1936 Dodge Businessman Coupe
Last Registered in AB
1936 DODGE 5-Window Businessman Coupe Classic Vehicle!
This 1936 Dodge was one of those projects that are sometimes heard about...starting its new life after being pulled from a Saskatchewan farmer's field in 1996. There are some cool "BEFORE" pictures that are included in the album that documents the entire progress of this 10-year build. It would've been much easier to grab a fiberglass body to start with, but a requirement on the completed project was that the build had to be done with an all-steel body. Impressive. Everything was purposely built on this car. It's been well thought out in its meticulous completion. It's said that pictures are worth 1000 words, and with this machine that's certainly the story. In describing the components and specifics -- it's very hard to convey the quality, precision, and accuracy that make this car special.
Let's get the technical stuff out of the way before we move on to some of the more unique touches. The heartbeat under the hood comes from a 4-bolt main 1972 Chevy small block 350 V8, matched to a 700R4 automatic. Power gets to the wheels through the narrowed 9" Ford Jag rear-end that's running 3.55 posi gears. As one would expect of a car in this class -- it fires up easily, idles great, and pulls strong. It sounds amazing.The suspension and braking system were built under the same care as the rest of the car. Up front, there's a McGyver's Mustang II front end that's been dropped 8". Willwood 4-wheel disc brakes with SSB braking components. S&S exhaust exits from the ceramic coated headers. The entire car has been completed with Ron Francis wiring kits, to ensure reliability of all the electrical systems. All of these things contribute to handling and drive quality that you would expect.When you open up the doors, the quality of leather and interior refinement won't disappoint. It has been done to the same standard as the rest of the build. Leather top to bottom with custom molded door panels and headliner. Custom bucket seats, that are actually comfortable, with a surprising amount of room for the design of the car. A custom center console and gauge set up with Autometer Instrument gauges. Power windows by Specialty, power locks, billet steering wheel, tilt....and even a working Vintage A/C system. Sound comes from a 200-watt Pioneer deck through Infinity speakers. It's not a surprise to see that the bill from the interior shop was in excess of $25,000 during the build.
The wheels on this Dodge are unique Billet Specialty designs. Out back they're 17" x 8". Up front, they're 16" x 8". They're all wrapped in fresh Dunlops. The look, fit, and size all lend themselves to the overall design and styling of this car.The total build cost on the car was over $110,000. It is truly a one-off custom machine, that you can get into for almost half the price of initial investment.