Found this site after talking to The Plymouth Doctor in the USA.
Ordered some new steel repro parts from them to help transform an old bomb into something a little more modern.
Had it for just over 1 year now, and the rat skeletons and nests have been removed, had the chassis grit blasted, along with the grille shell, headlamp pods, running boards and inner guards. Still got a looong way to go, but I have a mental image that is my goal.
So far, the front tube axle has been given the flick, so has the ol' 6, and rear axle set up.
Still have a lot of tin worm to address, at least my labour is free.
Here's a couple of photos from the start.
It's a Dodge Six. Model D5, made in Australia 1937. First all steel bodied car here - beat GM to the punch by 2 years. Factory was in Adelaide South Australia - T.J. Richards, a coach builder ended up making bodies for Dodge/Plymouth/DeSoto, I think Chrysler bought into the operations around 1925, Factory was changed to building fighter planes in WWII.
Today it's Mitsubishi Australia plant.
Heaps of room in the back, front doors open normally, rear doors are suicide. Using 1983 Jaguar front end, & rear end. Inside I'll have reverse camera, bluetooth, Ipod conn, A/C, Power windows (from the Jag), Power seats (came from a '93 Toyota Aristo - very comfy) rear seat is modded Jag's rear seat. Hope to give progress pics as I go along. Looking for body trims, stainless steel in origin. Headlamp trim rings were missing, but I found a company in USA called Headwinds makes new bezels to adapt a 7" round H4 insert, so at least I get good lighting.
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dont for get to swap it over to 12 volt. check out hoping up the stock engine. i had a 1957 dodge pick up with a flat head 6 cyl. i made an adpter to hold a 318 two bdl carb, it was like adding an other engine. just be sure it doesnt lock at wide open.
Thanks, 12v neg earth is the way. 6cyl is long gone, a guy with a '38 bought it off me. Along with the rear axle/diff/leafsprings, and the steering wheel/column/box.
Front axle & leafs went to the pres of a rod club.
This is where I want to end up.
It'll be a while I can tell you.
Body off, so chassis work can begin
had it blasted clean, fixed a few small cracks not seen before the clean-up. Made a steel jig to be a "flat" base to get all this done. My floor was off at one corner by half an inch.
Jag front end cleaned up ready for fitting
On the jig getting centred up
Ordered a few bits from Steele Rubber in the USA - body mounts, cowl vent seal, headlight mount rubbers, some door stops etc.
This fella has saved me immeasurable grief in locating or making new steel for 'round the body on my project.
So not much progress to report on..been busy lately doing a few domestic chores...
such is life
hoping to attack the front guards and put a patch in them (from the Jag's sheet metal) and then they're done...rear guards will be sent to the grit blasters, then on to a guy I know who can bash out the dings far better than I am capable of doing.
The Jag rear has to be removed from it's cage - Dodge rails are too far apart to just add the unit. If it were chev or ford from the same age, the jag stuff just slips right in.
So I need to make a new rear X member & lower diff braces. Start on that bit later.....Just want to finish the guards that I've started on.
Then just put them away until it's time to bolt stuff back together.
Main reason I wanted to have the running boards & guards fixed up 1st was to make sure the wheels sat in all the arches right before comitting to cross member positions. So far the front & rear sit well at the original 115" WB. Trying to have all 4 wheels "clocked" so it looks right.
Been looking around the traps for some rubber bits'n'pieces, like running board mats, door seals, etc. Hard to find the right stuff.... all the bits of rubber left behind on this carcass have turned into coal.
Managed to get the hinge pins out of the hood top (man, were they stuck!)
Stripped out all 4 x doors, gave the window regulators and the latches a quick clean-up. Will use these to start with, the offload to a restorer or something.
Got the rear guards beat out a little better, the left one is still pretty crook.
Need to organize a few mates to come around, and lift the shell back onto the chassis for a look-see if the wheels are clocked.
I'll be dropping off the doors one by one to the 'blasters soon, so the only thing left for a huge clean-up will be the main shell.
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Been tinkering with the headlight pods; got the Jag lights (7 inch dia.) mounted into the Dodge pods, and some USA made Headwinds 7" adapter rings (car only came with empty pods)
The chrome ring's only on there with sticky tape at the moment, just checking the fit. All good. Have to find a way of attaching the rings now.
Made a small mod to the rear doors, I found some cool projector lamps on the net, put these in the bottom of the doors, hook 'em up to the interior light circuit, and you see the Dodge Logo on the ground when the doors are opened. Cool hey?
Also started on the diff brace rods. heated & bent the plate I made to 35 degrees, am starting on mounts for the chassis rails next
I got the torque bars in, but decided to make 2 x new ones for up the back.
So I made a new batwing (10mm thick) for this.
Now I'm convinced it's strong enough.
Also been making a new lower centre grille piece out of a spare upper one, and also the grille surround trim rings are shot. So instead of a $2400 NOS pair, I thought I'd have a go at making my own.
1/2" copper pipe is the right size, it'll be cut down to a half round profile after the bending's done.
Found some brass threaded stands from a furniture manufacturer (same ol' thread pitch too!)
Silver solder all this into place, then chrome it. Sounds easy! but it is kinda hard to do. Getting there however. I think the incentive of saving a few $$ keeps me going.