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1939 Pontiac
Owned by Joe Rossman
Pictures & Story by Joe Rossman

I have owned this 2 door sedan since 1988. When I bought the car it was only partially completed which gave me the freedom to finish it as I wanted it. I decided to go with a small block Chevy 350 engine and had it built by Jasper Racing Engines in Jasper Indiana. Wanting to have some kick and yet be street-able because I knew I would enjoy driving this to all the local cruises. The engine has 7.5: 1 compression, forged pistons, balanced steel crank, Comp blower cam, 2.02 1.64 heads that have been ported and gasket matched to the manifold. On the top is a 471 GMC blower rebuilt by Fowler Engines in Columbus, Ohio sporting an Edelbrock 750 cfm carburetor and the spark comes from an Accel electronic ignition. The power from this combination is funneled through a Turbo 350 transmission with a shift kit and is then transferred to the Chevrolet 10 bolt rear end with 3.23 to 1 gear reduction to a positraction unit.

For great handling the front end is out of a Chevy Nova. It has Drum brakes all around and they have been very effective in stopping it. For comfort of handling it has power steering, power brakes, cruise control, air conditioning, power seat, tinted glass all around and especially seat belts with shoulder harness by Crow Industries in the front for added safety. The wiring harness is Painless and done by my good friend Jim Spotton. The paint is 1967 Pontiac blue and the bottom half has been repainted by Jim Curtis of Magic Custom Auto Restyling on Brookpark Road. He also fabricated the great steel running boards.

This car has never been in an accident and I hope to keep it that way. It’s been driven on the Hot Rod Power Tour to Nebraska in 2002 and to the Good Guys in Columbus Ohio. I have driven it to the NSRA Nationals in Louisville KY, York PA, Kalamazoo Michigan and Knoxville Tennessee several times. It’s also made it to the Woodward Cruise twice. I love to cruise around the area to many of the weekend locations and it’s always nice to see my “car people” friends in the area.