37 Plymouth


 

Willie's plan for the Coupe is to have a drag, track and street race car all rolled into one, keeping its old Patina look. Mean as, cool as, this is going to be fun!

Power will be a Chevy NASCAR-type engine, with a manual gearbox, fabricated rear end and Eagle independent front end -- all done in-house at Eagle.

With the Coupe body basically falling apart, we had to get it back into shape before removing if from the chassis.  The floor and bottom 12" of the body had disappeared, the door hinges had rotted off and half of the roof and one quarter panel had been gas-axed out!  Fortunately, the original roof and quarter panel came with the car, so they were knocked into shape and tack-welded back in. A frame was made to hold things together, then it was all sent to the sandblasters.  We only wanted the inside and firewall blasted, as the exterior body finish will be Patina.  Next, we needed some door hinges.  Hen's teeth would be the best way to describe these; Mike drew up some plans which were sent away to be water cut out of aluminium billet. He then machined them -- just like the real thing, but shiny.

George

Next, we're onto rebuilding the doors.  Part of the grand Coupe plan is to teach some of the Eagle staff skills us old boys can pass down.  Lucy has been repairing door frames, making door skins on the English Wheel, welding ahd hammering and, before you know it, we have two good doors.

It's looking pretty obvious that the repairs are going to use up a fair amount of that old Patina, so some bare metal may be thrown into the mix too.  Now that the doors are done, we are rebuilding.  A Pillars, roof drip rails, inner roof, pillar panels and the front screen opening.  With this all done, the top half of the body is now solid enough to hang the doors and we can square the body up. Next up is the lower body; it's time to get it sitting on the chassis.