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Don’t let the extra pair of doors throw you off—this 1934 Chevy Master sedan is as much a traditional hot rod as any. Marvin Swope of North Canton, Ohio, picked up the four-door 1934 Chevy back in 1997 with plans to build it into the perfect hot rod cruiser for himself and his wife, Linda.
“Born and raised in Detroit, I developed a passion for ‘Detroit scrap iron’ at an early age,” Marvin told us. He spent his early years drag racing a 1965 GTO then building a 1955 Pontiac drag car to compete in A/Gas before being called to serve in the Navy. In subsequent years, Marvin said that he “bought, restored, drove for a while, and sold many ’60s vintage cars. Eventually I got tired of all the different cars and decided to build an old-school hot rod with some modern touches—to keep.”
In 1997 Marvin came across a 1934 Chevy Master Sedan that apparently someone had started building into a drag car in the early 1970s. It had changed hands several times between then and when Marvin found it, all without any progress having been made. “Being an ex-drag racer, I knew this was the car for me,” said Marvin.
For the next three years, he toiled away to turn the four-door 1934 Chevy into his ideal hot rod cruiser. The idea was to encapsulate traditional hot rod style from the 1950s but with a handful of modern touches to make it a true joy to drive. Power would come from a 350ci small-block Chevy shifted by a TH350 transmission with some of those modern amenities including rack-and-pinion steering with a tilt column. It even has air conditioning and power windows.
The last aspect of the build, which was the icing on the cake for Marvin, was the paintjob—GM black with red, orange, and yellow flames. “It took me a little over 3 years to complete,” said Marvin, “and I have been driving it ever since.”
Marvin Swope’s 1934 Chevy Master Sedan Build Specs:
- 350ci small-block Chevy engine
- Keith Black 10.0:1 pistons
- Crane Cams camshaft
- Edelbrock Performer intake with 650 CFM carburetor
- Ceramic coated Hooker block-hugger headers
- TH350 transmission with B&M shift kit and Lokar shifter
- Ford 9-inch, narrowed with 3.25:1 gears and 31-spline axles
- Adjustable four-bar rear suspension
- Mustang rack-and-pinion steering
- Aldan American coilover shocks
- Disc brakes front, drum brakes rear
- Painless Performance wiring kit
- VDO gauges with custom dash insert
- Vintage Air climate control system
- Modified GM tilt steering column
- Specialty Power Windows
- Centerline 15×9 and 14×6 wheels with Firestone tires
- Sherwin-Williams paint, GM black with yellow, orange, and red flames
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