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"Coupex"

1937
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Studebaker
330horsepower

0 Kms on the odometer
0 Hours of work
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friends that 0 helped
10%
% of the week
I spend on my car
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transmission
automatic
modified
yes

Vehicle Story:

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 Award. 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.

Coupex

Studebaker None
1937
330HP

I call her:
"Real Deal All Steel"

1936
3 Win
Ford
330horsepower

0 Kms on the odometer
0 Hours of work
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Owned for 0 Years

friends that 0 helped
5%
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I spend on my car
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transmission
automatic
modified
yes

Vehicle Story:

The car was built in June of 1936 by Henry Ford’s crew and somehow it got to a Museum in Ottawa, where in 1987, they had an auction of unwanted vehicles. A fellowfrom the Ottawa area bought this car and took it home in its Desert Sand colour and itwas in immaculate condition. The car was taken apart for whatever reason and the owner lost interest.He sold it about a year later to a gentleman from Burlington, Ontario, who startedworking on it with his son. The owner of the car was a Captain in a local fire department,and during his time off, along with his son, they rebuilt the car from ground up. Theyspent many hours on boxing the frame, getting rid of the original drive line, replacing itwith a more modern engine and transmission, not to mention independent frontsuspension and 9” Ford Rear axle. The body was modified by removing the tarred roof and fitting sheet metal into the opening, and it was so precise that a minimal amount of filler was used. As a matter of fact, there is hardly any filler on the entire body. The door handles were shaved and holes filled. The car was stripped down to the metal, primed, and painted Blue. They assembled it and took it to a few cruise nights, but they were not happy with the colour. The car was taken apart again and painted Executive Black by “Dave’s Paint Shop”, St. Catharines, Ontario, in 1993. Once painted, the car was brought home for reassemble when tragedy struck. A horrific and fatal accident occurred involving the son, of the Fire Captain, who passed away of his injuries in a motor vehicle accident. All interest was lost in rebuilding the car. It sat in his garage for many years unfinished and untouched. In October 2005, I sold my 1939 Ford 2 Door Sedan to a Fire Captain who asked me what I was hoping to buy as my next car. I had always wanted a 1936 Ford 3 Window Coupe and his reply was, “I know where there is one and I am pretty sure the guy would sell it, and I will find out for you, as we work together”. I was pretty quick in replying to him that I was sure it was probably a 5 Window Coupe. Nevertheless, my wife and I went to Burlington, and it was in a small garage, pieces all over the place, covered in dust, but it was what I had always wanted, a very straight, black 3 window coupe, all steel, and all there. I immediately said I would take the car, and that I would be back with the money and a trailer. I got the money and paid him immediately, but I couldn’t find a trailer to borrow, so I told him I would be back in a week or two. Well, I got a phone call from the owner saying to forget the deal within that two week period, as his family, including his 93 year old father, said please do not sell the car. The family could not part with the car as they missed their son, grandson, and brother who had helped build the car and they felt they would have nothing left if they sold it. I agreed to meet the owner in Vineland, Ontario, where he gave me my money back, and I truly understood the family wishes. As a Fire Captain myself, I could see the traumatic stress they were under. I asked if they would keep my name and number and if they were to decide to sell it, I would be there with money in hand and a trailer to pick it up. Well, I waited for another 3 years! I showed up with the money and trailer, the first week of December 2008, and loaded up the body and frame first, and filled the trailer with the rest of the parts. Lots of parts! As we were doing this, the owner’s wife, and daughter came home, and the daughter was all upset that she would not have the car for her wedding day. I asked her when the wedding was, and it was a few years off, so I promised her that I would return the car when she was ready. She said that I probably would not do that, and I told her to tell her Dad to call me when they had a wedding date. She said ok. We started the assembly, immediately making changes along the way with the help of some great friends. The interior was completed by Miller Upholstery of Fenwick, Ont., done in a flat black leather look with billet seat buttons. The windows are all power, including the rear, and the windshield still cranks out by hand as it did in 1936. The engine is a 400 cu. inch, and fully dressed with a 200R4 transmission. Up front is a tubular Mustang ll set up with coil overs and the rear is a Ford 9” with 3:73 Gears. The wheels were changed to 17” up front and 18” on the rear. We changed some of the wiring and put in a new fuse panel to include remote controlled rumble seat lid and power door openers. A couple of years went by with changes along the way. We had plans to attend an event in the USA with a group of hot rod enthusiasts when we received a phone call from the previous owner. He asked if he could have the car for his daughter’s wedding. He gave me the date, and I took the car back to Burlington for the father of the Bride. He had the car from Thursday to Tuesday, and they could not believe that I gave them the car for that long of a period of time. So, now it is the wedding day and Dad is taking the Bride to the Church for her vows. It was a sunny day and as they approached the Church, a beam of sunlight came between them. They felt really good about this as perhaps the son and brother of the pair who helped work on the car was riding with them all the way. At the wedding reception, the bride’s father, in his speech, stated that there is a bond of brotherhood between firefighters, and he knew that it was that bond that made me keep my promise to him and his family. Having the car for this special occasion was certainly deserved, and I could not have broken my promise to her. The bride sent me a Thank You note and part of what she had to say about the drive to the church was this...”I looked at my dad and it was all so wonderful. Thank you for making this happen for me. It was the best day of all our lives!!” This car has been driven to Vermont, Massachusetts, New Brunswick, Nova Scotia, PEI, the Atlantic Nationals, Syracuse, New York Nationals, Louisville, Kentucky, Kalamazoo, Michigan and many car shows, cruise nights in Ontario, the USA, and still has the 23 year old paint!

Real Deal All Steel

Ford 3 Win
1936
330HP
VS
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