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71charger_fan
Posted 2017-01-17 2:59 PM (#531584 - in reply to #531198)
Subject: RE: '55 Plaza Suburban arrives today


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I finally had to give up on the idea of keeping the original one-piece plastic headliner and yanked it out today to make rewiring the back of the car easier. There was another, smaller mouse nest at the top of the windshield and a third in the passenger quarter panel. After I got the headliner out, I had a lot of gross crap to vacuum up.



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SavoyPlaza
Posted 2017-01-18 6:26 AM (#531641 - in reply to #526294)
Subject: RE: '55 Plaza Suburban arrives today



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Eeechhh! Glad you got the mice out! Nasty stuff. She's getting better all the time!
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71charger_fan
Posted 2017-01-18 1:23 PM (#531666 - in reply to #526294)
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Smelling better, that's for sure. I'm thinking of going with the 8-bow headliner that Newstalgia sells. Gets expensive when you have to also buy bows.

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71charger_fan
Posted 2017-01-21 8:33 PM (#531969 - in reply to #531666)
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Took forever to wire in the right front park lamp/turn signal today as my supervisor felt the need to closely inspect everything.




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71charger_fan
Posted 2017-01-23 8:58 AM (#532099 - in reply to #531969)
Subject: Re: '55 Plaza Suburban arrives today


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I went with Sylvania Xtra Vision headlights. I needed a 12V horn, so I pulled an extra '71 horn off the shelf and mated it to a bracket from an '87 Lancer which I drilled and tapped. I'm still trying to decide which disc brake conversion to go with so I wired the brake light circuit with extra wire so the switch can be moved around if necessary. My graveyard of old wiring is still growing, but, at this point, almost all of the old wiring is out now. The "boss" continues to oversee progress.



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71charger_fan
Posted 2017-01-25 8:35 PM (#532343 - in reply to #532099)
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Pulled the upper metal dash which was badly peeling to give it a coat of satin black. Having that out of the way made it easier to mount a couple of resistors for the 6V wiper and blower motors.



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71charger_fan
Posted 2017-01-31 8:09 PM (#532842 - in reply to #532343)
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I stripped all the gauges out of the dash panel for painting and installed the electronic voltage reducers on the temp and gas gauges.



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71charger_fan
Posted 2017-02-07 4:14 PM (#533456 - in reply to #532842)
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Had a nice warm day today. I couldn't let that go to waste. Got the dash panel painted, the steering wheel painted, headlight bezels and some of the dash trim painted. Also swapping the painted tail light bezels for stainless ones I got from CTC Auto Ranch.



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SavoyPlaza
Posted 2017-02-08 6:18 AM (#533506 - in reply to #526294)
Subject: RE: '55 Plaza Suburban arrives today



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You are attacking this car! Love the updates--looking good!!
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71charger_fan
Posted 2017-02-15 2:25 PM (#534090 - in reply to #533506)
Subject: RE: '55 Plaza Suburban arrives today


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I adapted a RetroSound 6 3/4" speaker with dual voice coils onto my original speaker bracket. Had to cut away some of the punched grill that was between the dash grill and the speaker to clear the tweeter bridge.



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71charger_fan
Posted 2017-02-17 8:57 AM (#534209 - in reply to #534090)
Subject: RE: '55 Plaza Suburban arrives today


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I installed a bus bar on the passenger side of the steering column bracket. I'll run a fused accessory lead to that so I'll have a more convenient access point for powering any accessories I may add. Working around the "inspector" sticking his nose into everything added a level of difficulty.



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71charger_fan
Posted 2017-02-18 8:40 PM (#534309 - in reply to #534209)
Subject: RE: '55 Plaza Suburban arrives today


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After several failed attempts, I finally got the glovebox door and ashtray front to take paint. Whatever textured finish they put on these parts in '55 did not react well with Rustoleum.



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71charger_fan
Posted 2017-02-20 7:27 PM (#534415 - in reply to #534309)
Subject: RE: '55 Plaza Suburban arrives today


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Got the dash mostly reassembled. Still have to make up a single DIN radio faceplate for the Pioneer I'm putting in.



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71charger_fan
Posted 2017-02-20 7:30 PM (#534417 - in reply to #534415)
Subject: RE: '55 Plaza Suburban arrives today


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I went added a second horn since I had a set from my '71 Charger parts stash.



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71charger_fan
Posted 2017-02-21 9:29 AM (#534445 - in reply to #534417)
Subject: RE: '55 Plaza Suburban arrives today


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The original dome light fixture was a mess, so I'm using an LED fixture.




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71charger_fan
Posted 2017-02-21 4:01 PM (#534461 - in reply to #534445)
Subject: RE: '55 Plaza Suburban arrives today


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I used the terminal block from the core support originally used for headlight wiring to make a ground distribution block. I've run a 10 ga. wire from the battery negative terminal to the block. Now I know I have a good ground. I ran a wire from this ground distribution block over to the passenger side kick panel area and installed a ground distribution block I grabbed off of Ebay. It's nice to have a location to where I know there's a good ground.




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71charger_fan
Posted 2017-02-22 9:26 AM (#534502 - in reply to #534461)
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Fortunately for me, the glovebox liner is being reproduced.




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71charger_fan
Posted 2017-02-22 8:19 PM (#534539 - in reply to #534502)
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I spent the day sanding and painting the interior trim. Some of it's pretty beat up from over 60 years in the back of a station wagon.



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71charger_fan
Posted 2017-02-23 4:30 PM (#534585 - in reply to #534539)
Subject: RE: '55 Plaza Suburban arrives today


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I prepared a steel plate with a single DIN opening to mount over a spare radio faceplate so I can use a modern Pioneer radio with Bluetooth.




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71charger_fan
Posted 2017-02-24 4:35 PM (#534645 - in reply to #534585)
Subject: RE: '55 Plaza Suburban arrives today


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I installed the new Pioneer into the modified radio plate today.




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Old Ray
Posted 2017-02-24 5:08 PM (#534647 - in reply to #534645)
Subject: RE: '55 Plaza Suburban arrives today



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Thank you for posting.

Radio looks great.

I see that Gary S. did a double din in that same place and I would also like to do that for a back up camera (old bad neck) but it sure looks tight for space?

Reply is optional, thanks, Ray.
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71charger_fan
Posted 2017-02-24 9:13 PM (#534659 - in reply to #526294)
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I think I double DIN would probably fit fine. the original radio was huge.
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71charger_fan
Posted 2017-02-27 8:20 PM (#534847 - in reply to #534659)
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The oil pressure gauge hard line had a rubber section in it which was cracked and leaking like a sieve. I replaced that with a braided 3AN line. The worst part was having to pull the starter to get to the pressure port on the block.



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71charger_fan
Posted 2017-03-01 9:07 AM (#534934 - in reply to #534847)
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I disassembled the grill to replace a severely dented piece with an NOS piece I was lucky enough to turn up and put in another NOS piece I didn't really need but was cheap. Whoever repainted this car didn't take anything apart, so I repainted the grill brackets to eliminate the blue overspray.




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71charger_fan
Posted 2017-03-01 2:33 PM (#534963 - in reply to #534934)
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I taped off the ridges on the grill center to reshoot the grooves black.



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71charger_fan
Posted 2017-03-03 3:34 PM (#535088 - in reply to #534963)
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I did relocate the fuse block to the driver's side kick panel. Much easier once I got the whole dash out.



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71charger_fan
Posted 2017-03-03 3:36 PM (#535089 - in reply to #535088)
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I've also spent a lot of time putting convolute tubing around the wires to avoid chaffing and cutting.



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71charger_fan
Posted 2017-03-05 2:24 PM (#535210 - in reply to #535089)
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Too cold in the garage this weekend, so I brought the grill pieces into the family room and assembled it inside where it's warm.



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56D500boy
Posted 2017-03-05 6:19 PM (#535218 - in reply to #534415)
Subject: RE: '55 Plaza Suburban arrives today



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I wonder if you will like the Volt meter better than the AMP meter.

That speedo brings back memories. Like me being a 16 or 17 year old and getting my old 55 Dodge Regent (Canadian Plodge) flat head 6, 3 on the tree, up to 85 mph. At night. With at least three passengers. All of us could have died. What an idiot. At least it was Saskatchewan and the road was straight.



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71charger_fan
Posted 2017-03-05 8:07 PM (#535226 - in reply to #526294)
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I thought about putting a higher capacity amp meter in, as I felt sure the original ammeter couldn't handle the output of the new Delco alternator. However, from what I read, the voltmeter is much safer.
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71charger_fan
Posted 2017-03-06 4:10 PM (#535290 - in reply to #535226)
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I installed the grill on the car today as well as the headlight bezels and NOS turn signal lens.




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56D500boy
Posted 2017-03-06 7:33 PM (#535305 - in reply to #535290)
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Looking good. I just installed a cleaner/clearer park light lens in my 56 Dodge and it looks much better. Carry on the good work.

I like the fuse panel that you installed but I am a bit afraid of the work to install it.

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71charger_fan
Posted 2017-03-06 8:26 PM (#535308 - in reply to #526294)
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It's not difficult, just tedious. Would have been easier if I'd just yanked out the entire dashboard to start with. The American Autowire kit came with more than enough wire for everything but the right rear tail light and that's only because I have a wagon and had to route the wiring up and over the tailgate. The only circuit I needed that wasn't provided for was back up lights. I took power from a fused accessory port and ran it to the back up lamp switch, then ran power from the switch to the back up lamps which ground through their sockets. I did buy some extra wire for some of my own customization. I added two LED spot beams back by the tailgate wired to the dome lights as well as the added ground blocks. Plus extra wire to make up for the extra wire run distance in a wagon. While everything is torn apart, I'll run a few extra wires from behind the dash to different parts of the car but not hook them up to anything. Just have them available if I, or a future owner, decide to add accessories such as lights or amplifiers in the future.
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71charger_fan
Posted 2017-03-07 1:56 PM (#535362 - in reply to #535308)
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I forgot that, since I have a wagon with the two wire fuel sender, I also had to run an extra wire to the rear of the car for that second wire.
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71charger_fan
Posted 2017-03-07 2:56 PM (#535364 - in reply to #535362)
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I've got the dash back in but now need to figure out why the wipers don't work.




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71charger_fan
Posted 2017-03-15 12:59 PM (#535996 - in reply to #535364)
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Just ordered a 12V starter for a '56. I saw it on Ebay for $323, but found it on that sellers retail website for $209 with free shipping. Although the 6V starter should work just fine on 12V, I have no way of knowing how old it is.
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71charger_fan
Posted 2017-03-17 8:12 PM (#536138 - in reply to #535996)
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The starter showed up today. I found this with an internet search for Prestolite 3410 and Prestolite MDG6001.



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