1940 Chevy Coupe Build

JohnCar Sales, Cool Cars, RestorationDecember 12, 20150 Comment

1940 Chevy Coupe Build consist Of  barn Fresh 1940 Chevrolet 2door Sedan Rust Free Body 

With a clean Washington State Title Last Registered in 1980 



1940 Chevy Build Original Dry car from Washington

                   Inside peek at the Floors  Rock Solid




1940 chevrolet Fatman Fabrication Chassis

First and most significantly, plan your Project

1940 Chevy Coupe Build

 Know the way you wish to have it to look when its finished.

This shall be repeated routinely on the grounds that it cant be mentioned adequate. Do you intend for it to be hi-tech or ancient kind? Billet Wheels or Painted Steelies? Pr-street? Pro-traveling? Floor scrapping low?

Will  It’ll be a a low mileage exhibit car or a limited-access highway flyer for pass nation cruisin? Set up parameters based on truth and not just wishful pondering.

Blown colossal Block Motors hardly ever make just right long distance cruisers. Tremendous inch wheels look incredible on some cars however tradeoff trip remedy for appears through requiring quick sidewalls that do not soak up street shock. Don’t forget there’s a tradeoff to the whole thing so save your self time, money and aggravation with the aid of planning your venture for your new Chevy Chassis.

Secondly, preserve in mind that you’re building a car. You’ll be utilizing old steel body, however manufacturing process 60+ years in the past were not very precise and there are minor versions in all these ancient cars and minor changes are seemingly on every step of the vehicle, so plan for that and scan match everything earlier than you paint or powdercoat something.

We picked Fatman Fabrication frames our 40 chevy


They are constructed of two” x 4″ x .188″ mandrel bent rectangle tubing with 1″ x 2″ x .A hundred and twenty” mandrel bent x-member. They’re made to follow the usual form and form and to suit with usual body mounts,include radiator mount holes, bumper mount holes, the topside physique mount holes and strolling board mounts.

Lets go over each and every aspect of the 40 Chevy Chassis:
Font Suspension, Brakes, master Cylinder & power Brake options, Rear Suspension, Sway Bars, Rearends, Engine/Transmissions & body conclude
entrance Suspension:

Fatman frames or Chevy Chassis come ordinary with Stage II suspension, which makes use of coil springs and stock MII shocks. The experience top is approximately 4″ scale back than inventory peak and monitor width comes stock (56 half”) width. Tire to fender clearance is sufficient on these cars, however awareness must be paid to your wheel and tire spacing. 7″ or smaller wheels match the first-class.

Stage III coilovers are our most widespread choice for the entrance end Chevy Chassis seeing that mild height adjustment, first-class shock and just right looks that match the polish stainless tubular manage arms that is normal on all frames.

Air Ride  experience is available in either “cool” journey (Stage IV) or Shockwave (Stage V). “Cool” ride has the air spring in position of the coil spring and teh shock established at the back of the manage arms. Shockwaves are just like how a coilover looks and mounts with the shock inside the air spring. A compressor process is needed with both options.

One more consideration with Air experience is the Brakes. On the grounds that the air springs are better in diameter a caliper with the banjo bolt on the backside as a substitute of the aspect is required. The Wilwood caliper choices a Wilwood or endure complete process is recommended.

Manual Rack & Pinion steering normal on any of our “roller frames” and our Chevy Chassis, but power steering is on hand as an alternative and is most likely advocated. Shocks are as a rule the most important element in experience remedy and handling of a auto. Shocks are the “brains” of the front suspension considering that it controls the speed of the suspension itself. NASCAR teams take dozens of shocks to the monitor, however handiest a pair pair of springs. Monroe fuel charged shocks are typical and do a excellent job, however Carerra and QA1 have adjustable shocks that we will provide that enable you to fine tune your ride alleviation and dealing with of your automobile.

something to maintain in intellect as we talk about brakes in your Chevy Chassis is that some men and women use larger brakes to “fill” their new colossal billet wheels or as a “gown up”, with out even given that the safeguard part. 1937-40 Chevys in most cases weigh about the equal as a inventory Mustang II automobile, however don’t forget greater brakes are higher brakes. You have got never heard of anyone say “if I had much less brakes I would have particularly nails that vehicle”.

Fatman Fabrication frames and Chevy Chassis come normal with ECI or similar kits that use early GM “big” piston calipers and provide 65% extra braking potential than the inventory Mustang II. These 11″ disc brakes use OEM constituents which are effortlessly serviceable units making use of elements that are available at your local auto materials retailer, will have to you ever have got to make an emergency restore. 5 lug 4 half of” (Ford pattern) is usual. 5 lug four 3/4″ (Chevy sample w/12mm x 1.5mm metric studs) it is also available however use the above stated small piston GM calipers.

We’ve a number of choices for your Chevy Chassis from Wilwood, ECI or Baer Brakes.

Wilwood has an alumiumum GM giant piston substitute caliper with the banjo bolt int he porper location ad it nonetheless uses the OEM brake pads. Entire Wilwood huge brake kits are available that uses aluminum hubs, 4 piston aluminum black clipers with eleven”, 12″ or 13″ rotors. Drilled rotors and plished calipers are also choices on these kits.

No matter which Brake option you opt for, be certain you may have security on your mind

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master Cylinder & power Brake options:


We use common automobile steel brake traces for brake plumbing. These D.O.T. Authorized, show fine looking and will final a lifetime. Whilst you see the bent traces you’ll be able to swear a computer did it. We also us braided stainless flex hoses from the frame to the calipers. Metering valves are used with disc/drum applications, 2psi residual strain valves are used between master cylinder and discs and 10psi residual pressure valves are used with drums.
Rear Suspension:

We use Chasiss Engineering  leaf springs on the rear. They are able to be setup to accommodate either the ordinary or extremely-low journey trip heights. They furnish first-class trip fine and adjust for changes in load (humans, gas and luggage) very good. They are nice for inventory width frame, but don’t work well with frame rails which were narrowed to accommodate higher tires. Four link rear suspension (both parallel or tri-link) is used with coilovers or Air experience. We in general suggest the air Rid on the rear because of the flexibility afforded with the variable strain. Coliover don’t accommodate changes in load good as they have given spring cost that may be relaxed in an empty auto, now not heavy adequate in auto loaded with additional stuff. The Air Rid can also be set for a cozy experience and appropriate trip top at the push of a button regardless of the load. Bear in mind a compressor fill package is required with an Air Rid suspension so there may be an extra price and there is less exhaust routing field. The floor will ought to be modified within the trunk subject when utilizing coilovers or Air experience.

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Sway Bars:

Rear sway bars come commonplace on all automobile frames to support control body lean. We seldom use a front sway bar on account that of the practically 50/50 weight distribution and excellent roll middle on Mustang II based suspensions. If making use of a giant block motor then one is recommended. Additionally if you want a “G” computer that has quality cornering qualities, then select this alternative. Plus, if the “mid existence obstacle” guy with the new Corvette thinks that your “ancient” auto is no suit for his, you’re going to have some thing for him. Pay attention; some journey excellent suffers to make it control higher. Again, this all goes again to what form of car you are building too.

If utilising rear disc brakes with coilovers or Air Rid suspension with both disc or drum a prostreet kind rear sway bar is required.

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Fatman Fabrications regular “curler” frames and Chevy Chassis incorporate an eight” Ford rearend. These are used rearends from Ford Granada passenger automobiles which were sandblasted and primered. If you are going to take the time to rebuild the brakes, substitute the axle bearings and seals you will have a good serviceable rearend with a collection of “highway” gears with a view to final for many concern free miles at very minimal fee. We can rebuild brakes and replace bearings and seals should you want.

9″ rearend are to be had and are custom made to the proper width. You could get brand new apparatus sets in Trac-loc or open configuration. New drum brakes are also on hand for the 9″ rearend.

For the People looking to build a show automobile a elegant aluminum 9″ or rapid change rearend must be considered.


700R4 and 4L60 overdrive transmission are general as a result of the stoplight friendly first apparatus and the overdrive for the freeway. Be conscious although, overdrive transmissions will on the whole require a rear equipment change or a new gearset that we will supply for you. With the 700R4 we do have to be aware of if its casemount or tailshaft mount. We also will want the measurement from the Transmission to the Transmission Mount on the Chevy 4L60E as they are able to vary. With handbook shift transmissions we will be able to need the dimension from the Bellhousing to the Transmission Mount, the width at the widest point and if you’re going to use Hydraulic or Mechanical take hold of Linkages. The option cost on grasp pedal setups do differ in keeping with what setup you utilize, any frame rework and if you wish to have us to mount a snatch master Cylinder


All frames and Chevy Chasiss come entirely assembled (except Air experience compressor methods and fuel tanks) and sprayed with grey or black lacquer primer. As an choice Reflections Paint and body save, Inc. (placed in the identical elaborate) has a body priming carrier that entails the following steps:

Alcohol wash
Orbital sanding
Phosphoric acid wash
Etch priming
Epoxy priming
Epoxy primer is packaged in a style of different colors. The black epoxy is probably the most general of the entire colors and does now not require a topcoat when accurately applied. When catalyzed and sprayed, the black epoxy offers the same “satin” look as any new sheet metal elements proper out of the manufacturing facility.

This primer will also be scuff sanded and topcoat painted if favored, but now not essential. This paint method is advocated by means of the paint brand and is the excellent undercoat process available in the marketplace today.



GM 400 Small Block with 4 bolt Main

with Aluminum Heads Bored out it will be a 409 cubic inch Beast

Scat Rods and Pistons with Forged Steel Crank we will Keep it about 500 hp

Keeping it a driver 🙂



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Restoring Classic Cars in Florida

JohnAuto Body Tips, Cool Cars, RestorationOctober 8, 20150 Comment


Restoring Classic Cars in Florida  just like the 1957 Chevrolet Nomad V8 is a frightening venture.

So hold on to your seats Grab the wheel ant hit the gas here we go !


Restoring Classic Cars in Florida


After we acquired this 1957 Chevrolet Nomad challenge.

It was a practically rust free body it turns out I drove a 1940 Chevy to Hershey Pa. While at  the biggest vehicle show in the northeast.

I was equipped to drive my 1940 Chevy into the exhibit and park next to my associates Narragansett wiring.

Even as minding my my own business and happy with my 40 Chevy out of the acres and acres of basic cars and constituents some one left a notice on my vehicle and acknowledged they had a 1957 Chevrolet Nomad wagon and wanted to trade me even Steven ..


Wow I was a TRI Five nut! I checked out the car with to of my best friends Willie Barber and Paul Edwards we talked.

We Looked over the 57 nomad waited 10 seconds and made the deal !

We were in Heaven the car made history as we were growing up taking it on road trips and piling the people in ( all while still looking good ) as we were off to our next destination .

Being in the vehicle auto Restoration trade in full swing at the moment together with a Sand blasting industry we’d strip classic and muscle automobiles to a bare metal .

First with New Jersey 0 grit..

Then finish up with DuPont Star Blast for a gunmetal conclude free of any dust


Blast MEDIA is made out of metallic so it actually cleans ready for PPG dp 90 Epoxy etch as soon as you finish blasting.

So the first thing we did was a whole tear down and bagged the entire Parts with labels

The car had never been apart.

We began the repairs of the fifty-seven Chevy Nomad we started after we utterly disassembled the body Sandblasted and refinished with

Dp -ninety epoxy and PPG’s Urethane polyurethane PPG version of DuPont Imron rebuilt the original 1957 v8 283 block together with a contemporary faster -400 Turbo much better that the 2 speed power glide and a brand spanking new suspension..


At the stage the body was completed we set a polyurethane bag on-top and then set the  body on the on the restored chassis

All door gaps had been excellent as well as hanging the nose.


High Quality Auto Paint 1957 chevrolet Frame off restoration

Was once a 2500 man-hour mission no longer for the vulnerable and weak minded This specified vehicle meant alot to me in view that my fine buddy Paul Edwards .

To be Working with Me on the restoration

First-rate buddy and mentor

Paul was 5 years older them me and we truly met considering of the love for the Tri five Chevy’s..

  • He manufactured new set of wiring harnesses for the vehicle.
  • That was his Specially being the head wiring harness builder at Narragansett wiring Harness co. of Rhode Island
  • Body and Paintwork was completed By John Russo and good Friend Mike Lovass
  • With the guidance of Johns Daughter Jamie age 4 at the start of the build .

The sheet-metal work took some time I normally say which you could restore 2 Camaros or mustangs within the identical amount of time that it takes for a restoration on a 57-nomad wagon ” look how big the automobile is ” and all the stainless moldings

We sent out all of the Chrome for a Tri stage re-plating, copper, nickel, then chrome to be handled through Joe Perry from RI technical Plating.. we use to kid him and say we only want to here Aerosmith playing ( Joe was the lead guitarist )


They do ideal work and had re chromed dozen’s of bumpers and cool car parts for me prior to now..

Good  pal ‘Frank Hawker ‘ a concourse judge within the classic automobile enterprise informed via the famous Johnny Lema used his masterful hands to install all the upholstery.. to perfection !

I might ad He started his career In Southern California. He was trained by the best Upholstery Restoration experts .

I had the privilege to restore his wife’s 1965 mustang convertible and it was a secret that we had to keep. Why? You might ask well her Dad was in the nursing home and It was originally Dads car and all she wanted to do was take her dad Cruising the back roads with the top down we made that dream come true for her .


The Cool  Fact about the automobile was once it Finished it got 23 miles to the gallon on route 95 while cruising at 70mph

Cant beat that with a stick..

So Check it out and share with your Friends & neighbors!

Base Ball- Apple Pie & Chevrolet made in the USA 

The 1957 Chevrolet Nomad V8 Classic Car Restoration I hope you loved 🙂


The Featured Car in the R.I.Providence Journal because the newspaper clip states this was a “like new restoration”,  the Nomad seemed as if it is the perfect example !

Newspaper clip 57 Nomad Complete Restoration

History of the 1957 Chevrolet Bel Air Nomad 

Chevrolet’s V-eight units continued turning up the heat as the ’50s rolled on. In 1957, the enormous news underneath the hood integrated a displacement broaden because the 265 was once bored out to 283 cubic inches. A 162-horse 265 V-8 remained available that yr, however much more popular was the brand new 283, which began at 185 horsepower with a two-barrel carburetor and single exhaust. Buying and selling the 2-barrel for a 4-barrel, including dual exhausts and boosting compression from eight.5:1 to 9.5:1 resulted in the super faster-hearth 283, rated at 220 horsepower. Four Corvette V-8s additionally had been on hand in passenger-auto ranks, the primary two outfitted with twin 4-barrel carburetors. Output was 245 horsepower with hydraulic lifters, 270 with mechanical tappets. At the prime of the record was once Chevy’s legendary fuel-injected Ramjet 283 V-8s, rated at 250 horsepower with hydraulic lifters.

This nomad in the pictures that John Russo Restored at Palm Beach Customs of Florida actually would get 23 miles to the gallon cursing at 70 !

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Click here to read Hemmings Motor News’ Buyers Guide for the 1957 Chevrolet.

As just right watching as the Nomad wagons were when built, and the rave reviews they got, one could feel they had been a massive sales success. However that was not the case .

In 1957, Chevrolet sold 1,515,177 automobiles, but most effective 6,103 have been Nomads. It wasn’t the styling or efficiency that confined the revenue it was the rate.

As a side notice, 1957 was the first 12 months that Ford outsold Chevrolet since 1936, however best by way of 7,229 automobiles.

Current market estimates for the Value of the Nomads is between $75,000.00 – $110,000.00 Dollars standing side by side with the Tri Five Convertibles!

Fun Facts About the 1957 Chevrolet Nomad Wagon

The two-door Nomad differed from different station wagons of the generation by having distinctive styling extra paying homage to a hardtop sedan than that of a general station wagon. Chevrolet shared this physique with its sister Pontiac, which marketed their variation because the Pontiac Safari.

The Nomad’s unique design had its roots in a general Motors Motorama exhibit vehicle of the same identify that was once founded on the Corvette. The concept was once presented at the GM Motorama in 1954 as certainly one of Head Stylist Harley Earl’s “dream cars”. It adopted the introduction in 1950 of the Ford country Squire two door station wagons.

GM authorized construction of the auto if the design might be transferred to its general mannequin, on the grounds that prime GM brass felt that they could sell more models if it were connected to the general Bel Air model. In fact, following the product debut in 1955, it was once no longer distinctive for the vehicle to be known as the Chevy “Bel Air Nomad”.


  • 1955–1957
  • First new release
  • 1955-chevy-nomad-chevrolet-archives.Jpg
  • Overview
  • Creation         1955–1957
  • Physique and chassis
  • Body form      2-door/2-bench seats station wagon(1955–1957)
  • Platform         A-physique
  • Powertrain
  • Engine            265 cu in (4.3 L) V8
  • 283 cu in (4.6 L) V8
  • Dimensions
  • Wheelbase     one hundred fifteen in (2,921.0 mm)
  • Length            201 in (5,a hundred and five.4 mm)[1]

1955 Chevrolets bought all-new styling. Marketed as “The sizzling One,” the boxy new Chevy was crisp, smooth, and utterly ultra-modern-looking. Nomads, like Bel Airs, got here loaded with inside carpet, chrome spears on front fenders, chrome window moldings, and whole wheel covers. For 1955 Chevrolets gained a V8 engine option. The new 265 cubic inches (four,343 cc) cubic-inch V8 featured a contemporary, overhead valve excessive compression, brief stroke design that was once so just right that it remained in production in various types, for a lot of a long time. The bottom V8 had a two-barrel carburetor and was once rated at 162 horsepower (121 kW), and the “vigour p.C.” choice featured a 4-barrel carburetor and other enhancements yielding 180 brake horsepower (one hundred thirty kW). Later within the 12 months, a “super power percent” alternative brought high-compression and yet another 15 brake horsepower (11 kW). It had room for six passengers.[2]

1956 Chevrolets received a face-raise. This gave Chevys a more traditional full-width grille, entertaining those shoppers who failed to just like the Ferrari-stimulated ’55 front finish. Nomads now carried the identical inside and rear-wheel sheet metal as different Bel -Airs lacking the long-establisher’s targeted trim.

Shoulder harnesses, and a padded dashboard were now to be had.

For 1956 Chevys hid the fuel cap at the back of a left facet, flip-down tail gentle.

1957 V-8 engine displacement grew to 283 cubic inches (four,638 cc) from 265 in 1957, with the “super faster fireplace V8” choice producing 283 horsepower (211 kW) with the aid of continuous gasoline injection.

These so-called “fuelie” automobiles are fairly Rare for the reason that most Bel Airs were fitted with carburation. At the same time regarded to be a milestone car design, general Motors discontinued the fashioned Nomad activity Wagon at the end of the 1957 mannequin yr. due to low revenue and the introduction of a brand new body for 1958.

Hope you enjoyed the Post and another True Story how these cars Chrome and Design still Stand out on the Roads today some 50 plus years later.

John Russo and His Good Friend the Famous Slink Dog are working together in Ocala Florida

Together as a team they are   hard to beat !

Building Dream Rides for the Car lovers all over the State of Florida as well as our nationwide clients and Global Friends..

“Our Clients are not Customers “ They are Family !


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