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07-13-2007, 05:16 PM
How many plymouths in 1947 came with overdrive??????
Just finished a 47' plymouth special deluxe coupe fo my father, the car was in unbeliveable condition with all the origional drive train, wiring, and rust free sheet metal!!! Dad seems to think it's a rare find because of the 3 speed trans with overdrive. We left the car origional but put a bright yellow and old school flame paint job, lowered it 3" in back and 2" up front, recovered the origional seats with tan tweed, and added chrome smoothies for the wheels ( Dad loves them things). The car is alot of fun to drive and really gets attention when you raise the and see that big, bad flat head!!!
07-13-2007, 08:33 PM
A good percentage of MoPars were fitted with overdrive. Usually the higher priced makes because Plymouth was the economy car, but probably a higher percentage of Plymouths with o.d. than Plymouth's competition.
This was partly in response to GM's automatic transmissions, vaccuum shifts and other makes semi-automatics, as MoPar's o.d. was kinda-sorta automatic-like sometimes.
Is this the freewheeling o.d.? It was discontinued sometime about then because it was determined to be unsafe (to be coasting out of gear at highway speeds).
07-15-2007, 12:17 PM
Not sure about the free wheeling o.d. But......the first time I drove it all the brake cylinders blew out and we had no brakes at all!!!! The engine died and I tried slowing the car down by putting the car in 2nd gear and letting out on the clutch....some how it seemed to pick up at least 20 more MPH headed straight for a red light!!!! with my great driving skills, LOL, alot of luck and a working emergency brake the car stopped without hitting anything!!! A 1947 model with a working E-brake, that proof they don't build like they use to!!
07-16-2007, 02:57 PM
My first car was a '38 Plymouth with freewheeling o.d. I couldn't get the correct master cylinder piston. The substitute Chevrolet piston was slightly too long. So I had to bleed the brakes every third stop and refill the master cylinder every three or four bleeds. To minimize using the brakes I slowed to a stop and used the emergency brake alot.
This was before computers and the internet when long distance telephone calls were expensive. JC Whitney didn't have it and it took awhile writing the Hemmings advertisers to see who had one. Then I had to wait until one of several suppliers ran across one.
Can you post a photo of the Plymouth?
08-07-2007, 10:49 PM
I sure can!!! I will go tomorrow and take a few pictures and see if I can remember how to install on the computer..My Dad let me know that he is thinking about selling it !!!!!! He has found another car that he wants instead of the 47'!! He's worst than a woman, never satisified!!
08-08-2007, 07:06 PM
So what do ya think!?!?
I get it done and he puts it for sell!!! Look on the classifieds!!!! He's way to cheap!!
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