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What year is my Chevy????

Discussion in 'The Hokey Ass Message Board' started by Joe Romano, Aug 23, 2012.

  1. I have what I believe to be a 1940 Chevy Coupe, it has a gangster grille and all the looks of a 40 coupe, till we get to the trunk lid.......
    My hinges are on the inside of the trunk compartment. I've been told that 39's were inside, 40 were outside, nice big chrome suckers.

    So, What is it?:confused:

    What I think is that the 1940 2 door sedan and the 40 convertible had the exterior hinges and the coupe had them inside.
    Somebody set me straight, I need a trunk lid, the right trunk lid.
    Thanks in advance, Joe
     

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  2. WTF? no pics geeze!
     
  3. ratrodder34
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    Pic.............................................ture
     
  4. Uh.... Pictures!!!

    How many fingers am I holding up???
     

  5. metal man
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    If the running boards are hidden by the doors, it's '41 or later. Need pics.
     
  6. john~N~dallas
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    from the looks of it I think its the ultra elusive 1942...;)
     
  7. Wait a minute.....

    This is a trick question isn't it?

    All right where's the hidden camera?
     
  8. squirrel
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    My 39 had chrome hinges on the outside. Generally as time went on, things got hidden....so it makes no sense that a 39 would have hidden hinges,and a 40 would have them outside (on the same bodystyle of car).

    But also some guys put hidden hinges in.

    You're gonna have to give us some pictures
     
  9. I wish I knew how to post pictures!!
     
  10. harleycontracter
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    Looks like a 45 Chevy
     
  11. carlisle1926
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    What the hell is a gangster grille?
     
  12. BJR
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    From the blank grill the the blank side moldings I say it's a 43.
     
  13. squirrel
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  14. dorf
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    my 35 master cpe had hidden hinges,i think the sedans were outside so u cant go by years.
     
  15. and I thank you for your support.....Joe
     
  16. BOWTIE BROWN
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    Iam supporting you Joe ......I don't know either.
    Here is a '40.....holy crap....wrong ....a truck
     

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  17. millersgarage
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    I see photos
    ?!?! but I know nothing about Chevy's....
     
  18. ^^^ This
     
  19. Dchaz
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    It's hard to tell on my phone but I don't see the raised lower edge at the bottom of the doors or the place for the rocker trim so I guess it had running boards. It's not 41 and up
     
  20. Dchaz
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    A picture of the grill and front fenders would help. I believe the rear fenders on the 40-41 are the same shape and those look like 38-39. On my 41 the back of the rear fenders are more flat.
     
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  21. Halfdozen
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    It's a '40. It's obviously had some work, it would have originally had narrow stainless trim around the windshield and side windows, not the rear window. It would have had stainless belt line trim also, the Master 85 shell and doors had an embossed rib, no trim. Master series business coupes had the gas tank in the rear seat area and the filler in the passenger's rear quarter. Deluxe had the tank under the trunk floor and filler in the passenger's side rear fender. All '40 models had exterior trunk hinges. '40 had running boards, '41 and up had rockers. Look around inside the body shell and doors, I'm sure you'll find evidence of trim holes having been filled.

    Edit: The '40 was a one- year car. 37- 39's were much the same, shared a lot of parts, 41- 48's were much the same also. I had a '40 two door, now have a '40 Deluxe coupe.
     
  22. squirrel
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    having one inside and one outside door hinge, it's a 40
     
  23. Halfdozen
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    Yup.
     
  24. carlisle1926
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    He said in the first line that it has a "gangster grille". Isn't that good enough?
     
  25. Its where Al Capone used to go to eat a steak!
     
  26. Halfdozen
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    OP's added a couple pics of the front end. Grille and hood trim are all stock, except that the bull nose strip would have been chromed. The crank hole cover is a hard piece to find.
     
  27. WTF is a "gangster" grille? Looks like a stock grille to me....

    Charlie
     
  28. I didn't coin the name Gangster Grille, That's how Chevy's of the 40's refer to it, take it up with them!
     

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