Classic Auto Mall
6180 Morgantown Road
1936 Chevrolet Deluxe FA Coupe
"Mamma always said life is like a box of chocolates, you never know what you are going to get!" In a way Classic Auto Mall works on the same theory, in that one never knows what is coming through the door, but most times its sweet!
For consignment, a real sweet treat in the form of a blue and checkered all steel 1936 Chevrolet coupe. Very tasty looking and tastefully crafted retaining the original lines but custom with custom taillights, shaved bumpers and of course those 15-inch Weld wheels and huge rear tires. It is just dripping with visual flavor, and all packaged up ready to be gifted to its new owner. All in hot rod form, this 36 is a head turner.
Already starting with a gorgeous design, the builder of this car decided to make some improvements but still retain the all steel Chevrolet body. Shaved bumpers front and rear, custom taillights, along with body colored and chrome trimmed headlights hanging off of either side on the cowled hood. The turn signals have been removed on the front, but this does not detract from the long oval vertically ribbed grille, which presents very nicely. The radiator surround is bathed in Petty Blue which rises to the hood and continues throughout the body including the center hinged hood, the curvaceous fenders, running boards and doors. Torn into the paint on the hood cowling, doors, and rear quarter panel is a checkered flag motif complete with "cracks" emanating from the jagged edges. Tinted glass is reserved for the rear and side glass, and custom curved modern rear view side mirrors are attached to both doors. Adding a second layer to the box we note an electrically operated fresh air cowl, shaved door handles, and a motorized trunk lid. To further sugar coat this car, 15-inch Weld Draglite wheels are wrapped with 26x7.50-15's in front, and 31 x 15.50-15 steamrollers on the back. The bow on top is provided by dual tailpipes peeking out from under the center rear custom roll pan. Cherry!
Digging a bit deeper into our box we swing the suicide hinged doors and find a Barley zig zag pattern door coverings in leather which is highlighted by Barley broadcloth, a billet styled door actuator is also on. Moving inside we see a low backed split bench seat adorned with smooth overstuffed bolsters on the upper cushion along with a heavily padded insert all of which is separated by a fold down armrest. The lower cushion stretches door to door and is made up of smooth bolsters and single stitched tuck and roll for the inserts. A tasty Petty Blue covered steel dash front houses a bevy of round AutoMeter white faced gauges all fronted by a shiny billet styled rally wheel. This dash is highlighted above and below by Barley padding and on the lower are the outlets for the AC and controls for the hidden stereo system. On the rounded inner roof is a very tight and seamless fuzzy broadcloth headliner in beige and more beige for the carpeting that floods the floors and a billet style shifter in its own leather consolette is noted in the center. Power windows are noted, and their controls are in the glovebox along with the power trunk and cowl switches. A shout to the trunk which is all fixed up and has a custom fabricated covers for the wheel tubs. Suh-weeeet!
With some cars we need to sugar coat the description to make it sound better, but this car is fully enjoyed right out of the box. Some of that enjoyment comes from the 350ci V8 engine now stuffed under the cowled hood. It is all shiny and polished with neatly organized wiring and a polished intake grabbing fuel from a Holley 750cfm carburetor. A full MSD ignition system is on to light the fire reliably. On the back is a turbo 350 automatic transmission and sends power to a Ford 9" rear axle. All beautifully appointed with plenty of chrome and polished aluminum and the ripped in checkered flag wraps around the firewall for just that extra bit of sweetness.
No rust, just a perfectly painted and restored undercarriage consisting of straight Petty Blue steel. Up front a Mustang II suspension with adjustable coilovers is now on and on back a ladder bar with more adjustable coilovers is seen. Aerospace brakes disc brakes are on all 4 corners, and a Flowmaster exhaust is noted ending in dual pipes out the rear. Looking just great in Petty blue is the narrowed rear axle assembly which was done to accommodate the large rear tires.
Not unlike its candy references I've given it, this car is difficult to only have 1 ...lap around the test track so I took several and enjoyed the flavor of plenty of power, smooth as silk shifting, and tasty handling. Driving this car is definitely a sugar rush!
A beautiful job with all stones turned over on the restoration, interior and power train. Excellent color combo, some yummy shaving and Weld Draglite whe
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