Did Dodge use the same body dies for 46 Dodge 4dr as 42?

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Did Dodge use the same body dies for 46 Dodge 4dr as 42?

Post by DonSweet » Tue Sep 15, 2015 6:30 pm

Quick easy question for you Dodge sedan guys ...

Did Dodge use the same body and fender stamping dies for the '46 four-door sedan as they did on the '42?

In other words, what, if any complications would there be to making a '46 look like a '42?

Thanks in advance.
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Re: Did Dodge use the same body dies for 46 Dodge 4dr as 42?

Post by Ernie Baals » Wed Sep 16, 2015 7:27 pm

I think the shell is the same, but the front end is different.
42 grills are very hard to come by
41s are a lot easier to come by
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Re: Did Dodge use the same body dies for 46 Dodge 4dr as 42?

Post by DonSweet » Thu Sep 17, 2015 10:11 am

Thanks Ernie! I suspected but didn't have a confirmation. Any idea on body trim or dash/interior? I plan on making it an OD staff car, so none of this is critical and it's not going to be a show car, just a sound runner. Grateful to hear your thoughts.

Also, I haven't forgotten your armor. It's still protected. But it's been a tough couple of years and just gas to get to you to return it wasn't easy. That's changing and I can put it on my radar now.
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Re: Did Dodge use the same body dies for 46 Dodge 4dr as 42?

Post by Ernie Baals » Thu Sep 17, 2015 10:39 am

Glad top hear your doing better
Just paint up the 46 as a US AIrforce!!
It will look good
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Re: Did Dodge use the same body dies for 46 Dodge 4dr as 42?

Post by ashrat » Fri Oct 23, 2015 12:15 pm

I can't answer the question about the body dies being the same, BUT I can tell you that I painted my '41 Dodge 4 door sedan to resemble a USAAF staff car and it has been a big hit. SO MANY more people pay attention to it now and OH and AHHH over it. I get REQUESTS to have it in the parades in the area. I have much more fun with it now. I should say that I am a Veteran myself (US Army 71-74) so I almost feel at home driving this car.

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