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1939 Chevrolet Coupe
One of the significant changes seen on the 1939 Chevrolet Master Series JB's included a longer hood. The headlights also sat atop the front fenders. Many thought the new fender and grill design of the 1939 models gave it a look similar to the Cadillac of its time. By means of its 1939 production line, Chevrolet truly attempted to attract the business class buyer. The model offered luxurious and top-of-the-line designs and accessories. The 1939 Chevy JA and JB models both met with excellent sales success.
Here we proudly present to you a 1939 Chevrolet Coupe in street rod form. While it does have a high horsepower V8, it doesn't have ridiculously wide rear tires and wheels, a wild color scheme or even any flames. What it also does have is heartbreakingly beautiful original lines, all steel panels, a perfect stance, and a Chevrolet crate engine with definite tricks added, and a gorgeous interior made for travel, and that's what this car did. Drive to shows and win awards, all the while getting 22-24 miles to the gallon!
Finished in a very deep coating of PPG urethane Red, this 1939 Chevy shines from head to toe. Superbly polished factory brite work adds a taste of modernization while retaining the original classic line. Clean metal painted red running boards span between modestly shaped fenders, which over time later models will do away with. Paint is nice and shiny and is overall very nicely preserved with decently minded gaps and a few chip offs around the door hinges. A wonderful diminishing V grille undulates with the hood and fenders and on top of each front fender is a bullet cased headlight. The curved trunk lid has been shaved of all the badging, giving it a slick aero look. The rear bumper has been polished and chrome tipped dual exhaust can be seen peeking out below. 17 and 18-inch polished American Racing Torque Thrust wheels with faux knock off hubs are shod in staggered low profile rubber all around.
With a pop of the handleless doors we are met with a sea of smooth saddle vinyl with undulating horizontal stitching for the door panels. These have billet cranks and billet handles for the actuators along with more billet for the power window toggles. Slipping inside, we find ourselves on 2 tuck and roll stitched saddle late model bucket seats with high headrests. In the back there is a storage area, package tray and map pocket all finished in saddle leather and vinyl. The original dash has been customized with body matching red paint over the steel and a custom brushed aluminum instrument cluster backing. This houses a lineup of round cream faced vintage looking Classic Instruments gauges with shiny bezels. In the dash center now a steel plate in red has been installed and in front of the passenger is the glovebox with wing like decals and a NOS systems clock/computer. Down low, centrally located under the dash is the controller for the AC system but no provision for heat is noted. The headliner is covered in smooth saddle vinyl and provides a home for a small console and an AM/FM/CD stereo. Ultra clean camel colored carpeting floods the floors and noted is a Lokar shifter in a small vinyl wrapped consolette.
Under the centrally hinged hood is a consignor stated ZZ4 350ci V8 crate engine, very clean and spit shined with smatterings of chromed covers and heat shields shoehorned into a clean red engine bay. This blinged out mill is capable of making a consignor stated 355hp. Atop is a polished intake manifold and Edelbrock 4-barrel carburetor. A 700R4 transmission which is a 4-speed automatic is attached. It has a 2500rpm stall converter and an adjustable lock up controller. A Ford 9" rear axle with 3.25 gears puts the power to the pavement. Looking good under this hood worth noting is the aluminum radiator and electric cooling fan.
Very little patina and surface rust is seen, just a sea of black paint and rust proofing for the floors, body hangers, and frame which has had a few supports added. Breaking up the sea of black is a red painted drivetrain which adds some nice contrast. Mustang II independent coil springs for the front suspension and leaf springs for the back are seen along with power disc brakes now on front and power drums for the rear. Headers and glasspack style mufflers are also installed for the exhale.
Upon the fire up we were met with a nice throaty sound. Popping it into gear is effortless and we were off to the test track. This car has good acceleration, a nice ride, good brakes, and superior handling. All functions were working well during our test drive.
The advertising of the day may have been uneventful, however this car sets the standard for the tagline "getting everything right." Certainly, the quality of build, attention to detail, and hours of painstakingly researching and installing
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