keithb7

1938 Plymouth Sedan On The Horizon

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I am headed on a road trip tomorrow to go view a 1938 Plymouth 4 door sedan. 3 speed manual.  Rear split window!!!  P5, I think.  I don't have specs on it yet. I am wondering if anyone has a manual that can tell me a couple of things.

 

Overall Length bumper to bumper?

Weight?

Width?

 

If I buy it, I will go back later with a trailer to tow it home. A few specs would be much appreciated. Thanks.

 

Keith

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I found this info. It’s lighter than my Chrysler by quite a bit!

 

1938 Plymouth P6

2,844lbs

Wheel Base 112”

OAL 16.15 ft

Tires 6.00X16

 

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Congrats on the new car Keith!

It looks like a P6 sedan, it has the front vent windows. Dash should have 3 horizontal plated bars as well rather than a single bar.

Great car.

Greg

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I’m in the Plymouth club now! New to me, I’m pretty happy about this find. I don’t see many of these cars where I live. I’m excited to begin working on it, and get it out there for all to see.  It’ll remain as close to stock as I can keep it. It will be driven regularly each cruising season. 

 

 

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Keith, can you share some interior pics?

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I forgot to take some. I am travelling back to pick up the car next weekend. I’ll trailer it home. It’s about a 6 hour trip one way to get there. 

 

More pics to come when I get the car home. 

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This pic was part of the original “For Sale” ad. 

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This one is winning a lot of awards out here in Northern Cali. It's a friend of mine a he's  representing Mopar very well ..

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Keith,

 

That is a great looking car.  I know you will enjoy it.

 

 

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VERY NICE! You should be having LOADS of fun in that car.

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Thanks @keiser31 It needs a lot of work. Some rust but not too bad. I’ll start by addressing all the mechanical issues and make it solid. Then decide where to go with it from there. I look forward to it. 

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Never seen a knecker knob like that.

Now I think I need one like it.

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Keith,

           Nice to finally have the car in your possession, huh? It is certainly a P6 so that's a bonus. I'm sure it will be a fun driver.

Best, Greg

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Thanks Greg, it is nice to have it home. The car has been seeing little love and care for a long time. Previous owner replaced the 6V battery and  cables,  but put in 12V size cables. No good.  Won’t turn over worth a darn. I will get that addressed soon. Starter will get pulled and tested too. I cleaned the car up a bit today and it’s a lot better already.  

 

 

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A little update on my ‘38 Plymouth for those interested. 

 

I’m taking my time with this car. I really enjoy working on it. I have no timeline or schedule. I just work away at it a few evenings a week, plus weekends. As time allows. 

 

I pulled the starter to find the armature fried up pretty good. I aquired another similar starter and made 1 good one from the two. I pulled the battery cables and built my own 1/O size cables. The engine turns over very well now. 

 

I located a carb kit on line and ordered it. While waiting for it to arrive the carb has been soaking in Laquer Thinner. It turns out the engine is a 1953/54 year 228 CI. It has a Carter BBS carb on it.  

 

I was test driving the car before I pulled the carb. The 228 seems to provide nice torque for this light car! I look forward to driving it. 

 

I installed new spark plugs, rotor, all plug and coil wires. New 6V coil, points and condensor. New fuel filter. 

 

Pulled the headlights and the harness. The harness is original and in terrible condition. I am building a new harness now. 

 

Upcoming next projects, while awaiting carb kit will include: set up breaks (they look new) clean up more electrical wiring. Its pretty messy. Thinking I’ll order a new set of brake line flex hoses. 

 

Almost forgot! I have a new park brake cable due in any day. I’ll install it too as soon as it arrives.

 

Once the carb kit arrives, I hope it goes well. I might be enjoying some short trips around the neighborhood to warm things up. Then I’ll dump all the oils and refill with new. 

 

If anyone has any spare parts around let me know. I could use a few little things.  Thanks. 

 

Keith

 

 

 

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