Rustomod: 1936 Plymouth Coupe

Plymouth Coupe

It’s going to need an extensive amount of work, but this Plymouth Coupe could turn out amazing! Whether you decide to restore it, leave it looking rough or turn it into a custom rod it will look fantastic! It has supposedly it has just been pulled out of a barn and only has 88k original miles. If you already have plans for this Coupe, you can find it here on eBay in Salem, Ohio with a $5,800 BIN.

1936 Plymouth Coupe

This car is going to need everything either rebuilt or replaced. It also has plenty of rust that needs to be fixed. The inline six appears to be original, but the seller doesn’t provide any information about it’s condition. As long as the chassis is solid, this could be a good project. So would you restore it or restomod it?


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  1. CJay

    That is the same car from April of this year. Now $700 less.

  2. DodgeFan Pretty sure we have seen a peak at this car before, and even though it came from the barn, looks like a pretty new barn.

    All that being said, I still love it.

  3. DENIS

    I would build a street rod but this looks like a helluva project for that kind of $$…

  4. Lee H.

    Missing hood sides, ’49 Plymouth rear bumper, I’m thinking this was someone’s hot rod years ago.

  5. Peter R. Member

    Garbage in… Garbage out…

  6. Jason Houston

    Anybody who “restomods” a vintage car is a thoughtless nincompoop with too many 24-packs under his gut. I would love to restore this as the car Spence drove in the 1940 movie classic, “High Sierra”! Just watching that movie caused me to fall in love with 1936-38 Plymouths. Restomod? My ***!

    • bob

      Yeh…..what Jason said !

  7. Jason Houston

    Having restomods in the car hobby is like taking your accordion on a hunting trip.

    • jaygryph

      “Having _____ in the car hobby is like taking your accordion on a hunting trip.”

      Pure Street
      Pro Street
      Cars I Don’t Like
      Trucks I Don’t Like
      Modifications I don’t like
      Big Wheels
      Tiny Wheels
      High Dollar Cars
      Low Dollar Cars
      Original Cars
      Patina Cars
      Restored Cars
      Over Restored Cars
      Fuggin’ New Guys
      Crotchety Old Farts

      And people wonder why the car fandom feels like it’s losing interest. There are more people interested than ever before, they just refuse to talk to each other.

      • Jason Houston

        Sure they refuse, because the

        Bottom Feeders
        Pure Street
        Pro Street
        Late Model tin cans
        Big Wheels
        Tiny Wheels

        a**holes have take over, decimated and destroyed what used to be a wholesome, healthy, respectable family hobby.

  8. Roger Pence

    You guys are nuts! The world has room for a 36 Plymouth couple tastefully brought up to date or a rat rod. I’d rat the crap out this bad boy!

    • Jason Houston

      A “tasteful restomod” is like an “honest insurance company”. There is no such thing. There is no room anywhere for restomod, low-rider, streetrod crap or other examples of automotive degradation and irresponsibility. Those who think otherwise would be just as likely to sneak into a museum with a Magic Marker and draw a moustache on the Mona Lisa.

      • jaygryph

        I would if it were your museum. :)

      • Mark S Member

        So Jason I take it your a purest, and it’s your way or the highway. If we all followed that same school of thinking what a boring world we’d live in, oh and all these cars would have been crushed long ago because there’d be no use for them, perhaps your soap box is to ridged. Finally the museums only Need so many examples.

  9. Gary

    Drove a ’37 Dodge Coupe out of high school, was a nice clean (CA) rust and dent free car back in the mid sixties, looked so similar to this Plymouth. My older brother took it one night to visit a girlfriend and got rear ended at a stop light by a drunk driver, the car literally blew up (sorta like a Pinto would do), the guy must have been doing close to 50 mph when he hit, never saw a big old coupe as that Dodge crumple up like it did. Oh, and my brother made it out in time and was shaken up but nothing serious. Those old Chryslers were built like a battleship. I hope this old ’36 is worth saving? Like to see it on the road again, as original.

    • Mark S Member

      The idea that these old cars are tough isn’t really true, it is a false sense of security, for instance this cars body is held to the frame with just 8 bolts and it is not unusual for the body to be sheared off the frame when hit. They also have no crumple zones in them either, they have no chance against a more modern unibody. Gary your brother was lucky to get out in one piece, good to here that he did. Check out 59 Belair vs 09 Malibue on youtube, the Belair literally explodes.

      • Jason Houston

        GM’s X-member frame was one of the flimsiest frame designs ever created. But in defense of the ’59, I think they used a cosmetically-refreshed car that was crunchy underneath with lots of Great Lakes rust. I say that bc I’ve seen those cars hit like that in Calif many years ago, but never seen one collapse so easily as in that so-called “test”.

  10. Jason Houston

    Mark S said it all: there’s nothing quite like designing a car to look tuff & strong, when it’s thin underneath. Just look at recent Explorers, F-150s, Silverados and Tahoes that have been hit in the front – talk about a new version of the “Wow! factor”.

  11. skibum2

    Buy it and do what you want..Jeez, few more years and no one will want a stocker.. This scenario reminds me of the first cell phone..Hahahahaa…

  12. Jason Houston

    There’s a difference between a restored car and a hotrod. Any moron with a rented Sawzall and a 12-pack of warm beer behind the projects on a Sunday afternoon can customize a car. It takes a true restorer, dedicated to accuracy and research, to do it right. Comparing a streetrod to a restored car is like comparing fresh diahhrea to a fine filet mignon.

  13. Jason Houston

    Mark S: Museums are fine, but if you love and respect old cars, you drive them, not make trailer queens out of them. I drive ALL my old cars all the time. It’s not “my way or the highway” bc the old car hobby came along long before I was in diapers, and the steetrod derelicts weren’t even born yet, either. The hobby survived without fracas for most of the 20th century. It’s only been since Detroit stopped building cars that would become collectible that the streetrodders began attacking the good stuff.

    • Mark S Member

      Hi Jason I only half agree with you, yes there are the Joe six packs with a sawsall out there butchering what’s left. the thing is there are also some true craftsmen out there too and they put in just as much time and effort as the pureist restorers do.its kind of unfair to lump everyone into the same group. I don’t know how old you are Jason, but I’m 55 years I have worked as a licensed mechanic for about 20 years. I retrained and have been in the welder/ fabricator industry for another 15. Which I believe qualifies me to say that although it is nice to restore every thing back to original it doesn’t mean that it is practical. And just because your vision is to restore doesn’t mean I can’t have a vision to modify, not all of us are beer slogging idiots with sawsalls. I say this with respect to you.

      • Jason Houston

        Of course, it’s a free country (what’s left of it anyway). If you want to take a perfectly mint car, such as that gorgeous aqua 1967 Cougar that came along yesterday, and carve it up and paint juvenile flames down the side of it, put 22″ drug-dealer wheels on it, and then show off your custom handiwork, that’s your right and privilege. Just, please, don’t bring that kind of crap to a car show where people gather to show off their restoration skills.

        Some things that are inherently dangerous should be modified – such as gas heaters, or cloth wiring, or stupid 6-volt systems in ’54 and ’55 Fords that came loaded with power options that should have been supported by 12-volt systems when they left the factory. But please don’t insist that bias-ply tires are suddenly dangerous on today’s roads bc radials are better.

        And, puleeze, don’t go bleating to me about all the rusty cars that no one would restore bc they’re too far gone and, therefore, should be fed to the customizers. History proves every rusty car is eventually restored when the supply of good ones runs out.

  14. Rod

    I love all cars: restored and restomods, etc, but no one can deny the positive impact today’s car enthusiasts have had on our hobby. I can literally purchase new and improved parts for my 1962 Chevy Impala out of a catalog that I couldn’t do a decade ago. This is a direct result of all types of enthusiasts. So thanks to all car guys. I say do to your car what makes you happy.

  15. Mark S Member

    Hi Jason I think you were missing the point that I was trying to make, so I am going to have to respectfully ask that we agree to disagree.

  16. Robert White

    Houston, we have a problem. And that problem is money. Without an endless source of funding one cannot restore old tin to the standards that you insist upon
    here on BarnFinds,com. Most individuals that love restorations cannot afford to shell out the dollars the way you would. Being a purist is great if one can actually afford to be a purist, but most nowadays cannot afford that standard of perfection.
    Furthermore, purists take decades to finish their projects whereas most that are into restorations don’t like to wait decades to see a finished product.


    • Jason Houston

      So, you’re saying if we can’t do a 100% restoration, we should do as good a job as financially able? Or just junk the whole idea and make a ratrod out of something that had potential?

      I’ll go with the first.

      My first restoration was a yellow/black 1956 Sunliner. Being in 10th grade, I didn’t have money for wide whites, so I used a used car-lot product called Tire White for painting on whitewalls. It was cheap, it was hoaky, and it was strictly amateur, but it looked nice and I rec. lots of compliments. Before long, most of my friends had me painting wide whites on their cars, bc they admired my dedication to keeping my cars factory correct. But I never resorted to throwing ugly mag wheels on my car, just bc I couldn’t afford nice tires.

      If one can’t afford to dine at a fine steak house, should he just raid the dumpster behind Mcdonalds and call it a full tummy?

  17. John

    Who sprinkled the bitchy dust???👺

  18. andrew

    One way or the other keep the old iron on the road boys!!

  19. stillrunners stillrunners Member

    old news on this coupe… was pulled out month’s back…..being flipped….

  20. Wayne

    I saw a sign on a very nice 34 Ford fenderless hiboy coupe with cycle fenders, made the old way with covers from 6 wheel equipped cars, with flathead in it,( a car that I would love to own), parked outside a car show. On the rear window was a sticker which read ” I didn’t build this car hoping to meet your approval, I built it because it meets mine.” Herein endeth the lesson.

    • Jason Houston

      OK, then I’ll park a nice 1934 Ford next to his with a sign that says, “Ford built this car with the hope it would meet everyone’s approval.”

      Guess who won?

  21. Jason Houston

    OK, where is this comments section “Jesse” is referring to?

  22. Doug Towsley

    wow! cool old car, As the owner of 3 prewar coupes in worse shape than this one I was stoked to see this one profiled. Mine are FAR too gone for restorations, And i ran a shop doing restorations as well as associated with a museum currently so i know a little about both the business side and the hobby side. So instead of a fun discussion about cool old cars theres a unpleasant flame troll. Bummer. I guess Jason, you should hitch up your wagon, head over here to Oregon, and Ill let you save 2 of the 3 coupes from ratrod status. not all 3, just 2 out of the 3. Put your money where your mouth is, step up, and ill make you a fair deal. I only really ever wanted 1 prewar car to begin with,so today is your lucky day. You can buy the other 2. I even have titles to them.

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    • Jason Houston

      Thanks, Doug, but I’m like you (albeit without the abrasive attitude) I have neither the time nor the interest. Perhaps you shouldn’t have bought them in the first place if you now don’t want them. So, I guess that’s your reason to destroy them, just bc you bought them and now lost interest? That’s a pretty weak argument.

      • Doug Towsley

        As i thought, All talk, No interest? than what the heck are you doing flame trolling here? As they say. “All big hat, No cattle”
        Prolly got kicked off Jalopnik or Jockey Journal.

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  23. Jason Houston

    If you can’t afford to restore two 1936 Plymouths, why can’t someone else? You’re all rock and no roll, pal, and your logic makes no sense.

    If you don’t want to restore them give them away to someone who will. Foster a young person to become interested in old cars. I’ve done that many times with low-valued cars I’ve bought, then later decided I didn’t have time or resources for. Go ahead, I dare you.

    BTW, there’s no such word as ‘prolly’. Maybe you should have spent more time in 4th grade, instead of collecting 1936 Plymouths, you think?

    Meanwhile, if you’re spoiling for a bar fight, go find a bar and start one.

  24. Duffy Member

    Hey guys, we are talking about a 1936 plymouth coupe here not your lives or how you lived it.

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  25. Duffy Member

    Hey Guys, act like grown ups and call it a day. Having a war over a 36 Plymouth.

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  26. daylatedollarshort

    Old cars are like raccoons you wouldn’t want to waste the last one, but until then modify away, my 35 slant back is going to be rolling sculpture with patina.

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  27. 38Chevycoupeguy

    Ladies! I said ladies !! Settle down, the rightful owner will dress it up how they see fit. Check back regularly, there will be another one pop up you can possibly buy.

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