Under Pressure - 1934 Plymouth Coupe

John Jefferson of Orange, Texas had been keeping his eye on this 1934 Plymouth coupe for approximately 15 plus years. Over the years John had actually tried to buy it from the owner several times, but the owner kept telling John he was going to build it one day. Finally in May of 2013, John went by his place just to say hello and check on him. They got to talking cars and he mentioned a car John had in his garage that he was interested in. Well that’s when the negotiations began. John had something the owner wanted, and the owner had something John wanted. The deal was made and John became the new owner of the 1934 Plymouth. Just a few weeks before, John had sold a 1968 Impala convertible to a friend and now didn’t have a car to go to Cruisin’ the Coast in, and that wasn’t good. 

John contacted his painter, mechanic, upholstery, electrician and chrome person. Told them what he was up against and asked each if it was possible to do build in 3 months and they all said no. John knew this group of guys real well and knew that they could, so the project began. John and his friend, Doyle Miller, completely disassembled the entire car in 2 days then took the body to the paint shop and the interior to the upholstery shop. 

The coupe was painted in a House of Color Candy apple red over a pearl peach base. The paint and body work was done by Israel Torres Custom Paint and body shop. The interior was done in a taupe leather and ostrich combination by James and Marie Shaw. While these steps were being taken care of, John got the engine stand ready for a 383 stroker crate engine built by Tri Star Performance Engines. This thumper of a motor is dressed out with an Edelbrock Endurashine performer carburetor and intake manifold. Backing up the stroker motor is a 700R4 manufactured by Chevrolet and built by Bow Tie Overdrive. The Plymouth chassis was set up with a Mustang II manual rack and pinion setup by Gearhead Enterprises. The rear suspension is a leaf spring setup from Suspension Specialists, Inc. and mounted with a Chevy 10 bolt posi trac rear end with 3.73 gears. Rolling this chassis down the road are Coy’s C5 painter grey wheels 18x7 mounted with 225/40/R18 Nankang on the front and 20x8.5 mounted with 245/40/ZR20 Nankang on the rear. The upholstery was completed in 3 weeks and the paint work was completed in 5 weeks. At this point the task of assembling began. 

From the beginning of June to the end of September John worked long hours and late nights putting the coupe together to make sure it would be ready for Cruisin’ the Coast. Working under pressure must work for John since the proof was the thumbs up every time someone saw John out cruisin’ in style in his ’34 Plymouth coupe during Cruisin’ the Coast 2013.

John sends thanks for all the help from Israel Torres for the paint and body work, Larry Fidler for the Mechanic work, Steve Flores for the electrical work, James and Marie Shaw for the upholstery work and Fidel Bonilla of Custom Polish Chrome. Now here is proof a car can be built in a home garage in three and a half months if you really apply yourself and can work well under pressure. 



1). Ford Mustang II IFS Kit by Gearhead Enterprises

2). Suspension Specialists, Inc. rear suspension 

3). Flow Master

4). Vintage Air a/c

5). VDO gauges

6). Tilt column manufacturer - 1996 chevy S-10 Blazer - General Motors

7). Lecarra Mark 4 Elegante mahogany steering wheel

8). Specialty Power Windows

9). Seats type and manufacturer - Seats Pontiac Fiero GT

10).Tri Star Engines

11). Edelbrock

12). Bow Tie Overdrive transmission

13). House of Kolor

14). Israel’s Custom Paint & Body Shop

15). M.A.M Upholstery

16). Custom Polish Chrome

17). Sound System Type - AM/FM CD, ipod, usb, Bluetooth radio by BOSS with a 400 watt Boss amp pushing 2, 3x4 tweeter and mid plates up front & 2, 6x9 Infinity speakers in rear along with a BOSS powered subwoofer.

18). Coy’s C5 Wheels

19). Nankang tires

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