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I have had this 1938 Chevy Coupe since 1974. In the '90's I got to hanging around a Streetrod crowd. Installed Must II, Versailles disc rear, Ac, stereo, bla bla bla. Well I kinda lost interest in it the last few years so I decided to take it back to the way it was when we first met, except with a 409, 348 3-2's, and TH400. Here are a few progress pics.

Here it is in its Streetrod trim.


Here is the first of the deconstruction phase, sold the streetrod chassis that was under it.


Bought a 38 sedan just for the frame, here it is with the '09 sitting on it


Home made fenderwell headers


Had the headers ceramic coated


More progress since these pics but all I have time for now.
 

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Really nice job, EZ! So glad you decided to take the '38 to another level. Definitely going to be an awesome ride! Thanks for sharing your project with us.
 

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The radius looks good. I like your heat shields for the mufflers. Did you just roll some expanded metal for those?
 

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The radius looks good. I like your heat shields for the mufflers. Did you just roll some expanded metal for those?
Heat shields are 1/2" perforated 16 ga steel. A welder buddy has some left over from a job and he turned me on to it. I cut it with a cutoff wheel then rolled them in my home made slip roller. Worked out great and the price was right! Here's a better pic.


Built some stacks for the 3-2's today.

 

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Finally got all the pieces in one pile and pulled it outside to see how it looks from a distance.



I don't like the little baby air cleaners that are available for 3-2's so I made some stubby stacks for the rochesters and mounted some decent sized K&N filters on them.

 

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I've always wondered how those tiny 1-2 barrel air cleaners could flow enough air? Those K&N's look much better for performance!
 

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Finally got to take it out and play with it yesterday and its Bad A$$. I hope I can stay out of trouble with it. It makes lots of noise when you push the Loud Pedal all the way down. :)
 

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Wow ez
Nice car. Great idea buying another frame. No regrets no looking back. Love the headers. I want something like that on my mg build. Nose hi, black with flames. It doesn't get more gasser than that. This is a great build. Thanks for posting great pics.
Mario
 

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Taking the Coupe on its first trip out town to Pistons and Paint car show in Denton Texas Saturday. About a 120 mile round trip. 3.73 gears, 28" tires. I figure 60 mph should be about 2700 RPM. Shouldn't hurt a fresh 409. I've put about 50 miles on it around town and a few short trips to the country to open it up. Outta be a fun Saturday.
 

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Sounds like the perfect distance for it's first out of town trip! Don't forget to take a tool bag, just in case! I have one made up and sitting in the garage, and it goes in the trunk whenever I go more than 10-15 miles from home. I call it my insurance bag.
 
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