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1937 Plymouth Truck – Rat Rod – David Wilda

David Wilda Had a vision of what he wanted his 1937 Plymouth Truck to become. A Rat Rod. Not just any Rat Rod, but a true to concept, built from spare parts, Rat Rod.

He used a generator, spare parts from and airport and scratch built frame, to name a few things, but, you can read more about it by just scrolling down and seeing what an amazing feat of engineering a Rat Rod can be.

Don’t forget to go to the end to see all of the really cool pictures of the build process and the final product.


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What type of vehicle is this?

Rat Rod Truck

Make, Model, Year of Project

1937 Plymouth Truck

What stage is this in?

Somewhere between complete and not sure if it will ever get finished

When did you purchase it and for how much?

Traded parts for parts.

Why did you choose this vehicle?

It was different, There isn’t a lot of Plymouth pickup’s out there, so, this will stand out.

What sort of condition was it in when you started the project, what was wrong with it, etc.

Just a body, a pile of steel, rear clip from a Vega drag car.

What, specifically have you done, or had done to it?

I Built the frame

Engine was in a DC generator for an airport

Narrowed the Dana 60 32″ wide.

I rebuilt the Power glide transmission

Can you list any and all parts that you have put in?

42 Packard gauges

oil and water gauges from the generator

intake adapter 2-4 carb

carb adapter is from header collector.

handmade shifter and linkage

shifter knob is a 41 Harley piston I carved.

rear bagged

bed cover raises with air ram

Frame is homemade

Where have you purchased your parts?

Trades and picks, eBay, people I met

What about you?

I’m a stationary engineer by trade

I had a brain aneurysm 13 years ago in September

Any stories regarding this project?

I have been working on the truck for almost a year.

I drew and built my frame. Everything was done at home in a 12′ x 24′ shed or out in the yard, weather permitting.

Engine is out of a DC generator from an airport. It is a 331 Chrysler industrial.

Made the 2-4 adapter out of a header collector and some plate.

Lots of cleaning inside with stones.

650 Holley rebuilt Carburetor.

Electronic ignition upgrades.

340 LA Engine fuel pump.

GM alternator

Transmission is a Power glide I received from a trade and then I completely rebuilt with extra clutch plates and a 3600 stall converter.

Rear is a dana60 with 4:88 gears that was previously in a Vega drag car.

Vega steering box.

Johnny Law 4 1/2″ drop axle.

9.75 air bags in back.

Bed cover is on a 10″ air ram out of an AFFF gun from an airport.

Air valves are manual gate valves scavenged out of scrap bin..



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