I purchased my 1937 Coupe Express about 40 years ago from Bob
Barr who at the time lived north of Brampton. It was originally owned by Farr's
Dairy out of Guelph. I started to work on it for a couple of years where it came to
a halt because we had three sons and needed a back seat. I then build a 1946
Studebaker Coupe and put 50,000 miles on it with the boys in the back seat?
Once the boys had grown up I was able to get back to truck. I finished it in 2005
in time to enter it in Performance World Show where it won Favourite Choice
I installed a rack & pinion Mustang II style front suspension, warmed up 1985 350
engine. Vortex heads, 300 horse cam, Edelbrock intake and carb, headers, dual
2 1/2 pipes, 400 turbo shift kit, 80 Camaro posi rear axle, power disk brakes on
front, dual power master cylinder.
I suicided the doors, added electric windows with remote entry, new gauges and
stereo, new leather seats and interior. 4 NOS fenders ( after a long time
shopping). I made a rear valance with LED lights lenses (lenses from a 60's
Ford). The tail gate and box floor were newly manufactured and I added 100
louvres to the hood. Many hours were put into repairs and finishing the cab and
box. It was then painted Hawaiian Orchid. Ghost flames enhance the front
fenders with pin-stripping detail on the rest of the truck by Swag. Purchased
smoothie wheels with trim rings and centre caps with wide white wall tires from
Coker Tires in Chattanooga, Tennessee.
I did do most of the work myself but have to give credit to my 3 sons, Craig,
Darren, Les and my Dad, Roy Graham , for all the help they gave me. Thank you
to Neil Blackburn who spent a lot of time on body work and paint. Flames and
some paint detail effects to Russ Gordon, sanding and buffing to Mike Wilson,
and interior to Gary Dorian. A special thanks to my wife Cheryl for all the hours
she spent on her own so I could work on something that I love. We have travelled
18500 miles since I finished the truck to places like South Bend, Indiana and
Lancaster, P.A. to the Studebaker National Shows. We have been to the Street
Rod Nationals in Syracuse, N.Y. several times, as well as shows all over Ontario.
This 1937 Coupe Express was built to drive and enjoy. The personalized plate
"COUPEX"as it was born a Coupe Express.
I was very honoured to have my truck on the 2015 Autofest T-Shirts and
advertising as well as being picked at Autofest as a 3 rd annual Vintage Auto
Championship Series Qualifier.