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Too Rad

By Ron Cherry

Special to The Union

There are cruisers and there are hot rods. And then there are radical rods, hot rods that are just “bad to the bone.” That describes Craig Casey’s ’39 Plymouth business coupe very well. Three years ago he had a ’35 Ford two-door sedan for sale and got a call from someone who asked if he were willing to make a trade. Although Craig was not really interested at first, after he drove the Plymouth he offered to make a straight-across trade. Since the asking price of the Plymouth was much more than the asking price of the Ford, Craig decided to make the deal. With a 454 CID Chevy bored to 468 CID mated to a B&M super duty TH350 auto trans, it had power to spare. And then some. The rear end had been narrowed and the body “tubbed” (cut into the truck) to allow for the Micky Thompson 13″ wide tires to give it traction. To make it more tractable, a Camaro front suspension with power disc brakes and power steering had been added. Craig has taken it on some short runs, but with 105 octane gas it can get costly to go any distance. Especially with the Plymouth’s fuel mileage (if you have to ask, you can’t afford the gas). But on the short runs, it can get there VERY quickly. Craig has never seen what it will do at its best, though. The ticket just isn’t worth it. But now the car is up for sale. Wife Becky refuses to drive this radical rod. It’s just too rad.


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