The ’36 Coupe sheet metal fab work is nearing completion.
Time to tackle the dreaded . . . hole in the roof.
We had to cut the hole in the roof even larger to clean-up the edges and make it straight. We took some new 20 gauge steel and put it on the template, added an extra half-inch for the step around edges, and now it has a flush fit.
The roof panel needed support so we bent up some half-inch Chrome Molly tubing. We shaped the tubing into place, welded tabs onto the body so that the tubing had a landing pad for the roof frame to be attached.
This 1936 Plymouth Coupe originally came with just a round cluster in the center of the dash. Luckily the car came with extra parts – one which was a deluxe factory dash – so we opted for that.
We built the gauge clusters panels to fit and match the original style. The original gauges where square – but these look great and work within the budget. A clock, cigarette lighter, two ashtrays (one for driver and one for passenger) – this is going to be a neat car. We still have more work to do and it will look cool once we are finished.
At 79 years old this 5-window coupe needed some “reconstructive surgery” when we first brought it to the shop. Like any good plastic surgeon we followed the natural flow of the curves — to avoid that un-natural forced look.
This big booty is from our next project a 1936 Plymouth 5-window Coupe.
First we repaired the rear roll pan and widened the rear fenders 2″. We filled tailight holes, and widen the running boards 2″ at rear only – to match fenders.
Keeping it Real
Below is the driver side lower door skins, lower rear front quarter panel as well as the rocker were replaced — to keep it all steel.
The inside driver side sheet metal panels had to be stepped.
The inner door frame (the door skin pinches over) was swiss cheese so it had to be rebuilt. It’s shape is a double compound curve, achieved by stretching and bending.
The ’36 Plymouth has some great natural curves – like these huge wheel wells.
A custom narrowed Ford 9″ rear with disk brake on coilovers, with 355 gear and Posi and Moser 31-spline axles. . . adds durability.
Below shows the front disk brakes, tubular control arms and coilover front suspension.
The passenger side received the same treatment as driver side
The passenger side inside inner-door frame also had to be rebuilt. The inner rocker boxes were OK on both sides.
The forward exposed door hinge on the this 1936 Plymouth is not a good design, and nobody sells a door hinge kit for this car. But the car still needs two doors that operate correctly. This photo shows the completed upper door hinge we made — that should last forever.
Plenty of machining time was needed to build these inside upper door hinges. We also had to cut out the nut plate inside the door post because plates were stripped out.
Driver side bolted up, the hinge pivot points TIG welded, and now the driver door is swinging free and latches up tight.
DONE. . . driver and passenger hinges built and doors mounted.
Just another day . . . doing the impossible. . . for the unknowing.
Now on to the next project on the list, for our 1936 Plymouth 5-Window Coupe.
Anyone restoring a 1936 Plymouth Coupe can buy a fiberglass fender online. For this coupe that would not be the case. We are lucky enough to have a decent looking metal fender to start with. We are keeping the steel fenders and widening them.
This car will run a 275/60-15 tire that will be perfect for this street hot rod. This tire has a wide profile that will give this ’36 coupe that race ready look — yet it is a DOT tire.
This car is nearly 80 years old and has been stored for many years inside a storage unit, on a concrete floor. Many classics are not that fortunate. This will help keep the project moving along and within budget.
Monday we hauled this 36 coupe back from Florida. If you have ever driven I-95, usually – it’s not the “thumbs-up” gesture you see on the roadway. But this trip was a hoot. Seeing all those fellow drivers who appreciate this type of classic was great. Needless to say, we look forward to starting this all-steel 5-window 1936 Plymouth Coupe project.