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1936 Plymouth Coupe Suspension And Chassis Tuning

plymouth coupe

We are in the final stages of this “daily driver” build.

Currently we are trying to find a body shop to bondo up the 80 year old sheet metal.  We have already taken it down to bare metal and applied primer to simply prevent further rusting.


As seen in the photo below, the front suspension is sporting a special front brake kit. It’s not easy to find — but it allows the wheels to turn left and right without scrubbing the front fenders.


Plymouth coupe

Below photo shows the inside of the firewall. As you can see we still have a few holes to seal up — but that is what final assembly before paint is all about.


The front floor section and tunnel is continuous welded – as seen in below photo.


Below shows the rear floor and sealed off bulkhead from the trunk.


The trunk floor section on the right is removable via DZUS fasteners. The raised floor is for the panhard bar upper mount — we want the car low.


Below shows the rear end — a FORD 9″ on coilover shocks with street rod 4-link suspension and disk brakes.


This Street Rod is going to be a great daily driver  — and the coolest car in the parking lot!

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Plymouth Coupe Sheet Metal Fabrication

1936 plymouth coupe

The ’36 Coupe sheet metal fab work is nearing completion.

Time to tackle the dreaded . . . hole in the roof.

1936 Plymouth Coupe Metal Fabrication

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.

Plymouth Coupe Sheet Metal Roof

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.


That wasn’t so bad. . .

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This 1936 Plymouth Coupe is going to be one COOL Hot Rod!

1936 Plymouth Coupe Build

The boys in the shop have been chipping away at the ’36 Coupe project – mostly doing the stuff no one will ever see.

Once we install the carpet and door panels we built, no one will see the steel sheet metal floor and firewall, and reworked body mounts or any electric system.

Time to do the final inspection on the frame then paint, and the same on body underside. Once the body gets mounted to the frame there is no going back.

The 36 Coupe project is going well

The 36 Coupe Get's Frame Painted

The 36 Plymouth Coupe For Sale

The 36 Coupe Get's Frame Painted

The 36 Plymouth Coupe is looking good

Metal fabrication, chassis building, creating unique suspension parts – this is what we do on a regular basis.

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36 Plymouth Coupe Getting Power Windows

1936 Plymouth Coupe for sale

We are thankful to have the opportunity to get this ’36 Coupe back on the roadways. This car came with a good frame and shell and lots of parts.

1936 Plymouth Coupe

We’ve done plenty of metal fabrication, and it is all well worth it.

Restoring this 1936 Plymouth Coupe

This car is getting updated for use as a daily driver — and 85% of the wiring is done. This ’36 Plymouth is getting power windows installed and a stereo.
1936 Plymouth Coupe for sale

We are trying to stay within budget so we are keeping it simple and clean. The final product will look first-class.

Plymouth Coupe custom dash


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The 1936 Plymouth Coupe Dashboard

36 plymouth coupe resto

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.



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Sheet Metal Fabricators

These are floor pans. These sheet metal floor pans are not from a parts store. They are custom made for our 1936 Plymouth Coupe project.

High Quality Sheet Metal Panels

Sheet metal and body panels are the usual issue with classic cars that are 80 years old. These new floor pans are 20-gauge steel, cold roll (stronger, made with pressure not heat).
Removable sheet metal transmission tunnel
sheet metal floor pans
sheet metal work

This Plymouth Coupe Will Be A Daily Driver

This 1936 Plymouth Coupe is our restoration project.  You may see this car showing up in the local Ingles Supermarket parking lot come Spring.

The below photo show the additional bars added to the back — to ensure no problems hauling those heavy coolers of refreshments to the car show.

Strenghten the back seat area


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Creative metal fabrication and the 36 Plymouth Coupe front grill

This old broad is getting a new smile. . .

We have been thinking about the design for the grill on our ’36 Plymouth Coupe project. We have many options to consider.

For some inspiration we recently visited MAPES Wire, a local family business that manufactures piano strings, spring wire, and specialty wire right here in the USA! 

This is one BIG blank canvas.



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Bringing back the oldies with metal fabrication

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.

Restoring this 1936 Plymouth CoupeKeeping 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.


Now on to the floors.


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Making custom door hinges for the 36 Coupe

door hinges made for coupe

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.
Door hinges made for the 36 Coupe

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.
Door hinges made for the 36 Coupe

Driver side bolted up, the hinge pivot points TIG welded, and now the driver door is swinging free and latches up tight.
Door hinges made for the 36 Coupe
DONE. . . driver and passenger hinges built and doors mounted.
Door hinges made for the 36 Coupe

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.


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Metal fabrication, math and creative visualization

Metal Fabrication and the creative vision

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.

1936 Plymouth Coupe metal fabrication

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.

Hey kids. . . Math is important!

1936 Plymouth Coupe getting a stretch job


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36 Coupe Chassis and Suspension

plymouth coupe

We started this 1936 Plymouth 5-window coupe project about 2 weeks ago.

We found ourselves asking . . .What are we going to do with this 36 coupe project?

How about make it into a bad ass hot rod. . .  OK.
1936 Plymouth Coupe

Here we are applying the front end parts. Notice the custom fabrication on the engine mounts.

1936 Plymouth Coupe

Placing engine on center line, we Mig welded in the front cross member.

1936 Plymouth Coupe

As seen below, the engine and transmission fit well with the tubular arms and coil-over front shocks. This should be a smooth running street rod.

1936 Plymouth Coupe

Below we are making sure the steering shaft will be accessible thru the engine mount base. It looks like the power steering rack should be a breeze.

1936 Plymouth Coupe


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New restoration project arrived last night

plymouth coupe restoration project

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.