Images by Bruce Caldwell and Jerry Heasley.
The lesser popularity of 1933-1935 Chevys as street rods has more to do with their original engineering than their styling. This series of Chevys is quite handsome, with many similarities to the 1933/1934 Fords. The problem for early hot rodders were the big, heavy inline six-cylinder engines (nicknamed Stovebolts, in reference to their style of connecting rods). These engines didn’t have the performance potential of inline four-cylinder Ford engines or the new flathead V-8s. Also, thirties Chevys used a lot of wooden body structure supports.
A backlash to seeing so many Fords at street rod events and in magazines led to more and more rodders opting for bowties. One of the early cars embraced by the Chevy crowd was the handsome 1933-1935 Chevy coupe and, to a lesser degree, the rare, open models.
Since Ford bodies and chassis had such a huge head start in the aftermarket street rod parts market, it was more difficult to build a Chevy. The marketplace has since done a pretty good job of catching up, but early Chevy street rod builders had to do a lot of fabricating.
Independent front suspension system kits (usually built around Mustang II components) were a big help in popularizing Chevy street rods. The original knee action front suspension was good for comfort but terrible for a hot rod.
The 1933/1934 Chevy is the primary street rod choice, but we’ve included the 1935 Standard series in our list, since it looks like a 1934. The 1935 Master Deluxe line is a different car and not very popular.
Street Rod Icons
Street Rod Icons - Woodies
Street Rod Icons - 1937-1938 Chevys
Street Rod Icons - 1932 Ford Roadsters
Street Rod Icons - 1940-1941 Willys Coupes
Street Rod Icons - Model A Fords
Street Rod Icons - Model T Fords
Street Rod Icons - 1939-1940 Ford Coupes
Street Rod Icons - 1933-1934 Fords
Street Rod Icons - 1933-1935 Chevys
Street Rod Icons - 1932 Ford Coupes