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Marco Ciccone's 1949

July 2016

Marco Ciccone's 1949 Chevy Fleetline

This is my story first off its a 49 Chevy fleet line deluxe 4 door torpedo back as some will call it. Made here in Canada before they converted it into a Pontiac plant in the 50's. 5 years ago I bought a small block so I could learn how to rebuild a engine. Then I was asked, what are you going to put it in? A friend of mine found a 1952 Chevy Pickup in Ontario for $700. After 2 weeks of back and forth I booked a hotel and trailer and got ready to drive down. Three days before I was suppose to pick it up, the man called me to say he couldn't find the papers proving he owned it so I could only get it for parts. So now I have a hotel room and trailer reserved for the weekend, my wife was set to be out of town and has no idea about this endeavor, so I kept looking and finally found this car. I contacted the man asking if he had the paperwork and we start talking about the price. He was asking $1800 but I talked him down to $1200. Upon getting there I see the car is in very bad condition so I talked him down again to $630. My wife had a fit the first time she saw the car, but in the end she accepted the idea as long as she could pick the color. I started off with the floors and then the frame i put a 81 cutlass rear diff (It came with an original factory 4 link), Corvette shocks, and a Mustang II front end all on air ride. All of it fit very well. I used camaro long tube headers. A S10 transmission with a TCI manual valve body. 305 cammed pistons, head work with a old b&m blower, full electrical pumps, 12v conversions etc... the list could go on forever.  All fit very well as if gm never changed the frame angles in 60 years, I had no issues with anything. After 3 years of working on it, my plan was to have it ready for my wedding in 2014. Unfortunately we did not make the deadline. The body work took a lot more time then anticipated. Originally this car's body lines did not line up and even with the high quality parts I installed, it was still a lot of work (Keep in mind that most parts available are for 2 doors, 4 door parts are harder to come by). Often I had to use the 2 door parts and make them work. In the Summer of 2015 I painted it and in the Summer of 2016 i drove it for the first time. With everything that i've done, there is no car I've ever driven that can compare to this. My small block is running around 400hp with the blower. No seatbelts so it's bouncy. You have to constantly look at all your gauges so you don't brake something but i don't care. Because at the age of 26 to 29 I have taken probably the worst car and turned it into what you see today. Would I do another project like this? Yes, when the right car comes along I'm sure I will look and fall in love and start the process all over again.

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    ButchSears said on July 22, 2016 5:21 am:

    Love to read your story. My 1949 is the two door but it still has the 216.5 original engine.

  2. Taxman said on July 22, 2016 5:56 pm:

    Great restoration. Great story. Very sweet looking ride. How’s the gas mileage

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    mmjciccone said on October 10, 2016 7:48 am:

    @taxman i have no idea every time i drive i put money lol thank you all for the comments