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Hello everyone, Im new to the forum and appreciate the wealth of information here.  Im a Corvette guy at heart (if the name didn't give it away).  I recently inherited a 36 Plymouth that belonged to my grandfather.  Now I have been around old cars most of my life, so I am not completely clueless, but this is the oldest car I have ever really worked on or had much involvement besides admiring. 

 

The top is badly rotten and part of it ripped away during transport down to Florida.  Can anyone tell me where I can find replacement material and weatherstripping?  An email to Andy Berbaums tells me that they don't have it and the 36 is not the same as the earlier cars and I will just have to "make something work".  I cant believe they make the weather strip for cars up to 35 but not a 36...someone out there has to have it!  Im not overly concerned with being "correct" as grandpa was more concerned with keeping them driving (he had the 36 and a 47).  Any info on fabric or weather stripping would be greatly appreciated.  THank you!

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THanks for the response.  I did try a search, but it appears the Dodge and Plymouth are not compatible.

Duh....sorry i forgot that the '36 Dodge had the first steel insert. Color me stupid.

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Is this car a coupe?  I do think that even the Plymouth sedans in '36 had steel tops but I could be wrong. In any case, the soft top is made from short-long grain top material with a rubber seal around the perimeter. Restoration Specialties  in PA sells the correct top material and the correct seal by the foot. Soft tops do use a cotton padding over a chicken wire frame. Their phone no. is 814-467-9842 and hrs are 9:00 am-5:00 pm EST.  PS, If you have any trouble with your front window channels I can rebuild them for you.

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Duh....sorry i forgot that the '36 Dodge had the first steel insert. Color me stupid.

Your suggestion was actually the first thing I tried and how I learned that the dodge was different from the Plymouth!  Im still have a lot to learn about these cars! 

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Is this car a coupe?  I do think that even the Plymouth sedans in '36 had steel tops but I could be wrong. In any case, the soft top is made from short-long grain top material with a rubber seal around the perimeter. Restoration Specialties  in PA sells the correct top material and the correct seal by the foot. Soft tops do use a cotton padding over a chicken wire frame. Their phone no. is 814-467-9842 and hrs are 9:00 am-5:00 pm EST.  PS, If you have any trouble with your front window channels I can rebuild them for you.

 

It is a sedan and I believe 36 was the last year for soft tops for Plymouth.  Thanks for the tip, I will check them out.  The problem I have run into so far is that everyone tells me the 36 uses a different weatherstrip channel and no one seems to sell the correct rubber, but they have it up to 35.

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I would think that the '35 and '36 soft top retainer rubber should be the same as the bodies are very similar. The steel topped '36 Dodge did use a special seal and filler strip that was different than the soft top versions. Ask for Dave Jr or Jeff at RS they should know. The seal should lock into a channel on the body.

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