Richie Pierce • 1941 Plymouth • Monroeville, New Jersey

There's a popular saying amongst brand loyal gearheads. Whether it's a Ford, Chevrolet, or whatever, when it comes to an engine transplant, a Chrysler Hemi engine can go anywhere it wants. In the case of Richie Pierce's prewar street rod there was no emblem melding involved. For the basis of Richie's ride a '41 Plymouth coupe was his platform of choice. Under the hood is a '58 Chrysler 392 Hemi built by D&F Performance in Berlin, New Jersey. Induction comes from a pair of 650-cfm carbs and Auto Meter gauges are used to monitor the 392's vital signs.

The transmission is a 700-R4 coupled to a Dana 60 rearend packing posi and 4.56:1 gears. To complete the traction transaction, 18-inch rear tires are tucked under 3-inch widened fenders. A Fatman IFS front clip adds rack-and-pinion steering and four-wheel disc brakes handle bringing it all to a stop. The paint and bodywork began with the Plymouth's shell mounted on a rotisserie. The 4-inch chop with the A-pillars raked was a first-time endeavor for Richie and his team of friends, Jon, Al, Dennis, Mike, John, and Bob. When it was all said and done the Plymouth came out of the spray booth dark gray metallic with ghost flames. An American Autowire complete wiring harness supplies 12V juice to feed Vintage Air A/C, electric cutouts, frenched headlights, and four '59 Caddy taillights.

The 4-inch chop was just the beginning of the custom modifications Richie made to his Hemi-powered hellion. He shaved the door handles, and then to make it even harder to guess how to get in the car he gave the coupe bear-latched suicide doors.

Special thanks go to "Lambo" Tony Crsafi for photography, and Bob Bottari for helping Richie get his Early Iron submission turned in. And of course all Richie's friends who were involved in the project.


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