1938 Chevrolet Master Deluxe
1938 Chevrolet Master Deluxe
The 1938 Chevrolet Master and Master DeLuxe were saddled with the unimaginative advertising slogan "The Car that is Complete." It was a year of refinement, for only minor modifications differentiated the 1938 Chevys from their 1937 counterparts. The 1938 Chevrolet Master and Master DeLuxe did get a smart new grille designed by Franklin Q. Hershey, a recent arrival from Pontiac. It featured horizontal, rather than vertical bars. Otherwise, styling was unchanged.
Here we proudly present to you a 1938 Chevrolet Master Deluxe in street rod form. No, it does not have a huge V8, ridiculously wide rear tires and wheels, wild color scheme or even any flames. What it does have is heartbreakingly beautiful original lines, a powder coated frame, all steel panels, and a GMC 6-cylinder with definite tricks added, and a gorgeous interior made for travel, and that's what this car did. Drive to shows and win awards, all the while getting 19 miles to the gallon!
Black 2 stage PPG paint covers this car and it appears deep enough to swim in. We see the roof has been chopped 2 inches in front and 1 inch on the back giving just a slight bit more of sleek. Hidden door hinges and flush mounted handles give it the shaved but functional look, and you can actually roll up the windows without fear of not being able to get into this car! A horizontal ribbed and chromed to the hilt curved V front grille is flanked on either side by bullet style headlights with chromed bezels and halogen bulbs. Below we note dual fog lights, and a nicely art deco styled curved split bumper, positively mirror-like throughout. The horizontal trim ribs continue on the cowled hood with a vent and Master Deluxe badge. Snazzy running boards not in the original design, seem as if they belong there and join the curvaceous fenders in front and rear. The trunk lid has been decked, and it flanked by 1937 Ford LED taillights, and another curved dual bar bumper. All panels are rust free, running boards are near perfect, and Halibrand Original Aluminum wheels wrapped in BF Goodrich rubber all around.
A swing of the almost pedestrian doors, and we see a wonderfully simple ultra leather (simulated leather) dyed to match the Caddy Catera Leather 8-way power bucket seats which reside inside. We see power windows, a Vintage air and heat system, and a trumped up Pioneer AM/FM/ MP3/I-pod/I-phone receiver with a trunk mounted 600W amp, which drives 600W front and 400W rear speakers. The metal dash all in black sports antique beige analog gauges fronted by a large all chromed steering tilt column, and white rimmed steering wheel. Black carpet floods the floors, and a tight interior seat matching headliner is above. Kudos to the build with all these modern accessories all built into the seemingly original looking dash.
Under the dual cowled hood we see a 292ci Chevrolet inline 6-cylinder engine with a GMC block. This has been bored over .060 (giving us approx a 301ci yield), utilizes flat top 10:1 forged pistons, Clifford performance 264 camshaft w hydraulic lifters, and a Wayne manufacturing valve covers with more horizontal ribs and a red background. An Offenhauser intake manifold utilizes 3 1-barrel Rochesters with progressive linking. A 700R4 rebuilt automatic transmission with a mild shift kit and a Corvette servo mod to shift between 1st and 2nd quicker, and a 2K RPM stall speed torque converter. A 3.50 9 inch Ford rear axle is pushing power to the rear wheels.
The original 1938 Chevy frame has been completely sandblasted primed and painted as new. Seen on the front is a Heidts Deluxe suspension package kit, complete with a Mustang II rack and pinion steering setup. For the rear is Chassis Engineering rear end mounting kit with a sway bar. Also noted is a 17-gallon polyethylene gas tank. Brakes are driven by a Corvette style dual master cylinder and are ECI big brakes in disc form upfront and 1990 Caddy Eldorado disc brakes and Cardone front and rear calipers.
With a build of this quality and attention to detail, one would expect it to ace the test track, and this car did just that. A quick starter, smooth idler, it came to like with a push of the accelerator and got quickly up to speed. It handles like a new car, stops on a dime, and shifts smooth as silk. A comfy interior with a kick ass sound system, and cold blowing air, it's all buttoned up on the performance and comfort end.
The advertising of the day may have been uneventful, however this car sets the standard for the tag line “Getting everything right.” Certainly, the quality of build, attention to detail, and hours of painstakingly researching and installing only the best, have yielded a car that's actually a car. A wonderful driver, not a trailer queen, able to drive up to a show hours away, and drive away with a trophy. Enough said!
Classic Auto Mall is a 336,000-square foot classic and special interest automobile showroom, featuring over 600 vehicles for sale with showroom space for up to 1,000 vehicles. Also, a 400 vehicle barn find collection is on display.
This vehicle is located in our showroom in Morgantown, Pennsylvania, conveniently located just 1-hour west of Philadelphia on the I-76 Pennsylvania Turnpike. The website is www.classicautomall.com and our phone number is (888) 227-0914. Please contact us anytime for more information or to come see the vehicle in person.