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Dana Park's 1939 Master Deluxe

October 2018

Dana Park’s 1939 Master Deluxe

I purchased this car in May 2018 from a friend who
acquired the car from an estate dissolution.
This is an older build and there is evidence that this car was orange at one time.
That’s all the history I have.

Here is the scoop on the car.

1939 Master Deluxe, Model 39-1011 (Town Sedan)
A black car from the factory.

– Current paint is OEM Chrysler: Dark Garnet Red Pearlcoat.
– Engine: 350 with iron Vortec heads.
– Block hugger headers with stainless exhaust.
– Transmission: Turbo 400 from 1968 Chevelle 396
– Differential: 8.5″, 10-bolt from a Nova.
– Power steering
– Power brakes
– Vintage Air
– Cruise Control
– VDO gauges
– Tilt wheel
– Cloth interior and headliner
– OEM seats, recovered.
– One piece curved windshield.
– Front suspension: Mustang II.
– GM 11″ rotors with metric calipers.
– Power steering rack: 1976 TRW, 3-bolt mount.

Since purchase I have been performing a mechanical refresh on the car to bring all maintenance up to date.
– Everything on the front suspension has been replaced with the exception of the front cross member and spindles.
– Forward frame stripped and repainted.
– Replaced control arms, springs, shocks, bushings, ball joints and strut rods.
– All bolts and nuts replaced with with new grade 8.
– New calipers, brake hoses and resurfaced rotors with new bearings and seals.
– New power steering hoses.
– New power rack bushings.
– New complete 7″ headlight conversion assemblies, buckets and pans.
– New LED tail lights and LED third stop light on license plate frame.
– Transmission service: B & M shift kit with adjustable vacuum modulator.

As with any street rod, work will continue to improve the car and bring it to the best level possible.


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  1. spasso said on September 26, 2018 11:22 am:

    Correction on engine. It’s a plain old 355 L98 with iron heads.

  2. mike rockwell said on September 26, 2018 3:31 pm:

    Dana, nice ’39, looks right, sit’s right, nice color. Protect that nose, sticking out there with no protection. It would be a bad nose bleed if you touch something. I had a set of Zenith wires for about 6 months once, what a pain to clean. I have a ’47 Aero-Sedan custom. Have fun – Mike Rockwell

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    bear166 said on September 28, 2018 5:25 pm:

    Love your car. Looks like a lot of love and care went into it. Great job, thanks for sharing. Bear

  4. spasso said on October 1, 2018 1:23 pm:

    Hi Mike and Bear,
    The new springs have brought the nose up a couple of inches so that center pan under the grill isn’t quite so close, but still, I have to be careful around “turtles”.
    The wheels on this car are “Players”, at least 100 spokes. Not my first choice in wheels for this type of car. They belong on an Impala low rider. These will be changed in the future. Cleaning is done with a bottle brush on the lift.
    Love the Aero sedans. I like long-nose fat fender cars with art-deco streamlining. Aero sedan would be my next choice.
    Ultimately I would like to add a mid-late 30’s Packard.