It's attention to period-correct details that set the customized Plymouth apart, like the red rims, wide white portawalls and the classy '59 Lancer hubcaps, painstakingly hand-painted to match the car's color scheme at the kitchen table. The center bullets were also added; tires are 205/75R/15 Firestones.
The curvaceous rear end of the car is accented with the stock ribbed bumper, dual straight pipe outlets and white decklid trim. The `Flatheads Forever' tag gives away the fact this old MoPar is still powered by its original 218 cubic inch 6-cylinder engine.
Your eyes aren't playing tricks on you. The white tuck and roll upholstery was designed and sewn in a fan shape by Mike's Custom Upholstery. The theme continues throughout the interior, right on into the trunk compartment.
Tasteful pinstriping accents were added to the Plymouth by three different local automotive artisans. The top chop performed by Chaotic Customs in Mulvane is virtually undectable, with the back windshield laid forward to improve the car's lines.
This view reveals a lot about the old school approach used on the car: dummy triple-outlet lakes pipes, chrome gravel guards and the color-keyed Lancer wheel covers tucked up inside the wheel wells, thanks to 2-inch lowering blocks. Rear tires are 235/75R/15 Firestones, which work well with the overdrive manual transmission.
You have to look closely to pick up the fact the Plymouth's hood was sectioned to give it a sleeker fit with the car's new, lower silhouette. The three-bar horizontal grille needed only a good polishing to look factory-fresh.
Rob Robinson had planned to transplant a 318 cubic inch MoPar V-8 into the old Plymouth, but wisely chose to stick with the flathead 6 after splitting the exhaust and running it out through a pair of straight pipes. Old-timers told him it was the only way to go and he says they were right.
The only upgrades under the re-sectioned hood are a chrome air cleaner and a 12-volt ignition system. The old flathead 6 `runs like a charm' and doesn't burn a drop of oil according to the owner. Engine compartment detailing is on the 'to-do list' but the venerable flathead will go back in when it's done.
Rob and Eillen Robinson compromised on the details of their '49 Plymouth custom: she agreed to the top chop and sectioned hood after he agreed to forget about suede paint and flames. They're justifiably proud of how the car turned out.
The iconic Plymouth `flying ship' hood emblem was a hard to piece to source, according to Eillen, who discovered that each year the emblem was changed slightly. She located the correct '49 piece for sale online after a long search.