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February 26th, 2011

1936 Chevrolet Master Deluxe 2 Door Sedan © 2011

1935 model Chevys were not well received by the buying public, so Chevy had to do an immediate turn around-the public said-“Get rid of those suicide doors!!” So, they did!! This was the first year for Chevy and hydraulic brakes!! It is hard to believe old Henry wouldn’t put them in his cars until 1939!! This model Chevy was the best selling car in America in 1936 and Chevrolet had the second best selling year in it’s history!! When comparing the Master Deluxe series with the Standard series, the Master was a lot more attractive although the body styles were virtually the same. The Master featured chromed headlamp shells and hood vents which really set it off! The interiors were more plush and the Master featured a bench front seat as opposed to buckets in the Standard. I well know as my Dad had 2 Standards and I hated the bucket seats!!

Jim’s first time driving

February 9th, 2011

1936 Chevrolet Standard Coupe © 2011

The 1936 Chevy was a very popular model year for my family in that my Dad owned 2 of them and Uncle Charlie bought a coupe just like this one only the color was gray including the artillary wheels. It’s accessories included a clock rear view mirror, cigar lighter, gray colored horn button and a hot water heater!! He drove this car from 1936 until 1950 when he sold it and bought a new 1950 Ford 2 door. It had one overhaul on the motor which included only bearings, rings and valves and when sold the car had 236,000 miles on the odometer It also was repainted one time in the origial gray color. Uncle Charlie would take me on trips with him occassionally and one time while enroute to a sand plant he and my Dad owned in northern Oklahoma, he stopped the car and advised me it was time for me to have my first driving lesson. We were on a sandy county road and he let me drive about 10 miles. Boy, for a kid 11 years of age-what a thrill!! I always had a place in my heart that car!!

Years of reliability Our 1936 Chevrolet

February 9th, 2011

1936 Chevrolet Standard 2 Door © 2011

This car was a 2 owner when my Dad bought it in 1944. When purchased, it had 32,000 miles on it and when traded for a 1941 Chevrolet in 1948, it had 226,000 miles on it and was still running very well with only one valve and ring  job in all those miles. This car was a light gray color including the wheels.  I will never forget the night Dad and I went to Jess Bell’s house in Waynoka, Oklahoma and made the deal to buy the car for $450.00. The colors I remember for the standard models of this year were black, gray, tan and a light green. All had the same grayish color upholstery with bucket seats. I always wished it had been a deluxe model as they had bench seats making it much handier to court a girl friend!!!