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Old 05-28-2009, 09:58 AM   #1
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Default 1948 Plymouth



I was flying down I-35 just north of Dallas, TX on Tuesday when I spotted a custom in the corner of my eye coming from the opposite direction. I whipped my head around just fast enough to see a white '48 Plymouth sporting whitewalls on chrome reverse...

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Old 05-28-2009, 10:04 AM   #2
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I've been asking myself the same question. They are out there and they aren't that expensive. Several guys in HS drove them and once lowered they look pretty good. I may have to swap my 47 aerosedan for one.
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Old 05-28-2009, 10:05 AM   #3
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I have always dug that body style mopar. There is a blue primered one with a packard grill out of Cali(don't have a pic on my work computer) that is really bitchin.
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Old 05-28-2009, 10:22 AM   #4
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Default Re: 1948 Plymouth

These coupes are pretty nice looking, with that slanted B pillar. This one looks great (except for the side pipes!) There was one featured not too long ago in TRJ that was very similar to the one you show here in light blue with '55-'56 Lancer caps; just a perfect little hot rod.
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Old 05-28-2009, 10:26 AM   #5
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These cars have many advantages over the more popular Fords and Chevys of the same era: they are cheap...ah...and they are cheap, too.

On the minus side, they need everything to bring them up to modern, roadworthy standards. There are simply no half-measures.

So, if you can find a really clean stocker and will be happy with a mild custom with stock running gear, go for it.

Otherwise, start with anything but a MoPar.

Oh... Here's mine. The only thing stock about it is the sheet metal. I've had it for over 25 years so I must love it...
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Old 05-28-2009, 10:36 AM   #6
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i always thought the 1941 mopar business coupes would make for some nice customs...

maybe i just need more big asses in my life.
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Old 05-28-2009, 10:43 AM   #7
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always liked the '48 plymouth, second of course to my '41 poncho.
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Old 05-28-2009, 10:47 AM   #8
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I'd like to find an older resto and add dual carbs and exhuast ,a finned head , lower it a bit with steelies and wide whites and drive the snot out of it.
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Old 05-28-2009, 10:51 AM   #9
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Love those fat fendered cars
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Old 05-28-2009, 10:51 AM   #10
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I have always dug that body style mopar. There is a blue primered one with a packard grill out of Cali(don't have a pic on my work computer) that is really bitchin.

thats my buddy johnny. Its come a loooong way!



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Old 05-28-2009, 10:56 AM   #11
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Bloodyknuckles is probably having a Heart Attack right now. He loves these oddball cars and is a die hard Plymouth freak. I think there are a great deal of possibilities for a lot of cars other then fords. I also think that it takes the right person to own and build them for is to take notice.
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Old 05-28-2009, 11:05 AM   #12
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My first classic was a 1950 Plymouth fastback. Looked great slightly lowered, ran well with the original 218 six.
Fun to drive, cheap to own, great lines. Wish I still had it.
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Old 05-28-2009, 11:28 AM   #13
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those old Plymoths are nice looking cars. I would even go so far as to say from a purely stylistic point of view they are even better looking than Fords or chevys of the same era.

I'd say the lack of popularity would be due to the motor... lots of people love flathead Fords, and the Chevy six has quite a following, flat mopar 6's... not so much.
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Old 05-28-2009, 11:29 AM   #14
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I have got a 50 business coupe...Basically the same car mechanically. I dont think they changed anything on those cars from 38-52...I am planning on doing some mild stuff to mine...or I have been thinking of going the other way and putting an early hemi in it...You Plymouth guys know that that will be a ton of work..
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Old 05-28-2009, 11:42 AM   #15
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my old 48 now in California some place
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Old 05-28-2009, 11:49 AM   #16
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This one may look familiar to Bloodyknuckles......

47 Plymouth convertible.

Old school hop-up.

51 Dodge flathead 6 with Fenton finned aluminum head, Sharp dual-carb intake, Fenton headers through dual pipes with 24 Smithys mufflers.

51 Dodge overdrive transmission.

Stock body with fender skirts, 41 Buick skirt trims and blue dot rear lenses.

Where?... London, England.

Bloodyknuckles went touring the City in it, last week.


Owned by a good friend back home....
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Old 05-28-2009, 11:55 AM   #17
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my old 48 now in California some place

I think I just saw this car on epay this month. . .looked like out of cali. . .
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Old 05-28-2009, 12:06 PM   #18
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One of my favorites. I own one that was passed down to me from my Dad. It's been in the family more than 30 years. It's basically stock and I ran it at the HAMB Drags a couple of years ago (25 secs. with a little miss). Blowed a rear wheel cyl. after the second run. Hopefully I'll get her in better shape the next time I take her down the strip. Plus my wife loves the car.
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Old 05-28-2009, 12:08 PM   #19
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I've been building my 48 Plymouth for about two years. Here's the color I like but not too crazy about the wheels. I pulled these pics off of ebay last year. I really like what the guy did with the car. That LeCarra steering wheel is just about perfect.
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Old 05-28-2009, 12:09 PM   #20
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48 Business Coupe think it would look neat in a metalflake
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