Topic Options
#2408094 - 11/23/17 09:46 PM Tar in trunk on my 37, Amazing preservation
AZ_A12_BEE Offline
I Live Here

Registered: 08/19/03
Posts: 18522
Loc: Dreaming of the 808
So I picked up this 1937 Plymouth 2 door business coupe and I'm amazed by how rust free it is. I cleaned the trunk out today and it was covered in a asphalt tar like product. It was lifting off in areas so I decided to remove some of it and I was amazed how preserved the metal was. zero rust, no pitting and the primer looks almost new. Was this tar stock? Has anybody ever seen anything like this before?


Attachments
image.jpeg

image.jpeg

image.jpeg


_________________________
69.5 A12 Bee, first purchased in 1976, car 169 on registry 69 Coronet R/T 440/4 spd 69 Coronet 500 Conv H code 383 4bbl/auto 37 Plymouth PU Find your spot on earth and ride it.

Top
#2408099 - 11/23/17 09:48 PM Re: Tar in trunk on my 37, Amazing preservation [Re: AZ_A12_BEE]
AZ_A12_BEE Offline
I Live Here

Registered: 08/19/03
Posts: 18522
Loc: Dreaming of the 808
After


Attachments
image.jpeg

image.jpeg

image.jpeg


_________________________
69.5 A12 Bee, first purchased in 1976, car 169 on registry 69 Coronet R/T 440/4 spd 69 Coronet 500 Conv H code 383 4bbl/auto 37 Plymouth PU Find your spot on earth and ride it.

Top
#2408126 - 11/23/17 11:13 PM Re: Tar in trunk on my 37, Amazing preservation [Re: AZ_A12_BEE]
Sunroofcuda Offline
master

Registered: 01/20/03
Posts: 6090
Loc: Highland, MI.
Looks great. Take a propane torch & heat the stuff a little & it'll come off like butter. (bench test some of it first & make sure it doesn't splode or burst into flames though on the car!!!)
_________________________
“Bear in mind that brains and learning, like muscle and physical skill, are articles of commerce. They are bought and sold. You can hire them by the year or by the hour. The only thing in the world not for sale is character.” (Antonin Scalia)

Top
#2408140 - 11/24/17 12:23 AM Re: Tar in trunk on my 37, Amazing preservation [Re: AZ_A12_BEE]
Iowan Offline
mopar

Registered: 05/23/15
Posts: 601
Loc: Lost in Time
Cool looking ride.
_________________________
Have a great day
Iowan

"obsolete is neat"


Top
#2408144 - 11/24/17 12:39 AM Re: Tar in trunk on my 37, Amazing preservation [Re: AZ_A12_BEE]
Hemi_Joel Online   content
master

Registered: 01/19/03
Posts: 5336
Loc: Minnesota
My 48 & 49 Plymouths had similar tar under coating. My 31 didn't.
_________________________

31 Plymouth Coupe, 392 Hemi, T56 magnum

Top
#2408165 - 11/24/17 07:44 AM Re: Tar in trunk on my 37, Amazing preservation [Re: Hemi_Joel]
moparx Offline
master

Registered: 09/03/03
Posts: 7994
Loc: north of coder
my 38 had that exact same stuff not only in the trunk, but also behind the front seat and up the riser to where the trunk floor came through into the passenger compartment. that area was also covered. since it was a business coupe, i'm guessing it was used because it was way more "wearable" than the rubber floor mats of the day, and items could be slid in and out without harming the surface, yet keep said items from sliding back and forth while going down the road.
beer

Top
#2408171 - 11/24/17 08:07 AM Re: Tar in trunk on my 37, Amazing preservation [Re: moparx]
Rhinodart Offline
Rhinotruck

Registered: 01/20/03
Posts: 35078
Loc: Round Lake Beach, Illinoisy
Probably asbestos... work panic
_________________________
The funny thing about science is that if you change one miniscule parameter you change the entire outcome to the way you want it.

JB Rhinehart, Realist

2018 Carlisle All-Chrysler Nationals July 13-14
Hurst Nationals held in conjunction includes
1968 Dodge Dart and Barracuda Hemi Super Stock Reunion!
Expo Center across from the main gate, register online!

Top
#2408184 - 11/24/17 08:51 AM Re: Tar in trunk on my 37, Amazing preservation [Re: AZ_A12_BEE]
polaraholic Offline
mopar

Registered: 05/13/05
Posts: 463
Loc: IN
Keeps the moonshine from leaking out. drinking

Top
#2408208 - 11/24/17 09:57 AM Re: Tar in trunk on my 37, Amazing preservation [Re: AZ_A12_BEE]
ChryCoGuy Offline
master

Registered: 10/04/05
Posts: 5305
Loc: Canada
Pretty cool. Thanks for posting it.

So, does that look like it was applied by the factory, or would it have been something an owner did after the fact?

I suppose it might be difficult to know with a car that has 80 years of history behind it!

Top
#2408227 - 11/24/17 10:42 AM Re: Tar in trunk on my 37, Amazing preservation [Re: Rhinodart]
AZ_A12_BEE Offline
I Live Here

Registered: 08/19/03
Posts: 18522
Loc: Dreaming of the 808
Originally Posted By Rhinodart
Probably asbestos... work panic


Everything had asbestos back then smile
_________________________
69.5 A12 Bee, first purchased in 1976, car 169 on registry 69 Coronet R/T 440/4 spd 69 Coronet 500 Conv H code 383 4bbl/auto 37 Plymouth PU Find your spot on earth and ride it.

Top
#2408229 - 11/24/17 10:43 AM Re: Tar in trunk on my 37, Amazing preservation [Re: ChryCoGuy]
AZ_A12_BEE Offline
I Live Here

Registered: 08/19/03
Posts: 18522
Loc: Dreaming of the 808
Originally Posted By ChryCoGuy
Pretty cool. Thanks for posting it.

So, does that look like it was applied by the factory, or would it have been something an owner did after the fact?

I suppose it might be difficult to know with a car that has 80 years of history behind it!


I'm just guessing but I think it was factory applied, the primer underneath is too nice to have been applied later
_________________________
69.5 A12 Bee, first purchased in 1976, car 169 on registry 69 Coronet R/T 440/4 spd 69 Coronet 500 Conv H code 383 4bbl/auto 37 Plymouth PU Find your spot on earth and ride it.

Top
#2408238 - 11/24/17 11:12 AM Re: Tar in trunk on my 37, Amazing preservation [Re: AZ_A12_BEE]
Powerflow Offline
mopar

Registered: 07/31/06
Posts: 684
Loc: New Jersey
It could also have been a dealer-installed aftersale item. Probably helped with reducing noise in the trunk.

Top
#2408245 - 11/24/17 11:20 AM Re: Tar in trunk on my 37, Amazing preservation [Re: Powerflow]
ChryCoGuy Offline
master

Registered: 10/04/05
Posts: 5305
Loc: Canada
Interesting. Can't recall seeing that before but then most 30s-40s cars I've seen had a rubber mat in the trunk that I wouldn't have looked under.

Top
#2408254 - 11/24/17 11:38 AM Re: Tar in trunk on my 37, Amazing preservation [Re: Powerflow]
AZ_A12_BEE Offline
I Live Here

Registered: 08/19/03
Posts: 18522
Loc: Dreaming of the 808
Originally Posted By Powerflow
It could also have been a dealer-installed aftersale item. Probably helped with reducing noise in the trunk.


It was very thick in some places, almost 1/4 inch thick
_________________________
69.5 A12 Bee, first purchased in 1976, car 169 on registry 69 Coronet R/T 440/4 spd 69 Coronet 500 Conv H code 383 4bbl/auto 37 Plymouth PU Find your spot on earth and ride it.

Top
#2408482 - 11/24/17 09:29 PM Re: Tar in trunk on my 37, Amazing preservation [Re: AZ_A12_BEE]
poorboy Offline
master

Registered: 01/19/03
Posts: 5997
Loc: Freeport IL USA
I don't ever remember seeing much of any original floor pans remaining, on any of the 30s or 40s Mopars I've had, much less what might have been covering them.

There were a few places where I've encountered some type of undercoating that looked a lot like that stuff. I suspected it was originally factory installed. It was some good stuff! I've seen clean shinny steel under it, next to rotted away sheet metal that was not protected by the undercoating. If only the entire floor would have been covered, the sheet metal might have still been good. Gene

Top

Advertisement
Sponsored Link
Forum Stats
25,002 Registered Members
32 Forums
185,335 Topics
2,147,425 Posts

Most users ever online: 882 @ 03/05/17 10:15 PM
Moparts Newest Topics
Women took her dogs for a walk and got killed by them...Sad
by QuickBpBp
12/15/17 10:45 PM
What's the latest PC home computer tech? Looking to upgrade
by A12
12/15/17 10:41 PM
2015 SRT 6.4 six speed challenger Boost or NA ????
by voigtspeed
12/15/17 10:27 PM
Air and MPH
by ozymaxwedge
12/15/17 09:29 PM