interessts cars 1950 plymouth wagon "plymouth rock"

This was the first car I ever purchased (about $400) and it was christened "Plymouth Rock" because of its speed off the line.

I customized it by removing the front bumper, adding deep dish chrome rims, and getting a new Earl Sheib paint job for $29.99.
I cleaned up the interior with carpet and paint, including the vinyl seats and upholstery which I "painted" black.
I added fake narrow line white walls and moon hubcaps to the wheels and figured out a way to use aluminum blocks to raise the back suspension.
I added chrome "Impala" signature trims and had a "cut-out" welded to the exhaust system that I could open for a deep-throated roar
my friends wanted to cruise Bob's Big Boy or Hollywood Boulevard on Friday and Saturday nights.
Leaving the cut-out open while the engine was cooling eventually warpped my valves and I had to put in a whole new re-conditioned engine.
Live and learn...
I bought it in 1963 and used it to get back and forth to Glendale College and the beach.
Plymouth Rock was "totaled" while I waited for a stop light... hit by another car that ran a light, hit someone else, and then barreled into me.

It was a one-of-a-kind car that gave me a lot of joy.

Owned: Jan 8, 1963 - Oct 23, 1965

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1950 Plymouth wagon, Big Bear, California, USA, 1964.



1950 Plymouth wagon, Big Bear, California, USA, 1964.



1950 Plymouth wagon, near Malibu, California, USA, 1966.
My friends and I borrowed a long board to learn surfing.
By this time, I had removed the rear bumper too.




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