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1941 Chevy Coupe - Cool Cruiser

A '41 That's Built to Run

By Tom Lutz, Photography by Clint Walker

On the interior of the coupe, Pro Design reworked the stock dash to accommodate the Dakota Digital gauges and Vintage Air A/C controls. The tach and speedo are behind the two center openings and the remainder of the gauges stretch out behind a piece of flush-mounted smoked Plexiglas. To pull this modification off, the stock chrome pieces on the dash had to be meticulously re-made to fit the new shape of the dash. Prince, who owns a company building flight simulation models, used a CNC router to carve the center console out of a solid block of foam before laminating it in fiberglass. Dave Preciado (the electrical guy at Pro Design) wired the entire car using a Wire Works 18-circuit panel and a Street & Performance LT1 harness for the fuel injection and transmission controls. Dave also installed the Clarion stereo system with Soundstream amplifiers and speakers through the interior. A Clarion six-disc CD changer in the trunk also provides additional listening enjoyment for Prince on those weekend get aways.

Bill's Custom Upholstery in Brea, California, handled the '41's upholstery needs. The floor was covered in tan Mercedes wool carpet, while the door panels, 1993 Camaro power seats, and center console were covered in a matching tan leather and tweed. Bill also trimmed the trunk, using more wool carpet, tan leather, and tweed. To finish off the interior, Bill wrapped the Budnik Apex steering wheel in the same tan leather that covers the rest of the car.

With about a year of build time, Prince was more than anxious to get his car out on the open road and start driving it as Jason Green (Pro Design's re-assembly guy) was ironing out the final bugs before the car hit the pavement. Now that the car is finished, the guys at Pro Design are having a hard time getting a hold of him to answer some questions about his stretched, chopped, and turbocharged '37 Ford coupe they're building for him. And he's threatening to drive it just as much as his '41!

By Tom Lutz
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