Goodbyes and Hellos

Goodbyes and Hellos

With the birth of my little boy Cam I recently purchased a Durango as a family vehicle/truck and no longer needed the old ’57 Chevy truck, so I put it up for sale on Craigslist. \ After dealing with a handful of mutants, a gentleman came down, made an decent offer, and cleared out my stash of Chevy truck parts. He seemed like a nice fellow, hope he’s enjoying putting it back... 

Original Hood to the 1940 Dodge finds it’s Home!

Original Hood to the 1940 Dodge finds it’s Home!

I’m poking around Craigslist one day and this catches my eye: The guy I bought the 1940 Dodge Coupe found the hood for it! I finally connected with him at the November Turlock Swap Meet and was able to bring it home! Pretty sweet! Now I’m thinking about leaving the Hot Rod flames on it that have been on there for who knows how long!  Read More →

Early December 1940 Dodge Update

Early December 1940 Dodge Update

Matt and I dumped the 440 into the Dodge, I needed to check the fit. Still haven’t come up with a passenger car 727 tranny, that’s the RV job in the picture. It’s crooked right now, but it looks like it’s going to fit nice when I get the mounts fabbed up! I found and won a mint condition hood on eBay, which is great, because its a one year only part unique to the... 

Front Sheetmetal Action

Front Sheetmetal Action

So, with the rear of the frame cut down, it’s time to start to think about getting the front sheetmetal on. The fenders could be bolted on, but the nose piece would require the frame horns cut down, as seen in the first two pictures. After cutting on the front frame horns down, the nose piece would fit on and the whole front clip bolted back together. I have to make a crossmember... 

Bringing the Back of the Coupe Down!!

Bringing the Back of the Coupe Down!!

So I don’t have any pictures of me removing the outriggers that suspended the leaf springs outside the framerails, but they were a royal pain in the ass to remove. I fabbed up some front spring hangers, just need to make something a little more permanent for the rear shackles. Coming soon, to a Dodge Coupe near you! Anywho, we’re picking up at the point in the Saga of the Dakota... 

Merciless Frame Hacking

Merciless Frame Hacking

This plan has been brewing for a while, pretty much since I bought this Coupe. It needed a frame and finding a good original one probably wasn’t going to happen, so I did a little research and found the Dodge Dakota frame would go right under one of these with a little work. After getting a rolling frame secured, I took my measurements. I needed to take out 4.4″ out of the center... 

Mostly Old Parts Assembled Randomly!

Mostly Old Parts Assembled Randomly!

Not much of an update, but I put the bench seat and a partial floorpan section from the cut-up Dakota into the ’40 Dodge to see how it fit and looked. It might work! I also put in a spare ’40 Ford wheel and column I had for mock up as well, this thing is looking like it might be something someday!  Read More →

Off the Old, onto the New – Frame Swap 1940 Dodge

Off the Old, onto the New – Frame Swap 1940 Dodge

Doug (with the black primered ’58 Plymouth) came on over to give me a hand pulling the body off the Dodge. With everything removed and torched out it was pretty light and easy to maneuver. This was a preliminary mock up of the body and the frame. I will need to pull the frame one more time to do some cutting and welding, I believe about four inches need to be sectioned from the middle. I’m... 

Moving Forward on the 1940 Dodge

Moving Forward on the 1940 Dodge

The frame on my 1940 Dodge was cut up pretty badly, so I had been looking at my options for a while. The Dakota chassis has received some good praise on a couple of the message boards I frequent, so I began casually watching for a decent but cheap one to come available. Eventually, this little gem popped up: a 1987 Dodge Dakota with 118k miles on the odometer with a 3.9 liter V6 with a 904... 

1940 Dodge Newspaper Ad

1940 Dodge Newspaper Ad

I found this neat old newspaper ad while searching the internet for pictures of Dodge Coupe hot rods. Dodge Engineering costs you nothing extra!  Read More →

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