Deer Park, Washington
1942 Dodge Convertible Custom
1952 Jaguar Mk 7 saloon
Head to Head
About “Rag Doll”
Just as I was completing my 1st restoration (my 42 Dodge 4 door), when I said to my wife, "if I ever do this again, I'ld like to do a convertible". I went downstairs to my computer to search for 42 Dodge spare parts. The first thing that popped up on the screen was a 1942 Dodge Convertible. It was an omen.
I never really thought I would find one, let alone in such remarkable condition.
Last driven in 1954 it originally belonged to a saleman. It broke down in rural Pennsylvania where it was purchased by one of the locals. He had planned to fix it up.
A few years it was sold and put in a barn as a future project. It was amazing how many projects that barn held. Unfortunately most never completed, however they were well protected.
After many emails and conversations, on April 1st of 2001, I was told it was mine. I just wasn't sure if they were kidding.
A few weeks later we had it home.
I'm still amazed at the wonderful condition of the car for its' age. We tinkered with it and got it running but I decided to just start disassembling it for restoration instead of messing around.
It is a work in progress. It will be a dream come true when it is complete.
Only 1185 Dodge rag tops were made for 1942. I know of 5 and possibly a 6th.
It will be a real Doll when it's done. A real Rag Doll.
About “Jags Galore”
Hello, I have been a Jaguar owner for 42 years, I have had one of about all the Jags made. I currently own 9 Jaguars, the Mk 7 is one of two and I have two Mk 10's, three XJ-6's, one 1985 XJ-6 with Chev power, two Mk 1's, One Mk2, and an XJS Coupe. I also have several other british cars including a 1973 MGB Rdstr. Restored, a 1954 Austin A-40 Convertable, a 1959 Frog eye Austin Healey Sprite, a 1965 Triumph Spitfire Convertable, two partially complete Morris Minors, and about 60 more American Iron Cars in various stages of repair. If you are interested in any of them send me a line and I will send pictures. Jagman (Merrill)
Specs for “Rag Doll”
230 CU. IN L-Head 6 Cylinder
Single Barrel Down-Draft Carburetor
3 Speed Fluid Drive Transmission
Independent Front Suspension
Leaf Spring Rear Suspension
Hydraulic, Telescopic Double Action Shocks
Electric Windshield Wipers
Color: Black with Tan top
Interior: Red Leather
Vehicle Weight: 3,476lbs.
Production: 1,185 (Custom Convertible)
Model Number: D-22
Specs for “Jags Galore”
Various forms of Jaguar terrific dual overhead cams 6 cylinder engine. the Mk7's are 4 speeds and the others vary.
Factory Options for “Rag Doll”
8 Tube Radio
Front Bumper & Guards
Rear Bumper & Guards
Factory Options for “Jags Galore”
No factory options listed.
Mods for “Rag Doll”
I plan to drive this and show it when I'm done so I will likely put an overdrive in this to reduce wear and tear on the engine at highway speeds.
White walls will be a must even though they were not available during the war.
I'll be using an original factory color but I have not decided if I will go back to black. The dash on the convertibles gets painted to match the exterior. The gauges are gold in color with chrome trim. I will post a color chart in the album. Suggestions and comments are welcome.
Of the 5 other convertibles that I have seen pictures of, 3 are Panama Sand (one with a factory blue accent), one is Squad Red and the last one I believe will also be Squad Red.
Mods for “Jags Galore”
No modifications listed.
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