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1930 Chevrolet Coupe: A Timeless Wonder with a Modern Spin
Written By: Stephanie Harris
An extremely rare street rod is up for auction in North Dakota, and if you are interested in historic cars with modern amenities, this 1930 Chevrolet Coupe is for you.
After Dale McBain of Mounds View, Minnesota, heard about the vehicle, he took a risk and bought it blind.
“I bought the car sight unseen in the middle of winter. We had to dig it out of a shed in Kiester, Minnesota, and when I saw it, I wished, at that moment, I had never set eyes on it. The car was in terrible shape,” shared Dale.
Dale has restored vehicles in the past, but says this has been one of the most difficult restorations. He also said it turned out the best.
“I had a lot of help from a good friend, Rick Proehl. We worked on this vehicle for a total of eight years. We spent nights and weekends restoring the 1930 Chevy Coupe into a hot rod,” Dale explained.
When Rick and Dale first pulled the nails out of the car, what was left of the Coupe fell apart. The wood on the car had to be removed. They used a roof from a Dodge Magnum to replace the non-existent roof of the Coupe. Additionally, they made all the parts for the frame and suspension themselves. The hot rod has a straight body that has been reinforced. The original wood has been replaced with steel.
This beauty, painted Prowler Orange, only has 650 miles on the odometer, and it boasts a number of interesting modifications that will interest fanatics nationwide. The 1930 is a fresh and modern build in which nothing has been overlooked.
Body modifications on the vehicle include a three-inch chopped top with a custom visor. Dale and Rick decided on widened custom suicide doors, and the car received a new rear body panel. The frame is painted to match the exterior with intricate detail from the body to the under-carriage of the car. The car has a custom fuel door, running boards, taillights, and a front pan.
Under the hood, a 331 cubic Chrysler Hemi is waiting to be revved. The Coupe also features a 350 turbo auto transmission, 10-bolt GM rear end, Mustang II style suspension, and front power disc brakes.
The rod includes full gauges, a tilt column, a Lokar shifter, and bucket seats. The interior showcases a two-toned sand color to complement the Prowler Orange.
All of the bells and whistles have been included to make this car a modern wonder. The 1930 Chevy has power windows, power doors, electronic gauges, GPS, a 7-inch display custom radio with backup camera, CD, DVD, and AM/FM, in addition to other customized touches. This car even has vintage air and heat. What more could one ask for? We will tell you.
Rick and Dale focused on performance updates that include a Weiand intake manifold, dual Edelbrock carbs, electronic ignition, MSD 6AL box, ceramic coated headers, and a custom air cleaner.
Supreme wheels and radial tires give this car a timeless look.
The 1930 Chevy Coupe was nominated “Street Rod of the Year” by Minnesota Street Rod Association, in addition to winning a first-place award at a centennial parade.
If you’re interested in getting your hands on this rare rod, visit www.hornsandwheels.com for more details. A live auction with online bidders is scheduled for July 13 in Jamestown, ND. Let the bidding begin!