John Schmidt Junior’s 1934 Plymouth

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The longer that I live in New York the more I despise cold. Not only is there the problem of not being able to feel anything in my face, hands and feet other than pain, there is the injustice of it all.

The simple fact that beauties like this have to hide for half a year in some building is just a shame. This 1934 Plymouth P3 Deluxe sits inside next to a 1933 Dodge pick up in John Schmidt’s Dunkirk, N.Y. home for half the time instead of being experienced. Not to mention the fun of cramming my Nikon clad individualism between them in an attempt to get a good shot while panting in fear of bumping into one of them. Both of them are cherry.

I did not speak to John Jr., but his son John Paul. They both work together in building cars.

3-5-16 (5)They got the car from Tennessee and it took 2 years to build. The body is all original steel except for the running boards. The rear fenders are widened and the car is mini-tubed to except 11 inch tires. The bottom of driver’s door was gone and needed 8″ of repair. Doors were impossible to find and there were several different body styles in this model year. The one door they did find was an inch too large all the way around.

Trim pieces were also hard to find. Some pieces like the hood ornament were found on e-bay, but the grill had to be hand made. Another challenge the Schmidts faced was adding 2 inches to the hood. Once they got it home, they discovered that someone gave it a raked look by pushing back the nose. The head and taillights are rechromed originals.

3-5-16a (4)The body was frenched to except a Camaro front sub-frame that was modified for a Dodge Omni rack and pinion.  A 383 Chrysler big block that the Schmidts built themselves sits on that sub-frame. The engine modestly makes around 400 hp with 2 four barrel carbs. The tranny was outsourced to Bobek’s Transmission in Dunkirk.

The underside of the car is equally impressive with stainless steel exhaust, fuel and brake lines and a polished stainless fuel tank. The entire frame is sanded smooth.

John Paul said it is a nice, fun car to drive and I hope to see this car going down the road as soon as winter releases its iron grip on us.


Viper sales in 2015


In a previous post, I shared a story from Car and Driver about the Viper going bye bye. This is what Road and Track had to say: “There’s no getting around it: The Viper’s sales figures are terrible. Despite setting record lap times at 13 racetracks, it was still far outsold by the Mercedes-AMG GT. Unfortunately, Dodge just can’t afford to keep making the Viper, and will end its production soon. So get one now while you still can.” With only 676 units sold, no wonder it is going away. The story is part of a series of cars that did not do well.

BMW i8 flattened

When a car like a BMW i8 is totaled, it’s the end of not just a superb machine, but also a work of art. In a scene reminiscent of a Wile E. Coyote cartoon, a cement truck flattened one of the luxury hybrid coupes on an offramp in Newport Beach, CA on Thursday.


i8 2<—This is what it is supposed to look like.