I'm street rodding a 

1936 Plymouth Coupe

Please check back often to see my progress!

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The above pictures were taken when we bought the car in 1976.   I say "we" because originally it was a group effort -- my dad (major cash contributor), my brother, and of course me.   It still had original paint, black fenders and dark blue body.  The body panels were solid, but they had small dents and creases throughout.  The odometer read only 42,000 mile, but the engine was in need of a major overhaul.

The Chrysler Corporation proudly presented its 1936 Plymouth!

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Don't forget to check the color combo's and options on my prior page!

                                                                ....Back to my car!

We completely disassembled the car to begin our restoration.  I don't know what made us use these colors (the group couldn't agree on a paint scheme), but this is how the first attempt turned out.

After a year of searching for missing parts, a few shows and swap meets, one thing we all did agree on was, the brown and copper combo had to go.  We decided to take it apart once more and make it all black.  By this time, as you can see below, we had found a few more parts, including hub caps.

After 4 or 5 years, several antique car shows and a shelf full of trophies later we lost interest in getting our old car out.  It spent the next 10 years or so under a cover in our dad's garage.  I fired it up a couple of times a year just to keep it running.  About 10 years ago I decided to get it out again and enjoy driving it over the summer.  This sparked my "hot rodder" instinct, so I bolted on a set of aluminum mags to give it that street rod look.  And that's how the next few years passed.  
I'd park it in Dad's garage over the winter and hot summer months then drive it about 3 months in our comfortable Indiana late summer and early fall weather.   In January of 2001, I decided it was time for the third overhaul.   The following pictures detail my progress.

Okay, the hoods out of the way.  Let's get to work!!

The old 201 cubic inch 82 hp power plant belongs on eBay!

Now I'm off to A Plus Rod and Custom.

Since I'm not a welder, I'll need a little help here.


At this point we had removed the old straight axle and we're ready to size up the Fatman Fabricated frontend.

HHere is the stance I'm hoping for after it's all together.

Craig makes it look easy!

This is the first attempt at setting the motor in place.  Sorry  Mopar fans.      This Plymouth is gonna have a heartbeat!

Here we had just removed the rear end.

I used a 77 Maverick 8 inch rear end.





It's an L98 from a 91 Corvette, not the most horsepower available--but the L98 was known for torque

and you don't feel horsepower, you feel torque!   Should be "plenty salty" compared to the ole flat head!

Finally got the fire wall painted and made sure the March brackets were going to fit.

Here's a shot of the back fender with the flush mount fuel door.



Next the runners, plenum, fuel rail, injectors and intake will be removed for polishing.

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Here's a shot with the runners and plenum removed

The fuel rail cleans up easily

Throttle body

Here's a close up to see the original texture


Plenum and runners

Luckily the runners are dent free


I can polish your plenum and runners!  Please inquire via email.

Why does GM paint their Magnesium valve covers?

A little stripper, sand paper and buffing, makes for a perfect finish!

More pictures will arrive, so check back soon!

If my progress seems slow...

I'm also rebuilding a 55 Chevy Bel Air


                        is always welcome!

             Any one else working on a 36 Plymouth?  

Send along a picture or two... I would be willing to post your picture and email address so other 36 Plymouth owners can find you!

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