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Rebels-59
Posted 2007-12-21 12:21 PM (#108057 - in reply to #108056)
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I will post the Rear End PIC here , So you can compare the Colours with the Chart Above..



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Posted 2007-12-21 12:22 PM (#108058 - in reply to #108057)
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$HIT......... The Thread went to another Page,, So here is the Chart Again..



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Lancer Mike
Posted 2007-12-21 12:48 PM (#108061 - in reply to #108058)
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Yep, the white is much to bright compared to pearl and I am surprised to see there is no gold poly in '59! I expected to see one, given the photos Mr. Tester snapped. Maybe Mike McKenna can get a digital picture of the data plate next time he visits the car. It would be interesting to match that with the paint sample chart (thanks for scanning that).

In regards to previous posts, of course you would not expect a frame-off hyper-correct restoration on this car - it sits outside and the generous board member who paid for all of this doesn't even own or drive it. I think it turned out great! At least the passerby can look at it now and say "neat". I think that's really all you want out of this one.
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My57Saratoga
Posted 2007-12-21 2:02 PM (#108072 - in reply to #108061)
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I'll take a pix of the data plate as well as some overall pix of the car

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Posted 2009-11-25 10:42 PM (#198459 - in reply to #77598)
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I have never seen this thread before. Really cool! I'm so glad that the cars were "restored" or at least preserved. I grew up in West Memphis, Arkansas. My parents, my sister, and me used to go to Memphis pretty often. I have fond memories of a drive-in Krystal restaurant in Memphis, I don't recall what street it was on though. My dad and I used to attend an Archery league in Bartlett in 1978-1979. So, Memphis is special to me. I also lived in Collierville for about a year in '80-'81, as Mike (my57saratoga) knows, as I met him once a few years back. Bravo to the Tennessee guys! (and Gals) --Zach
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Lancer Mike
Posted 2009-11-30 4:24 PM (#198938 - in reply to #198459)
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Zach, thanks for reviving this thread. I have wondered about the status of the car. The restoration is by-and-large done. I sent a few little items here and there to do my part. I think I sent a full set of trunk letters - I wonder if they ever went on? Mike or Nathan, do either of you ever get a chance to see this car anymore? I am still looking for a set of wheel covers to send to them. I can't think of anything else it needs.

If anyone has a spare set of decent wheel covers that they would be willing to donate, let me know and I will send their address to you. They can remove that set of '57 - '58 knock off spinners!

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Posted 2009-11-30 7:26 PM (#198974 - in reply to #77598)
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I too am glad to see this thread revived as I haven't seen it before either. Boy, I sure could use those antennas! Nice to see the car preserved!

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Lancer Mike
Posted 2011-01-13 10:33 PM (#256900 - in reply to #198974)
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Seems like and appropriate time to check in on one of my favorite Dodges...has anyone seen this car lately or have any more information about it?

I haven't talked to Barbara in a long time. I did write a letter to CoverCraft to see if they would be willing to donate a cover for this beauty - never heard anything more about that!
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Posted 2011-01-13 11:14 PM (#256904 - in reply to #256900)
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Lancer Mike - 2011-01-13 9:33 PM

Seems like and appropriate time to check in on one of my favorite Dodges...has anyone seen this car lately or have any more information about it?

I haven't talked to Barbara in a long time. I did write a letter to CoverCraft to see if they would be willing to donate a cover for this beauty - never heard anything more about that!

I was there the day before Labor Day 2010. I've got a couple more exterior pictures if no one has newer updates. The few locals on the street didn't know much about it other than they are just 2 old cars for MLK.



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Posted 2011-01-14 1:09 AM (#256916 - in reply to #77598)
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Hay Don! Cool shirt- that would go good at Greaserama 8-) .....MO
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Lancer Mike
Posted 2011-01-14 10:28 AM (#256949 - in reply to #256916)
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Very nice, Don! I am certain that I sent Barbara a whole set of the trunk block letters. Did you happen to notice if those were in place? From the photos we have seen recently, the interior looks like it is in fair condition - did you happen to notice how the interior looks?

I am going to look for a set of the appropriate wheel covers for the car at the Tri-State Swap Meet in February.
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Posted 2011-01-14 10:48 AM (#256952 - in reply to #77598)
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Thanks Steve! I was in Memphis most of Aug and left specifically to get back to KC for Greaserama. Hope to see you out there again next year.
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Posted 2011-01-14 10:49 AM (#256953 - in reply to #256949)
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Lancer Mike - 2011-01-14 9:28 AM

Very nice, Don! I am certain that I sent Barbara a whole set of the trunk block letters. Did you happen to notice if those were in place? From the photos we have seen recently, the interior looks like it is in fair condition - did you happen to notice how the interior looks?

I am going to look for a set of the appropriate wheel covers for the car at the Tri-State Swap Meet in February.

Mike, sorry I guess I was blocking out the important details. Here's the other pictures I have. PM me your email if you want the high res versions



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Posted 2011-01-14 10:52 AM (#256954 - in reply to #77598)
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The last picture is the best I could get of the interior without climbing over the wall. It was sad to see rust showing up on the trunk after recently being painted.
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Lancer Mike
Posted 2011-01-14 12:45 PM (#256963 - in reply to #256954)
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Those are terrific Don! I think I sent them the block letters on the trunk, a few tail lights and bezels, and the chrome "vents" on the driver side. I agree with Neil that the actual car was probably had red fins (or at least a darker color). This is a nice display though.

Perhaps I should revive my letter-writing campaign to CoverCraft!
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Lancer Mike
Posted 2011-01-14 12:51 PM (#256965 - in reply to #256953)
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It looks like they need

1. a stainless steel elbow on the passenger side
2. a lance and shield for each side of the front fender
3. correct wheel covers
4. a chrome "vent" emblem for the rear passenger side

Is that all? If anyone has any of this stuff that they are not going to use, let me know and I can give you Barbara Andersons telephone number and address!
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Posted 2011-01-14 6:39 PM (#257012 - in reply to #77598)
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I noticed the rust as well. You can see it clearly in the picture of the interior shot as well... just below the fin trim. Unfortunate.
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My57Saratoga
Posted 2011-01-15 11:39 PM (#257150 - in reply to #257012)
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In 2007 and 2008 we in the local MOPAR club in Memphis made attempts to "sponsor" the cars outside the museum, to include general upkeep such periodic washing et al. (See my posts from 2007 in this thread.) We prearranged a couple of club weekend activities at the museum but unfortunately in each instance we could complete the tasks, because either on-site security had not been made aware of our planned visit and would not allow access or we did not have access to water to wash the vehicles (a key is need to unlock the spigot). After these failed visits, (most club members live in excess of 25 miles from the museum), a majority of members voted to pursue other charitable activities. We are glad that Bank of America has decided to sponsor the upkeep of the cars! (They definitely have more resources at their disposal than our 25-member club!)

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Posted 2011-01-16 12:40 AM (#257161 - in reply to #77598)
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This is why no matter how "Well" a restoration is done, if the car just sits outside, or is driven in rain/snow/salt, etc. IT WILL RUST BACK THROUGH..I actually hadda guy ask me one time after I welded a few patch panels and haden't even filled the panels yet, "Do you guarantee your work NOT to rust out?" I replied: "Did the factory?"


Did we actually think the folks at this museum were gonna perform a ground up resto on these cars? I think not, even with Bank of AMerica on board..once the bill hits $20K each car, they aren't gonna get anything but what they got here..A quick repaint and a new vinyl roof on the Caddy...No removal of trim etc...I can only imagine what "Periodicaly wash" the cars means....A Water hose...All that water from rain isn't the only thing rusting the cars to the ground....How many here on this site wash their cars with a water hose? And are afraid to let rain hit it at a show? How bout driving them in salted, snowy roads after spending big bucks on a restoration?

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Posted 2011-01-16 6:44 AM (#257174 - in reply to #257161)
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dukeboy - 2011-01-16 9:40 PM
I actually hadda guy ask me one time after I welded a few patch panels and haden't even filled
the panels yet, "Do you guarantee your work NOT to rust out?" I replied: "Did the factory?"


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THAT is funny !

Pretty sure my car was guaranteed against rust. I keep asking around for direction, but
just can't seem to find the DeSoto dealership to bring it back to, to ask about the warranty.
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Posted 2011-01-16 12:59 PM (#257209 - in reply to #257174)
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Doctor DeSoto - 2011-01-16 6:44 AM

dukeboy - 2011-01-16 9:40 PM
I actually hadda guy ask me one time after I welded a few patch panels and haden't even filled
the panels yet, "Do you guarantee your work NOT to rust out?" I replied: "Did the factory?"


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THAT is funny !

Pretty sure my car was guaranteed against rust. I keep asking around for direction, but
just can't seem to find the DeSoto dealership to bring it back to, to ask about the warranty.



Thats the best reply ever!! LOL!!!!!!
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Lancer Mike
Posted 2012-01-16 6:53 PM (#304009 - in reply to #257209)
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Well, it seems like a good day to revive this old thread. Has anyone out there seen this Dodge lately? I tried to get Covercraft to donate a car cover to the Civil Rights Museum, but I don't think they did. Bummer.
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Posted 2012-01-16 11:23 PM (#304053 - in reply to #304009)
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Bank of America has taken on sponsorship of the two cars on site. They appear to be in good shape.

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Posted 2012-01-17 10:39 PM (#304194 - in reply to #77598)
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The only way to really protect these cars would be a plexi-glass case to keep the rain and snow off with some ventilation fans,! And still be able to view the display. Thats my 2 cents! HAPPY MOTORING! Victor.
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Lancer Mike
Posted 2013-01-22 11:24 AM (#356277 - in reply to #304194)
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Anyone seen the Dodge recently?
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My57Saratoga
Posted 2013-01-22 2:11 PM (#356301 - in reply to #356277)
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Yep. Still looks good. B of A is still sponsoring it I believe. The museum is undergoing a major renovation over the next couple of years so it may have to be displaced for a bit but this is just conjecture on my part.

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Lancer Mike
Posted 2014-01-14 3:23 PM (#422061 - in reply to #356301)
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It looks like the museum could use that little piece of elbow trim on the passenger side fin - if anybody has a spare.

I don't have much 1959 Dodge stuff, but I sent them everything I had and wrote it off as a tax deduction. I think they may have used the trunk block letters I sent and perhaps one or two of the lenses and bezels I sent in.

I am always on the look-out for an inexpensive set of wheelcovers I could send them too.

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Posted 2014-01-14 10:07 PM (#422132 - in reply to #77598)
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I didn't notice this "SIGN" as I had the wrecker driver to come around me so I could take a picture of my "59" on the roll back.



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Posted 2014-08-26 8:10 PM (#454292 - in reply to #77598)
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Who owned the dodge and the Cadillac? My advice is use good wax on both cars

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Posted 2014-08-27 2:06 AM (#454317 - in reply to #77598)
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'Talk' about improved quality control, post-57; check out the body panel alignments and lack of rusting on Dorsey's 59.


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Lancer Mike
Posted 2018-01-15 9:06 AM (#556276 - in reply to #454317)
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A renewed reflection on Dr. King and his amazing civil rights accomplishments today! Happy MLK day.

Is there any new news about the '59 Dodge? Is it slowly fading back to its former state?
I have never seen it in person, but I would like to.

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Posted 2018-01-20 1:05 AM (#556597 - in reply to #556276)
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Mike, I was there about a year ago but just found one picture of it on my computer



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Posted 2018-01-20 9:09 AM (#556608 - in reply to #77598)
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My stepson took some PICs of it late 2017, I will ask him for copies, from memory its looking a little sorry for its self, i am sure a drivers side trim had fell off ..

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Posted 2018-01-20 2:02 PM (#556620 - in reply to #556608)
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darn, it wasnt my stepson who went to memphis , it was one of my mates,, darn memory is going HAHAHA

These were taken October 2017

Note the drivers door trim..



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Posted 2018-01-20 2:05 PM (#556621 - in reply to #77598)
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Actually it know looks like the Camera angle shows it missing, on this larger photo i am now sure that it is indeed all on...
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Lancer Mike
Posted 2018-01-20 11:08 PM (#556644 - in reply to #556621)
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Clive, thanks for the images. That doesn't look too bad!
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