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Hello - Drew here. New member checking in. Recently acquired a 33 Plymouth 5 window coupe. Sits on a '36 Ford chassis, Chevy 305, 34 Ford front 'I' beam and 89 Chevy blazer rear with '4 link'. This is my first build. No electrical... no lights... engine and trans - questionable. Where do I begin???
So... any thoughts or suggestions to get me on the right track would be greatly appreciated.

Kenny Daily post in the forum today at Willie Moore

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  • robymarks
    Sep 16, 2017 at 8:44 AM

  • Welcome! Good folks here with plenty of experiences and willing to help!

  • 32 Dodge
    Sep 8, 2017 at 7:02 AM

  • Hey Drew,
    If you are wiring, it is best to install a complete grounding system first. See if Autowire has one, I know mine came from Ron Francis Wireworks. Well worth the extra investment. Then install the wiring kit. I like Autowire because the instructions are in color and well explained!

  • SAM1951
    Sep 7, 2017 at 10:12 PM

  • american auto wire is a good choice. i like the larger 22 or 24 circuit (cant remember which). great markings on wire and great diagrams.
    usually circuits for a/c power windows etc.
    looks like a factory fuse panel too.i have installed about 10 of them.which aint many!

  • drewcamm33
    Sep 7, 2017 at 6:18 PM

  • I was able to identify the true origin of the chassis... 1936 - 1938 Plymouth (thanks to Karl Wescott!) and Steve at Street Rod Engineering. Bad news... not many aftermarket places out there for parts and the ones I found are pricey. To answer your posts Gene... the plan is to build this as a Hot Rod but as I progress there will be the need t do some restoration... window channel for P side door, glass all around, garnish moldings, interior / exterior door handles and so much more! I think I'm going to begin with giving this 'Franken-rod' some life... A brand new wire harness and am leaning towards the American Auto Wire Power Plus route!

  • drewcamm33
    Sep 6, 2017 at 7:33 AM

  • And one other pic.... Thanks in advance to all / anyone who can help!

  • drewcamm33
    Sep 6, 2017 at 7:32 AM

  • Here are a couple pics of the front section of the frame - I was told it is a '36 Ford

  • drewcamm33
    Sep 6, 2017 at 7:31 AM

  • Thanks all - very much for responding!
    It's my first Hot Rod... as I may have mentioned. Acquisition was via trade of a '55 Chevy hardtop sedan (long story for another time). I do upholstering on the side for Hot Rods, Muscle Cars, restorations... boat cushions. NO MORE FURNITURE. It has become a great 'pass time' for me. I'll post some pics later. Right now I really could use some help with identifying the chassis that my '33 sits on. Pic attached. I plan to build as Hot Rod... with a GREAT interior and use 'it' for marketing myself.

  • 32 Dodge
    Sep 2, 2017 at 7:42 AM

  • Welcome!

    Add some pictures!

    Sep 2, 2017 at 7:18 AM

  • Welcome aboard. I hope that you`ll enjoy the site, there`s some very good people here.

  • GeneF
    Aug 31, 2017 at 5:52 PM

  • And please tell us a little about what your abilities are, and what you want the car to be when done? (I.e., driver show car, occasional drag car, etc, can you weld, are you electrically inclined, have the tome and plenty of garage space, etc).

    Steel car, or fiberglass? Is it painted (even primer)? Can you get it to start, and then tell us what the oil pressure is, and tell us if you can hook a vacuum gage to it, so we can help you decide about the engine?

    Are you in a car club? (club members can be a great help with local chapter guys very willing to help, or even come over for a look-see and then advise)

    And this last one, I hate to say it, but what kind of budget for MONEY AND TIME can you afford? It makes a difference on choices... I will say this, there are places that corners can be cut, and some that I advise against. Coolling - go cheap now, and you will regret it forever. Front suspension - stick with something factory, or something "engineered", not a hodge podge of low priced parts. If you have ever had a rod with a bump-steer condition you know how miserable it is! Brakes - they can be drums, they just need to be right. Example; if the master cylinder is below the floor, spend the $20 - $40 on the residual valves (you would be surprised how often I see this without them). Decide on air-conditioning now. Either way, don't skimp on insulating EARLY in the build.

    Sorry Drew, I didn't mean to unload on you, but this is a very critical time in your build (choices - I harp on this all the time). You have taken the first critical step, and it's a good one, thinking before doing! You ultimately will save yourself money, time, and regrets.

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