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Travis Smith's 1939 Business Coupe

July 2015

Travis Smith’s 1939 Business Coupe

The 1939 Chevy business coupe was my second car when I was about 17 years old and it was made the same year I was. So, it was a natural pick when I was finally able to build my first hot rod! Having travelled most of my life, my first hot rod came late in life.

Like most people my age I let all of my old cars go for little or nothing (kicking myself now). When I finally did find a complete car I paid 100 times as much as for the original ($35.00)! That was just the beginning of the build. I found a set of frame rails in the Arizona desert, they were for an Opera coupe, so I had to put spacers between the frame and body in the rear – but that worked!

All undercarriage is after-market. Mustang II front clip, manual rack-and-pinion steering, and a Curry rear-end. Power plant is a Chevy 350 beefed a little, 700R4 tranny with custom built drive shaft. The all metal body is all I used off of the complete car I bought, the rest was sold to a gentleman in Germany who already had a body, but no frame. All electrical is after-market and, since I had room behind the front seats, under the floorboard, all major electrical components are located there.

Chevs of the 40s helped with many of the parts I needed and I was able to find some on ebay. It has been approximately a three year project and I am glad to see it finished. Now I can show and enjoy it!

Thanks for listening,

  1. tbaker45 said on August 28, 2015 10:44 am:

    Travis, good Job.. I have the same car it has been in my family since 1957. I’m putting have a new chassis going in with a 383 and 700R4. would love to share info sometime and would take some tips. Tim you can find on Gmail – tbaker45