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    '39 Chevy Coupe project.

    Nothing really to report, but figured I'd start this here vs. keep posting on the swap meet thread. So here's the same images from the swap meet.











    The seller delivered it late yesterday afternoon during another downpour of rain. So even assessing the car just wasn't any fun after getting soaked unloading it. And unloading proved to be a chore too!
    First the seller trailer had a 3/4" plywood deck that was rotted, so one rear tire sunk into the deck creating a hole! Then as we rolled it off the front tire turned with no steering box. As I went up to turn it the other tire was pointed a different direction! That's when I looked underneath and noticed the tierods weren't connected! Independent front wheels didn't make steering it off the trailer very easy!
    Finally got it off, and then with a guy on each front wheel we tried to push it into position and keep the wheels parallel. Wasn't easy, but got it done. Then I simply covered it up, and went inside to dry out.
    But some really good news too! I never looked at the title, or asked what state it was from. But turned out to be a current Oregon clear title, and a matching vin tag he had inside the same envelope! So it wont even need a vehicle inspection like an out of state car would need! One less hassle, and expense for me!
    Hopefully we'll get a break in the rain someday, and I can get all the parts out of the car, and get a closer look at what I'm up against with the rust repairs.
    Vall

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    Vall these always look good with a slight dump to the front, kind of accents the fat front end on them
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    Very Exciting. Love it.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Road Angels View Post
    Vall these always look good with a slight dump to the front, kind of accents the fat front end on them
    That's what I think too Lash! A lower front stance, but not too high in the back either.

    Looking around at front suspension options has revealed that people tend to go for the 1st gen Camaros, or pre '74 Novas. Both rear steer subframes. The other choice is MII crossmembers and expensive systems, which run about $1200-$1500!!! I think I'll rule out the MII, unless I stumbled into something cheap.
    The early subframes are getting harder to find, and prices going higher. So I might look at later front side steering Camaro-Nova subframes. Not sure why guys avoid them, as the front side steer have much better geometry, and factory disc brakes. Not a big fan of either subframe from a standpoint of their bulky size. But it does make engine locating a breeze, and makes a nice factory setup for parts if needed.
    And I haven't ruled out a drop tube axle yet either. It could get the stance I want if I use fairly flat springs, and a 4"-6" drop tube.
    Vall

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    Even if you are not a fan of pro street this one looks cool...maybe a little to low...but man it is one hell of a platform to work from https://seattle.craigslist.org/tac/c...835102269.html also https://portland.craigslist.org/clk/...860804238.html and some candy https://portland.craigslist.org/clk/...859572862.html and cheaper https://corvallis.craigslist.org/pts...857376873.html
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    That '38 is gorgeous! As you mentioned, slightly lower than I want to go, and not enough nose down stance for what I prefer. I'd raise it an in or two in front, and maybe 3" in the rear. Make it more driveable around town.
    Vall

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    Here's a '39 that belongs to a guy I know in my area. It's been pretty much as is for the last 40 years or so, although it was stored away and unseen for a number of years. I always thought it was sitting on a stock Mustang II crossmember and suspension but the pic looks like it has spring eyes showing. I just looked at it again last Friday but can't remember for sure. I always liked his licence plate and MANIAC is his HAMB screen name, too.
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    Depending on weather you like air bags this has possibilities... maybe get him down a little more on price https://seattle.craigslist.org/see/p...857536519.html or spend the money on this only 7 tens of an inch longer than stock https://seattle.craigslist.org/see/c...839201827.html
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    bitppity boppaty bump Ohhhhhhhhhhhh boyyyyyyyyyyyyyyy this is going to be fun.....................
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    Quote Originally Posted by ol blue View Post
    Here's a '39 that belongs to a guy I know in my area. It's been pretty much as is for the last 40 years or so, although it was stored away and unseen for a number of years. I always thought it was sitting on a stock Mustang II crossmember and suspension but the pic looks like it has spring eyes showing. I just looked at it again last Friday but can't remember for sure. I always liked his licence plate and MANIAC is his HAMB screen name, too.
    That's pretty much the stance, and appearance I'd like! Great looking car! I think you're right about seeing possibly spring eyes under the front fenders? Unless it's just the frame horns extended out?
    Vall

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