The entire gauge package out of the S10 Chevy pickup was painstakingly sculpted into the new dashboard of the Chevy sedan. All modern amenities, from cruise control down to emergency flashers, work as if they were ordered on the car 73 years ago when it was new.
Also donated by a mid-sized Chrysler, the rear seat is a perfect match for the rest of the interior. A full set of rear seat belts is used, with factory-style front shoulder belts mounted to the center pillar between the front and rear doors.
After Iran Wheeler stumbled onto a car that once belonged to one of his neighbors, he set about building his wife, JoEva, a `grandma car' to haul grandkids around. Four and a half years later, the '39 Chevy Master DeLuxe sedan is a show-worthy combination of old style and new technology.
Looking for fuel economy and reliability, Wheeler chose a Vortex V-6 engine and automatic overdrive combination out of a 2001 Chevy S10 pickup truck. He mounted the power plant higher in the engine bay to make maintaining it easier; it employs a throttle body fuel injection setup.
Knowledgeable car guys have trouble identifying the dash in the Chevy, and for good reason -- it was built from scratch by Wheeler, who molded in the S10 instrument bin and the Vintage Air air conditioning controls and vents. Nadine Ward applied the subtle white pinstriping to the handmade glove box door.