Help me get going with my project

October 1, 2009 | By Richard Prince


I have acquired a 1936 Chevy coupe. It is a rust bucket so I am going to attempt to make it into a driver. Because it is nothing but a shell, it needs everything. I need to know how or where to begin and I also need a list of any books or other material I need to begin this task. I did restore my 1931 Chevy in the mid1980s but that was just a matter of taking it apart and putting it back together with some painting, wiring, etc. accomplished along the way. I chose to just paint the engine then because there was nothing wrong with it. This car is a totally new project for me. Thank you for any help you can give me.


The first thing you should do is join the Vintage Chevrolet Club of America (VCCAMember Services, P.O. Box 609, Lemont, IL 60439; The club has a monthly newsletter, technical advisors, chat forums, and various other resources that will be extremely helpful to you.

The second thing you should do is build a library of literature related to 1936 Chevrolets, such as the 1936 shop manual. Literature dealers like Walter Miller ( can provide what you need.

A fair amount of the trim items and other parts for 1936 Chevrolets is being reproduced and these are available from a variety of companies, including I&I Reproductions ( and Old Car Parts ( ).

You will also undoubtedly have to find good used parts and there are a number of good salvage yards that have vintageChevrolet parts, including East West Auto Parts (; 918-8327077). And of course, the Internet is a great resource, particularly eBay, which almost always has a variety of vintage Chevy parts listed.