Classic Auto Mall
6180 Morgantown Road
1937 Chevrolet Tudor
Hot rods first appeared in the late 1930s in southern California, where people raced modified cars on dry lake beds northeast of Los Angeles, under the rules of the Southern California Timing Association (SCTA), among other groups. This gained popularity after World War II, particularly in California, because many returning soldiers had received technical training. The first hot rods were old cars (most often Fords, typically Model Ts, 192831 Model As, or 1932-34 Model Bs), modified to reduce weight. Engine swaps often involved fitting the Ford flathead V8 engine (known as the "flatty") into a different car, was common practice.
For consignment a truly handmade original which started out as a project bought as the third owner of the car, and turn it into a hot rod that a husband and wife can drive to shows and pursue their hobby, while building a first class hot rod. It has its original frame, a 350 Chevy/350 Transmission setup, Dakota Digital Dash, Vintage Air, Painless Wiring, and a snappy two tone paint job in metallic splendor. A turnkey driver and show car, why not let it be your new passion?
Rebuilt from the frame up, it is now bathed in Magenta Metallic, and a teal like Sunshade Green Metallic two tone. A stainless steel front grille shines wildly and is flanked by a single bullet cased headlight on either side. A shiny mirror-like curved front bumper frames the grille and fenders which present in the Magenta Metallic. This color pulls upward over the fenders in front, and takes a deep dive towards the rear fender, covering the doors on the bottoms and the running board in the magenta. The hood cowl, headlight casings split front windshield, roof, and most of the doors as well as the back of the car is draped by the sunshade green. All chrome is looking shiny, with slight areas of some dulling, but overall remains nice, including the flying maiden up front on the hood in art deco styling. A large back side passenger window allows a panoramic view for the rear passengers, and the trunk of the car is in humpback style complete with small taillights on metal stalks protruding rearward on either side. A front view of the car shows the curved outward mirror posts with a round chromed mirror on top seen on both doors. Paint is good overall,, showing some areas of cracking, but retaining its shine from the 1995 covering. A rear bumper curved much like the front bumper is shiny and nice, and frames the trunk lid, also had dual chrome tipped exhaust peeking out from underneath. Weld all aluminum and all polished racing rims and wheels are wrapped by like new radials all around.
A swing of the doors reveals a continuation of the teal and magenta motif, along with some white, and black vinyl accenting. Stitched into the panels is "Bitchin' 37 Chevy", and these multi colored panels sport some large buttons for accenting. For the passengers, dual large gray buttoned overstuffed buckets in front in good condition, and two more buckets rest side by side in back, utilizing the similar overstuffed buttoned lii also in gray. Gray feeling covers some of the inside panels, and gray carpet floods the floors, all in good condition. A metal dash upfront painted in the teal has a ribbed aluminum panel housing green LED Dakota digital gauges, fronted by a newer steering wheel. Hanging below the dash is recently recharged Vintage Air, and also seen is a Lokar long stem shifter. Above is a nice tight multi paneled headliner just pristine!
Opening the dual cowled hood, we are greeted with a Chevrolet 350 ci small block engine courtesy of a 78 Camaro. This engine has been rebuilt, and is topped with a 4-barrel carburetor, and a Performance RPM intake manifold. Also noted are headers and cast aluminum valve covers with a bowtie badge in the center. On back is a 350 automatic transmission rebuilt along with the rear recently rebuilt.
Looking at a solid structural frame underneath, some new parts have been added in the form of a polyurethane gas tank, disc brakes, dual stainless steel exhaust and a Mustang II front suspension. Very little surface rust is seen throughout and is looking all good underneath. A fine job in the build, obviously a labor of love.
This hot rod lives up to its name as it fired right up, sounded great, and took off with vigor to the test track. Here it has nice smooth acceleration, smooth shifting, and good braking with the 4-wheel discs. No rattles or squeaks, and all was functioning on the control front including the Vintage Air blowing nice and cold. The seats are like your recliner at home, so beware of falling asleep while driving!
A truly homebuilt project with the teamwork of a husband and wife, well documented with photos, and all brand name quality parts used in the build. This mid 90's hot rod has a retro color
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