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1939 Chevrolet Master 85 Business Coupe with '54 235ci Engine & T5 Transmission

1939 Chevrolet Master 85

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  • Item location:
    Wellsville, New York, United States
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    Master 85
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    Business Coupe
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    Manual T5 5-speed
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1939 Chevy Master 85 Business Coupe -

Virtually rust-free California car that we have owned since 1973 – about 600 miles since frame-off total rebuild

Only rust was pinholes and pitting with some rust-thru in the radiator support and the lower tailpan (both rebuilt with new metal) and a few pinholes/cracks in some of the fender lips

Professionally rebuilt ’54 straight-6 engine, 235 cubic inches – bored .60 over, line-bored, balanced, mild street cam, competition valve job, Fenton dual carb intake with dual Rochester carbs and ceramic coated, Fenton cast iron dual exhaust going to double-barreled shotgun pipes with stainless steel tips, Wane cast aluminum covers, Pertronics solid-state ignition, vintage Fram oil filter, and much much more

Professionally rebuilt T5 5-speed (‘90 Sonoma), 3.42 rearend (’96 Jimmy), ’91 Camero driveshaft, and Lokar/Hurst shifter

Front disk brakes (’78 GM), with Corvette aluminum master cylinder and 7” booster assembly hidden under dash, Kugel dual pedal assembly, and Wilwood master cylinder for hydraulic clutch, lightened and re-ringed flywheel, and new diaphragm clutch

Rebuilt I-beam front end with Vega steering box, Teflon lined cross-steering tie rods, and Flaming River tilt column

Rear suspension is Posies SuperSlide - front springs are Teflon lined as well, with Pete&Jakes front and rear shocks – lowers car about 2½” from stock, nicely centering the wheels in the fenders

Wheels are Vintiques Gennie Series 14 chrome rimmed 7x16 with 215/65-16 tires – spare is on a 5x15 rim to fit in trunk

Converted to 12 volt, one-wire alternator, Optima battery in aluminum box in the engine compartment, full gauges in aluminum dash, new wiring and fuseblocks under the dash, 3rd brake light, sealed beam ‘halo’ headlights, and New Port two-speed electric wipers

Hampton Coach camel mohair interior as original, Dynamat sound/heat shielding, automotive carpeting throughout, and gas shocks on the trunk lid

Re-chromed grill, all new glass (tinted quarters and rear),epoxy primer sealer, Champagne over Brown Sugar paint looks great, but is by no means a show job as this car was intended to be a vintage hot-rod with more modern features – and you gotta love the engine compartment with that long straight-6 and oh yes, it will scoot right along for a real Bonnie and Clyde driving experience on the back roads

Downsizing and moving into a downtown Philadelphia condo means that we will need to sell this car, so it has been priced well below its value – any questions please ask