it as is.

    Better pics to come soon....


  2. olskool34
    Joined: Jun 28, 2006
    Posts: 2,461


    Love the pic with the dust. Get some blocks on the rear and buy some dropped spindles for the front. I think fatman makes them? Somebody correct me if I am wrong.
  3. Ratroddude
    Joined: May 15, 2009
    Posts: 1,027


    3" blocks in the rear , and I just heated my springs on my '51 in the front , but , I didnt collapse them , just sagged 'em a little , still rides good and in the weeds (avatar):D
  4. VERY cool!... not enough bumper guards, though :)

  5. Wash it, get it running and drive it. Coupes are cool. Cool story to go with it too!
  6. Just put some blocks in the rear and cut a coil up front. It's easy to get to the springs to cut them, do yourself a favour and don't heat them with a torch.
  7. badsix
    Joined: Sep 26, 2010
    Posts: 108

    from oregon

    try Buffalo Enterprises 360-652-7684 he has drop spindles :)
  8. rougebeats
    Joined: Jan 22, 2009
    Posts: 307


  9. Farm Coupe
    Joined: Jun 18, 2011
    Posts: 14

    Farm Coupe

    haha yea, it has a piece that goes across the middle two on the front bumper. it will go back on, it was just pulled off somehow over the years.

    Thanks for the comments. Here's a couple more pics of the '49 as well as the '51 Fleetline that had been sitting in the in the other corner of the barn, next to the '57 pickup that is still there. The '51 sat for about 35 years too, it's out and running as well. The coupe is the main squeeze right now though. There's big plans for the '57 down the road.

    49 barn.jpg



    57 barn.jpg
  10. belair
    Joined: Jul 10, 2006
    Posts: 8,714


    Luv them coupes. Should make a great car. Congrats
  11. yblock292
    Joined: Oct 10, 2006
    Posts: 2,937


  12. sololobo
    Joined: Aug 23, 2006
    Posts: 8,211


    Holy hambone, car hoarding at it's best. I love'm all. That 57 p.u. is boss hog. I have always loved the bubble top coupes. Way to go man. Get er done. ~sololobo~
  13. 48 Chubby
    Joined: Apr 29, 2008
    Posts: 1,014

    48 Chubby
    Member Emeritus

    Just read the instructions-

    Wash, Rinse, Drive, Repete
    Wash, Rinse, Drive, Repete

    3" blocks, 1 1/2 coil clip, Lowered spindles.

    That old coupe don't need much done at all. I like it a lot.
  14. jeffh547
    Joined: Jun 21, 2011
    Posts: 30

    from Florida

    I agree with Mike in Tulsa. "Wash it, get it running and drive it."

    There was a 2 or 3 part article in Street Rodder a while ago, about how to upgrade the suspension on 49-54 Chevys. They used TCI (Total cost Involved) and I don't know the cost.

    Have a ball with it and keep us advised (with pics). :D
  15. chronisterracing
    Joined: Feb 27, 2010
    Posts: 139

    from N.Il.

    I would thank the heck out of grandpa then do all of the ideas above.
  16. carlitos way
    Joined: Feb 3, 2010
    Posts: 69

    carlitos way

    nice ride I'm working on one right now but it will be stock(not mine) . i have done alot of this drops and the best way is dearching the springs in the rear and cutting the coils in the front, but don't try heating them this makes them weak .all though putting blocks in the rear is easyer
  17. fbama73
    Joined: Jul 12, 2008
    Posts: 989


    Blocks in the rear, then cut the front springs. Start with cutting one coil and see if it's low enough. It's always easier to cut more than to put some back if you cut too much.
  18. jimi'shemi291
    Joined: Jan 21, 2009
    Posts: 9,499


    Decades ago, torching springs was a quick, cheap way to do for guys with no money to get it done. Weakens them & plays hell with ride. So, X3 on DON'T TORCH SPRINGS.
  19. Von Rigg Fink
    Joined: Jun 11, 2007
    Posts: 13,426

    Von Rigg Fink
    from Garage

    Hey..this guy posted pictures his first time around:rolleyes:..

    sweet find man.

    you can cut the coil springs with a wafer wheel, cut off wheel ,abrasive wheel and a side cuts quick and doesnt put much heat into the spring.
  20. dudley32
    Joined: Jan 2, 2008
    Posts: 2,136


    Nice Coupe...
  21. slammed49
    Joined: Sep 22, 2006
    Posts: 283


    Buffalos uprights are better and less expensive than Fatmans Steve is a great guy that knows these cars!...I have dealtwith him on several occasions...I used his uprights,3" lower Jamco coils,4" lower new rear leafs with a 1" block,sat sweet with NO stickin' bags!....then I sold the car,oh well
  22. Great ride man! And a car from the family too. Thanks grand dad!
    Now, how about an LS and T56?
  23. mrenfro
    Joined: Nov 29, 2010
    Posts: 49

    from Kansas

    Nice cars. It looks like it is in good shape. How is the interior.
  24. Farm Coupe
    Joined: Jun 18, 2011
    Posts: 14

    Farm Coupe

    The interior is pretty good. All of the chrome on the dash is nice. The door panels are complete, a little stained and discolored though. The seats have had seat covers on them since around 1970...and the seat covers are still pretty nice. Headliner is in nice, but has a little discoloration as well.

    Like I've said, I'm a 67-72 chevy truck guy, I've built and owned several of those, but I am a newbie for sure when it comes to these cars.
  25. jimi'shemi291
    Joined: Jan 21, 2009
    Posts: 9,499


    VonRigg, yeah, surprising, eh? Somehow, we KNOW he'll fit in! LOL:D And yes, the high-speed cut-oof wheels work great. Won't take the TEMPER out of spring steel!:)
  26. Hdonlybob
    Joined: Feb 1, 2005
    Posts: 3,931


    Talk about an old fashion smorgasbord !!!
    And hey, that Coupe RULES !
  27. 76formulafiend
    Joined: Feb 26, 2011
    Posts: 59


    sweet ride cant wait to see it after a bath
  28. Good Timing no doubt...enjoy
  29. Boones
    Joined: Mar 4, 2001
    Posts: 9,691

    from Kent, Wa
    1. Northwest HAMBers

    neat story.. should be fun.. from someone who just got a 51, its nice to have a back seat and a trunk.. (I have not had one in a while).

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