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'55 Plaza Suburban arrives today
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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)
Subject: Re: '55 Plaza Suburban arrives today


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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.

Edited by 71charger_fan 2017-01-18 1:24 PM
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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)
Subject: Re: '55 Plaza Suburban arrives today


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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)
Subject: Re: '55 Plaza Suburban arrives today


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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)
Subject: Re: '55 Plaza Suburban arrives today


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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)
Subject: RE: '55 Plaza Suburban arrives today


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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)
Subject: RE: '55 Plaza Suburban arrives today


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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)
Subject: Re: '55 Plaza Suburban arrives today


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I think I double DIN would probably fit fine. the original radio was huge.
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