Streetside Classics-Dallas/Fort Worth
5400 Sandshell Dr
Fort Worth, TX
Fort Worth, TX
While the post-WWII roots of hot rodding are firmly planted among young guys who took the lightest, cheapest cars they could find (old roadsters) and stuffed big engines under the hood to go faster, today's hot rodder prefers to cruise in comfort. This 1940 Chevrolet Master Deluxe streetrod is a great example of that trend, combining traditional hot rod tricks with a full-sized rod that has plenty of stretch-out space. Isn't that the point?
Constructed a few years (and 8,938 miles) ago, this cool two-door coupe sports a vivid Lite Chrome Yellow paint job that looks great on the pre-war body. The two-doors were among the most popular body styles at the time, combining practicality with a hint of sportiness and a more rakish profile than a four-door sedan. Chevrolet's designs in 1940 were modern and fresh, with well-integrated features like headlights built into the front fenders, and a spacious trunk out back, both of which were only recent innovations in 1940. This rod has been significantly modified, including some traditional hot rod tricks such as fiberglass fenders (the body and running boards are steel), deleted bumpers and trim, a chromed billet grille, a vented hood, and custom blue-dot taillights out back. All of the original trim was removed, giving it a very clean, monochromatic look, but the running boards, side mirrors, door handles, and trunk hinges all remain to retain that old-fashioned vibe.
Comfort was clearly a priority in building the interior, which features a pair of modern leather buckets that are incredibly plush, all-day comfortable, and in great condition. The door panels have been upholstered to match, as have the headliner and package tray behind the seats, while the plush tan carpets on the floors insulate the cabin from the outside world. The original dashboard has been painted to match the bodywork and offers a custom brushed metal insert that houses fancy Stewart Warner gauges, vents for a future HVAC system, and a Pioneer AM/FM/CD/AUX head unit that pumps tunes through the upgraded speakers in the kick panels. A cool leather-wrapped steering wheel comes mounted atop a tilt column anchors the cabin, and there's an auxiliary tachometer to the left it that keeps an eye on the revs. The trunk has been upholstered to match the interior, with tan carpets and custom side panels, and an aluminum fuel cell was installed out of the way in the back.
Neatly installed in the Chevy's engine bay, the 454 V8 features a host of upgrades that help this two-door hotrod really hammer down the street. It's a 1979 big block built by Mike's Machine Shop in OKC, and those pros bored it .030 over, added a mild cam, and bolted on an Edelbrock air-gap intake and big Edelbrock 4-barrel carburetor up top. The engine bay is a thing of beauty, with a bright yellow firewall and an organized block adorned with chrome valve covers and a big chrome air cleaner that all sparkle. The chassis includes a Mustang II independent front suspension, a rebuilt steering shaft and Borgeson steering joints, and power front disc brakes, while out back there's a 10-bolt posi-traction rear end filled with highway-friendly 2.73 gears. The transmission is a rugged TH400 3-speed automatic with a manual kick-down that is just the right partner, ensuring long life and reliability for this cruiser. Other features include Sanderson headers that feed into a Flowmaster dual exhaust system, and the Rocket Racing polished wheels wear staggered 195/55/16 front and 235/65/16 blackwall radials that give it exactly the right stance.
With less thank 9K miles on the clock since this rod was completed, you know it's bulletproof reliable. If you're a hot rodder who wants to cruise with his family, you need a sedan and this slick little two-door is an ideal choice. Call now!
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