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making a 4 door cool?

Discussion in 'The Hokey Ass Message Board' started by calicruiser, Oct 10, 2009.

  1. So, I picked up a pretty much stock 49 Plymouth Deluxe 4 door a few days ago. It is in great condition with new interior and fairly new paint although I dont care much for the color (british racing green w/white top). I am not going for a complete custom here. I would not have bought a 4 door if that was the case but I have a 2yr old and another on the way! So, I want the whole fam to be able to cruise in it. I am 32 and have been building bikes for the past 3 years. I just want the coolest 4 door that I can have!

    This is going to be a looong process but I have ideas. I may do suicide doors on the back. How hard would this be to do?

    Eventually I want to paint the car a different color and will move the taillights off the top of the rear fenders and move them lower along with the license plate. Basically just clean up the look of the car. Maybe shave the door handles and lower it a bit. Nothing crazy!

    Annyone have pics of some nice looking 4 doors that have been mildy customized? OR do you think I am crazy for thinking about changing this car at all? thanks fellas. Here is my new girl!


  2. roddinron
    Joined: May 24, 2006
    Posts: 2,677


    Yes, that's a nice car, and I think any attempt to make it "cool" will just fall on it's face. That car is what it is, I like it, but it's a 49 plymouth 4 door, not a 49 merc.
    Your little girl likes it just the way it is, leave it alone.
  3. i came across this 50 plymouth which I think is close to what I would want with this car.

  4. big creep
    Joined: Feb 5, 2008
    Posts: 2,945

    big creep

    i say bag it i like it low. or just leave it alone? its nice anyway you look at it.
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  5. storm king
    Joined: Oct 16, 2007
    Posts: 1,991

    storm king

    Upgrade the brakes, pinstripe it a LITTLE, and have fun with it. Later, I might trim the bumpers or do rolled pans with nerfs.
    Remember, the most uncool thing you could ever do to a Mopar is put something from a GM product in or on it.
  6. acadian_carguy
    Joined: Apr 23, 2008
    Posts: 793


    I agree! Doing a lot to make a "cool" car will not look right. I think it looks great the way it is. If it was my car (I kind of wish it was) I would consider painting it a different colour, but leave the roof white. Keep the thin whitewall tires, look for some custom style (speedway?) hubcaps, or maybe chrome wheels w/ baby moons. Maybe put in new carpet and paint/pinstripe the dash. Thats about it. You got a nice car there.
  7. 49ratfink
    Joined: Feb 8, 2004
    Posts: 17,495

    from California

    skirts, a real spotlight, accessory bumper gaurds, maybe a visor. 2" blocks in the back. maybe some wider whites.

    some vintage speed equipment on the motor.

    suicide doors? what are you thinking? that's a nice old car... it would be a shame to try to make it something it is not.
  8. blubomber
    Joined: Sep 7, 2005
    Posts: 27


    Its a great car. There is one out here which is similar. In fact I am starting to like 4 door cars and I like yours. I have an 81 Malibu 4 door and an 81 Buick coupe but prefer the ease of getting into the Malibu and for digging stuff out of the back seat.
    Don't forget the Charger is now a 4 door and its cool (for a new car that is).

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  9. Astrochimp
    Joined: Sep 15, 2009
    Posts: 192

    from NE Mo.

    Just brakes and tires, then drive the hell out of it! Maybe lower slightly, just dont get in to the "if I do this, first I need this" .

    A very heavy metal flake job on the white top might work. I have see one car where they removed the vinyl top, painted that area only with the biggest flake I have see, and it made the car perfect, nothing else was needed.

  10. retromotors
    Joined: Dec 10, 2008
    Posts: 1,045


    Nice lookin' car.

    You're right, the color scheme isn't working for me either, but I'm thinking it's the white top that's grating on my eyeballs. Possibly if they had used a cream or a complementary color that wasn't quite so "refrigerator" lookin'!:D

    Or you might want to consider repainting the top to match the bottom color. I think the car would look better in one color - similar to your example pic.

    As for the shaved door handles, I've never messed with them so I don't know. It looks nice, but I'd want to investigate the practical aspects of you and the family actually using whatever alternative operating system you arrive at.

    Just my $1.47
    (I always try to give good value, the 2 cent guys are a rip!):rolleyes:

  11. maybe the suicide doors was a little much;) forget I mentioned it!! LOL
  12. now, in my eyes, that is tight as hell for a 4 door! Exactly what i was looking for! thanks man

  13. ShortyLaVen
    Joined: Oct 13, 2008
    Posts: 615


    Man, that thing is just bitchin. I wouldnt do anything more than just shave it and drop it, if it was mine. I kinda like the original color, too.

    Aint nothin wrong with four doors. They're just two-doors that are two doors kooler!:D
  14. Capt.Mike
    Joined: Sep 6, 2009
    Posts: 63


    I don't believe I would have the heart to put a torch to something that looks that good and has had so many hours of restoration already put into it. Upgrade the mechanics, change the roof color and enjoy it.
  15. George
    Joined: Jan 1, 2005
    Posts: 7,099


    Any thing with a Hemi dropped in is cool, but you probably can afford one with a growing family.
  16. oh and dont me wrong guys, I think this car is cool as shit the way it sits. I would not have bought it otherwise. I am just not one to leave well enough alone!! I promised the wife I would not do anything "major" to it for a couple of years. I just wanna drive it as much as I can.

    Maybe some small touches on the inside, pinstripe on the dash or something.
  17. rhd
    Joined: Dec 2, 2008
    Posts: 345

    from austin tx

    lower it stripe it and call it a day......maybe suicide just the back doors?
  18. oldrodder43
    Joined: Oct 18, 2007
    Posts: 212


    It's PERFECT exactly as it is. How could you want different? Leave it alone. Perley
  19. williebill
    Joined: Mar 1, 2004
    Posts: 2,475


    Don't suicide the doors..lots of work,and it doesn't change the cars look one damn bit..Plus your kids will be riding in the it and keep the mechanicals up to speed
  20. kwoodyh
    Joined: Apr 11, 2006
    Posts: 642


    Wide Whites, lower it a bit, maintain it and drive it, wash and repeat! It's already a cool old car!
  21. moparkevin
    Joined: Dec 2, 2007
    Posts: 118


    I have a "needs work" 49 Dodge That I may hack up, but your car is way too nice to do that to.. small mods if any...
  22. thanks for all the opinions guys. I appreciate it! I will probably just lower it a tad and paint it a different color at some point. possibly some striping. that is about it! How hard is it to lower? Never done it before.

  23. It's a old car it's already cool!
  24. Orn
    Joined: Jul 17, 2005
    Posts: 1,040


    Slam it, a set of wide white wall tyres, visor and skirts then you got the bomb ;)
    But that’s just my $0.02

  25. now that looks alright~

  26. jamesgs4
    Joined: Aug 22, 2007
    Posts: 257

    from denver

    cool ride josh! i rock a family cruiser 4-door too!
  27. I know you said you were going to keep it "mild".... I'm sure these are more work than you want to do, but I figured I would add some more custom examples of '49 Plymouth 4 doors... because I promote cutting up perfectly good cars to make cool customs.:)

    Check out this one on Rikster's site-

    ... and this one used to be a 4 door '49 Plymouth-
  28. 33Master_Eagle
    Joined: Jun 3, 2009
    Posts: 109


    I have to say your car is way to beautiful to do anything to it except maybe lower it and put wide white walls on it.
  29. 32SEDAN
    Joined: Jul 30, 2008
    Posts: 1,268



    Start there! Nothing wrong with 4 doors.
  30. my47soto
    Joined: Jun 30, 2009
    Posts: 191


    I think she is gorgeeous just the way she is, just lower her a little bit and call it a day.

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