Greg Wapling ’34 Chev Sedan

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This car was originally purchased by Greg back in 1984, he had been looking for a project for about 18 months, travelling all over the State, searching for the right one. This car was advertised in the Melbourne Trading Post and when he called to enquire was amazed tofind the car was stored less than a kilometer from his home, so he figured this must be the one. The advantage in buying the Chev was that had all the hard to find pieces like bumpers, lights and stainlesss, it was bought as an unfinished project, which Greg thought would save him time and money, how wrong can a guy be.

When dismantled it was found that the engineering in the car was very early ’70’s, so it was decided to completely redo it all using the running gear that came with the car.Moonshine Motors of Upper Beaconsfield were commisioned to rebuild the chassis, this included stripping the frame back to just two rails and a rear cross member. New boxing and cross memebrs were than fabricated and installed by “Stretch”, along with a new notched HR Holden front crossmember. The idea was to get the car sitting a lot lower than the old setup.

The motor , a 307 Chevrolet small block was taken to Peter Way of Dandenong for a rebuild, it was bored out 30 thou and remains basically stock, it now runs a Corvette pink cam. The two speed powerglide was rebuilt by Frankston Automatics and the the Jag rear was rebuilt by Greg.

A set of custom made headers and twin exhaust system was made by Dave Hall of Western Port Exhausts.All body work was done by Peter Monaghan of PM Panels Seaford, This included repairs to the left hand rear quarter and installation a steel floor. All of the original wood, in the rest of the body has been retained. The paint is Glasurit 2 Pak, Venitian Blue (a Porche colour).

The interior features new VL Commodore Berlina buckets up front and the original rear seat, covered in a Steel Blue velour. The dash has been filled on the drivers side and had VDO gauges installed, the original glove boxis retained on the passengers side. This was one of the “luxury” features of the Master over the Standard. All trim work was done by Arron of Tyabb Trimmers.

Facts & Figures

Greg Wapling
Aspendale Gardens, Victoria
1934 Chevrolet Master Sedan

Frame / Manufacturer Master / Chevrolet
Wheelbase .
Modifications new front and centre crosmembers, fully boxed.
Rear End / Ratio Jag E Type 1:3.57 S type arms
Rear Suspension Jag 4 x coil over shocks
Rear Brakes Jag E Type
Front Suspension HR Holden 2″ lowered coils, Koni adjustable shocks
Front Brakes HQ Holden Ventilated Disc
Master Cylinder VH Commodore, firewall mounted
Steering Box VH Commodore R&P
Steering Column UC Torana
Front Wheel Make / Size Appliance Deep Dish 14 x 7
Rear Wheel Make / Size Appliance Deep Dish 14 x 7
Front Tyre Make / Size Yokahama 215/60/14
Rear Tyre Make / Size BF Goodrich Euro TA 235/60/14
Gas Tank Original 54 Litres (12 gallons)
Year and Make 1969 Chevrolet
Displacement 307
Machining Peter Way
Assembly Peter Way
Crankshaft 2 Bearing
Rods Stock
Pistons +30thou”
Camshaft Corvette “Pink”
Water Pump Short Chev
Cooling Fan Flex Fan & Thermo Fan
Alternator Chev
Heads Stock
Valves / Springs Stock
Rockers Stock
Valve Covers ’64 Chev chromed
Manifold / Induction 2 barrel, Holley 350
Ignition / Wires Twin Point
Headers Custom built by Dave Hall
Exhaust / Mufflers 1.5″ Custom built by Dave Hall
Other Engine facts Holley Blue Electric Fuel Pump,
Battery mounted on chassis under RHF guard
Make Powerglide (2speed)
Torque converter Chev Stock
Flex Plate Stock
Shifter ’69 Monaro
Driveshaft .
Body Style / Material Master Sedan / Steel
Body Manufacturer Chevrolet
Body Mods Fill spare tyre mount in left guard.
Hood Original
Radiator 5 core Commodore
Grille Original
Bodywork by PM Panels, Seaford
Paint Type / Colour Glasurit / Venitian Blue
Painter Peter Monaghan
Head Lights Original, QH globes
Tail Lights Original with blue dots, Commodore Third Brake Light in rear window.
Indicators Small aftermarket
Bumpers Original Standard model
Other body items .Spare tyre mount on rear
Dashboard Original master – with glovebox
Insert / Gauges VDO – Speedo, Tacho, Oil, Water Temp, Fuel, Volts
Stereo / Speakers Sterling with 4 speakers
Air Conditioning Original Cowl vent
Wiring Rob Souter
Steering Wheel UC Torana
Upholstery by Arron
Material / Colour Velour / Commodore Blue
Seats Front:VN Commodore Berlina
Carpet Dark Blue
Purchase Date August 1984
Build Time 13 years on & off
Registration Date 27th February 1997
Annual Mileage 4000 K’s
Cost to Build $30,000+