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11-22-2003 01:40 PM
Nice old Mopar Dude!!

Or should I say Dodge brothers? Only time will tell, and how deep your pockets get!! I would say swap meet parts or anything used to save a buck or two. You might want to think of a fram/suspension upgrade to begin with. Since you work for the frame dude have him design one for you using new used parts. Its only time man, use it to do a little at a time till its done. Listen to me, I work on three projects at once and don't get anything finished!!!


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11-22-2003 12:29 PM
Nos it will take a while to get it decent... but not that long to get it drivable lol..

well anyway good luck..

11-22-2003 08:49 AM
BlueWraith It might take a lil more then a few months. The interior is pretty far out there and theres quite a bit of bodywork to be done. The driprails above the doors have lots of rot in them, and I need to make a new crossmember up front to hold the lower a-arms until I get the cash for a Mustang 2 front clip with power steering rack. We make those everyday at work, so I'm sure I can get a good deal.
11-22-2003 01:12 AM
Nos looks like a good solid car.. body looks like its in good shape.. just redo the floors some body work.. throw that 318 in there.. (ask that guy if he has a tranny that comes with the 318) .. maybe some different rims and tires.. throw some seats fromt he junk yard.. add power steering.. and itll be on the street in no time.. ill give u a few months.. then will see what happens

11-21-2003 04:49 PM
BlueWraith I got some pics now. I'll post a couple of them here, and then a link to see the rest. Its at If you dont have an account there, sign up to be able to view the album. Its free, and unlimited space for your images.

Got a more in depth look at the car today. If you look at the album, you'll see a big rotted spot that I took a pic of. The radiator on the car looks great. No bent fins or anything from the check I gave it. The glass still rolls up and down on a couple of the doors, and the front wing windows still open up, although they are a bit stiff.

All I got to do is get $200 for the down payment and then the guy says just pay the rest whenever I can. Can't beat that!

I do have another question though.. there seems to be a push button on the left side of the guage cluster... What use does that serve? During the rebuild, I might replace the switch for a push button start. (Hmm... that might be what it is.. I dont know though)
11-21-2003 02:41 PM
19firebird72 buy it if you have the money. hell if you never build it you can always stick it in the yard and resell it latter..... thus my first project a 70' ford torino. sold, didn't loose any money and now someone else has a car to build and may have saved it from getting crushed. good luck with the build.
11-21-2003 02:19 PM
Dave E Shank HEY BLUE: The swap meet is in the West Building of The Indiana State Fair Grounds located at the corner of E 38 th street and Fall Creek Parkway on the East Side of Indianapolis. Look at and put in location and it will draw you a map.......DAVE
11-20-2003 01:28 PM
Magnus_Jager That 318 should make a respectable and reliable motor for the rod. Good luck man, it's nice to see old Mopar's on the road. Post pics when you get em.
11-20-2003 08:52 AM
BlueWraith Wheres the fairgrounds at? I'm going to be in Indy all day on the 29th for a RangerPowerSports gathering, so if its near there I might see about crashing with one of the guys up there and head to the show the next day.
11-20-2003 07:26 AM
Dave E Shank HEY BLUE: Go for it! I am just North of you in Noblesville, Indiana and have a 1938 Lafayette street rod. Big advantage that you have is access to a shop and other people who are willing to help you. That is the best school there is available. There is a Swap Meet at Ind State Fair Grounds on Sunday, November 30, 2003 which would be good to attend and see some hot rod parts. Good Luck.... You won't have to worry about spare time or spare money for the rest of your life!! Because you won't have any...DAVE
11-19-2003 09:04 PM
BlueWraith Little update... I talked the guy down to $500, so it looks like I'll be getting the Plymouth sometime this winter. I'm excited! lol

Theres going to be a lot of work though. I checked out the interior and whatnot... the driverside floorboard is totally disconnected from the running boards, which is why I couldn't get the door open before. Talked to the previous owner as well, since he works there too (works out great. prev. owner, current owner, and future owner all work at the same place. lol). He informed me that the car has a clear title, and that he'll be looking for it to give to me when I buy the car. It might not be a great big deal, but it makes me smile that the soon-to-be-mine Plymouth has a clear title. Excluding the rusty parts, thats a cool deal.

Anyone looking for a flathead 6? I wont have a need for it if I can get the 318... which is bored 30 over with new pistons and everything. Yay?
11-18-2003 09:57 PM
Rubberman2003 I cant offer any better advice than these guys, BUT i know before i bought my camaro, i had an offer to get a TA around the same year that ran, for right around the same price. I turned them down instead to get my camaro that didnt run for the same price, the only reason i did it was because i HATED the pop up headlights. Point it get what you like, you will be so much happier. I still glad i got the camaro.
11-18-2003 07:54 PM
BlueWraith 85? Wow.. thats less then my 4 banger ranger. lol

Big mistake on my part... the car is actually a 47. Somehow I got myself confused looking at pics and placed the wrong frontend on the car. Whoops...

This is the car I'll be getting... well, not that exact one.. but the same body style. The thing that confuses me is that the link to that image says its a 46, but in the info it says 47? I'm assume the 2 years are the same body style... if not, can someone correct me?

A guy I go to class with has a 318 that hes looking to get rid of. Its all there aside from a couple of gaskets and bolts. He was going to stick it in his truck, but rolled it before he got the chance. Hes asking family members tonight if its really his or not, and if so, he'll shoot me a price next week when I see him. Never know... the car may be mine yet if I can get it running.

I'm so freaking stoked about getting this. I really need to come up with $600... and a place to work on it. The current gaurage seems to be full of wood working supplies. (table saw, lathe, drill presses, etc...) I might be able to talk my grandpa into moving them to the basement.

After a lil bit of google searching, I found that the 47 actually has a lil bit more HP. 217.8CID Flathead 6 with 95hp... Not a great increase, but I'm not exactly looking for a race car here. What the point of crusin' if ya cant be seen?
11-18-2003 06:36 PM
WoodsEdge Buy it !! Like you said, what have you got to lose? I also agree, don't put in a sbc. How about a 340 or 360??
Oh yea, your stock engine is a 201.3 cu. in. flathead 6. It puts out 82 hp at 3600rpm.
11-18-2003 05:43 PM
Plum Crazy 37 Dodge business coupe project.

I bought it 4 years ago and took it apart to make it right. Dropped in a 69 sbc 327 and power glide trans. Disc/disc brakes and posi 12 bolt rear end. Now I have a painless wiring harness to replace the burned up Buick wiring. Good luck with yours.


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