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71charger_fan
Posted 2018-03-04 7:41 PM (#559221 - in reply to #526294)
Subject: Re: '55 Plaza Suburban arrives today


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I've been looking for a second NOS backup lens (part nr. 1604764). I was thrilled to score one on Ebay today for about $37 U.S. (including shipping) from a seller in Quebec. The last one I saw sell went for about $72.

Well crap. The seller returned my money with no explanation. I'm guessing he decided he didn't get enough for it. Now I'm waiting to hear back as I'm confused. With no reserve, I thought he was obligated to sell for the high bid.

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Viper Guy
Posted 2018-03-05 4:06 PM (#559286 - in reply to #558931)
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Powerflite - 2018-02-27 2:47 PM

If you spray the heater box with a matte finish clear coat after a light sanding, you will be amazed at how good it looks.


Yeah, we do that at Smitty's - Scotchbrite does wonders and it's easier to work with than sandpaper.
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71charger_fan
Posted 2018-03-10 5:32 PM (#559604 - in reply to #559286)
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The '56 hood trim piece is a definite improvement over the '55.




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56D500boy
Posted 2018-03-10 5:41 PM (#559606 - in reply to #559604)
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71charger_fan - 2018-03-10 5:32 PM
The '56 hood trim piece is a definite improvement over the '55.


As reminder to others, in the beginning, you started with this:

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71charger_fan
Posted 2018-03-20 2:45 PM (#560206 - in reply to #559604)
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The wagon lost its garage space to my wife's new Corvette.




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Viper Guy
Posted 2018-03-20 9:56 PM (#560223 - in reply to #560206)
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71charger_fan - 2018-03-20 1:45 PM

The wagon lost its garage space to my wife's new Corvette.


So sad - I'm sorry!
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71charger_fan
Posted 2018-03-26 12:31 PM (#560510 - in reply to #560206)
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I picked up a couple of model-appropriate Suburban emblems for $32. Not sure if I'll wind up using them or not, but, for the price, I couldn't say no. I saw a pair at Carlisle and the seller's price was somewhere in the hundreds of dollars.



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56D500boy
Posted 2018-03-26 1:14 PM (#560514 - in reply to #560510)
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Nice price. Probably from a 56? Have you seen those on a 55? (not that it will matter)





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71charger_fan
Posted 2018-03-26 3:17 PM (#560528 - in reply to #526294)
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They are off of a '56. Mine is the only '55 I've ever seen in person and I'm not concerned about originality. That can be the next owner's concern if he or she cares about it. I also have a Suburban badge from a '54. I'll probably put one of them on the tailgate. I won't drill any holes, I'll cut off the pins and use double-sided emblem tape on it.
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56' Savoy
Posted 2018-03-30 3:14 PM (#560769 - in reply to #526294)
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Weird..bought a pair of these emblems years back to maybe use on my 55' Plaza 2dr wagon,only they are for the 56' "Custom Suburban". Don't know if I will ever mount them though,when or if my wagon will be finished..
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71charger_fan
Posted 2018-04-13 10:05 AM (#561540 - in reply to #560528)
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Finally, some very delayed weather over 60 degrees. I got a coat of POR-15 on the rear seat back springs.



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71charger_fan
Posted 2018-04-13 8:21 PM (#561572 - in reply to #561540)
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I stripped the rear seat bottom and got a coat of POR-15 on those springs.




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56D500boy
Posted 2018-04-13 10:56 PM (#561578 - in reply to #561572)
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71charger_fan - 2018-04-13 8:21 PM
I stripped the rear seat bottom and got a coat of POR-15 on those springs.


What's the plan to rebuild the seat? I've got mine down to the jute on the back part and will be adding some closed cell upholstery foam (1" on the back part and 1/2" over the existing molded foam on the front part).

Your plan?

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71charger_fan
Posted 2018-04-14 8:43 AM (#561594 - in reply to #526294)
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I have some 1" upholstery foam, some burlap from Home Depot, and some plastic-coated mesh fabric. I'll cover the springs with burlap, apply a layer of foam, and wrap the foam in the mesh fabric before stretching on the LeBaron-Bonney seat covers I had made.

https://www.yourautotrim.com/mumehedufa.html
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71charger_fan
Posted 2018-04-14 8:57 PM (#561634 - in reply to #561594)
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Today, we worked on the rear seat bottom.




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71charger_fan
Posted 2018-04-15 2:59 PM (#561677 - in reply to #561634)
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The rear seat back is done. I think. I doubt I'll take it apart to try and work out those minor wrinkles.




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71charger_fan
Posted 2018-04-18 4:26 PM (#561853 - in reply to #561677)
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Today, I took a break from upholstery to start getting the X Mat down on the floors.




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56D500boy
Posted 2018-04-18 4:58 PM (#561856 - in reply to #561853)
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71charger_fan - 2018-04-18 4:26 PM
Today, I took a break from upholstery to start getting the X Mat down on the floors.


Looks familiar. Hope you wore gloves.





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71charger_fan
Posted 2018-04-18 7:00 PM (#561863 - in reply to #526294)
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Several pair. Not all at once of course.

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71charger_fan
Posted 2018-04-24 11:35 AM (#562191 - in reply to #561863)
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Yesterday, I started tearing the front seat apart. The bottom was drama free and I got a coat of POR-15 on the springs.




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71charger_fan
Posted 2018-04-24 11:38 AM (#562192 - in reply to #562191)
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The driver side seat back was stuffed with mouse nests.




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71charger_fan
Posted 2018-04-24 11:44 AM (#562194 - in reply to #562192)
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I'm afraid to open up the passenger side back.




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71charger_fan
Posted 2018-04-29 9:02 AM (#562462 - in reply to #562194)
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Pulled and painted the front seat frame. I had planned to paint it black. I didn't have enough black but had plenty of white. So, white it is.



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71charger_fan
Posted 2018-04-30 8:38 AM (#562518 - in reply to #562462)
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Rear seat is rebuilt and front seat is underway.




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mikes2nd
Posted 2018-04-30 9:48 AM (#562523 - in reply to #560510)
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71charger_fan - 2018-03-26 12:31 PM I picked up a couple of model-appropriate Suburban emblems for $32. Not sure if I'll wind up using them or not, but, for the price, I couldn't say no. I saw a pair at Carlisle and the seller's price was somewhere in the hundreds of dollars.

asking and getting is two different things

the Carlisle guys are wising up, i had one ask me "your not gonna just put this on ebay are you?"   I laughed, i said no i actually collect them.  I do sometimes sell extras though.

I did sell a set of big dodge pickup hood nos emblems after i made a mold that i got in Chrysler Nats :)  i made a couple of bucks and the buyer was super happy he got nos emblems for his project.

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71charger_fan
Posted 2018-05-01 9:12 AM (#562604 - in reply to #562518)
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I started fitting the carpet. I put the front carpet in the sun to relax out the creases. Someone found it quite comfortable.




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71charger_fan
Posted 2018-05-01 9:14 AM (#562605 - in reply to #562604)
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Time to rebuild the front seat backs.



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71charger_fan
Posted 2018-05-01 8:23 PM (#562635 - in reply to #562605)
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I decided to add a layer of carpet padding to further isolate the springs from my back.




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71charger_fan
Posted 2018-05-03 8:52 AM (#562730 - in reply to #562635)
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Got the last two seat covers on last night. Now to put the interior back in the car.




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71charger_fan
Posted 2018-05-03 8:18 PM (#562773 - in reply to #562730)
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I installed the rear bench cushions back onto the steel pans today. Not happy with the wrinkling on the bottom cushion, so I'll pull that out tomorrow and tighten it up.




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71charger_fan
Posted 2018-05-05 7:12 AM (#562828 - in reply to #562773)
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Finally finished the seats. Just in time to head to today's Wings and Wheels show.



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71charger_fan
Posted 2018-05-05 3:07 PM (#562844 - in reply to #562828)
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At Wings and Wheels.



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71charger_fan
Posted 2018-05-07 1:45 PM (#562927 - in reply to #562844)
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Recently scored not one, but two NOS backup lenses. Only needed one, but he was selling as a pair.




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71charger_fan
Posted 2018-05-09 7:43 AM (#563021 - in reply to #562927)
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Took me long enough, but I finally noticed yesterday that my '55 has a '53 engine in it. The engine number starts with P24. I guess that's why it has the wrong carb/choke setup. Probably correct for a '53. Now, I wish I had bought the '55 two-door I was offered a year and a half ago. At least it would have yielded a complete 230 with transmission.
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71charger_fan
Posted 2018-05-11 4:33 PM (#563174 - in reply to #563021)
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Today, I installed one of the NOS backup lenses I recently acquired.




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56D500boy
Posted 2018-05-11 5:42 PM (#563180 - in reply to #563174)
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When I was a kid (16 to 21) (1967 to 1972) and I had my 55 Canadian Dodge Regent (6 std) (aka Plodge), the "chrome" part of my back-up light bezels had started to "fog". Never even occurred to me that I could buy new ones and swap them out. Duh. What did I know.

Speaking of 1955 (and 56) Canadian Plodges, we tended to get the 250.6 ("251") cu.in. engine. Now there is something you might want to look into.

Maybe.



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71charger_fan
Posted 2018-05-22 9:05 AM (#563815 - in reply to #563180)
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I bought an NOS clutch rod grommet. It cost me $30 to find out that buying 60-year-old NOS rubber parts is a bad idea. The thing is hard as a rock and unusable.




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71charger_fan
Posted 2018-05-22 10:19 AM (#563823 - in reply to #563815)
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I did finally buy the last two NOS suspension pieces I needed with these two upper control arm pivot packages.




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