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Charlie8575
Posted 2020-03-20 12:01 AM (#595774)
Subject: Introduction


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Hello, everyone.

I'm in the middle of buying a 1955 Coronet, and decided it might be a smart idea to join the forum to get some connections for parts and help when I need it.

The car is a little rough, but it's about 99% complete and certainly enough to get a nice driver out of it in a few years.

I live in Athol, Ma.

I would like to start with a few questions:

1. Does anyone have a recommendation for a good trim shop? It seems most of them have gone out of business.

2. Does anyone belong to the WPC Club here? I'd like to join the club and New England Chapter. Are there any meets planned (assuming we're allowed out of our houses again)?

3. What should I be ready for in terms of any difficulties with this car that are common problems?

Looking forward to getting to know everyone.

Charlie Larkin
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mstrug
Posted 2020-03-20 4:44 PM (#595797 - in reply to #595774)
Subject: Re: Introduction



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Hi Charlie: I don't live up there, but welcome to the group. Great bunch of guys here. If you need parts, shop around and ask us if you are getting ripped, some snakes out there. Post some pictures when you can, we like them all. Marc in Newark.
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ronbo97
Posted 2020-03-20 7:53 PM (#595807 - in reply to #595797)
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Job one is to get a factory shop manual and parts book. You can find them on ebay. Get originals. The repros are crap.

Familiarize yourself with the 6V positive ground system. The wiring harness is probably frayed beyond what is safe.

Look at MyMopar.com for excellent reference material. Here's a link to their reference section.

What body style is your Coronet ?

Ron

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Charlie8575
Posted 2020-03-22 10:05 AM (#595860 - in reply to #595807)
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Hi, Ron.

It's a 4-door. V8/stick-OD, so it should be a nice cruiser. The car is almost complete. In fact, the only missing part I could find is the air cleaner housing.

Charlie Larkin

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56D500boy
Posted 2020-03-22 11:38 AM (#595866 - in reply to #595860)
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Charlie8575 - 2020-03-22 7:05 AM The car is almost complete. In fact, the only missing part I could find is the air cleaner housing.
Charlie Larkin


Charlie: Assuming that your Coronet V8 has a 2 bbl carb, you are looking for an oil-bath air cleaner that looks like this (ribs up top, and "D" clamp handle stick out the side/bottom, near the choke housing):

You could try French Lake Auto Parts in Minnesota http://www.frenchlakeautoparts.com/index.htm
or
John at Big M in California: http://www.bigmauto.com/


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Charlie8575
Posted 2020-03-25 9:21 AM (#595993 - in reply to #595774)
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Thanks for the tips.

I am working on a bit of a budget, so I'm trying to plan. What can I expect to pay for one of these on average? I've been guessing $30-50 plus probably another $20 for shipping.

Once the car is in my garage, my very first goal is to get it running again, which shouldn't be too tough, as the seller says it will run with a battery, so I can at least do some kind of evaluation of the engine, and go from there.

Charlie Larkin
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