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    New build thread; 48 Plymouth

     



    I'm really enjoying the old truck I just finished; my wife and i took it to the car show last week and most people had a lot of good things to say. I've been driving it a lot on the weekends without any problems. The plan was to sell it in the fall and start on the Plymouth but I just cant stand not working out there. So I'm starting a build thread on it just to keep myself organized and to get some input from you guys. That keeps me motivated more than anything. The latest plan goes like this; the frame is pretty much done although after having the front end setup looked at by a reputable shop, it looks like I'm going to have to redo the rack & pinion. They said the type of rack I used and the way I've got it mounted is going to create bumpsteer problems. So I'm going to try a kit from Fatman's fabrications. Engine is going to be a 5.3 Gen III Chevy with a MSD/Edelbrock intake and ignition kit for a carb conversion. Probably a bigger cam and some headers. Trans is a 700r4. Were thinking a 05' Mustang Redfire exterior, tan interior, and A/C. The body is coming off of the frame tomorrow and onto the body cart, soon to head to the media blaster. I'm hanging onto the four door body to use for patch panels as the floor need attention. I sold a bunch of the four door stuff and have a car fund going. I'll still sell the truck this fall to add to the fund, but I'm having too much fun with it right now. So here we go, I'm going to shoot for about an 18 month completion date.
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    I love Plymouths of that era, really pretty cars. Your frame is looking good, and from the sounds of your plans the whole car is going to be sharp. Looking forward to following your build up.

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    We need more builders to start threads, to motivate us slow types to work harder. Looking foward to your posts.
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    Thanks for the encouraging words, guys. Always a big help. I got up early this morning and finished pulling the body. This is NOT an OSHA approved pulling method but I managed to get it pulled and mounted on the cart without killing myself or dropping the car. As you can see, the floors need help but at least the trunk is solid. Just the opposite on the four door body; the trunk is gone and the floors are great. I should be able to make one good one from both. I don't know how much i'll be able to do on this for the next month or so. Our Florida vacation is coming up and there's just a lot going on but I wanted to get it to this point so I can sell the old chassis and just generally make some more room. I still have to put interior in my son's Firebird over the summer and now I got talked into putting a new motor in my daughters boyfriends Grand Am so he can have it for college in the fall. But I'll get in what I can and hopefully hit it harder this fall.
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    i pulled my body off like that and wasn't quite so successful . funny how we can look back months later an laugh at the fact we cost ourselves hundreds or thousands because of a dumb mistake .

    looks good so far. hopefully you find it goes together as well for you as the truck did
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    Quote Originally Posted by 35fordcoupe
    i pulled my body off like that and wasn't quite so successful . funny how we can look back months later an laugh at the fact we cost ourselves hundreds or thousands because of a dumb mistake .

    looks good so far. hopefully you find it goes together as well for you as the truck did
    Hundreds I could probably laugh at; thousands would be tough. What happened to yours? I hope it comes out good, too. I have a bad habit of changing my mind about how to build it halfway through. It's completely different than the original idea I started with over a year ago. Must.....stay....focused......

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    I pulled mine like that and its alot lighter then both of those and I shut my eyes and pray .

    Falcon that coupe looks great and a good thing you have some parts . A shame though you have to do surgery on the sedan for them .

    35 hope it didnt get hurt bad .

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    Quote Originally Posted by bluestang67
    I pulled mine like that and its alot lighter then both of those and I shut my eyes and pray .

    Falcon that coupe looks great and a good thing you have some parts . A shame though you have to do surgery on the sedan for them .

    35 hope it didnt get hurt bad .

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    Looks good keep it up!
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    I ran the straps through the door opening on the roof right behind the A pillar. I missed a couple bolts hidden under the firewall and lifted up the whole front of the chassis. it bent up the drip rails on both sides causing maybe the worst body damage the car has suffered in its 70 year life . o well at least i had the sense to not run the strap through the windows so i at least saved the doors from damage
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    Hey falconvan, My floor looked a little like that in the front when I got it. I cut it all out and started over with moving the firewall back about 3". The center to rear was ok to an extent. I wasn't going to jump in that far when I started mine either, but like my father said This car thing is a sickness and once you got it there is no remedy. Oh yea, Is it Fall already? I see you are working on it. Keep on crackin man, you got the sickness. Ain't it sweet!!
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    Thats a serious bummer, 35Ford. Kudos for not giving up right there. That's a great looking job, moparme. Where did you get that firewall panel? I really tried to stay away from it until fall but it just kept pulling at me. I saw a guy with a 40 Ford at the local Arby's and was checking out his LS1 carburator conversion kit. Very cool...I couldn't hold back after that.

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    Quote Originally Posted by falconvan
    Thats a serious bummer, 35Ford. Kudos for not giving up right there. That's a great looking job, moparme. Where did you get that firewall panel? I really tried to stay away from it until fall but it just kept pulling at me. I saw a guy with a 40 Ford at the local Arby's and was checking out his LS1 carburator conversion kit. Very cool...I couldn't hold back after that.
    Thanx, I got the metal in 14-16 ga steel, 4'x8' sheets cut in 1/2 to transport home in the Subaru. I cut all the pieces w/cutoff wheels. I was takin my time. I thought long and hard about what I wanted to do before I cut it out and came up with nothing. So I went and cut it out and damn if I didn't have a ton of Ideas after that. So there it is. Templates were made from cardboard. It Just got easier the further I went. You'll see. When you are in over your head, You'll know what to do. If you really want it, You'll make it happen. you wait and see. I am glad I did mine. no regrets at all.
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    Nice job; not sure I want to replace the whole firewall or not. I'll have to see what it looks like when it comes back from the media blaster.

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