1937 Chevy 4-Door Sedan Street Rod 454 BBC & 700R4
- Location: Hopkins, Minnesota, United States
- Condition: Used
- Make: Chevrolet
- Model: 4-Door Sedan
- Type: Sedan
- Trim: Standard
- Year: 1937
- Mileage: NA
- Color: Black
- Engine size: 454 Big Block Chevy
- Transmission: Automatic 700R4
- Drive type: RWD
- Vehicle Title: Clear
1937 Chevrolet 4-Door Sedan description
Has the original Fulton sun visor installed. The original stainless grill is in excellent condition.
The tail lights have been replaced with 1939 Chevy units. The windshield and rear window were replaced with new glass and rubber in 2003.The side windows are in good original condition, although one of the rear windows is cracked. The weather stripping around the doors is bad, and much of it has been removed. A new weather stripping kit is included with the purchase of the car. The rear bumper was remounted to be closer to the body. The original front bumper has been removed but is included with the car.
The engine is a Chevy 454 Big Block; 1993 truck short block with low miles; 9:1 compression; Edelbrock Performer RPM cylinder heads, coated Block Hugger headers with 2-1/2” exhaust to Dynomax Hemi mufflers; Edelbrock Air Gap intake with Holley 780 CFM vacuum secondary carb, serpentine belt drive; Pertronix ignition module. Aluminum radiator and water pump, electric fan, electric fuel pump.
When built, the engine dyno’d at 500 HP with a Comp Cams XE274H Extreme Energy hydraulic cam (see attached dyno sheet); since then the cam was changed to a Comp Cams XE268H for a bit more mid range power. I’m guessing the power is now in the 450 or so range. The transmission is a GM 700R4 automatic with non-computer operation upgrade; later model Camaro SS converter, and a Lokar floor shifter.
It has the original frame, with extra tubular bracing added for the Big Block power. A Fat Man Mustang II-based front suspension, power rack & pinion steering was installed. Power front disk brakes were installed, with the master and booster mounted under the floor.The rear end is an older Ford 9-inch with 28-spline axles and new brake drums, mounted to the frame with a Chassis Engineering leaf spring suspension kit. The differential is a newer 3:50 posi unit. The wheels are 15x8 rear and 15x7 front rally wheels with good rubber.
The interior has many original items, including the headliner, rear seat and door panels that are in very good condition. The front door panels are deteriorating at the bottom as shown in the photos. The front seats are from a ‘90’s Ford; newer carpeting. A late model GM tilt column and T-Type steering wheel are in good condition.Auto Meter gauges. A Vintage Air heat and A/C unit is installed under the dash, and A/C compressor mounted on the engine, but has never been connected. Electric wipers.
This car is a lot of fun to drive; needless to say it’s fast, but handles well and is easy to drive. As noted the body is solid and rust free, and the paint looks good unless you get up close and notice that it’s an older paint job with years of life spent hot rodding around town. The big block sounds great, and is pretty quiet until you stand on the pedal. The overdrive transmission works well on the highway, and I have seen 17 mpg with it.
Overall, it’s a great car that could use some updates and finishing. As noted, the heater and AC were never connected up because….I really didn’t need them, other than a few cool fall days, and of course the car has been stored every winter up here in Minnesota.