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PostSubject: 1940 Chevy Business Coupe...   Wed Nov 05 2008, 03:50

As you can see most of my cars are original faded or burnt through paint, i have been hankering for a new project i can get stuck into and really go to town on without worrying about chopping a nice original car or destroying what i see as lovely original patina... My trained proffesion is vehicle bodywork and painting so i feel it's time to dust off the old spray gun and have a play Smile

i was looking for a 39 Cevy business coupe but they seem to be really thin on the ground... then i came across this 40 which shape wise the more i look at the more i love!

the car is still in the US and is awaiting shipment to the UK, i can't wait to see it in the flesh!









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PostSubject: Re: 1940 Chevy Business Coupe...   Wed Nov 05 2008, 10:52

Dude that is awesome! I'm sure it'll look awesome when you've worked your magic on it!
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PostSubject: Re: 1940 Chevy Business Coupe...   Mon Nov 24 2008, 01:35

Here's a few goodies i found for the 40 on ebay that were missing or i just bought as spares...

These are the panels that go between the bonnet and the front wings, i was chuffed to find these especially for the price i got them for...




I needed this boot hinge as the original is broken




This is the front bonnet badge that was missing




this are the pieces that go either side of the bonnet badge, again missing.




A pair of NOS glass rear light lenses, they weren't missing but for the price well worth having as spares i reckon.




Again not missing but i have some plans for the grille and don't want to hack the original about and then then decide i liked it as it was better...




Just goes to show even with an American car(depending how popular it was) that's almost 70 years old you can still find pretty much anything fairly quickly new or second hand Smile
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PostSubject: Re: 1940 Chevy Business Coupe...   Thu Nov 27 2008, 09:49

Good work dude!
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PostSubject: Re: 1940 Chevy Business Coupe...   Wed Jan 14 2009, 03:08

I had a bit of a shock this morning...

This car is suposed to be still sitting in the warehouse in LA as i was waiting for some parts to arrive there for it and i don't have any need for it to be back here yet... i was expecting the Pontiac to arrive in the next couple of weeks. i called my shipping company here in the UK to check dates etc and they told me the 40 is due to arrive on the 23rd Jan and they have no news on the Pontiac so it looks like they shipped them the wrong way around!!!

quite exciting that i'll see it soon in the flesh but a complete finacial nightmare as i will have to pay for the shipping on the 40 and i wont have the Pontiac here to sell before the Chevy arrives as planned somf(
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PostSubject: Re: 1940 Chevy Business Coupe...   Wed Jan 14 2009, 04:05

Good job you phoned them Tim, big panic and head shaking at the docks when you went to collect otherwise!
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PostSubject: Re: 1940 Chevy Business Coupe...   Thu Feb 05 2009, 15:28

Well i finally got to pick the beast up today... I am so over the moon with it in every way! avin

i am too tired to post more pics now but i will soon.

if you haven't seen it this is the fun we had collecting it from the docks...

http://rhrco.forumotion.com/general-chat-and-introductions-f6/fun-and-games-picking-up-the-40-chevy-today-t382.htm
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PostSubject: Re: 1940 Chevy Business Coupe...   Fri Feb 06 2009, 01:54



The car is a 1940 Chevrolet Special Deluxe business coupe, that means it was top of the range(it had a heater Laughing ) and was basically a traveling salesmans car with a front bench seat and the fuel tank under where the rear seat would have been so there's more luggage room in the boot and behind the front seat where the rear seat would be normally.

here's what i've found so far...

The body is in amazing condition rust wise, the only through rust i have found is on the rear valance outwards of the bumper irons, the rear R/H wing front and rear edge and a tiny bit along the inside of the bottom of the drivers door. the floor is really clean inside the car and the whole of the underside of the car is really dry with only light surface rust. Amazing for a car that's 69 years old and looks so messy on the outside It looks like the last owner has been playing with the bodywork over the years, there are lots of areas that are bare metal or just have a light coat of primer over them, and you can see bondo on the body around the boot lid and on the boot lid it's self, but generaly it's very straight and there are lots of areas where you can see the original Kingston grey paint. Very Happy

The car also seems very complete, most of what was missing on the photos was inside the car including the hood badges, rear bumper, overriders, bonnet drop side panels and rear fender. the biggest part it's missing is the seat. Mechanically it seems pretty complete too, the motor turns over and is just missing it's dizzy cap. not that all that matters as mechanically pretty much everything will be replaced.

so as you can imagine after buying the car from only four crap photos and an more less useless description, now i've see it in the flesh i am a very happy man indeed! Very Happy




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PostSubject: Re: 1940 Chevy Business Coupe...   Fri Feb 06 2009, 03:38

some pics...





























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PostSubject: Re: 1940 Chevy Business Coupe...   Fri Feb 06 2009, 04:03

Very nice Very Happy
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PostSubject: Re: 1940 Chevy Business Coupe...   Fri Feb 06 2009, 05:04

rock

if it wasn't snowing..therefore making it impossible to get the beemer out due to 9" wide summer tyres and a zero grip....I'd come and have a nose!!

looks very good..........
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PostSubject: Re: 1940 Chevy Business Coupe...   Fri Feb 06 2009, 06:59

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if it wasn't snowing..therefore making it impossible to get the beemer out due to 9" wide summer tyres and a zero grip....I'd come and have a nose!!

looks very good..........

Don't say things like that or I'll be over as well. He'll never get anything done Very Happy
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PostSubject: Re: 1940 Chevy Business Coupe...   Fri Feb 06 2009, 07:22

Nice pictures Tim. Glad to see that the trailer is working again.....
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PostSubject: Re: 1940 Chevy Business Coupe...   Fri Feb 06 2009, 07:53

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Nice pictures Tim. Glad to see that the trailer is working again.....

i had to hire the trailer, it wouldn't fit on mine...
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PostSubject: Re: 1940 Chevy Business Coupe...   Fri Feb 06 2009, 08:35

Looks really cool!

Didn't realise it was that big!

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PostSubject: Re: 1940 Chevy Business Coupe...   Mon Feb 09 2009, 15:54

Damn... i paid $550 more for my 40, i reckon it was a bargain compared to this one...

http://cgi.ebay.com/ebaymotors/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&item=270336935901&sspagename=ADME%3AB%3AWNA%3AGB%3A1123&viewitem=



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PostSubject: Re: 1940 Chevy Business Coupe...   Mon Feb 09 2009, 16:26

Noticed something that looked like it might be a letter on the passenger door above the chrome trim... after a bit of cleaning we found it says 'KEEP PASSENGER DOOR CLOSED' i can't see any other writting on the lower doors but they have both been sanded before that nasty red/orange paint was applied.... the writting was probably from it's days as a comercial back in it's early life... if only i could trace it's roots... Sad

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PostSubject: Re: 1940 Chevy Business Coupe...   Thu Feb 12 2009, 05:32

http://www.volkszone.com/VZi/showthread.php?t=529588

Saw this on VZi and as you get a mention i thought i'd best post it up here!

http://www.jalopyjournal.com/forum/showthread.php?t=333635





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PostSubject: Re: 1940 Chevy Business Coupe...   Thu Feb 12 2009, 06:05

sam@bugeyeddesigns wrote:
http://www.volkszone.com/VZi/showthread.php?t=529588

Saw this on VZi and as you get a mention i thought i'd best post it up here!

Just after i had bought mine i was flicking through one of my old Rod & Kulture magazines i came upon an article on that very car... it has been inspiring me since and i have priced all the suspension with Alex Gambino just the same as that one so i can get mine as low Smile all i need to do now is save up 3,500 to get it all ordered confused

i'm liking the suede paint to... may well go down that route in a different colour Smile
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PostSubject: Re: 1940 Chevy Business Coupe...   Thu Feb 12 2009, 06:09

Oranges and rustic browns have had there day think the in colour will be green for a couple more years yet. I am not looking forward to all the pastal colours coming back into fashion that was a sh!t few years
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PostSubject: Re: 1940 Chevy Business Coupe...   Thu Feb 12 2009, 06:13

Lily Bus wrote:
Oranges and rustic browns have had there day think the in colour will be green for a couple more years yet. I am not looking forward to all the pastal colours coming back into fashion that was a sh!t few years

Oh bugger, i was thinking of doing it green but if it's going to be fashionable i may well change my mind confused
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PostSubject: Re: 1940 Chevy Business Coupe...   Thu Feb 12 2009, 06:18

Have you not noticed that it all seems to be green at the moment. Soon checkered will be back around
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PostSubject: Re: 1940 Chevy Business Coupe...   Thu Feb 12 2009, 07:02

We're still hoping you'll gasser it Wink
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PostSubject: Re: 1940 Chevy Business Coupe...   Thu Feb 12 2009, 07:22

sam@bugeyeddesigns wrote:
We're still hoping you'll gasser it Wink


Not this car! sick
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PostSubject: Re: 1940 Chevy Business Coupe...   Thu Feb 12 2009, 07:27

Tim wrote:
sam@bugeyeddesigns wrote:
We're still hoping you'll gasser it Wink


Not this car! sick

I've just done a quick google search for gasser'd 1940 chevy coupes and they do not look right thumbdwn

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