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Old 08-04-2002, 08:58 AM
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I have a 37 Buisnessman's Coupe. My goal is to build a Rod with Dodge/Chrysler drive train. Has anyone done a chassis conversion or upgrade to disc brakes on the stock front end? Also a rear end swap, what works best? Appreciate any information.

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Old 08-05-2002, 07:02 PM
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Ray,

i think our cars are slightly different, i've got a '47 plymouth. But i think the dimensions are roughly the same. You can get disc conversion kits. Try <a href="http://www.mpbrakes.com" target="_blank">www.mpbrakes.com</a>

they have kits for everything. Also, you could subframe using a volare or camaro subframe. As for the rearend, i'm using a rearend out of a '79 newport. At first i thought it would be too wide because the track is wider than my car. But the rims are really spaced out so i can gain a few inches if i get backspaced rims. I'm not too worried about that. I think you should be fine if you get any kind of rearend as long as its from a car.

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I recently completed my conversion of a 1937 Dodge Brothers D5 Coupe. I went with a chevy drivetrain, put a Mustang II frontend under it with disc brakes and power steering. The dimensions of the rearend are very important. Mine we from a 70's model chevelle. If you need more specific answers feel free to email me. Good luck! Jim
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Ray,I am starting to build a 38' plymouth coupe. I am planning on using a volare front suspension with either a 9" ford or Dana 60 rearend. I also plan on using 2X4 tubing for the frame construction. My goal is to put in a stroked chrysler 400 hopefully in the 450hp range. After seeing a 46' dodge with a 392 fitting in I believe my combination will work. I also would appreciate any feedback.
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Hey there I have a 1937 PLYMOUYH COUPE . I have installed a blown 392 HEMI "IT DOES FIT " The rear axle is out of a ford lincoln it is a 9 inch with disc brakes and it is the almost the same width as the stock plymouth one "2 inches shy . Almost any FULL SIZE ford car will fit . stay away from the Van axles as they are the widest . The axle out of a 1973 mustang is exactly the same dimention as the old plymouth model.
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I have a 37 dodge d5 2dr sedan. did you say the axle housing will match up? mine has a 350 chev and turbo auto. will the old leaf springs work or will the 73 mustang need t be used? thanks dan
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Still, there's good info here. Just be careful and don't use a Ford diff from a Lincoln, Thunderbird or any other huge Ford model without knowing exactly what rear you are looking at. Those large cars used a 9 3/8" rear, not a 9" and there are no aftermarket parts for the 9 3/8" diffs.
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