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sermey
Posted 2017-03-16 4:57 AM (#536037 - in reply to #535867)
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LED Headlights (Supplement): By turningthe seal rubber to the top position I found out, that the strongly fixed centering collar can be removed by twisting (01). It is designed that it cannot be remounted in the wrong position (02). Thus there is no need to disassemble the cooling module and unsolder the cable for put up the rubber.

Here a new reflector with convex glass as in older times, available as VALEO A082374 (03), including the seal rubber for H4/H7 bulbs (04). There is as well no need to cut out and grind the center as well, as for the one shown from the original sealed glass headlight. Together some less job for an upgrade to the assembled  (05).

The registration and licensing office commented: we highly appreciate the brighter LED headlight as equipped in new cars, for security reasons. They are approved with certificate by the car manufacturers.

For LED headlight kits actually there are still no certificates available, as usual for rim and tire kits. - SERGE - 

 





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sermey
Posted 2017-03-16 5:08 AM (#536039 - in reply to #535995)
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56D500boy - 2017-03-16 4:42 AM Any details on the source of those LED light rings, Serge? :)

Various sizes and colors of LED rings are offered in eBay, mostly from China. Cannot post links, for they are timed-out shortly.  - SERGE -

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wizard
Posted 2017-03-16 6:52 AM (#536044 - in reply to #156081)
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The convex glass is what I like the most and it keeps the retro look with much improved light.

It would be nice to see the convex one mounted on your car for comparison Serge.
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sermey
Posted 2017-03-18 11:16 AM (#536155 - in reply to #536044)
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wizard - 2017-03-16 12:52 PM The convex glass is what I like the most and it keeps the retro look with much improved light. It would be nice to see the convex one mounted on your car for comparison Serge.

Headlight Glass: According the suggestion of Sven (wizard) I mounted a convex glass beside a flat glass (01). As the flat glass has a border of 14mm and angled diameter, at a first glance, it seems to be bigger (02). But the embossement of the flat glass in comparison to the original sealed glass is about identical (03).

Convinced the suggestion of Sven, I switched all headlight reflectors from flat glass to convex glass (04) - and I like! Thanks to Sven.

Now the inner border of the chrome bezel has become visible again, as it was original (05), and the headlights here, as can be seen, are equipped with LEDs.  – SERGE -   

 

Technical information: The measured current consumption of the LED Headlight is 1.64A at 12.0 Volts, exact same value for both filaments, hi and lo, tested each single (06).

Further values: 10.0Volts/1.00A, 11.0Volts/1.99A, 13Volts/1.47A, 14Volts/1.38A. At 10 Volts the  intensity of the light start to reduce, under 9V unusable.

 

 

 

 



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wizard
Posted 2017-03-18 2:09 PM (#536158 - in reply to #156081)
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That is very nice indeed Serge! The convex glasses make the car look period correct, but now with very much improved lights.

To know for the ones that dwells on this modification;

The sealed beam high beam are 50W/12 V = 4,16 Ampere x 4 "bulbs" = 16,64 Amperes total consumption
The sealed beam dipped beam are 37,5W/12V = 3,12 Ampere x 2 "bulbs" = 6,24 Amperes total consumption

This means that the power consumption will be 10 times less with those LED's on high beam !!!!


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di_ch_NY56
Posted 2017-03-19 2:50 PM (#536212 - in reply to #156081)
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Hi Serge
Thanks a lot for sharing your improvements of the headlights. I think I could use H4 on my Beast, a H4/H7 system (like on your convertible) at my Letter and H7 head lights at my daily driver.

Of course I would like to install fan free illumination moduls like you did. For my daily driver I assume I need a conversion module as well to prevent CAN bus errors (due to the dramatically reduced current consumption and cold wire supervision when headlight is off).

Happy Restoring!

Dieter

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sermey
Posted 2017-03-20 11:08 AM (#536298 - in reply to #536212)
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di_ch_NY56 - 2017-03-19 8:50 PM  Thanks Dieter

Additional explanation:  A CAN BUS protection is not required for FWL-cars.Newer car models with a computer controlled unit CAN BUS, often there is an error code showing on the dash board, or the lights keep flickering and could not stay on.

This is due to the fact that the LED kit is triggering a warning signal in the car's computer control unit, due to the wrong, say reduced current consumption. - SERGE -

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wizard
Posted 2017-03-20 12:00 PM (#536302 - in reply to #156081)
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Check the Delta http://www.deltalights.com/
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sermey
Posted 2017-03-24 5:16 AM (#536578 - in reply to #536037)
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LED Headlights (Instructions): Now I have got another set as spare parts from another supplier, this time with an instructions sheet (01). Could save some additional job getting this before!

Added as well a PDF-File, ready for printing (02).  - SERGE -  



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sermey
Posted 2017-04-18 11:49 AM (#538305 - in reply to #156081)
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Rubber of Windshield Washer Foot Control: Years ago restoring my car I replaced all rubbers by new repro ones, as the one of the windshield washer control (01). Most of them dissolved, became soft and sticky as a chewing gum, and thus deformed, as well this one, never applied this washer pump (02). As for the Headlight Beamer Switch I found various sizes of similar rubbers from 3M (03). I cut and grinded one of the size 30mm to fit around the foot lever (04).

Now mounted, this material will remain as it, not as original, but durable and fits optically to the neighbor switch.  - SERGE - 





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sermey
Posted 2017-05-06 3:54 PM (#539561 - in reply to #156081)
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Unique Lancer Emblem: Recently I found a Lancer Emblem as on my glove box (01), but in bigger size, approx. 5 inches tall, never seen before (02).

The first owner worked for Chrysler/Dodge in styling, back in the 1950's and 1960'. This emblem was a prototype designated for the rear fender of the 1959 Dodge to come, a previous version of the later D-500 Emblem. In fact, in comparison the knight has exact the same size as the D-500 Emblem, just other sided (03). On the back it had some clay, was hand-crafted and has 3 threaded holes for studs, not shelled as production emblems, correspondingly more heavy (04). Just the spear behind is missing, the clearance was already provided.

After restoring, adding mounting screws and painting, this Unique Lancer Emblem got a new look and ready for mount (05).

I found a nice place, in the center between the rear seats, by replacing the Round Knight Emblem, a spinner hubcap insert (06). To get this Knight Emblem somewhat steeped in the upholstery, I had added an electric cover behind, as shown (07).

Due to the sharp edges of the Unique Lancer Emblem I cut a protecting rubber with 4mm offset to prevent damages on the upholstery (08), then fixed it with stranded steel wires (09). Final Front View (10).

Now, this 1959 Dodge Custom Royal Lancer Convertible is fitted with a unique Original Lancer Emblem, another exclusive eye-catcher (11).  - SERGE -  :laugh:

 



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(01 Emblem Glovebox.jpg)



(02 Big Lancer Emblem.jpg)



(03 Comparison Lancer to D-500 Emblem.jpg)



(04 Lancer Emblem Rear View.jpg)



(05 Restored Unique Lancer Emblem.jpg)



(06 Round Knight Emblem.jpg)



(07 Mounting Assembly.jpg)



(08 Rear Protecting Rubber.jpg)



(09 Fixing with stranded Steel Wires.jpg)



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sermey
Posted 2017-05-09 2:44 PM (#539783 - in reply to #156081)
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Rear Center Armrest: Looking at the rear seats, now with the Unique Lancer Emblem, I feel something is missing: a Rear Center Armrest.

In the floor I found a Rear Center Armrest from a 560SEC Black, as once I had the idea to build all the sophisticated interior into the Dodge. Then I abandoned this project and sold all, except this part (01). I designed a bracket to fix it free of the two seat bodies, and removable at any time without tools (02), then bent it accordingly (03). Later the Armrest will be covered black and white with the original material as the front Center Armrest (04).

The bracket is partly black coated to be invisible, can see how the back seat fits in (05).

Now the rear seats looks more comfortable, not so impressive as the 300F ones, but as well full equipped and complete (06). - SERGE - 





(01 Rear Center Armrest MB560 Black.jpg)



(02 CAD Design Alu Profile.jpg)



(03 Bracket Check before Black coated.jpg)



(04 Front Center Armrest.jpg)



(05 Back Seat Mounted.jpg)



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wizard
Posted 2017-05-09 3:27 PM (#539786 - in reply to #156081)
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That's our Serge, always innovative and open minded. Perhaps a cover in the same material as the seat center will add to the overall look.

I like as well that it's easy to change back to the oem if wanted.
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Lancer Mike
Posted 2017-05-09 4:22 PM (#539789 - in reply to #539786)
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I couldn't think of a better car for that unique lancer emblem to grace - especially in the way you have done it. The armrest upholds your own very high standards - well done, Serge!
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sermey
Posted 2017-05-20 11:32 AM (#540454 - in reply to #156081)
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Rear Center Armrest 2: I felt the complain of many of you about missing Originality.

Now I corrected it according the Front Center Armrest, first virtually by CAD and PS, later will become real (01).  - SERGE - 

 



Edited by sermey 2017-05-20 11:42 AM




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56D500boy
Posted 2017-05-20 12:26 PM (#540456 - in reply to #540454)
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sermey - 2017-05-20 11:32 AM Now I corrected it according the Front Center Armrest, first virtually by CAD and PS, later will become real ( SERGE - 


Very nice. I was going to suggest that the first version was nice but it didn't match the front armrest. Now you've fixed that (or will).

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sermey
Posted 2017-12-18 7:01 AM (#554530 - in reply to #156081)
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Armrest Stainless Trim: The door panel armrests of the 1956 Dodge Custom Royal are fitted with a surrounding stainless trim (01) (02), pictures courtesy of Dave (56D500boy).

As I like this “Make-up” I was looking for original, used stainless trims (03). I found as well new, but shorter ones, not surrounding the armrest (04). For my 1959 DODGE Custom Royal I preferred these trims, feeling they look more decent.

The two pieces design of the armrest enable dual colors (05). Shape the new trim to fit the curve and simply fix it (06). This stainless trim can easy be removed. In direct comparison the effect is apparent (07).

 

A visible de-luxe aspect (08) (09), and an additional touch of extravagance for an extraordinary car (10).  – SERGE –  :

 



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mikes2nd
Posted 2017-12-18 8:51 AM (#554533 - in reply to #156081)
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sermey
Posted 2017-12-18 10:30 PM (#554605 - in reply to #554530)
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Your latest version looks white(r).

Depend on light: artificial light in room, neon day-light in garage, flash light,  setting brightness, foto filter . . .  and always same camera!

Then: armrest cleaned . . . a whiter shade of pale? 



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sermey
Posted 2018-01-14 5:48 AM (#556195 - in reply to #156081)
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Single Oval Exhaust Tips: As always shown in an earlier article in this thread, I presented my Dual Oval Exhaust Tips: 

http://www.forwardlook.net/forums/forums/thread-view.asp?tid=23691&start=138

 

Here is shown how the same stainless Exhaust Tip can easy be mounted in the single version, animated with CAD (2012/13).

It needs two holes and two screws, preferably M6 (01). The exhaust tip is fixed on the lower part of the tube at direct accessibility (02),

is best when positioned till the end of the tip (03). Then paint black inside the outlet. If the space requires it can as well be mounted on the other side,

or adjusted with distances. No cutting is needed.

Now the heat cannot affect the visible upper part of the Exhaust Tip, protected by the gap. it will always remain nice and shiny (04).

Many FWL.owner may like this simple solution.  – SERGE –  :)

 

N.B. Additional an eDrawing-file is added (2013)

Today I found another supplier, but exact the same device and at lowered price:

Endrohre Edelstahl AMG Style 350x85x58 oval

http://www.ebay.de/itm/JOM-Mercedes-Look-Sport-Auspuff-Endrohr-schrag-oval-85x58-mm-Edelstahl-gerade/

 



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sermey
Posted 2018-01-19 3:26 PM (#556579 - in reply to #156081)
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Jumbo Oval Exhaust Tip: As time goes, one’s view may change, progressing to other, new trends.

First I started with two slanted stainless tubes pushed over the exhaust pipe. Then came the dual round tips, and latest the dual oval exhaust tips, both presented in this thread.

The oval AMG style looks very sporty, but in dual somewhat too modern for an oldtimer.

Now I found what would better fit on my 1959 DODGE (except the original Exhaust Deflectors):

Because it is big I call it Jumbo Oval Exhaust Tip, in stainless steel, measured size 150x80x265mm, double layer, feather edge 16mm (01).

It looks compact, solid, traditional and is optically best suitable to big cars (02).

The fixing is provided by welding, offering diameters 60 – 50mm selected by cutting. The small diameter is exact the same as the exhaust tube (51mm) to be mounted. (03).

As I want all options for an easy positioning, turning, adjusting or removing I had to modify. The inlet diameter was manually cut around the upper part of the connection, then spreading (04). Upper, for the exhaust will move rather downwards the bumper. Adding a stainless bracket, the unit becomes ready for push over the uncut tube (05) and to be fixed (06).

Here adjusted in final position (07).

 

While the Dual Oval Exhaust Tips demonstrated speed and power, the new type represents rather a discrete grandness as in older times (08).  - SERGE -   :)





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sermey
Posted 2018-01-24 4:28 AM (#556847 - in reply to #556579)
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On special request: here the link of the supplier for the JUMBO Oval Exhaust Tips:

https://www.quality-tuning.eu/us/universal-stainless-steel-exhaust-tip-oval-155x75-l265-in60-50-double-layer

 

Note: no need to cut the exhaust tube.  - SERGE -  :)

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sermey
Posted 2018-01-29 7:57 AM (#557152 - in reply to #540454)
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sermey - 2017-05-20 5:32 PM

. . .  first virtually by CAD and PS, now becoming real . . .

Rear Center Armrest 3: The final armrest has been optimized according the front armrest, and built using the original material for the upholstery (01)

The mounting bracket has got dual for higher stability, a hinge to swivel up the armrest when needed, and then also coated with the original center material (02). To better absorb the lateral forces and for an easier alignment, an additional T-bracket was used, fixed on the left and right side. (03). Now the armrest can be mounted, the position aligned to center (04). To avoid rattle and keep the armrest steady in any position, the hinge got some strong Loctite (05).

Finally the rear seats appear as an integral unit, as could be original – another unique feature (06). - SERGE -  ;)

N.B. The seat and the seatback can be removed with mounted Armrest!

 



Edited by sermey 2018-01-29 8:14 AM




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(02 Coated Dualbracket with Hinge.jpg)



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sermey
Posted 2018-01-31 12:23 PM (#557270 - in reply to #156081)
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Front Center Armrest: I remember when I got my Dodge many years ago: around the pivot axes the upholstery was broken due to friction with the angled bracket. This should never happen with the newly upholstered armrest. Here I present how I did.

I used two screws (M8) as axis fitted with a nylon bearing, and two nylon shims each side as distance (01) to preserve a minimum gap between bracket and armrest (02), avoiding any mechanical friction (03). To spread the strong bracket up to 2mm needs a heavy wrench tool (04).

Since then till today, the armrest moves smoothly up and down as on ball bearing, without risk of any damage (05).  – SERGE - 

 



Edited by sermey 2018-01-31 12:33 PM




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(03 Gap to Armrest.jpg)



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sermey
Posted 2018-02-11 11:08 AM (#557893 - in reply to #156081)
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Horn Ring Pad 2: The padless horn ring is found mostly in non Custom Royal Dodges. As they look heavy “chromy” I was thinking, how it could be optically upgraded.  

I designed in 3D-CAD two identical custom made pads without the center part (02), assembled them pinky colored to the horn ring picture (03). A flattened dual template was generated (04), as well a separate printable 1 : 1 PDF-File is added (14). 

Print-out and stick on an aluminium panel of 0.5mm, cut around with a metal-scissor (05), then manually pre-bend on an edge, aligned to the white center line. The reference length is 117.5mm. Fine grind and bend the two metal channels manually to fit on the horn ring (06), to be ready for coating (07).  Any material can be used for coating. I used the same vinyl as for the door panels, matching to the interior (08). The vinyl contour can be cut “in the air” with a standard scissor (09). Instead of using the Alu-Pads, carpet tape is applied to the vinyl pad for  direct fixing (10). Starting to join to the horn ring on the outer side (11). 

 

Now the naked horn ring has got a bikini. With some additional paint in the center (red and golden), the make-up of the horn ring may be accentuated (12). A reversible upgrade for non CR-Owners, as it would be original,. For comparison here presented just on one side (13). – SERGE - 

 

 

 



Edited by sermey 2018-02-11 11:28 AM




(01 Horn Ring Padless.jpg)



(02 Dual Horn Pad 3D-CAD.jpg)



(03 Horn Pads CAD in Pinky Virtual Mounted.jpg)



(04 Dual Template for cut Horn Pad.jpg)



(05 Cutting Alu-Pad.jpg)



(06 First Check.jpg)



(07 Cut and Bent Alu-Pads Ready for Coating.jpg)



(08 Black Vinyl for Coating.jpg)



(09 Cut the Vinyl Contour in the Air.jpg)



(10 Applying Carpet Tape.jpg)



(11 Join to the Horn Ring.jpg)



(12 One Side Lateral View.jpg)



(13 One Side Top View.jpg)



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Attachments 03 Horn Pads CAD in Pinky Virtual Mounted.jpg (91KB - 51 downloads)
Attachments 04 Dual Template for cut Horn Pad.jpg (59KB - 55 downloads)
Attachments 05 Cutting Alu-Pad.jpg (93KB - 44 downloads)
Attachments 06 First Check.jpg (111KB - 47 downloads)
Attachments 07 Cut and Bent Alu-Pads Ready for Coating.jpg (52KB - 40 downloads)
Attachments 08 Black Vinyl for Coating.jpg (92KB - 46 downloads)
Attachments 09 Cut the Vinyl Contour in the Air.jpg (73KB - 44 downloads)
Attachments 10 Applying Carpet Tape.jpg (83KB - 62 downloads)
Attachments 11 Join to the Horn Ring.jpg (87KB - 40 downloads)
Attachments 12 One Side Lateral View.jpg (81KB - 49 downloads)
Attachments 13 One Side Top View.jpg (83KB - 50 downloads)
Attachments 14 Dual Template Horn Pad L117.5 A4 300dpi.pdf (178KB - 56 downloads)
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sermey
Posted 2018-02-23 4:59 AM (#558663 - in reply to #156081)
Subject: RE: "Make-Up" your Car!


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On Street: In WideView, from Original 1000mm/600dpi reduced to 500mm/72dpi, for it fits here. - SERGE -   





(01 1959 DODGE Custom Royal Convertible 500-72dpi.jpg)



(02 1959 DODGE Custom Royal Convertible styled 500-72dpi.jpg)



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sermey
Posted 2018-03-04 5:23 AM (#559175 - in reply to #156081)
Subject: RE: "Make-Up" your Car!


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Push Button Labels 1: In an earlier thread Ishowed how to restore damaged buttons by grinding the front part down to a flat surface, as needed 1 – 2 mm, all the buttons same amount and put on stickers. 

 http://www.forwardlook.net/forums/forums/thread-view.asp?tid=23691&start=206 

Unfortunately the applied letters look different as original, for the same font could not be found. In the first part I present here in 3D-RealView how this fault can easy be corrected. Most is self-explaining by pictures. The second part will show the practical implementation including a printable template.

Original push buttons assembly (01), original buttons (02), grinded front (R40) to become flat (03), modeled letters R N D 1 2 with the appropriate color (04), applied on transparency (05), labels print and cut out (06). Exploded assembly with the labels (07), put the labels on the buttons  without any glue (08) or in front of the metal cap, and the new push buttons assembly looks as original, ready to mount (09).

 No tools, no dirty hands -  just a fine coffee along the way.  – SERGE -  :)

 



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(01 Original Push Buttons Assembly.jpg)



(02 Original Push Buttons.jpg)



(03 Grinded Push Buttons.jpg)



(04 All Letters Modeled.jpg)



(05 Letters Applied on Transpareny.jpg)



(06 All Labels Cut Out Solo.jpg)



(07 Push Buttons with Label Exploded View.jpg)



(08 Labeled Push Buttons.jpg)



(09 Labeled Push Buttons Assembly .jpg)



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Attachments 06 All Labels Cut Out Solo.jpg (43KB - 44 downloads)
Attachments 07 Push Buttons with Label Exploded View.jpg (93KB - 43 downloads)
Attachments 08 Labeled Push Buttons.jpg (84KB - 40 downloads)
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sermey
Posted 2018-03-04 10:19 AM (#559186 - in reply to #156081)
Subject: RE: "Make-Up" your Car!


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Armrest Stainless Trim 2: When I had coated the upper part of my black armrests to interior white vinyl, I found later a pair of earlier armrests in black, same shape but all in one piece, as spare parts to turn back to original if one day demanded (01). I grinded in water (P600) to remove signs of (lady) nails, and threated them to get the surface as new (02).

Meanwhile the purchased Mopar Stainless Trims (early Imperial) arrived and got polished (03). To mount straight and gapless was tricky, as the length was very tight: First bent both ends to fit in the armrest, grind the armrest 6 x 0.3 mm to fix the center position (04). When clipped in on both sides imposed to the body to get well centered (05). In comparison I found these Mopar trims better performing to my car (06) and replaced the recent shorter ones (07).

Now the armrests appear Mopar like, not just a nice add-on as before, but with an original option (08). - SERGE -    :)

 

N.B. On the earlier one-piece armrest these trims may have been used to hide the separation border on the partially coated, dual color versions.

 

 

 



Edited by sermey 2018-03-04 10:26 AM




(01 Pair of one-piece Black Armrest.jpg)



(02 Difference grinded in Water.jpg)



(03 Polished Trims.jpg)



(04 Ends Pre-Bent to fit.jpg)



(05 Trim Centered.jpg)



(06 Comparison Black-White Armrest.jpg)



(07 Comparison on White Armrests.jpg)



(08 Trim Assembled Final View.jpg)



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Attachments 03 Polished Trims.jpg (76KB - 42 downloads)
Attachments 04 Ends Pre-Bent to fit.jpg (99KB - 39 downloads)
Attachments 05 Trim Centered.jpg (72KB - 54 downloads)
Attachments 06 Comparison Black-White Armrest.jpg (93KB - 43 downloads)
Attachments 07 Comparison on White Armrests.jpg (68KB - 48 downloads)
Attachments 08 Trim Assembled Final View.jpg (161KB - 35 downloads)
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Posted 2018-03-04 11:32 AM (#559190 - in reply to #156081)
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Very nice Serge, your the master of detailing!!!!
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Posted 2018-03-16 10:45 AM (#559996 - in reply to #156081)
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STRETCHED 1959 DODGE Custom Royal Convertible: Not for thinking, just for look at!  - SERGE -  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

Total length: Original 553cm, Strechted 658cm



According the suggestion of Sven (Wizard) the rear door handle have been replaced and moved.



(01 STRETCHED 1959 DODGE Custom Royal Convertible 600-72dpi.jpg)



(02 STRETCHED 1959 DODGE Custom Royal Convertible styled 600-72dpi.jpg)



(03 STRETCHED 1959 DODGE Custom Royal Convertible RH Handle 600-72dpi.jpg)



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Attachments 03 STRETCHED 1959 DODGE Custom Royal Convertible RH Handle 600-72dpi.jpg (204KB - 56 downloads)
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Posted 2018-03-16 6:18 PM (#560027 - in reply to #156081)
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SHORTENED 1959 DODGE Custom Royal Convertible: Why not the other way down: a Roadster?  - SERGE -  :cool:

Total length: Original 553cm, Shortened 488cm



Edited by sermey 2018-03-17 3:16 AM




(SHORTENED 1959 DODGE Custom Royal Convertible 450-72dpi.jpg)



(SHORTENED FLAT 1959 DODGE Custom Royal Convertible 450-72dpi.jpg)



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Posted 2018-10-19 1:25 AM (#571951 - in reply to #161298)
Subject: RE: "Make-Up" your Car!



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sermey - 2009-02-01 4:44 AM

15” Wheels and Tires: I always found, 14” Wheels on my Car are relatively too small and look poor in Proportion to the Body and its Wheelhouse. Must say, this was the Style at this time.

The other Point, bigger and wider Tires have much better Adhesion on the Street, the 235/70/15 Radial Tires about +25% in Comparison to the Original 14” Diagonal ones. This improvement is necessarily needed for a full Advantage of Disk Brakes. Thus, I decided in favor of 15” Wheels and the corresponding WWW Tires, still keeping the Original 14” Wheel Set including the Spinner Hubcaps. In order to keep the Original Appearance, the Original HubCaps should fit to the 15” Rims.

I bought 15” decorative stainless Rings, cut out the Border around, and soldered it inside the Wheel Cover. For a stronger Fixing on the rechromed Wheels I increased the Clamp Pression by putting a soft round PVC Profile under the Clamps.

Now, the Hubcaps fit perfectly to the 15” Rims, their Edges are even protected from Curbstones due to the inner Position, and the Air Valve is perfectly centered as well. According my personal feeling, this Wheel Size gives the Car its settled Proportions. Another improvement of the Outfit, for the Drivers Security, and as an additional Benefit the Wheel Cover Edge Protection.

(can see, my HubCaps are not perfect, but polished and with the sticked Black they look as)



Hey Serge, I have 15” wheels on my car also and I’m making a set of 15” hubcaps with my original 14” caps using the same method you used. Did you use a propane torch for the soldering or a different method? What type of solder and flux did you use? I’m also concerned about overheating the thin stainless and warping it. Thanks.
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Posted 2018-10-19 2:03 AM (#571952 - in reply to #571951)
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"What type of solder and flux did you use?"

Sorrys Steve, I used the wrong expression: Not solder, but electro-weld. My friend did this on various point spots around, caring to keep the ring always centered. Fine tune by bending the fixing edges.

Good luck  - SERGE - 

 

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