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1937 Chevy Car Hauler

When you want to transport your rebuilt 1937 Chevy coupe to more distant shows, what do you use?

Barney Hobbs of Damascus, Oregon decided pulling a trailer for this was not acceptable. That feeling along with Barney’s talents in a few restorations resulted in an 18 month project that created this one of a kind car hauler. Just imagine a 213 inch wheel base 1937 Chevy truck for moving his 1937 coupe! It even requires two carrier bearings to keep the long drive shaft in place.

His idea started when he saw a 1986 motor home with an un-repairable body. It still had a good frame with 4 wheel disc brakes and all wheel air bag suspension. The length was more than adequate. This just might work!

Sitting in the background in the photo of his modified 1937 Chevy coupe is the 1937 1 ½ ton truck that he combined with the motor home chassis about 3 years ago. During the creation of this special truck, the original 1937 frame was cut just behind the cab and grafted to the motor home frame side rails. Barney was amazed how nice the 1937 frame rails slid into those of the larger motor home once it was narrowed. The result gives excellent frame support.

The remaining front of the 1937 frame was boxed (reinforced) to hold a Cummins V-8 5.9 diesel engine and automatic transmission from a 1993 Dodge truck. Of course, an updated front cross member was placed in the 1937 frame to hold the inner cooler, radiator, and core support. All these modifications compliment the skills of Barney Hobbs. His experience in mechanical repair, a large fully equipped home garage, lifts and owning the many specialty tools made this job successful and all being done during his retirement years.

We would consider him a genius at what he has been able to create by normally working just by himself. Barney’s comment is: “I did the work myself. This included painting, all electric work, welding, sand blasting parts, installation, etc. I mean, I did it all! Even the aluminum billet grille I created and installed. The only things I did not do were the cab interior and the air to air inner cooler and radiator which were substituted for a more efficient core.”

Other specifications are a 5 speed overdrive transmission and 3.73 ratio differential, 19.5” tires, 14.5” disc brakes.

Two of the more difficult tasks were adding 2 ½ inches width to the front fenders. This increased the size so the large tires could turn under them. The other very big project was adding 11 inches to the back of the cab to make more room because of the additional space for the 5.9 Cummins diesel engine.

You can contact Barney at bthobbs@hevanet.com.

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