Dan MacDonald - Brownsburg, IN, USA (work in progress)

User avatar
Faulkner
Posts: 4406
Joined: Sun Mar 07, 2004 6:59 pm
Location: Upper Darby, PA
Contact:

Re: Dan MacDonald - Brownsburg, IN, USA

Post by Faulkner »

On to the roof

I also removed the old, damaged roof skin. The roof at the center pillar is 1.5 lower than stock. The front windshield remained stock. It also was extremely important to me that this roof modification was done in such a manner that there would be nominal patches, if any. I felt the lines of the car were there; I just had to find them...

133508351_10222463386520771_3216825153409932666_n.jpg
133691362_10222463394080960_8037430964566891955_n.jpg
132874465_10222463402481170_9085960386751626648_n.jpg
133060851_10222463402801178_2100546371481571219_n.jpg
133590656_10222463397081035_9107818191887348015_n.jpg
133048863_10222463396521021_466028819322453676_n.jpg
132671607_10222463324159212_3768147792992072404_n.jpg
132741286_10222463437442044_1024421474107033638_n.jpg
133652765_10222463398001058_5891938255836928716_n.jpg
133590656_10222463415721501_8514629576971007414_n.jpg


...Which I did, by making the correct cuts and removing the right areas of metal from the understructure beneath the roof. There is no overlapping metal on the modifications. Everything was butt welded and tig welded back in. The only outside panels that I had to fabricate and add, were to the rear cat walk area and two small areas on the rear sides of the roof. All areas were metal finished. The roof was also shortened 6.5 in. and was butt welded at the rear corner flange where the window stainless meets the roof. The door and window posts were also corrected to follow the new roof line.

133203808_10222463409761352_6274281435250192791_n.jpg
133284729_10222463413081435_5815418955219736476_n.jpg
132941494_10222463408721326_4229007144505473740_n.jpg
133115919_10222463468562822_2700274137634441819_n.jpg
133282055_10222463471842904_4394594082789089267_n.jpg
133132637_10222463472882930_6282596595211905958_n.jpg
132510115_10222463539724601_3920593350165863843_n.jpg
132642274_10222463479883105_8648960307097921824_n.jpg
133115940_10222463460202613_8142606843227513099_n.jpg
132966061_10222463462762677_2173273808452337133_n.jpg
133202508_10222463468202813_4667603698938417719_n.jpg


"If it's new, Plymouth's got it!"
User avatar
Faulkner
Posts: 4406
Joined: Sun Mar 07, 2004 6:59 pm
Location: Upper Darby, PA
Contact:

Re: Dan MacDonald - Brownsburg, IN, USA

Post by Faulkner »

The finished vision

I intend to keep the car stock looking on the outside in its original “new for spring” turquoise color that I am learning to live with. I most likely will even run poverty caps on it. I also have a running 1969 Plymouth 383hp with an A833 four spd and suregrip 8 3/4 for it. So, despite being a little plain jane looking when done, it will have some rumble and go.

132036553_10222463542884680_2445934587237642020_n.jpg
132551582_10222463541884655_6507865128028358123_n.jpg
138330482_10222629684918127_2077781646741460759_o.jpg
139233131_10222629674637870_2746596936422419846_o.jpg
132667877_10222463544844729_8412605921817387550_n.jpg


I am currently making a custom dash for new gauges. It will retain the white interior it had when I purchased it. It’s not perfect… but will do for now.

133129951_10222463250557372_3447070477034755302_n.jpg
132804768_10222463473402943_4319466684284156552_n.jpg
133306594_10222463481723151_1720755876911685860_n.jpg
The old quarter window glass sitting in its original location illustrates the dramatic change in roof height
89470094_10219924282524758_6349339291428061184_o.jpg
95730479_10220518701864870_4395260254149935104_o.jpg
156938981_10223010725803911_5797622648302989572_o.jpg
134079231_10222499506663752_1853780060596396562_n.jpg
Striking before and after pictures...
134433427_10222499507223766_8725933873593605380_n.jpg
...a remarkable difference
131472186_10222375775730556_4829755069684595557_o.jpg
81605086_10219353986947725_2367759700134461440_o.jpg


Why?

119779215_10221794356475438_3428705928093774353_o.jpg


Why didn’t you just swap a hardtop roof on it? Or, why, etc., etc.? Although the overall response to what I did has been positive, I still get that question. I wish I had a better answer than:

1. I had the idea.
2. A solid car came along that was uniquely damaged in such a manner I could not feel bad taking a risk on it.
3. I had the time and patience and the limited financial resources to drive me to make this car something I wanted.

I never wanted people to notice what I did to the car; believe it or not. It’s the way the 2dr post sedans should have been designed when they were new, in my humble opinion. The four door and two door post sedans share the same roof skin and with the Plymouth having a shorter wheel base then its longer wheelbase brother Dodge it got even more exaggerated on the Plymouth. I want the roof modification to be a subtle thing that only the trained eye notices or hopefully doesn’t. I just want people to see it and think, ‘Man, for a lowly post sedan, that looks good! I just can’t figure out what’s different about it though.”


"If it's new, Plymouth's got it!"
Post Reply