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INSTALLING A SET OF NEW AUTO METAL DIRECT ’63-’65 PLYMOUTH B-BODY QUARTER-PANELS
Installing a set of new Auto Metal Direct ’63-’65 Plymouth B-body quarter-panels
Max Wedge Plymouths have long held a special place in performance and quarter-mile history. During the 1963 model year, our sister publication, HOT ROD, ran a new ’63 426 Plymouth in just about showroom trim down the dragstrip in the mid 12-second range. Since that time, any dragstrip or cruise spot will typically have at least a few ’63-’65 Plymouth B-bodies powered by Wedge or Hemi engines drawing a crowd.
For the guys trying to breathe new life into one of these Plymouth examples, finding body parts has typically been much harder for them than their Mopar colleagues with ’66-’74 B-bodies. The solution has long been to keep searching for restorable sheetmetal from donor cars or repair what they’ve got.
Now, Auto Metal Direct (AMD) has come to the rescue with brand-new Oe-style quarter-panels for ’63-’65 two-door Plymouth B-bodies. These new AMD quarter-panels have been patterned from a very difficult-to-find and pristine ’64/’65 Plymouth two-door hardtop NOS panel that AMD acquired, and then perfectly reproduced, both left and right sides. AMD’S part numbers for these new quarter-panels are 700-1463-L (left, driver side) and 700-1463-R (right, passenger side).
But as you’ll see, AMD’S new ’64-’65 Plymouth hardtop panels can also be slightly modified to fit all two-door ’63 Plymouths (both hardtop and sedan) as well as ’64 and ’65 Plymouth two-door sedans. And, of course, if you happen to have a ’64 or ’65 hardtop with the V-shaped rear roof pillars, the installation will be that much more straightforward.
To demonstrate the sedan installation, we watched as auto body expert Jeff Hixon added a pair of new AMD quarterpanels to a customer’s low-mileage and rust-free ’63 Plymouth two-door Savoy.
The Auto Metal Direct (AMD) quarter-panels have all the same contours, shapes, and thickness of NOS Plymouth panels. These are direct replacements for all ’64-’65 two-door hardtop models (with V-shaped C-pillars, and no post) and install just like a...