Chop Top Delivery: 1936 Plymouth Sedan Delivery

For those of you that love chopped tops but don’t have the means or the space to perform the chop, buying an already chopped project can be a good way to get into the chopped ride of your dreams. Relatively solid, this 1936 Plymouth Sedan Delivery is a promising project and could certainly be a cool ride once completed. Bidding has climbed to $1,225.00 or a buy it now option of $5,000.00 is available. Check out this Plymouth here on eBay out of Tacoma, Washington. Thanks to Peter Rettig for sharing this sweet custom classic!

The interior has been braced to keep the body stable for chopping the body, and for holding the body together to rebuild the floors. There is no interior or drive train, but I can easily see where someone would be interested in completing this neat project in their own way.

While I am not exactly in love with the idea of this Plymouth being chopped, I must say the chopper’ did a nice job aligning the roof to the body. In other words, the chop looks very clean. The door frames need to be finished, and the body looks to be welded in 4 inch sections. Definitely an ambitious project, this Plymouth would be neat once complete, and there are several directions you could go with this build. Would you finish this chopped build?

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  1. Dirk

    Nice job on the chop but a skilled welder/metal worker will still be required to complete. Not a job for the amateur.

  2. Classic Steel

    Add the chop back 👍👀

  3. geomechs Member

    It’s each to his own but I frown quite heavily on chopping the top, especially on something as rare as this. Original is great, even a resto-mod. But then, I don’t own it so I shouldn’t say anything. However….

  4. Bill B.

    Originality is never wrong.

    • Dirk

      Of course it is Bill, there is no car or truck ever made that was designed by God or that can’t be improved upon in one way or another. That truck was originally designed as a workhorse, to haul stuff around and I see no reason why it can’t be changed a little some 80 years later just to be pretty.

  5. Dirk

    That shot of the original truck (above) sure does show how much better the proportions are with a small chop! I wouldn’t want to go any more than it has already been cut but the one being sold is just about perfect to my designer’s eye except to lower the suspension by just a little bit.

  6. EHide Behind

    To build to the builders vision that is what rodding began as, and as at first it was mainly need for speed later it became, who the f wants what every one else has or I think it would look better if, and this is what if I, rigs.
    Agree leave top, suspension lowering, maybe channel body. Carefully touches to fenders, and oh so so many paint choices for a one of a kind.
    Get a kick out of today’s “purist” when back in the day coachmakers were building low volume , and owners were taking panels and fixing up to suit their occupational needs” cutting side panels, hot dog or fruit stands.
    True take a good metal man to hide top and I would be looking carefully along the weld seams for rust out, warped and stretched metal.
    HAVE to build new pan but leveling and bracing farm easier now, as would be fabricating rear end, engine, radiator and tranny mounting.
    Always was too much of an imaginative mind, and today no way I would tackle it, 5 grand seems a lot, the top work done tho, by todays exhorbitant cost, is a selling not a debit point.

  7. BuddyL.

    I guess you could call it a Lightly Aerodynamically Modified Body – a L.A.M.B chop!!!


    Dirk….the improvements have stopped – maybe money….maybe no brains to complete…..sad to see another top chop stall out.

    • Dirk

      I’ve chopped plenty of tops and the work that was done looks to be very well done so hopefully, someone will pick up where it was left off. I wish I could but already got enough projects and I’m running’ out of road (getting old).

  9. Canadian Mark S. Eh! Member

    I would not want it simply because I don’t like taking over someone else’s project. I have nothing against modifying but would rather do the work to my liking. As far as I’m concerned when you modify or upgrade safety features you make an old and let’s face it obsolete vehicle into some that can be used safely in today’s traffic. I also think that if you want to restore to original that’s fine too but it won’t really be up to today’s traffic and will probably need to be trailered from place to place. The fact is the only reason any of the old car you see here are still around is that their owners stopped using them and while some fair better than others they only exist becaused they weren’t scrapped years ago. I look at my own project car and when you get right down to it, it’s a worn out car that I obsolete in every way and there are peaple out there that think I should have my head checked for pouring time and money into it. So I say make it into what you want your project to be. And who cares if it’s not original any more.

    • geomechs Member

      You’re absolutely right in that you have every right to do with it the way you want, and modify it to your liking. As far as driving an old car in modern traffic is concerned, many of us have no qualms whatsoever about taking our relics out for a spin, or even on a lengthy trip; we just drive a little slower. Driving through Glacier Park, we happened upon a couple dozen Model T’s from as far away as Georgia. And they were driven there. A guy in our local club has driven his ’30 A coupe 50K miles since restoration. Another member drove his ’37 Chevy Master 145K last count. My wife has a ’57 Poncho and because she drives it a lot, I would love to install a dual braking system with booster and front discs; that’s a safety thing. I’ve also looked into a swapping in a crate motor with EFI, and a modern automatic transmission that doesn’t mark its spot every time you park it. Keep the old stuff around in case someone wants to do the purist thing. These old relics were designed to go the distance and they will still do it, just a little slower….

  10. Jerry Brentnell

    perfect set up to finish the body work and drop it on a dodge dakota extended frame and running gear ,graft as much of the doner dakota as possible and then floors and new glass and interior and enjoy! notice I never mentioned a chev v8 power train eh mopar or no car eh!

  11. Jim Benjaminson

    Sad – another rarity ruined.

  12. Pete in PA

    If the buyer of this stalled project is listening, I just happen to have the headlight pods, hood halves, front and rear bumpers, instrument cluster, hub caps, and a few other small bits from a 1936 P1 touring sedan that was scrapped in the early 80s. I’m on the other side of the country but…

  13. sluggo

    Im actually interested in this and not too far away, I just sold my 37 Rat rod coupe project and still have my 39 Plymouth Coupe,and a very rough 39 Dodge coupe (Mad Max rat rod candidate). Sold my 37 Plymouth coupe project a few years ago and still just LOVE the horse collar grill and swoopy fender styling.
    The largest swap meet on the west coast is couple weeks away here in PDX so ANYTHING can happen. (I have some Germans coming to visit for the swap meet,.)
    I LOVE this thing, and I have the parts to finish it. Keep in mind on this year, the roof was fabric covered so there is STILL a big hole to fill with steel up there, so lotta work still needed.
    I am all for restorations and used to do them for a living, still dabble a bit, But customs are more fun and once a car is well past its freshness date in costs/logistics one can say a custom is better than seeing it scrapped.
    I saved this Dodge,, instead a chop top its more SMASH top, but its fixable but not restorable,, some of these pillow biters on here seem fixated on “My way is the only way”, So, I love em all! Stock, custom, resto mod, Old Iron is the coolest.

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