Ted Daniel, from Fort Loramie, OH, owns this ’38 Plymouth coupe (pictured above), but only after trying for five years to buy it from the previous owner. When he finally did purchase it, it had been sitting in the guy’s backyard and it was only covered in primer paint. It still had the original motor and transmission and, after almost four years of working on it, Daniel was able to drive it to the Street Rod Nationals in Louisville. Now it sports an independent front suspension, a 340 engine, and it’s backed to a five-speed Dodge Dakota transmission with a hydraulic clutch and a 3.23:1 posi rear. The interior is all leather and features embossed flames in most of the panels.
Based in Northern California, Tom Lindgren took five years to build this ’46 Plymouth for his wife, Billie, to whom he’s been married for 46 years. He did the work on the car, which included a new clip, undercarriage, and bodywork, and he says it took nine months working four days a week on it to get done. The car now has a 3.9L Dodge motor under the hood, and it’s equipped with an automatic trans, cruise control, electric windows, and seats. He’s also working on his own project, a 1947 Plymouth convertible, powered by a balanced and bored 325 motor, and his daily driver is a ’41 Cadillac.
Bob Spadavecchia, who lives in West Babylon, NY, spent five years on his ’41 Plymouth, rebuilding it from the ground up. He found the car with a small-block 350, stock front axle, and an Olds rear, but he added a Fatman Fabrications Mustang II frontend and a narrowed 9-inch Ford rear outfitted with Mosher axles and a Detroit Locker wtih 3.70:1 gears. The brakes were updated, and a ’57 392 Hemi (bored 0.060 over and assembled with H-beam rods, forged pistons, a Schneider roller cam, larger valves with a mild port, MSD ignition, a 6-71 Dyers blower, and twin 800-cfm Edelbrock carbs) was backed to a Chrysler 727 trans with a B&M shift kit and a 3000 stall converter. The PPG paint is called Emerald City, and is finished with ghost flames. Inside there is black tuck ’n’ roll, and Bob says it’s a real fun car to drive and gets a lot of looks, especially with the old Hemi in it.
Tim and Lori Kinney out of Des Moines, IA, started this project in July 2003 and bought it from the original owner’s family for $300. Tim added the ’80 Monte Carlo front and rear clip, and used other parts (such as the steering column, wiring, dash controls) from the donor, too. Patch panels for the floor were hand formed, and even the bumpers and emblems are handmade as well. The engine is a small-block 400 bored 0.030 over (406 inches) and uses an Edelbrock 750 carb and Mallory HEI ignition. The seats, out of a Sable, are heated and covered in black material, and the interior boasts a substantial sound system to boot. For rollers, Tim used chrome 15x7 and 15x8 wheels wrapped in Firestone rubber.