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Projects 1933 Plymouth Sedan: Should I Fix It?

Discussion in 'Traditional Hot Rods' started by OneRustedDodge, Feb 8, 2020.

  1. OneRustedDodge
    Joined: Jan 28, 2007
    Posts: 182


    Hello HAMBers,

    I am finally getting around to sorting out HOW i am going to get a hot rod together after all these years and have been saving this 33 Plymouth Sedan. This car is ROUGH and most replacement panels for the early mopars are not available. I've considered morphing the car with Ford replacement panels from the same years, but i am not sure. I have been building and fabricating for 13 years and I want real world perspective on best way to accomplish repairing this one.

    It needs:

    Door bottoms
    Cowl Patches
    Front window channel

    Plans are for it to be fenderless. Doesn't need to be anywhere near "show quality".

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    Joined: May 4, 2013
    Posts: 45


    I've seen a lot worse. I'd tackle it, if it were mine.
    loudbang and sloppy jalopies like this.
  3. s55mercury66
    Joined: Jul 6, 2009
    Posts: 3,980

    from SW Wyoming

    I would fab all of the needed panels for that, if it were mine. It will take a lot of work, no doubt, but that is what I would do. There is some good info to be found on here, and elsewhere, on shaping panels and repairing door frames, it can be done. One bite at a time, and you may spit some of those bites out and start over, but it can be done.
  4. stanlow69
    Joined: Feb 21, 2010
    Posts: 4,642

    from red oak

    You need a 4-dr parts car. Scan0760.jpg

  5. anthony myrick
    Joined: Sep 4, 2009
    Posts: 6,151

    anthony myrick

  6. sloppy jalopies
    Joined: Jun 29, 2015
    Posts: 4,178

    sloppy jalopies

    do it... the mopar floors will be relatively flat, compared with '33-'34 fords...
    a competent metal brake guy should make the rockers and sills...
    a little shrinking should put the desired L -R bow in them...
    find a clever guy with a bead roller and an English wheel to make the patch panels... compound curved with flat beads across the bottom...
    maybe bent conduit arch to form an edge from the skin to the wheelwell … not correct radius but doable at home... don't be afraid... most of us have cut out what we have done and started over... a few times...
  7. lippy
    Joined: Sep 27, 2006
    Posts: 4,974

    from Ks

    Would make a cool hotrod. Just depends on how much YOU like it. If you have the vision, you can do it. It has nice lines. Lippy
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  8. chev34ute
    Joined: Nov 13, 2011
    Posts: 891


    It looks pretty straight foreword. It all comes down to the patterns you make. Get some magnets and craft sheet sized cardboard, place the cardboard over the damaged areas fasten with magnets and cut out to the desired shape. Place the patterns over the sheet metal and cut out oversize.

    This is what I made up recently. 0236675E-81EB-484C-9F38-81B8E39E11CD.jpeg A5FA262E-C1D1-4EBF-B2AD-1B10BC0F6631.jpeg
  9. scotts52
    Joined: Apr 7, 2008
    Posts: 2,108


    Save it? Heck ya!!! 33/34 Dodges and Plymouths are awesome.
  10. v8flat44
    Joined: Nov 13, 2017
    Posts: 548


    You bet. How many do ya see? Dare to be different.....i picture a 273 or 340 Cuda mill.......just say'n.
    Just Gary and chryslerfan55 like this.
  11. Great looking body style. Sure would be cool if you could save it!
  12. Worth saving for sure.....they are really cool cars. But then I'm biased.
    It's easy for us to say"fix/build it", it would be a huge amount of work/$$ for sure.
    Since it has no floors, it's a great time to channel it a bit!:D I made patch panels for both sides on mine, but it wasn't quite as far gone as yours.
    dwollam and chryslerfan55 like this.
  13. gene-koning
    Joined: Oct 28, 2016
    Posts: 2,021


    Is this where we say "its junk, it will never be worth anything, so send it to me and I will get rid of it for you?":D

    I suppose your vision of the finished product will have a huge bearing on how you build the car. If it needs to be perfect, or close to it, you need to find someone that can create the new panels the body needs, anything less then a perfect replacement part won't do, and you certainly wouldn't want to use Ford parts on your Mopar. If you are looking for an imperfect fun to drive hot rod you built yourself, most of the panels you need can be made at home if your willing to learn how. Personally, I make my own panels, but I'm OK with imperfections. Gene
  14. touring20
    Joined: Nov 27, 2007
    Posts: 227


    I would use ford patches , the bottom of these Body's look like they were ground off .
    When built as a high boy or channeled
    Had a 34 dodge PU , and ultimately that is why I sold it .
  15. Toqwik
    Joined: Feb 1, 2003
    Posts: 1,306


    I would decide is this a car you are going to keep a long time or one you are ready to sell once finished. If you plan to sell it, cut your losses now and pass it on. If this is something you can see as a member of the family, heck yea build it. Doesn’t look that bad and you will be surprised the power of the HAMB to help. It’s a lot of work, just make sure it is what YOU want before diving head first.

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    RMR&C likes this.

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