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Customs 35 ford vs. 41 plymouth

Discussion in 'The Hokey Ass Message Board' started by 46poncho, Aug 12, 2020.

  1. 46poncho
    Joined: May 24, 2009
    Posts: 248

    from Indiana

    I know this is a loaded question but I am going to ask. I have a 35 Ford 5 window coupe, it needs a lot of work, no floors, no engine, no trans, basically a steel body on a frame, when I got it, it had a newer suspension already installed. I have the opportunity to trade for a 41 plymouth coupe that is basically the same but with floor pans installed. I have a hemi and 4 speed for my project. Both have good titles and bodies are good. Plymouth is on original suspension. What would you choose and why???

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  2. carcruse
    Joined: Aug 20, 2007
    Posts: 885


    The 35 Ford 5 window. Unless you are a diehard Mopar fan, I don't think why is necessary.
  3. dwollam
    Joined: Oct 22, 2012
    Posts: 1,558


    I like both. The '41 Plymouth is a real good looker! That doesn't help tho does it?

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  4. gene-koning
    Joined: Oct 28, 2016
    Posts: 2,624


    I'd do the Mopar without a second thought.

    The 41 Plymouth has an independent front suspension that was years ahead of the competition. With a few refinements, they work in today's traffic. Install the Hemi with the 4 speed, upgrade the rear end, and your much closer to driving then you would be with the Ford. Gene
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  5. If the Plymouth isn't complete, you'll work harder finding parts...
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  6. low down A
    Joined: Feb 6, 2009
    Posts: 375

    low down A

    the ford makes the better lookin hot rod but that 41 plymouth with the right chop, lowered and skirted in the rear there isn't a better lookin custom
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  7. Dare to be different! Why follow the crowd? The Plymouth.

  8. Ford will always be worth more

    But from the sounds of it the Plymouth will be in the road easier

    easy is good

    depends on what you like
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  9. exterminator
    Joined: Apr 21, 2006
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  10. Automotive Stud
    Joined: Sep 26, 2004
    Posts: 4,178

    Automotive Stud

    If I had the Plymouth I'd trade for the Ford too
  11. BrandonB
    Joined: Feb 24, 2006
    Posts: 3,246

    from nor cal

    What do you want, a hot rod or a custom?
  12. junkman8888
    Joined: Jan 28, 2009
    Posts: 663


    All the responses so far have had their point, but they've missed an important question: If you're going to build the car yourself, do you have the time/talent/tools to get the job done? My point being, if putting floors in a car is a deal-breaker for you, then you're going to need all the help you can get when it comes to motor/transmission mounts, suspension components and steering. There is far more parts and information available for building a Ford than for the Plymouth, and if you decide you're in too deep, the Ford is easier to sell. Best of luck on your project.
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  13. oldsman41
    Joined: Jun 25, 2010
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  14. Skrambler
    Joined: Dec 29, 2005
    Posts: 38

    from Arizona

    If you decide to go Plymouth, I have been dealing with specifically 1941 Plymouth Body Parts for over 30 years...Huge collection of items.
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  15. Hemi, 4 spd, Ford...sounds like a plan to me.

    And as a side plan that you didn't ask about...check HAMB classifieds and swap meets for '36 front sheet metal.
    Last edited: Aug 14, 2020
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  16. low down A
    Joined: Feb 6, 2009
    Posts: 375

    low down A

    i disagree sheet metal and iron doesn't know whether it's stamped into the shape of a plymouth or a ford the mechanic's of building a car or exactly the same regardless of brand
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  17. Ford would be the way I would go, I honestly think the Ford has a nicer looking body and I'm a Ford guy.

    The metal work it needs is not that complicated. HRP
  18. George
    Joined: Jan 1, 2005
    Posts: 7,473


    The Ford is going to have far better value if you get tired of it & decide to sell. There's a bunch of Threads on upgrading the front end of the Plyms. The OEM front works well if installing a S/B Mopar. I've been told by a guy with a 392 in a '48 Plym he had to recess the firewall 7 inches. My '48 had a Cutlass clip & the 331 fit in nicely, as does a 354 in a buddy's '41. You didn't say what Hemi you have. A Dodge would be easier to fit in the OEM frame than a Chr., depending on sump location.
  19. Los_Control
    Joined: Oct 7, 2016
    Posts: 759

    from TX

    I have a mopar and love it, aftermarket parts for them are hard to find.
    Everything is either a challenge or 2 times more costly or just not available.
    Gauges, brakes, gearing, sheet metal replacement panels. speed parts.
    You already know this with the Hemi, and as others said above, the Ford would probably be worth more and sell easier then the mopar.
  20. Fitty Toomuch
    Joined: Jun 29, 2010
    Posts: 254

    Fitty Toomuch
    from WVa

    Love the looks of both cars, but being ya have a Mopar driveline... Mopar in a Mopar!:D
  21. 73RR
    Joined: Jan 29, 2007
    Posts: 6,650


    Something not mentioned is how big of guy are you? It has been while since I sat in a 35 Ford but IIRC, it is on the small side. I do think that Ply has more cabin space.
    Which Hemi engine?

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  22. The37Kid
    Joined: Apr 30, 2004
    Posts: 28,543


    1935 Ford five window, no need to say or type more. Bob
  23. The Plymouth unless you like the idea of having a more common car.
  24. adam401
    Joined: Dec 27, 2007
    Posts: 2,585


    I'm a dyed in the wool Ford man so id definitely build the 35. When talking early cars a Ford usually brings good resale as well.
    If your flipping back and forth between the 2 your probably not head over heels about either car which brings us to the real thing. What car do you LOVE? Not out of those 2, but out of all cars. Build that one. Sell your shit if you have to. Save up if you have to, but build that one. Lifes too short to settle for the wrong car. And building one takes a long fucking time.
  25. Budget36
    Joined: Nov 29, 2014
    Posts: 7,499


    So all you need is a floor for your '35? Can you do the work yourself? I mean it's not like you have to buy a 2K fit-to-suit floor pan, sheet metal and some forward thinking will get it done. Now if you cannot do a floor pan, are you abe to go through the suspension in the '41?

    I'm not looking at resale value up the road, but if I just needed to fix a floor in a car I have that has a new suspesion, I'd rather to that than get up under a 80 year old car and rebuild it.
  26. Fortunateson
    Joined: Apr 30, 2012
    Posts: 4,367


    I'd go Plymouth and this is why... newer front suspension, no cross breeding of body and engine, and though I love Fords, it has a way better looking grille. The '35 Ford grille has got to be one of their ugliest! The front end of the car looks like someone sliced it off a little too short...
    Last edited: Sep 22, 2020
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  27. das858
    Joined: Jul 28, 2010
    Posts: 774


    Plymouth all day long ! '35 Fords are kind of an orphan, not as nice as a '34 or a '36 .
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  28. j hansen
    Joined: Dec 22, 2012
    Posts: 2,526

    j hansen

  29. 73RR
    Joined: Jan 29, 2007
    Posts: 6,650


    ...does Mr Hansen have a favorite ? ...;)
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  30. oldsman41
    Joined: Jun 25, 2010
    Posts: 1,556


    Don’t get me wrong love the looks of the Plymouth hell my avatar is a 41 olds. I just think if you ever have to sell the ford will probably sell faster

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