1946 Plymouth Special Deluxe Engine Swap Fix

1946 Plymouth Special Deluxe Engine Swap

Project: 1946 Plymouth Special Deluxe Engine Swap, Firewall and Floor Fix

After a botched engine swap, we were asked to pull the engine, fix the firewall, floor and get the car running. An old and a new harness needed to be sorted out and correctly wired.

1946 Plymouth Special Deluxe Engine Swap

 

With the firewall work that needs to be done, it makes sense to pull the front clip and get it out of the way.

1946 Plymouth Special Deluxe Engine Swap

1946 Plymouth Special Deluxe Engine Swap

 

When the Plymouth arrived at the shop, we noted an interesting hybrid of old and new wiring harness, both cut. In the end, we opted for a fresh 21 circuit universal wiring harness.

1946 Plymouth Special Deluxe Engine Swap

 

Some of the crazy cuts that were made to initially get this engine to fit the first time this engine was attempted to be installed.

1946 Plymouth Special Deluxe Engine Swap

1946 Plymouth Special Deluxe Engine Swap

 

Out comes the engine and transmission so we can work the areas around it.

1946 Plymouth Special Deluxe Engine Swap

1946 Plymouth Special Deluxe Engine Swap

1946 Plymouth Special Deluxe Engine Swap

 

The firewall cut out to somewhat uniform, and the initial panel in place.

1946 Plymouth Special Deluxe Engine Swap

 

And the firewall ptched back together and fully welded. This will get lightly skimmed with filler, but not blocked or overworked. Some “character” will be left in the metal as it will better match the inner fenders and other close surfaces.

1946 Plymouth Special Deluxe Engine Swap

 

Lightly skimmed with filler, palm-sanded, primed and sprayed with satin black. The satin black will be rubbed with compound towards completion of the project to give it a rubbed and worn surface.

1946 Plymouth Special Deluxe Engine Swap

 

The Body Number Tag, stripped and brushed…

1946 Plymouth Special Deluxe Engine Swap

 

The floor and transmission cover have been reworked and the shifter pokes through nicely.

1946 Plymouth Special Deluxe Engine Swap

 

Getting the wiring squared away…

1946 Plymouth Special Deluxe Engine Swap

 

Fresh fuel lines and brakes lines made good sense for this Plymouth.

1946 Plymouth Special Deluxe Engine Swap

1946 Plymouth Special Deluxe Engine Swap

1946 Plymouth Special Deluxe Engine Swap

1946 Plymouth Special Deluxe Engine Swap

1946 Plymouth Special Deluxe Engine Swap

1946 Plymouth Special Deluxe Engine Swap