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  1. blucarsdn

    1937 Plymouth Sedan Rear Springs

    DPCD will generally only appear on hard parts, bumpers, hubcaps, suspension, etc., Prior to about 1932 the letters DB for Dodge Bros can be found on parts used in other DPCD vehicles. Another interesting side bar, Model T Fords prior to 1914 have a significant number of parts stamped with DB. A friend of mine has a 1913 Ford Model T that was an unmolested original car which he had put in storage for almost forty years awaiting the time to work on it. When he tore it down to restore it, much to his surprise he found that the rear end was all DB, except for the right axle which had been replaced at some point in time. My friend had to look high and low to find a DB axle for the car.
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    1937 Plymouth Sedan Rear Springs

    True, "parts and accessories" not Mopar to describe vehicles... Mopar is an abbreviation of Chrysler Corp "Motor-Parts" and/or "Parts Division".
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    Rack and pinion steering for 46 Plymouth

    I do not understand the thinking that still prevails with car builders that insist on using parts from junked vehicle to improve the steering and handling of their intended masterpiece. I researched the options very carefully before I altered the front steering, braking and suspension on my '39 Plym conv coupe. After listening to the "Old School" used parts cadre, I settled on new components from a reliable after-market supplier. I used a FatMan stage 3 w/power rack and 12" disk brakes... Why FatMan? Because they are one of the few suppliers that have an assembly for the Chrysler built vehicles. I also had the work done by an ASE certified shop. Think about it, your life depends on the quality of the parts and the person that fabricated the mess together.
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    1937 Plymouth Sedan Rear Springs

    Through the early years of the Chrysler Corp and continuing through the late '50's, Chrysler referred to and marked all of the parts they produced as "DPCD". Mopar did not come into use until the big Hemi's, etc., came on the scene. When I started to restore my '39 Plym in '96 I discovered that the majority of the original parts were marked DPCD. I did my best to make sure that when possible I would use nothing but DPCD parts. According to my old Chrysler Corporation Parts & Accessory Books, dating back to 1939 there is no mention of "Mopar". The term Mopar appeared on the cover of the Master Parts List, 1936-1942, printed July 1946.
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    1937 Plymouth Sedan Rear Springs

    We removed the original shackle parts from the frame, which left a clean bore for the "Delrin" (plastic) bushing, same type in the spring eyes. The rear axle under my '39 is a HD GM 10 bolt unit, (early Camaro) 54-1/4" backing plate to BP, same as '39 Plym. Engine is 330 hp SBC w/700R4 trans. We were concerned about axle wrap with the added torque of the AT and V8, that is why we used Posie springs. Fortunately the early DPCD's have open drive-lines so the problems can be minimal going from a 6 cyln to a V8. Closed drive line vehicles can present huge problems with axle wrap when the closed drive-line is omitted and stock springs are retained.
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    1937 Plymouth Sedan Rear Springs

    I used Posie rear springs on my '39 Plym conv cpe.. They worked great, I have used Posie springs on several cars, with great success. The original Mopar rear shackles present a problem due to the open U shape. We made up a set of C shaped shackles that gave us the clearance we needed on the rear cross-member and allowed the use of modern shackle bushings.
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    Fast Four

    I think that Tod is right about the Mopar terminology. About the time that the Hemi's appeared in the Chrysler line is when the Mopar name stated to be bantered around by the go fast group. In the early years and up through the late '40's Chrysler referred to their parts as being Dodge, Chrysler Plymouth, Desoto.. DPCD was stamped into every part they made.Wm.
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    seals for the headlight lenses?

    The original gaskets for the reflector type of headlights was generally cork. Steve's Restoration in Portland OR stocks cork in various thickness's and lengths. I ordered some 1/4 x 1/4 for my '39 Plym from Steve's a couple days ago. $7.50 per pair. Wm.
  9. As a general rule tail-light housing do not have reflectors in them, it is very common for them to be painted white inside of the housing. Surprisingly white paint is classified as being the most reflective, where-as silver is not. I don't believe I have ever seen a reflector housing in a tail light assembly.
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    37 Plymouth Sedan Resto- New Member

    I have a 2002 GM 5.7 330 HP V8 in my '39 Plym. It is a GM crate motor, brand new from the dealer. I had read several articles in Street Rodder, etc., about the advantages of using FI, I picked up a complete GM F.I. system to use on the engine. My plan was to use a 7004R trans behind the engine because they do not need a computer. Since my '39 is a convertible coupe it has a double frame, no hump in the floor. The more I thought about the F.I. the more I thought, that less is more, I sold the F.I. system, bought an Edlebrock 4 brl Performer manifold and carb. I bought a new GM electronic ignition and never looked back. My '64 C10 with the '98 5.7 Vortec, 4L60 trans, has been a whole different story. When it runs well it is a pleasure to drive, however, the so called guru's on late model engine conversions don't seem to know quite as much as they think they do. One thing we have found is that GM electronics only like GM components, when you start trying to mix modules, sensors, etc., from the parts stores with GM, you are looking for trouble. If you are the kind of guy that likes to tinker with things, then having an EMF (every minute fixum) might be to your liking.
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    37 Plymouth Sedan Resto- New Member

    Having been there done that I would caution you to go back to the vehicle that you harvested the engine from, see if you can harvest the fuel lines going from the engine to the fuel tank, you will also need the fuel tank filler neck that will accommodate the stock screw in cap. We used a fuel tank from Tanks that would accommodate an electric pump for fuel delivery and vapor return. We did not use a stock file tube the first go around.. The truck would run well then stumble and die.. Finally figured out it was the fuel cap holding pressure, releasing the cap released the vacuum in the tank. I would also suggest that you talk to Painless about their wiring harness.
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    37 Plymouth Sedan Resto- New Member

    Additional pix of the engine compatment
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    37 Plymouth Sedan Resto- New Member

    I recently thought I would be very cleaver with the rebuild of a GM C10 Rail Road truck. The C10 RR trucks are very rare, they are an extended cab, with a back seat, the rear portion of the cab is very similar to a suburban with no back doors/tail-gate, a big window rear panel is used in lieu of the normal bard doors, etc. We discarded the '64 chassis, opting for a '98 C10 chassis with 5.7 V8, 4L60 AOD trans and the '98 differential. We used a Painless wiring harness to manage the power-train with the stock GM ECM that was re-flashed to eliminate all of the removed systems. Anti theft, navigation, etc. We eliminated the stock GM air box in favor of a KN filter-intake... The truck is a pleasure to drive with it's bucket seats, AC,PW, tilt, etc., still have paint work to do on the body. The truck is a real attention getter, mainly because they are so few and far between.
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    37 Plymouth Sedan Resto- New Member

    Putting a GM Ls engine and trans combo into a '37 Plym will be a very big job, limited engine compartment space for all of the electronics, etc. A friend of mine that is a professional builder has installed several Ls engines/trans combo's into many vehicles, the last being a '48 Chevy pickup. All of the Ls installations have been a real challenge trying to figure out where to hide the coils, air boxes, etc.. The pre '52 frames/engine compartments are not wide enough to accommodate ECM's, exhaust, etc.
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    37 Plymouth Sedan Resto- New Member

    cturbo---- Your '37 Plym project popped into mind yesterday, I thought I would share some of my thoughts with you. As I recall from your original post to your topic, you were thinking of rebuilding the '37 into a family type of car that your wife could safely drive, however, you thought you would modernize the Plymouth, V8, disk, etc. Thinking 'out of the box' I would suggest that you give some consideration to the power-train from a late model Jeep Cherokee, '91 or later with the 4.0 L six ,AOD trans/differential. I have had two Cherokee's, a '91 and currently a '98.. Yes the 4.0 inline is/was an AMC engine, however, Chrysler bought AMC in 1990. The engine is a straight forward FE six that is famous for being bullet proof rocket ships. The engine in my '98 has 153K, runs like a clock, my daughter has the same car with 300K on it. I have only done minor maintenance items on my Jeep, the same is true of my daughters Jeep. The Cherokee's are the same wheel base as the Plym, however, they are basically uni-body so you would have to work with modifications to your chassis. The 4x Cherokee's are very popular with the off-road types, but the 2x's are not and can be picked up for under 3k... Of course in your area most of them would be rust buckets, but that don't effect the power-train.. Don't get tangled up with trying to utilize the Cherokee accessories, AC/heat, instruments, tilt and steering, etc., use after market stuff.

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