This Month's Featured Ride - April 2010

Chip's 1932 Chevy

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Lady 32 as the license plate says was a 4 year project. The actual planning started when Brian and Amanda were young and complained about just being blown out of the back seat of our 1930 Chevy touring car. (Purchased from Tom Tully). So the search started. At a car show I overheard a conversation about a 32 Chevy that was complete but apart. My ears perked up and the hunt was on. The car was owned by a purist and since I am a member of the VCCA I pursued it with closed lips.

The 1932 Chevrolet Deluxe Confederate 4 Door Sedan was a rolling chassis with the body barely bolted down and the parts thrown inside. Beth took one look and said “… are you kidding?” I had a good idea what and how I was going to modify the car but I also know some of the original parts were NOT going to the junk yard but were going to be passed on or sold to those in the know. The whole drive train was sold and parts were used on a car that participated in the Interstate Battery Great Race.

In late 1993- 94 the Lady had a few small virgin voyages around to some local meets. I was very please with my accomplishment, we never were stranded and she rode like a champ. The first long run was to York in June 1994, on a lark with 397 miles on it and because I wanted to have it checked over by other eyes, I had it inspected by the NSRA safety team. You can imagine our surprise when it won the NSRA York Safety Award. We now have over 10,000 miles and lots of memories.

Many of the parts used in the Lady were creatively acquired by a family member in the automotive business. Thank God he keeps changing jobs!

Below is a partial list of modifications done to produce the car you see in the beautiful pictures taken by Russ Hagios at the LISRA 2009 Fall Foliage run.

  • Steel insert in top to replace original canvas

  • GM paint in Dark Cranberry

  • 327 Engine, 350 Turbohydro with Lokar Shifter

  • Progressive Automotive front end with tubular control arms, manual rack and pinion steering, power disc front with drum rear brakes.

  • Cadillac Tilt/telescopic steering column

  • Cadillac Power front buckets with original rear seats. Interior Re-Upholstered by Joe Brienza of Bay Shore

  • Ron Francis Wiring by Beth and Chip

  • Custom Oak dash with VDO Gauges by Chip

  • Eaton AC with GM Compressor

  • Walker radiator and Condenser

  • Cragar 14” Star Wire Wheels

Thanks go to: My patient wife, Beth, Tom Tully, Frank Sadlowski, Chris Price and George Oestel for their assistance in building this car.







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