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Powerflite
Posted 2017-06-26 11:05 AM (#542887 - in reply to #542520)
Subject: Re: '57 New Yorker Coupe



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I finished cleaning and repairing the cowl seam this weekend. I then sprayed rust converter inside there and put red oxide primer/sealer on top of that. I will then paint it black in there just to color match so you don't see the red under the seam. After I hammer the seam back down, I will probably remove most of the paint from that area to start with a fresh coat of primer. I REALLY need new windshield rubber! When is Steele Rubber going to get on the ball to make us something? That is the biggest disappointment working with these cars, is the lack of good rubber. The 2 piece things are too tight and not a great solution anyway.



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Powerflite
Posted 2017-07-02 2:28 AM (#543337 - in reply to #529650)
Subject: RE: '57 New Yorker Coupe



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I am thinking of using these hubcaps on the car with Diamondback whitewall radials.



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KcImperial
Posted 2017-07-02 8:51 AM (#543351 - in reply to #529650)
Subject: Re: '57 New Yorker Coupe



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Those 1966 Chrysler hubcaps are so close in design to the 1959 Imperial hubcaps. I think they will look great on your New Yorker.
Nice touch with the New Yorker crest in the center.
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Powerflite
Posted 2017-07-02 10:52 AM (#543359 - in reply to #543351)
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Thanks. I see ads for '59 Imperial hubcaps that are 15". Did they use 15" wheels on the '59 Imperial?
My second choice for 15" hubcaps would be the '55 New Yorker cap. The '56 is too smooth for my taste.



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KcImperial
Posted 2017-07-02 2:44 PM (#543373 - in reply to #529650)
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The best I understand is that a few early production 59's had 14 inch wheel but the majority had 15 inch.
That '55 cap looks nice. I've thought about using '56 Imperial hubcaps on some of my 58's that have disc brakes. You're right about them looking too smooth though.
That's why I like that '66 cap. It is basically a '59 Imperial cap without that heavy (gaudy) gear toothed inner ring.
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Doctor DeSoto
Posted 2017-07-02 3:18 PM (#543374 - in reply to #543359)
Subject: Re: '57 New Yorker Coupe



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Why not use stock 57 NY'er caps ? They are great looking !
57-59 300 caps are great too, as are 57-58 Imperial ? Are you
trying to get 15" ??? That is the down side of the aforementioned.

I tend to see the more upscale cars as looking silly if they are
modified to have "sportier" updates. It works better on Plymouths
and Dodges, but not so much with DeSotos and Chryslers. 57
NY'er just about tops the list of the finest Forward Look design
ever conjured up. Hard to change anything and have it look better.

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Powerflite
Posted 2017-07-02 3:55 PM (#543377 - in reply to #543374)
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I completely agree with you Doc. I love the original caps and would prefer to use them, but I can't stand 14 inch wheels. And 14 inch isn't compatible with the disc brakes I want to use. So I am looking for the next best thing.
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mikes2nd
Posted 2017-07-02 10:44 PM (#543395 - in reply to #529650)
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I got some originals that I don't need anymore. They are 99% flawless.  They are I think one of the top 3 designs for FW cars.

Definately better than the 58-59 ones.   I dont like the reverse dog dish style of imperial/300's 

 



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Powerflite
Posted 2017-07-03 3:15 AM (#543412 - in reply to #543395)
Subject: Re: '57 New Yorker Coupe



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Thanks. If I can figure out how to reliably use 14" caps on 15" wheels without spending a fortune, I will hit you up for them.

I wasted most of my day on Saturday extracting this cowl piece from my Windsor Parts car. It looked pretty good when I started, but by the time I got it out and cleaned out the rubber stuff in it, this is how it ended up. This parts car was the most rust-free car I have seen, and yet this rusts from the inside-out because of that rubber stuff they put in there on bare metal. Just enhances the rust process. So I will have to patch up my cowl with clean metal instead.

This hand-held sand blaster from Harbor Freight has come in handy to clean out the cowl drains & other pockets that I can't reach with sand paper. If you use a fine screen filter, you can sweep up the sand afterward and re-use it.



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Powerflite
Posted 2017-07-23 10:10 AM (#544663 - in reply to #529650)
Subject: RE: '57 New Yorker Coupe



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After taking a wire wheel to the inside lip of the cowl, it revealed quite a bit of rust. I was hoping to fix it with the cowl from my parts car, but that was a dead end so I formed a piece of metal to the proper shape and patched it in. It is mostly done now so I can move on to painting everything and replacing the dash pad.



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mikes2nd
Posted 2017-07-23 11:15 PM (#544702 - in reply to #529650)
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I think I will be doing something similar everything looks good on the outside but once you get in there I think all these cars are gonners in that area.
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Powerflite
Posted 2017-07-30 12:17 PM (#545167 - in reply to #544702)
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Yes, unfortunately so. I am a little afraid to look at the cowl on my DeSoto.

I got the firewall sealed. I'm looking forward to getting this thing painted and put back together. The roof is actually white, but it is so filthy now that it looks gray.



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