May 26, 2016

Featured Bomb: 1947 Chevrolet Fleetmaster Cabriolet

  • 1947 Chevrolet Fleetmaster Cabriolet
  • Engine:  Chevrolet 216cui
  • Owners:  David Rodriguez & Kat Abe (Seattle, Washington)
  • Car Club:  South End Ryderz
  • Drivetrain:  Stock with vacuum assist shifting
  • Suspension:  Lowered 3” in the rear with lowering blocks

I had been searching for one of these for years.  Every night I’d search the web with either no luck or out of my price range.  A week went by without doing a search so I picked up the iPad and clicked on a site by accident that I usually check with and there were none for sale.  I scrolled down anyways and there she was.  That night, I couldn’t sleep!  So I called the number at 7am with no answer but left a message.  An hour later, I received a call back from the owner and he said it was still available and that I was the first caller on it.  However, he had more calls and emails to return. So after asking a few questions and counting my pennies, nickels & dimes, my girlfriend, Katharine, said “just buy it already”, since she was tired of seeing me browse all of the car sites. Without much thought after that, I wired the cash and two weeks later she arrived in an enclosed trailer. The former owner was 79-years-old gentleman and had owned the car for thirteen years and named her “Ole Betsy”.  The convertible was a frame off restoration, which was performed in 1989, and was garaged ever since.  A few upgrades I added were the “must have’s”:

  • Fleetline stainless trim
  • Skirts
  • Original Fulton visor
  • GM compass and Fulton View Finder made by Juan Ramirez
  • Original artillery wheels
  • Cigarette dispenser
  • Fender guides
  • Original Safety Star and Pegasus license plate toppers

She runs like a dream and sometimes unbelievable when I see her in the garage. There are many plans for her in the future “to do list.”

David Rodriguez

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  • danny July 9, 2016
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    Danny

  • danny July 9, 2016
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    Danny I got a 48 fleetline for sale need one.

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