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Old 12-17-2004, 08:09 PM
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Alright, so I'm 15 and i recently bought a 37 plymouth 2 door sedan. The engine is in mint condition and the body is almost flawless with only a few cancer spots. The interior was messed up so i took it out and im currently working on installing a new one. I was wondering whether i should put in a larger motor to make it a shweeet hot rod or leave it stock becuase of the great condition it is in. Any ideas will be greatly apprecitated. Thanks

By the way, if you know of any body that sells parts or if you yourself are interested in selling parts for a 1937 2 door plymouth sedan please let me know.

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by the way, i will be using this for daily driving but am also a HUGE fan of going fast.

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Old 12-17-2004, 08:41 PM
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37ply,

Welcome and congratulations on your '37 Plymouth sedan.

How will you plan to use the car? Occasional cruising or more frequent long distance hauls? If you are going to be doing occasional cruising you could leave the stock powertrain and just enjoy the car for awhile. Changing to a more modern engine would probably include mount fabrication, wiring changes, transmission and rear end change as well.

Either way you go enjoy!
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Old 12-17-2004, 08:52 PM
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i say take out the powertrain and put in a modern powerplant(more modern at least). but do not sell the old stuff, keep that for originality's sake, you can always take out and put in things in a car. so it seems that being a teen you would want to show off in the car, so id recomend tha you put a new motor in her. good luck with the beast
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Pics...WE NEED PICS!!! Sounds like a sweet ride.

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Check out my gallery for pics. I just put in 3.

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Old 12-19-2004, 04:02 AM
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If you do change to a more modern engine, keep it mopar, don't put no chevy engine in there. For reliability and economy a good old 318 would do nicely and can always benifit from any 340 or 360 performance parts. A 50s Hemi would be the nuts though.
You might find a whole cop car for cheap and put in everything.
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Old 12-19-2004, 06:19 AM
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Sweet car, and the engine compartment looks pretty good. I'd keep the stock mill for now and start making a list/saving some dough for a swap down the road when your right foot just wants more. If it never happens you still had the fun of planning, and the money you saved can go to another project, huh?
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Given your age and lack of experience I agree that you should keep it stock for now. Over the next couple years you can collect the parts you need to do some updating.

Although the 318 Mopar is a good choice, I would suggest a warmed up 273 and torqueflight. The 273 was a great little motor and would make an impressive cruiser with just a simple 4 bbl. and Formula "S" cam and headers. Of course an early hemi (Dodge would be best given the lack of room in the engine compartment) would be a great choice but they are expensive to rebuild. Figure at least $3000 for a stock rebuild on a typical Dodge 315 or 325 Hemi and for that amount you could replace the entire drive train with the 273 or 318 torqueflight and new rear end for that matter.

Bottom line is don't rush into this. Decide exactly what you want to do with the car and then start collecting the parts. It's much better to have the majority of parts ready to go in before you tear it apart rather than not. Your down time will be much less that way.

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aint nothing wrong w/the flat head 6, my brother has a 39 dodge & drives it at hi-way speeds all the time. they love to run at high RPMs, and the Mopar flathead were used in forklift truck for yrs, hell they mite be still being used as far as i know.
you can get speed parts for them, but they will be a tad high since it is a Mopar.
if it runs now just drive it the way it is, go to car shows, swap meets, & other forums & ask questions, LOTS of them & if some of them act like MORONs just consider the source. cause there are NO DUMB questions, its just you lack the answers to they question you're asking....joe
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Old 12-19-2004, 04:06 PM
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I agree with the guys. That's one nice ride for a starter car. Too bad about the dent. Hope you get it banged out. Enjoy, she's a beaut.
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