The last two things Jose made sure were updated and in working condition were the suspension and motor. Kevin Currell at SIK Fabrications in Corona, California installed the air bag set up which allows the ’39 to ride smoothly and clear driveways with ease, while still being able to lay on the rocker panels when it’s parked. Jose then added 14x7 wire wheels mated to 14 inch premium sportway 5.20’s. Steve Gaugler of Gaugler Racing in Lancaster, California rebuilt the 235ci out of a 1955 Chevy, and Jose added a whole lot of chrome and powder-coated items to the engine.

No Chevy bomb is complete without some accessories, so Jose added a GM Clock, GM Locking Gas Cap, Banjo Steering Wheel, Bumper Guards and an AAA License Plate Topper that was given to him by his friend, Lomo.

With a construction time of 2-½ years and a lot of cash, Jose was finally done with his ’39. On its first outing to a car show, Jose placed first in his class at a car show at the Los Angeles Sports Arena. For Jose, the first place was confirmation that his ’39 project was well worth the time and money. Jose wishes to thank his wife, Caroline, and his children Casandra, Clarissa, Jose Jr., Michael, and his granddaughter, Elena. He’d also like to thank Tony Paradiso, Ruben Rodriguez, Carlos Moroyoqui, Jim Banda and his car club Latin Magic. While on the subject of gratitude we’d like to thank Jose for giving us the opportunity to shoot the car before it even participated in its first show. We look forward to seeing more builds from Jose and his club Latin Magic. n

Tech Specs
“Mr. 39”

Owner: Jose Martinez

Vehicle: 1939 Chevy Master Deluxe

Club: Latin Magic

City/State: Artesia, California

Paint: Custom Candy Cherry Red color by Armando Perez of Copa Paint & Body in Maricopa, Arizona.

Interior: Richard Mendoza, Sun Shine Customs in Montclair, CA covered the interior in Tan cloth.

Electrical/Audio: Custom made wiring harness consisting of old school cloth wire with a lacquer finish. Wire gauge is 10 to 16 gauges at their locations. All of the wire is soldiered and terminated from end to end no splicing and a fuse box was added for protection. The original turn signal was rebuilt and everything electrical in the car works from the dome lights to the gauges.

Audio system consists of Alpine and Boston Acoustics components pushing 400 watts.

Head Unit: Alpine CDA-105 with IPOD Connection. (Radio is out of sight in a modified OG GM Tissue).

Speakers: 2 sets of Boston Acoustics 6.5 hidden in the doors.

Tweeters: 2 sets of .75 Boston Acoustics soft dome tweeters are also hidden in the doors.

Woofers: Two 12’ Boston Acoustics G1 in a sealed box for tight response behind the rear seat.

Amps: 2 Boston Acoustics 504 Class A 50 Watts x 4 mounted in the trunk for an old school style to fit the look of the car.

A custom built crossover network was installed to give the ’39 its unique sound that can be heard from a distance. The sound is clean, crisp and loud.

Suspension: Kevin Currell from SIK Fabrications in Corona, California installed an Airbag system.

Wheels: 14-inch wire wheels.

Tires: Firestone 5.60’s.

Accessories: GM Clock, Banjo Steering Wheel, GM Locking Gas Cap, Bumper Guards, Vintage AAA License Plate Topper.