John Capriglione's '37 4 Dr. Touring Sedan

I bought this car 25 years ago because I just had to have an "Antique." Then my thoughts were to restore to original not to rod. It was straight, solid and all there. I never lost interest but other priorities took center stage. Through the years I swore never to get rid of it and some day finish the resto.

About 3 years ago my then 23 year old son and motorhead neighbor convinced me that to rod it was the only way to go. I first found a donator ( a 76 Nova with a 305/ TH350 for $300.) I took the front clip, complete drive train, wiring harness, 10 bolt rear, and anything else I thought I might possibly need. All that was left was the unibody.
I had the clip and rear installed , had the 305 bored .040 over with 9.5 to 1 TRWs, 270H Comp Cam, Crane high intensity lifters, GM performance Camaro heads, Edelbrock intake and 600 cfm carb. I used Hedman headers and had a custom exhaust done with 2.5" pipes and Dyno - Max Super turbos.
To personalize the car I made some body modifications. Chrome bullet blinkers, circa 1940 , were installed below the headlights on the side cowls. I cleaned up the rear trunk deck, cut in a license plate pocket, removed the original tail lights and installed a pair of 37 Chevy sedan's instead. I lowered the running boards so the line flows better with the fenders, removed the rubber, filled them and made them smoothies. I stripped the many layers of paint, primed it and sent it to a pro to have it done right, and had it painted Medium Willow Green Pearl Metallic.
It's NJ tags say "QQ BG BOY", wheel base is 124" and its ride is smooth and comfortable.

I dressed the Chevy small block as if it were an Olds by painting the block gold, using Chrome valve covers with '57 Olds "Golden Rocket" valve cover decals , and a K&N Air cleaner with a nice big '70 Olds cleaner decal. The interior is a mix of original and new. The dash is stock with walnut inserts and instruments by "Classic." The steering wheel is a late model Olds tilt with a "Grant" Banjo. I installed an Airtique heat and air unit, a Kenwood stereo and Blaupunct & Pioneer speakers. All interior Dash knobs were refitted with the original '37 ones.
The seats( front and rear) were taken from a '89 Grand Prix. I used "Rod Doors" panels and covered them in the same GM material to match the seats. The headliner is from J.C. Whitney and the carpet is from a local carpet store. It rolls on 15x7 wheels with 205R70s up front and 225 R75s in the rear.

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