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71charger_fan
Posted 2017-05-31 3:31 PM (#541276 - in reply to #541156)
Subject: Re: '55 Plaza Suburban arrives today


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I started fitting the sewn headliner I got from Newstalgia. I'm realizing I'm far more comfortable with the mechanical than trim work. It's going to be very "fiddly" trying to get this thing looking right. I'm now certain it's not a one-person job.




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71charger_fan
Posted 2017-05-31 3:44 PM (#541277 - in reply to #541276)
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I don't know why my photos look fine on my computer but sometimes flip sideways when I post them. I re-cropped the photo and am trying again.




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56D500boy
Posted 2017-05-31 4:27 PM (#541282 - in reply to #541277)
Subject: Re: '55 Plaza Suburban arrives today



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Pretty sure the dome light needs to come out/off BEFORE you install the headliner.

Good luck.

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71charger_fan
Posted 2017-05-31 6:24 PM (#541291 - in reply to #526294)
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There's plenty of room to snatch it out of there. I had a hodge podge of bows from two different cars and I needed to figure out which bow fit best where. I'll pull the domelight before I start pinning/gluing anything in place.

Edited by 71charger_fan 2017-05-31 8:21 PM
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71charger_fan
Posted 2017-06-07 4:17 PM (#541720 - in reply to #541291)
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Putting this thing in is endlessly tedious. It's coming along though.



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Powerflite
Posted 2017-06-07 4:20 PM (#541723 - in reply to #526294)
Subject: Re: '55 Plaza Suburban arrives today



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Good for you for doing it yourself. I did one for a VW bug about 30yrs ago, and that was enough for me!
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71charger_fan
Posted 2017-06-07 5:05 PM (#541725 - in reply to #526294)
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I still have to figure out how to trim it over the middle windows.
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moparsteve
Posted 2017-06-08 2:02 PM (#541801 - in reply to #526294)
Subject: RE: '55 Plaza Suburban arrives today


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ive seen this post since the beginning and havent commented but will now..

nice little wagon! not many 55 2 dr suburban wagons left... did it come

stock w the wood grain? those stickers on the glass are from the past...

flathead 6 or v-8... first v-8 offered in 55. i see your doing a full restoration...

i can imagine how nice it will be.. if your into 55s in the ebay section a 55 belvedere

conv. was just posted .. looks rough sitting a long time.. cant wait to see your

wagon finished! 71 charger? rt? 440 440 six pak? hemi?
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71charger_fan
Posted 2017-06-08 9:22 PM (#541827 - in reply to #526294)
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The wood grain is airbrushed. It's a 230 flathead. My '71 is an SE. It was a 383-2V with 4-wheel manual drum brakes and a 2.45 open rear. It's now got a .030-over 400 with an Edelbrock carb, 4-wheel discs, 3.55 sure grip 8.75 rear, tubular front suspension and k-frame, R/T tail lights, and a bulge hood off a '74 Rallye.
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71charger_fan
Posted 2017-06-09 8:22 PM (#541875 - in reply to #541827)
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I made a pattern out of cardboard and marked it on some 1" wide aluminum to make headliner trim for over the middle windows. Car show tomorrow, so I hope to get them installed on Sunday and finish out this headliner.




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71charger_fan
Posted 2017-06-10 2:55 PM (#541901 - in reply to #541801)
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moparsteve - 2017-06-08 2:02 PM 71 charger? rt? 440 440 six pak? hemi?


Since you asked, this is my '71 and our two '15 Challengers.



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71charger_fan
Posted 2017-06-11 5:17 PM (#541948 - in reply to #541901)
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Making progress.




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71charger_fan
Posted 2017-06-12 2:46 PM (#541993 - in reply to #541948)
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The rear view mirror was nasty. Rusty in places, the finish was cracked, and there was 60 years of dirt, tar, and nicotine built up on it. I scrubbed it, sanded it, primed it, and painted it in satin black to match the rest of what I've got going on color wise.




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56D500boy
Posted 2017-06-12 5:14 PM (#541999 - in reply to #541948)
Subject: RE: '55 Plaza Suburban arrives today



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Looking good. I like the perforated material (vinyl?). What did you do for insulation above the headliner, attached to the underside of the roof?

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71charger_fan
Posted 2017-06-12 8:34 PM (#542007 - in reply to #526294)
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I know I should have put something up there, but I didn't. It's just bare steel.
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Viper Guy
Posted 2017-06-12 10:48 PM (#542008 - in reply to #526294)
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Great job! I tried to replace a headliner on a 1960 Chrysler I had but wound up having it done at an upholstery shop. Not enough patience and I didn't want to screw it up. By the way, it wasnt a wagon either which is probably even more challenging.

Congrats on a job well done.
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71charger_fan
Posted 2017-06-13 3:53 PM (#542060 - in reply to #542008)
Subject: Re: '55 Plaza Suburban arrives today


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My '55 sun visors were shot and the brackets were corroded. I painted the brackets in satin black to match the mirror and touched up a pair of extra '71 Charger visors and used them.




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71charger_fan
Posted 2017-06-14 2:32 PM (#542134 - in reply to #542060)
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Today, I got up the nerve to slice the headliner to install the LED dome light. I also wired two small LED spots into the dome light circuit and put them in the back on either side of the tailgate.




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71charger_fan
Posted 2017-06-15 8:32 PM (#542218 - in reply to #542134)
Subject: Re: '55 Plaza Suburban arrives today


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I lost the nuts to the lower left dash trim. Just my luck, they're #12-24 studs. I've never in my life needed a 12-24 nut. Local stores didn't carry that size, so I wound up buying an entire box just to reattach this piece of trim.




(Plaza Dash Trim (2).jpg)



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Powerflite
Posted 2017-06-15 8:56 PM (#542223 - in reply to #542218)
Subject: Re: '55 Plaza Suburban arrives today



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Thanks for reminding me. I knew I needed some 12-24 hardware, but couldn't remember what for.
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71charger_fan
Posted 2017-06-18 9:40 AM (#542400 - in reply to #542223)
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I tried a test drive and realized after hearing an unpleasant sound that something was amiss. The alternator pulley was just enough out of alignment that it spit the belt off. So, I aligned the pulley and went to AutoZone and bought a new belt. Unfortunately, the listed belt is too short for my alternator conversion. So, for now, I'll have to reuse the old belt.






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71charger_fan
Posted 2017-06-25 5:11 PM (#542854 - in reply to #542400)
Subject: Re: '55 Plaza Suburban arrives today


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I have not been able to get a hard brake pedal. It's been driving me nuts. I got another new MC. Application says for '73 Charger manual discs. I bench bled it, installed it, pushed a quart of fluid through the lines and still have a mushy pedal. I think I'll pull it out, bench bleed it again, bleed the lines again, and hope for the best. If that doesn't work, I may give up and have it flat bedded somewhere they can pressure bleed it from the wheels to the MC and see if that finally fixes it.



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71charger_fan
Posted 2017-06-26 8:44 PM (#542927 - in reply to #542854)
Subject: Re: '55 Plaza Suburban arrives today


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After experimenting with several different length belts, I think I finally hit the sweet spot.




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Powerflite
Posted 2017-06-26 8:56 PM (#542931 - in reply to #526294)
Subject: Re: '55 Plaza Suburban arrives today



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I wouldn't bother taking the brakes somewhere else. I have installed 100's of master cylinders during the days when I worked as a brake mechanic and never had a single issue with them back in the early 90's. Now, it is hard to get a good one off the shelf. New master cylinders are typically worse than rebuilt, but still not a guarantee. I don't know what happened with it, but they are obviously cutting corners with the seals in them somewhere. I recommend you take it back to the auto parts store and get a rebuilt one to try instead. Get your money back. Expensive returns are the only way to get the message back to these crappy manufacturers that it doesn't pay to sell crap.
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