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1946 Plymouth Woodie Wagon - TJ Richards Body - Restoration Needs Completion

Price: AU $50,000.00

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Date of Manufacture:194600
Right, Left Hand Drive:Right-Hand Drive
Car Type:Collector Cars
Fuel Type:Petrol
Type of Title:Clear (most titles)
Body Type:Station Wagon
For Sale by:Private Seller
:“Car was registered in Victoria until recently. Restoration stopped due to changed circumstances. Over $100,000 spent to date. Needs repairs to front sheet metal, reassembly, rewiring and painting. Most of the hard work done.”
Item status:In archive
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Public info

Car location:Montrose, VIC, Australia
For Sale By:Private Seller
Last update:6.08.2020

Additional Info

In the late
1940s Chrysler vehicles were bodied by T.J. Richards in Adelaide. This Woodie
wagon is believed to be the only surviving one built by Richards and ordered
through Lanes Motors for a Victorian purchaser.

The body
differs significantly from the American Plymouth wagons – rear passenger doors
are square bottomed (USA has fender cut-outs); rear door is different; rear
vertical edges have a shaped shoulder; roof is metal with timber lining.

The car was
found by John Watmough in a fairly sorry state in a dealer on Nepean Highway in the 1970s. John was able to tell the current owner how he restored
the exterior timberwork and fitted the car with a Chevrolet 327 motor, THM
400 transmission and Jaguar suspension. Plus a very 1970s vinyl interior and
homemade dashboard with Stewart Warner instruments.

The car then
went on a round of surf shops. First to Dick Ash in Queensland who owned the
Okanui surf brand; then to Peninsula Surf in Mornington.

The current
owner purchased the car in 2010 and has restored the interior with an original dashboard, new timber headlining, new
plywood panelling. All mechanicals have been fully
rebuilt,  and a new vinyl roof is ready to fit. Rear seat is trimmed in Connolly hide leather. Everything to complete the car is there except the front seat.Roof has been stripped, sealed and areas not under the vinyl painted in a period Catalina Tan colour.Engine:

1962 Chevrolet 327 V8. Small journal
forged crank motor – fully balanced.

Cylinder heads crack tested, resurfaced;
all components new - 8 exhaust seats, 16 valves, springs, caps and colletts

Clive cams, grind No 264 and new lifters

Moroso timing chainset (double row)

Mellings oil pump

Sealed power pistons +,030  Compression ratio 9.88

Performance Race harmonic balancer

Original distributor  with Petronix
conversion recurved to suit engine

ARP head bolts

Torque converter to flex plate bolt kit

Transadapt spin-on filter kit.

Scat connecting rods. Crank +030 + 030

Edelbrock 2701 dual plane manifold.


Rebuilt 700 R4 with lockup convertor

Remote convertor lock up kit installed.


Electric water pump; Electric fan; Digital control for pump and fan

Power steering: overhauled pump and box

Mark 10 Jaguar front and rear ends with
reconditioned callipers front and rear

Digital selector display

Vacuum reservoir

Billet brake reservoir

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