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ABOUT THE HISTORY OF THE CAR:

The original 1941 Chevrolet Special Deluxe was a very popular car in its time, for both its big and beatiful, Buick-like design and its powerful performance for the time.

Back then, you could buy this American beauty for between $700 and $1,000. The original 216 cid, inline 6-cylinder engine produced about 85 horsepower.


bEFORE...

Our client brought this '41Chevorlet Special Deluxe Business Coupe to us with an open mind about how to restore and upgrade it.

We'll do every bit of heavy lifting to do the restoration right, so the Chevy will undergo a serious makeover inside and out.

This full frame-off of this classic 1941 Chevrolet will be a perfect example of a powerful but elegant Restomod.

In addition to a full interior and exterior restoration, we're putting a 6.2 Liter 525 horsepower LS3 engine under the hood. 

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DURING...

Dis-assembly:

The first step in our full frame off restoration is dis-assembly.  First the engine and body panels are removed, and we have here some photos of the first several stages of stripping the paint.

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Click on the pictures below to scroll through photos of the next stage of the Chevy's dis-assembly; removing the frame and placing the body on our rotisserie for close inspection of every panel.


Suspension & Drive-Train:

The Chevy will be outfitted with a modern custom suspension and drive-train to handle the nearly 700% increase in power from its new LS3 V8. Click on the pictures below to scroll through some shots of the Restomod in progress.

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Body Panels Repair & Replacement

After careful inspection, the panels that can be adequately repaired are welded by our body shop experts. Any panels beyond repair will be replaced with factory-correct body panels. Click on the pictures below to scroll through photos of the repairs in progress.


After our body work is complete, we start the painstaking process of prepping the vehicle for painting.  We leave no detail of this vehicle untouched as every square inch is inspected, media blasted, apoxy coated, applied body filler and sanded, glazed, sanded again and then primed and prepped for our paint booth. 

Once in the paint booth, we apply two coats of color and then two coats clear coat, it is then wet sanded and finally buffed to a brilliant shine!

Click through our pictures below to see an example of this process!  Its also interesting to note that some of the shots taken below may appear blurry, but they were actually taken through plastic as this car was being painted... but we wanted to document it so you could see our process. Absolutely Gorgeous!

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While our experts are completing the body work and painting...our finished frame is heading back to our mechanical shop where the LS3 Conversion engine is waiting to be installed. 


This is the point where our team gets very excited!!  It's time to start putting this beauty back together. As with any restoration, even the simplest "bolt-on" upgrades come with necessary modifications. Our A/C compressor just didn't have enough clearance from the upper A-Arm mount, so we had to do some more fab work to ensure that 525 hp LS3 didn't try to brake our A/C compressor. A substantial amount of time and preparation has to be taken to ensure perfect harmony among all components. 

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Well, it is most definitely starting to take shape. With an upgraded 9" rear-end and FatMan Mustang II front suspension with 4-wheel disc brakes, the old wheels and tires just won't do. We can't have all "Go" and no "Wo". Solution: Upgrade to custom made 16" steel alloy Smoothy wheels to allow brake caliper fitment. She's a roller now!


Completing the install of the transmission hump. A substantial amount of space is needed for the Performance GM 4 speed automatic transmission. The steel was custom rolled and shaped for this particular application. Aftermarket tunnels didn't fit our expectations. Also getting the engine wired up in preparation of final assemble. 

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As you can see the dash has come a long way. Our client wanted air conditioning added to the car but didn't want the aftermarket vent brackets hanging from beneath the dash. He wanted to appear as close to factory as possible. With a little bit of cutting, sheet metal fabrication and some shaping, we extended the lower end of the dash to accept the A/C vents and HVAC controls. This gave it an era correct appearance. Additionally, the glove box needed a couple alterations. The depth had to be made more shallow to allow for the HVAC unit installed behind it. The hinges of the glove box door had to be replaced with modern flip out hinges to accommodate clearance with the A/C vents below it. We had to modify the HVAC interior unit to allow the cowl vent to remain funcional by redirecting the outlet pipes of the unit. You can also see the wood grain finish on the top of the dash. This is done through the process of HydroDipping. Originally this car came with a faux wood grain that was done during the shaping process at the factory.


The client wanted tilt steering, but wanted the original steering wheel to be restored and used. An after market steering column was used to meet these expectations. An adapter had to be custom fabricated, in shop, to allow this union of old and new. Also, the horn button guts would not work with this upgrade, so new guts also had to be designed and built for the horn to work.   Click on the pictures to see more detail..


The original steering wheel had the typical cracks and chips as with any Bakelite of that era. In order to permanently repair these problem areas we must first open up and clean the crack to allow maximum surface area for the repair epoxy to hold. Once all cracks have been cleaned out, a two part epoxy specially formulated for Bakelite is applied into the cracks. It's allowed to cure for 48 hours and then shaped and sanded to match the original shape of the steering wheel.


Here we have began assembling and aligning the hood, fenders, inner support structures and rear quarter fenders. You can see some of the garnish molding has also been loosely installed to ensure correct fitment and alignment. When a body panel is disassembled and repaired we often find that our body lines don't match up once we reassemble the components. Therefore, we must adjust multiple points on the car to get them to line back up. Most of the time we can get the lines to match up and correct panel gaps better than what would have come from the factory. Another common problem with reassembly is that the original screw holes are worn out due to years of assembly and disassembley. These are fixed by welding the original hole shut and then redrilling the hole for a tight grip with the new screws.


Final tuning of the engine & a little token to show that we take much pride in our work. 


Here is a look at her new upholstery, our department did everything from the carpet to the headliner. Everything looks beautiful in this car.


After...

Job well done! She's ready to go home. We're definitely going to miss her!