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Ride Of The Week 12/25/2023: Jim McFetridge's 1936 Chevrolet Business Coupe


Jim McFetridge has been a car guy much of his life, owning classic Buick and a few first-gen Mustangs. As he approached retirement, he was looking for a new project, possibly a late 50s Chevy or Ford. However, that desire changed when he found this 1936 Chevy Business Coupe at a classic car dealership.

If you’re not familiar with the concept of a business coupe, it was a body style popular in the 1930s and 1940s and aimed at traveling salesmen. They were basic two-door coupes with no backseat. This allowed for salesmen to carry their sample cases in lieu of passengers.

Jim bought the car done. It had been owned by a guy in Florida who passed away and his wife listed the car for sale. It’s finished in Coca-Cola Red with custom pinstriping and native American feathers, a nod to the previous owner’s Seminole heritage. It’s powered by a 350 V8 with a Turbo 350 Trans and 10-Bolt rear. Underneath there’s a Heidts Mustang II front end with discs up front and drums in the rear. While equipped with power steering and brakes, here were some issues that needed to be addressed. “It pulled to the right when you put on the brakes, so we got that taken care of right away.” Jim goes on to say, “We’re gonna fix the lights and deal with a few electrical issues over the winter.”

When you get down to it, it’s a project that can be driven and enjoyed. Call it the best of both worlds.

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