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sermey
Posted 2008-12-19 12:16 PM (#156081)
Subject: "Make-Up" your Car!


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In this single thread I will give in steps some hints to get a nicer outfit of your car, as I did on my 1959 Dodge Custom Royal Lancer Convertible, useful also for other FWL-Cars (may-be already applied by others).

Human Ladies look mostly more attractive when some personal features are accentuated. The same will happen with your car when restoring and invest a little effort (not money) in the outfit.

First I present a general picture of the Interior.

 

 

 





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sermey
Posted 2008-12-19 12:46 PM (#156085 - in reply to #156081)
Subject: RE: "Make-Up" your Car!


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Steering Wheel: (this is also an answer to "Steering Wheel Restoration")

The Steering Wheel is the "first" Interface to your car. It's mostly the first item you see when looking inside a car. Thus, the color should match the Interior, give a pleasant feeling when steering, look handsome and keep these attributes. Even with a broken Steering Wheel this can be acchieved easily.

- Fill the broken parts with a two Component resine (the stability is given by the iron core).

- take a rest of your Upholstery Material (or similar) and cover it with. You can bond with contact adhesive or cord it, the splice being in the rear side of the Stering Wheel (as shown in the picture). 





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sermey
Posted 2008-12-19 1:23 PM (#156089 - in reply to #156085)
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Horn Ring: Fill the cavities in black, other surfaces and items with the appropriate colors. For this and the emblems I used Standard Colors (RAL3002 / RAL5010) to have them available in the same tone at anytime. A Brillant Color keeps better dustfree. First I spray the Color in a small can and then apply it with a fine brush, and after some minutes clean arround with a solvent wetted cloth.


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sermey
Posted 2008-12-19 3:41 PM (#156105 - in reply to #156081)
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Gauges / Clock / Radio: The Needles of the Gauges and of the Radio got a bright Red applying NEON Fluorescent Color. Again, sprayed in a small can and using a small brush. Even at lower light the Needles are good visible.


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sermey
Posted 2008-12-19 4:07 PM (#156110 - in reply to #156081)
Subject: RE: "Make-Up" your Car!


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Mirror-Matic: No visible Cable from the Mirror-Matic to the Dashboard. Drill a duct inside the Stand (about 3.5mm) and use a high flexible isolated wire.

(to know: Mirror-Matic is always ON. The OFF Switch just interrupts the Control Signal.  I have a separate OFF Switch under the Dashboard to save Tube Life and Current)





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sermey
Posted 2008-12-19 4:24 PM (#156113 - in reply to #156081)
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Door Handles: All black painted inside the Cavity until 1.5mm to the border. The upper face simply stick an adhesive Gold Foil (in Office Shop). The upper border can easily be cut after sticking by using a small blade. At this time I didn't had the Golden Coating, but on a plane surface this works excellent (already 10 years old!). Of course you may use your preferred Color.




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wizard
Posted 2008-12-19 4:27 PM (#156114 - in reply to #156110)
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The Mirrormatic shall be connected to the H terminal on the light switch Serge - that means that it's only on when you run with the lights on.
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sermey
Posted 2008-12-19 4:29 PM (#156116 - in reply to #156081)
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Side Mouldings: Again, filled with Brillant Black Color.





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sermey
Posted 2008-12-19 4:36 PM (#156117 - in reply to #156114)
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Swen answered:The Mirrormatic shall be connected to the H terminal on the light switch Serge - that means that it's only on when you run with the lights on.

That's correct. May-be my Current-Source is still from there. But at lights ON the Tube is always ON even when not using.

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wizard
Posted 2008-12-19 4:59 PM (#156120 - in reply to #156117)
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That correct Serge - then in many countries dipped beam during daytime is a must, so you've got a point with your extra switch!
I like your styling tips - I can see many discrete applications also on the '60 Chryslers.
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sermey
Posted 2008-12-19 6:03 PM (#156123 - in reply to #156081)
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Arm Rests: Originally the Arm Rests have been black and I coated them accordingly.  Later I found white  with the same Upholstery Material looks "gentler" and I coated them again over the black coating (see picture). The problem is that the coating has to go around curves and corners. I applied on both sides Contact Glue. Usually must wait till dry and then apply. In this case put enough Contact Glue and then put directly together. Now the coating getting softer you can move, stretch and pull the coating around the corners removing all plyings. Then fix all around with Masking Tape and let it be for a week.

Recently I purchased in eBay a pair of Arm Rests in black as "Original Reserve". I couldn't see on the Pics and I didn't know, this was an older, one piece Arm Rest in Rubber Material. This ones cannot be coated partially without seeing the abrupt cut.

The all unicolor, white or another color, gives a harmonic impression of the Interior. The Arm Rests, the Steering Wheel, as the Door Panels, and when a Convertible also the Top Cover, all contribute to an outstanding Outfit.



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sermey
Posted 2008-12-20 3:47 AM (#156172 - in reply to #156081)
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Dashboard: My Dashboard was broken and hardened, due to age and exposure to sun. There was no chance to repair it, neither I found a source for a replacement. As the Arm Rests, I coated all the surface in black directly on the Metal after removing all the previous stuff. So, it will never brake again. I did a tool to burn in the designed lines, without satisfying results. I know this is not correct, but done perfectly and the best I could do at this time. Today there are best repros available in Sweden.

Can just say: my solution is for free!



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sermey
Posted 2008-12-20 6:44 AM (#156175 - in reply to #156081)
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Sill Plates: A Make-Up on the Sill Plates accentuates the Emblems and gives an added Value to this items, using the same Colors as already used. But first the Sill Plates have to be metal-brushed and galvanic anodized (elox). On the inner Side I pushed up a Profile, available in Office Shops and beeing used for binding or hanging big Pictures, available in lenght of 1m and in different colors, here in black to get a straight and rounded edge. Today there are very nice Reproductions available in Sweden, at the time not disposable. As far I saw not painted.

Can say again: This way is for free and looks nice!



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wizard
Posted 2008-12-20 8:46 AM (#156180 - in reply to #156081)
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Lots of nice tips without spending a fortune, thanks for sharing Serge!
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Posted 2008-12-20 5:37 PM (#156223 - in reply to #156175)
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sermey - 2008-12-20 6:44 AM

Sill Plates: Today there are very nice Reproductions available in Sweden, at the time not disposable. As far I saw not painted.




Where can we get them? Do they make them for sedan models?
Any web site?
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sermey
Posted 2008-12-21 5:46 AM (#156267 - in reply to #156223)
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catman asked: Where can we get them? Do they make them for sedan models?

Kent in Sweden (des5859) is dealing wth this parts and can answer your question.

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sermey
Posted 2008-12-24 5:42 PM (#156647 - in reply to #156081)
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Knobs: Black Shadow on Panel Knobs. Here the optical difference shown on two Lighters (my second Spare Part). Also nice on round Knobs, outside around.


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sermey
Posted 2008-12-25 5:24 AM (#156679 - in reply to #156081)
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Upholstery: I don't know if my Upholtery of my car was Original. It looked, as many other Interiors, as "hooked bags". I took the Promotional Picture (Convertible with Swivel Seats) and designed it accordingly in CAD for the "upholstery Man" telling him, I wanted a good visible feed in, as in the promotional picture. He did a perfect Job and now it's like original. This coulds also be done with any pre-manufactured Upholsteries. See at the diffference!


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345 DeSoto
Posted 2008-12-25 8:56 AM (#156685 - in reply to #156081)
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Bart_59_Dodge
Posted 2008-12-25 9:07 AM (#156688 - in reply to #156081)
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Is your CAD available to others for the Custom Royal interior ? ...and does that also include the inner / door pannels. Your car is outstanding.
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sermey
Posted 2008-12-25 12:57 PM (#156712 - in reply to #156688)
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Bart_59_Dodge - 2008-12-25 3:07 PM Is your CAD available to others for the Custom Royal interior ? ...and does that also include the inner / door pannels. Your car is outstanding.

Bart, I put it here for you and all the other Dodge 59 Owners of FLK.Net. It was not an easy Job to get this from Original Promotional Pictures. Just make a zoomed Printout of the PDF-File, and you have the exact countours as used for my Upholstery. I didn't made any door panels, I furnished the original ones with comments.

As you can see on the upper picture taken from the PC-Display: Having only a A4-Plotter at this time (10 years ago), I divided the layout in many A4- Sheets and then stuck them together to get the Original size in one (about 10 A4-sheets per Seat).

- SERGE -



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Posted 2008-12-25 1:32 PM (#156713 - in reply to #156081)
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Serge,
Is there any chance you have the CAD in a DWG or similar format ?
I have autocad and other CAD software at work available to me.

I could probably open up the file in its native format. It would be more functional as well.
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Posted 2008-12-25 1:47 PM (#156715 - in reply to #156081)
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Hood: Correctly centering the Hood without damaging the Edges was a big issue, the disposable gap on my car beeing about only 0.06* for each side. A solution for a precise and durable positioning was needed.

On the rear end, the Hood was too low, when correctly adjusted at the corners.  I mounted 4 rubber bumpers, modified to the needed height,  left and right corner one, the other two according the picture. Now the edge from one corner to the other is and stay parallel in height.

On each side of the Hood I put a Round-Head Screw, adjusting the height for exact centering with washers. To assure a good and tight fixing the original centering rubber should be squeezed as shown in the picture. Now the Hood is exact centered all around, no cracked edges and no vibrations of the hood - a perfect fitting even at very small gaps.

 

 



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sermey
Posted 2008-12-25 4:19 PM (#156728 - in reply to #156110)
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sermey - 2008-12-19 10:07 PM

Mirror-Matic: No visible Cable from the Mirror-Matic to the Dashboard. Drill a duct inside the Stand (about 3.5mm) and use a high flexible isolated wire.

(to know: Mirror-Matic is always ON. The OFF Switch just interrupts the Control Signal.  I have a separate OFF Switch under the Dashboard to save Tube Life and Current)

Another View of the Stand. Is this Mount / Foot as Original?





(DSC02022L Stand Mirror-Matic.jpg)



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sermey
Posted 2008-12-26 12:12 PM (#156794 - in reply to #156223)
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catman - 2008-12-20 11:37 PM
sermey - 2008-12-20 6:44 AM

Sill Plates: Today there are very nice Reproductions available in Sweden, at the time not disposable. As far I saw not painted.

 

Where can we get them? Do they make them for sedan models? Any web site?

I just spoke to Jan Fridberg in Sweden. He manufactures Dual Air Cleaners and Sill Plates in Aluminium in a high Quality. His direct contact:

janfridberg@hotmail.com

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Posted 2008-12-26 4:32 PM (#156812 - in reply to #156081)
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Rear Lamps: Theses Golden "Eye-Lines" have already attracted the attention of many people, using the same golden Foil as on the Door Handles. For a Dual Tone Car the corresponding Color would match even better - and it can be removed and redone instantly, without any chemical or disassembly. Print-out the PDF-File on A4 Sticking-Sheet (will be 1:1), then stick one sample on the Color Foil (color-Side) and cut-out around accordingly. Before applying fold the sample in the center for best positioning, remove the protecting layer, and at the end the sticked sample. Good News for Dodge 59 Owners?

(If your Foil is heat-resistent (Laser Printer!) you not need a Sticking-Sheet and can print directly on the protecting layer of the Foil  Check first!)

Later on I will put another "Rear Lamps" talking on the Light.



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sermey
Posted 2008-12-27 12:21 PM (#156931 - in reply to #156081)
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Screws 1: "No rusty Scews anymore!" I whished and decided to use only stainless (rustfree, 18/8) Screws where not excessive Stability is required. Most Platings (zinc, chrome, nickel, promat, etc.) on iron/steel Screws are not a Guarantee for no rust in a Temperature, Acid and all Weather exposed Ambient. The Rust is programmed as soon the Plating is damaged, what already may happen when you use them the first time. On a white painted Car as mine, any rusty Water will left visible Tracks. The stainless Screws are much more solid than standard Screws. They can be modified in Lenght and Head-Shape as you need or like it, and finally be polished, as shown when just having simple Tools disposable. Important for a nice rounded Result: the Screw and the Tool must turn in a high Speed and in 90deg Direction each to other.

The first Picture shows various Screws with polished Heads I used for my Car: Row3/5 Arm Rests, Row3/6 over the Head Lamps Dodge59,  Row2/6 Door Latch. Mostly used on FWL-Cars  Row 3/8-9 for Interior and Mirrors.



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Posted 2008-12-27 12:51 PM (#156934 - in reply to #156081)
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I use the same method as Serge and I can confirm the good result obtained by using a drilling machine, mounting the object in the mandrel, running high speed in 90 degree angle agains the polish dish - stainless steel comes to mirror shine.
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Posted 2008-12-30 6:45 AM (#157216 - in reply to #156081)
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Hoses: There are many ways to get nice Hoses, using various Materials and Colors. The simplest is just to have stainless/rustfree Clamps and polish them as done with the Screws. See the difference standard - stainless.

You can invest a fortune for the Hoses using sophisticated anodized Aluminium Ends and silver metallic Hose Coats, instead of black non-metal as I used. This black Coat keep its appearance, doesn't get mat or show any black oily Tracks. It is not expensive, easy to assemble and gives a discreet Look. There are different Sizes availabe as shown in the Picture. Only the Radiator End Covers I had to make with a Rest of the stainless Exhaust Tube, because not found (cut and polish!). After first mounting the hose and then the Coat, the black adhesive Tape around is for pre-fixing and avoiding possible damage by the Clamps. The Chrome Hose End Covers comes over the Clamp, leaving the Screw and End outside. The Clamp can be re-tighten at any time without removing any Part.





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sermey
Posted 2008-12-30 10:28 AM (#157239 - in reply to #156081)
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Wires: As for Hoses there are various Solutions to package and protect the wires. First I was suggested to use "self-merging" Tape. Then I listed up my demands for "tubing" the wires/cables on my Car:

- Add and remove Wires at any time without "restarting" the job.

- Adapting the diameter when starting with one and ending with multiple Wires.

- Possibility to Branch off a Cable at any position.

- Flexible,  compact and heat-resistant, in sufficient Lenght available.

The (split) Tubes I used are shown in different Sizes (the big Sizes are missing). They can lead from one Size to the next Size by overlapping. For "closed" Applications two Tubes are being twisted one into another. Easy replaceable to another Size when adding or removing Cables. To cut with a Knife.  Applications to see also on earlier Pictures. I think these Tubes could also be used for Water and Fuel Hoses!?!



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sermey
Posted 2008-12-30 3:45 PM (#157280 - in reply to #156081)
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Dual Antenna Gaskets: With my Car I got a complete Set of Rubber Parts. Most of them I could not use, the Gaskets for the Dual Antennas being to big.

I looked for a compatible Rubber Profile, best I could find was a wide sealing Strip (see Picture) with a useable Profile (Border Width 2.4mm, Border Height 2.25mm, Support Thickness 1.5mm). I cut this in the minimum Lenght of circumference (at Width 8mm). In the Middle of this Stripe I cutout a corner  to match the front angle of the Antenna Socket. With the Antenna already mounted but not tightened, I pushed fully in the Rubber Profile around the socket. On the rear, two other 90deg angles had been cutout on the job, the Lenght adapted to meet in the Center of the rear Side. (N.B I left the mounted Gasket in Picture Start Mounting!)

Important: starting with the Front, the front scew underneath has to be tighten first for pre-fixing the Rubber. At this point the Rubber should be pulled on both sides along the Socket to find the correct 90deg angle position, before cutting out. Finally the second Screw of the Socket can be tighten, as the first too. The Gasket fits all around as illustrated.

The Advantages of this Gasket: For replacing or changing, no Cables nor the Socket have to be removed. The Rubber is softer than the said Gasket and assures best Protection from entering Water in the Trunk. And last but not least, it looks professional.

I added the last Picture showing how to tighten the Socket, because hardly accessible (first fix a long screw, then manually tighten the wing nut, no tools!)



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sermey
Posted 2008-12-30 6:30 PM (#157302 - in reply to #156081)
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Rear Dual Power Antennas: Most Mopar-Owners wishes to have Rear Dual Antennas. Then, they would like to have them as Power Antennas. I must say: It is really an eye-catcher watching to these two Antennas when coming out together -  each one want to be the first on Top!

I felt a mess all this many parts, and thinking when must change the Antenna Bar (!), if ever a replacement is disposable. I found it easier to built-in a Power Module than to rebuild the Standard Antenna. I took two most used Power Antenna Units (new), shorted the Aluminium Tube according the Height of the Mopar Socket, drilled a bigger hole in the Mopar Antenna Socket - thats it!

Mounting - easy! Hold the Power Unit in the Trunk down-up first without fixing it, insert from top the Mopar Antenna Socket and fixed it. Now the correct Position where the Antenna has to be mounted is given. It needs just one long single Screw that leads direct through the Center of the Power Unit to the Fold of the Wheelhouse in the Trunk (see Picture).The lateral adjustment to be vertical was done with washers as distance elements (right side fits exact without any additional positioner). The two Antennas have to be parallel, view from ANY Position.

Now: A broken bar can instantly be replaced. Simply remove the visible Bar Nut and pull the old Bar out. When inserted, the new Antenna Bar is automatically fed in. It is in stainless / rustfree Steel, polished will be shiny (as earlier mentioned the Screws and Hose Clamps). In OFF-Position the new Bar goes more inside than the Mopar Bar. I feel this even nicer - and a smaller risk that an unhappy Guy will brake them. The Bar is a little bit shorter than the original one, therefore has a better FM reception. Both Antenna Units are controlled in parallel by a separate Switch, mounted lefthand under the dashboard. Before the Mopar Antenna was laterally weak being fixed only on the Bodys Metal Sheet by the two Screws of the Mopar Socket. Now, the second Mount by the Power Unit assures a stiff Stability all around.

To know: The Dual Antennas are originally RF-connected in parallel (Y). This worked well at the time with AM. With an FM-Radio Interference could occur. I connected the left Antenna to the Original AM Radio (Center Loudspeaker). The right Antenna goes to the FM Radio in the Glove Compartment (Surround STEREO Loudspeaker).



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sermey
Posted 2008-12-31 5:03 AM (#157359 - in reply to #156081)
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Front Grill: Another "Make-Up" the golden anodized Front Grill. If like or not, just must see! I found otherwise too much silver.

Pictures taken at US-Car Meeting when won "Best of Show": Me and my 1959 Dodge Custom Royal Lancer Convertible.



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sermey
Posted 2008-12-31 6:10 AM (#157362 - in reply to #156812)
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Exhaust Outlets: Another tricky "Make-Up" or say Show-Element are the Quad Exhaust Outlets. It remember at nice, long Blond-Hair Ladies, the Hairs being "Dummies", but we still like and look at them.

I found the Dual Exhaust Outlets too much in the Center. Adding two additional virtual Outlets moves them optically to the right Direction outside.  Among various available items I selected these stainless Outlets because they matched best to the rear Side-Profile of the 1959 Dodge.  The mounting items, as illustrated, are also in stainless / rustfree Steel. This Mount System allows to adjust individually the Distance between the twin Outlets.

Here again: this can be restored at any time to its original state!



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BigBlockMopar
Posted 2008-12-31 11:56 AM (#157388 - in reply to #156081)
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To me, that convolute tubing screams late 70s enginebay to me and I've hated it ever since I first saw it. Definitly not a "Make-UP" in my eyes
Pretty much same goes for the cheap Spectre hose-wrap. Yuk!
On a driver, one way to get caught with fuel-spills in de engine-bay is to put that braided stuff in there so you'll never see the condition of the fuelline underneath. The rubber usually dries up and the hoses start to develop cracks and tears and can start leaking at/on/during the most inconvenient locations.

Other than that, nice info and some good tips there.
Thanks for sharing!
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Posted 2008-12-31 1:10 PM (#157395 - in reply to #157388)
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BigBlockMopar - 2008-12-31 5:56 PM To me, that convolute tubing screams late 70s enginebay to me and I've hated it ever since I first saw it. Definitly not a "Make-UP" in my eyes Pretty much same goes for the cheap Spectre hose-wrap. Yuk! On a driver, one way to get caught with fuel-spills in de engine-bay is to put that braided stuff in there so you'll never see the condition of the fuelline underneath. The rubber usually dries up and the hoses start to develop cracks and tears and can start leaking at/on/during the most inconvenient locations. Other than that, nice info and some good tips there. Thanks for sharing!

Nice open minded comment, Herman. You are right, many "Make-Ups" of today are crazy - not only on Cars. Some like it, other don't.

My aim with this tread is to motivate many Car owners to "upgrade" their cars with moderate effort, but visible effect. Here I just present what I did on my car now 10 Years ago, and I am happy when people look at, may find something useful and / or just state comments as you. Thank you.

Now to the Hoses: Yes, cannot see the condition of this hoses - nor of my veins!  Today hoses are not just Rubber as 50 Years ago. These old ones cracks and tears as you correctly alerted. The Material Technology has experienced extreme Developments in the last years. According the application there are Hoses in any other Material than Rubber (PVC, Polyurethan, Silicon, Elastomer, Nitril) for Longlife use. The fuelline hose I use is especially designed for this, it has already a stuff around, wraped again for uniformity reasons. Bought recently again for my new Dual Quad Project I will report here soon.

To the Spectre Hose Wrap: I liked this Design and have given my Argumets for. It was not a question of costs. Cheap doesn't mean bad. My Golden Coating on the Knights costs nothing, but is even more shiny than pure Gold.

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Posted 2008-12-31 1:31 PM (#157397 - in reply to #156081)
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Screws 2: Self-tapping Screws are most efficient in the manufacturing process. They are self-centering in direction and angle, in opposite to Thead-Screws. Nevertheless I have substituted most self-tapping Screws by stainless / rustfree Thread-Screws.

- no damage of newly painted body (rust)

- some holes got too big

- option for other heads

- higher precision

For this I had to insert the nuts (on body before painting) using a Hand-Tool. The mirrored item is the unvisible clip used in Pic2. Some outside accessible Screws I replaced with Intra Hexagon Head Screws (?) for they cannot be removed with any pointy knife, as possible with Standard Cross Head  Screws (see Rear View Mirror).

 

 



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Posted 2008-12-31 5:10 PM (#157418 - in reply to #156081)
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Window Rubber: Restoring another US-Car years ago I used successfully the same method to replace the damaged and missing Window Rubber. The lower Door Windows Channel was totally rusted. On my DODGE, the Rubber of the Pivot Windows was broken, any attempt with a cutted Rubber Stripe failed, the Windows didn't hold enough, at the curves the Rubber was shrinked and looked very bad. Thus I used again my old method:

I put black Liquid Silicon Gasket in the chrome channels. Then I centered the Windows inserting small wood positioners inside, on the left and right side, and re-filled the gaps around with Liquid Silicon Gasket. After minimum one week or even longer the Silicon should be hardened trough, remaining softish, ready to cut out precisely the overflowed Silicon with a Knife (not cut towards the window!) .

Now, the Window is fixed all around, absolute water-proof and exact flush with the Chrome Channel, even more accurate than using the original rubber because custom-sailored. I suggest this also for Door Windows when the Rubber Profiles are not available, or for repair leaky Windshields, Remermber: Silicon Products cannot be painted!

 Any black Silicon Sealer can be used, should be heat resistant within -40 to +180deg, UV and all-wheather resistant (look at the Specs). Now I just found them ffrom the Producers of "Automotive Gasket" in the Internet and post it (sorry only in German). Same or similar  surely available in US.

 



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Posted 2009-01-01 3:12 AM (#157468 - in reply to #156081)
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Rear View Mirror Glass: Restoring my Car I had to rechrome the Rear View Mirrors too and had for this to brake out the Glasses. I bought two bigger replacement Glasses as used for Trucks and let them cut excatly fitting in the now rechromed housing. To fix them I used again the before presented black Silicon - bonded and sealed in one! (on the Picture you can as well see in black the left and right Hood Positioners)

To add: I purchased two different Glasses, the one flat for the left side as used in all Mopar Mirrors, the other curved for the right side in order to get a wider viewing Angle (see Picture), as used in all todays cars.

Last Month I saw such a flat Mirror Replacement for Mopars in eBay, I post the Picture.



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Posted 2009-01-01 1:10 PM (#157488 - in reply to #156081)
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Four-Way Warning Flasher: Most FWL-Cars doesn't have the Option of a Warning Flasher, none my Car when I got it. For personal and emergency reasons this was a must and added this Feature.

Four-Way means that the Flashing Signal goes in four Directions (please correct me if not): 1. to the Front Left Directional Light, 2. To the Front Right Directional Light, 3. To the Rear Left Directional (*and / or Brake) Light, 4. To the Rear Right Directional ("and / or Brake) Light. Thus, the Flasher has to provide four separate Current Lines. There will be one Input and four Outputs Connections. (* this depends if Brake Bulb is combined with Directional Signal)

The same Function I realized it simpler by using a One-Way Flasher Unit and four Diodes, as connected according the hand-drafted Diagram. The Input has to come directly from the Battery +12V to assure an operation in any circumstances. The Single (switched) Output of the Unit goes to the four (twisted) Diodes. The Outputs of the Diodes are then wired  to the four Directions, as described. All these 5 needed Wires are easy to found under the Dashboard - no extra long wires required! Check with an Instrument by Switching on and off the Functions (Brakes, Directional Light) and be sure you take the wires leading directly to the corresponding Bulb. The Flasher Unit should have a good visible Control-Lamp. Best I found was a Unit, mounted under the Dashboard, needind a single Hole 1/2" for mount, and pull-out for ON.

The used Diodes 1N5401 (100V/3A or higher Values), Standard Types available in any (?) electronic Shop (about USD1.00).

To the "Make-Up" or better to the Show-Effect: The Red Knob is the Flasher, the Silver Knob left-hand the Clock-Adjustment, and next you see the Switch S. This Swicht by-passes the Flashing (not the Diodes!!!), all Lamps around are continuous ON for "Show-Time" at evening, at Night or for Night-Pictures -Happy flashing with the Camera.

(The Headlamps have to be swichted ON separately, the last Switch L add the two other Headlamps).



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sermey
Posted 2009-01-01 4:33 PM (#157507 - in reply to #156081)
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Fuel Temp Gauge: I was always used to know how many km the car will run when the Empty Fuel Alert Light went on. This I missed on my Dodge. When restoring the Instruments I added a bright Yellow LED. In the Fuel Tank I had to add an adjustable Switch and a separate wire leading to this LED. In the restoring Process this was not a big work. First I wanted design a Trigger-Circuit (2 - 3 Transistors) switching on the LED at an calibrated Resistor / Voltage Value on the existing line to  the Fuel Instrument. Thinking this value could vary due to instable Main-Voltage (the internal regulator works imprecisely) I decided to go the "traditional" way. When OFF the LED is not visible.

Now, the LED goes on always exactly at the same Fuel Level - in this regard happy driving and no Stress anymore!



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Posted 2009-01-01 5:33 PM (#157510 - in reply to #157488)
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Thank you very much for your information about the 4-way flasher Serge! I have been looking after an old system for to add on my car, but with your diagram and notes it will be easy to build one.
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Posted 2009-01-02 4:30 AM (#157543 - in reply to #157510)
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wizard - 2009-01-01 11:33 PM Thank you very much for your information about the 4-way flasher Serge! I have been looking after an old system for to add on my car, but with your diagram and notes it will be easy to build one.

I am glad that you Swen, as one of the many highly experienced FW Lookers on this site found something useful, as I wished for all old US-Car Owners. I know, not anythig in this Thread fits the taste of the Readers, but "There's no accounting for Taste". Many issues have already been discussed somewhere, I cannot know, others are still open. Thus, go on (and all other Car-Friends) keeping inspired by reading these and next next issues to come.  - SERGE -

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Posted 2009-01-02 9:59 AM (#157548 - in reply to #156081)
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Head Lamp Flash: I also was used to have the Head Lamp Flash Feature, especially as alert to others in critical situations, mostly on the Highwayss.

Fortunately I had already a Micro-Switch Unit I purchased "with great foresight" in double many Years ago for another US-Car. It needs one additional wire leading through the Steering Wheel Unit to a separate mounted Relais. As the Four-Way Warning Flasher this Option works at any time, by-passing all the Head Lamp Circuits. At ON all four Head Lamps (both Bulb Wires!) work together to get the maximum bright Alert Light. It is not recommended to let them ON for longer time, the bulbs may got hot and damaged.

Sometimes on the way just say "Hello" and flash the Head Lamps.





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Posted 2009-01-02 1:36 PM (#157567 - in reply to #156081)
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Radio: To repair a Radio is not easy when you are not familiar with nor have equipped for. Fortunately I have some Tools. What you can do: clean the Contacts and the Potentiometer using a Contact-Spray. I have soldered a shielded Cable with Cinch Connector between the Max and the Ground ot the Volume Control, in Serie with a Resistor of 100k. This is an AUX-Input (also Output without 100k) for external Audio-Devices. Can use an (portable) FM-Radio and connect it there. However the Sound Quality will not be much better due to the poor Output-Stage of the Radio.

The Loudspeaker was replaced by a better Quality one. The mounts fits but a corner of the Magnet must be removed or will touch the Dashboard.

As printable PDF-File post-attached the Technical Instructions with Schematic Diagramm: MOPAR Radio 856/857, 6 Pages in 3 Steps (cannot Download 500kB).  



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Posted 2009-01-02 2:59 PM (#157577 - in reply to #156081)
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Curved Windshield: I was already asked if I have a Curved Windshield. Yes, I had it, but mat as sandblasted. I coudn't find anywhere a Curved one and had to take what was available. Finally I learned to like the new straight Windshield beeng more slanted. In a certain angle from side view you even can't see if it is curved or not. In my Fantasy I have modified my Windshield to various Stretched Curved Models - the last Version 7 (Double Stretched) I feel exciting! Looking at, then back to the Original, the actual one seems to be very "old-fashioned". Just to remember: it's an Oldtimer!

In the Collection I left the entire Car Size to get an integrate Impression.

1. My Car today, 2. Original Curved, 3. Stretched, 4. Streched Curved, 5. More Stretched, 6. More Stretched Curved, 7. Double Stretched Curved (and additional Zoomed).



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sermey
Posted 2009-01-03 8:07 AM (#157646 - in reply to #156081)
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Seat Ash Tray: As already apllied on the Door Handles and the Rear Lamps, the Golden Sticker on the Seat Ash Tray has its own optical Effect - a  (Custom) Royal feeling for Smokers sitting behind.

An Interior matched Color would be nice too.



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Posted 2009-01-03 9:05 AM (#157650 - in reply to #156081)
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Bumper Bolts: Shiny polished Bumper Bolts underlines a nice restoration. In the Sun or at Spotlight they may shine as small Brillants around the car. Some are less visible, other more.

There are different Types, the mostly used hardened Steel with a stainless Cover, then the rechromed and the all stainless / rustfree ones to be handeled and polished as the other Screws. For the main Front and Rear Bumpers I used the "covered" ones, on the sides and up-side the smaller rechromed ones I had already. Do not tighten to hard as I did: somewhere the Chrome of the Bumper started to brake around the Head, the Support-Arm being not exactly parallel with the Bumper. Should put a Nylon Washer for compensation.

I like the last picture and post it at higher Quality.



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sermey
Posted 2009-01-03 1:46 PM (#157673 - in reply to #156081)
Subject: RE: "Make-Up" your Car!


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Front Directional Parking Lamps: All the Insiders will have noticed that the Directional Lamps on my 1959 Dodge are not Original. The Lenses were partly broken, the Chrome-Plating on them washed-out and the Bulb Sockets corroded.

Then the Swiss Car Inspection claimed, these Lamps need a viewing angle of minimum 150deg (the bulbs are recessed and not visible from the side). I was committed to add two external Lamp I mounted provisorly with the Side Bumper Bolts - very ugly! Of course, after the Check I removed them.

In addition I could not find replacement Lenses. Recently one NOS went for USD 150.00 on eBay (!). The Reproductions I saw are correct in Shape, but not galvanic rechromed (grey painted), therefore not shiny as the Original. May-be today there are nicer ones. I had to find another Solution.

I purchased Lamps similar to the external Lamps, but with White Lenses. Then my Imagination led me to a Black Silicon Pot, fitting exactly into the rear Side of the Directional Lamps Housing, and sealing in all around without any add-ons. The Lens mounted to be 3mm under the Front Housing, as before not visible from the Side, but performing the Inspections Demand. For a brighter Light I painted ths Inside in white. The Lamp is water-proof, is quite in-line with the Cars Design and looks pretty nice.

 





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Rebels-59
Posted 2009-01-03 3:39 PM (#157685 - in reply to #156081)
Subject: Re: "Make-Up" your Car!



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I have seen the front of your 59 many times on here and NEVER noticed your Front Directional Parking Lamps where altered, They L@@K very nice,,

Keep this thread going, i enjoy reading what you have done, and a few things i may also do to my 59 Coronet..

I,m not too keen on Your Finger Nail Colour Though..........LOL

P.S.. I bought a Pair of NOS Non Genuine lenses a couple years back on US Ebay for $15, They are very close to the Original, Although i have,nt fitted them as mine are good, But the seller listed them as 1958, So no one Bid,, His mistake but my Gain........

Edited by Rebels-59 Coronet 2009-01-03 3:42 PM
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