Hot Rod Project: 1938 Plymouth Coupe

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Well weathered with a cool unrestored appearance, this 1938 Plymouth Coupe is a sweet start to a hot rod project. Appearing solid and featuring an updated drive-train, this project is early enough in the process to go a few different directions. You could make this project yours for the buy it now price of $16,900. Be sure to check it out here on eBay out of Carson City, Nevada.

Under the hood lies a 1968 340 cubic inch V8, which is a great platform to build off of. The engine is backed up to a rebuilt 727 auto trans and a ’62 Chrysler rear end. The engine is painted well, and features performance heads with an Edelbrock carburetor. If you really want to spice things up, this 340 would be neat with some added carburation. The engine has been started and run in this chassis, but the seller explains that it has not been started since its installation. Which I would assume means that this swap may have been performed a while ago.

In need of a lot of work, the interior is mostly bare, minus the two seats set into place. Flooring and fire wall work would be needed in this car, and aluminum or steel would be fair candidates. Wood could also be a viable option as well. I imagine that a hot rod wiring harness would be needed to get the lights and gauges functional in this machine. If you decided to roll with the weathered theme, then the interior could be a breeze to set up with a comfortable and matching appearance.

There is no denying that this is one cool looking Plymouth. The heavily weathered paint, along with the tell-tale dents and dings, really show that this Coupe lived a colorful life. Miraculously there appears to be little in the way of rot. You can find some wavy and even rumpled areas on the fenders that have been smoothed out at some point. Currently there are no running boards installed on this Plymouth, but there are two sets included with the car, along with a several other parts. This is a great start to a cool project, and it is early enough along that you could build the car as you see fit. What direction would you take with this ’38 Plymouth?

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  1. Rex Rice

    When I was 14 years old, I borrowed my father’s loner car, a ‘ 38 Dodge coupe, and spent hours spinning donuts in the back pasture. He didn’t drive it to work that day because the horn didn’t work. He suspected me when he came home and found the exhaust system missing, lost during my first car adventure.

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    • Joe

      Good story Rex,

      How careful of a man was your father to not drive because the horn didn’t work?

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  2. PatrickM

    I’m guessing $10,000.00 for the engine and the rest for the body and frame. I might just put a 340, 6 pack in ‘er. Hmmm…

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  3. stillrunners

    Just not as eye pleasing as the Ford’s…..and Chevys of those years.

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  4. Ward William

    Love the simple V8 drive-train but needs a stick shift. Sort and upgrade the suspension and dif with more modern components, add power steering and 4 wheel disks, restore the interior to original but with hidden gps, modern music etc but just clear coat the exterior and drive it every frickin where, every frickin day !

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