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big m
Posted 2010-06-03 8:40 PM (#226386)
Subject: The Resurrection of 'Rusty' [the '59 Sport Fury]



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This has been a while in the works, originally I had bought a '59 Sport Fury fifteen years ago, that was a drivable car. I knew it had some bodywork issues, and wanted to restore it to a better degree. I removed the body from the chassis, disassembled the chassis and running gear, overhauled the trans and engine, stripped, painted and reassembled the entire chassis.

Next, I hauled the body, fenders, doors, etc. to a well known media blaster, and they did an excellent job of getting down to bare metal, also showing some extremely amateurish gas welding repairs done years ago, literally thousands of holes drilled nearly everywhere to use a slide hammer to pull dents out, also hopelessly stretching the metal. I bought over $1000 worth of older repro sheetmetal sections, as I could not find usable factory sheetmetal anywhere, not a piece was even close to fitting, and I ended up throwing the towel in for the time being. Some years passed, I was also too busy to bother with the project, so it sat and sat. A customer offered me close to what I paid for the repop sheetmetal just for the roof, so I sold it, the trunk floor, doors, and everything else that was still good. Now I was left with a chassis, and no body parts.

About four years ago, a good friend of mine [the late Jim Paul] called me from an abandoned wrecking yard in upstate New York, asking if I wanted a '59 Fury convertible for $800 dollars. He sent me some photos, and it turned out to be a Sport Fury, but it suffered the usual rust damage from the New England climate. He shipped the car out to me free of charge, which helped. The car barely made it out here on the trailer, the remaining metal in the frame and lower body was either weak, or gone. The car broke apart into three large pieces once I cut the body mount bolts on the frame. A month after getting 'Rusty' here, a customer called me and said he had a '59 Fury coupe and was wanting to trade for a Chevelle. I had no such critters here, but asked if he'd sell the Fury outright. He didn't want much for it at all.

The car had been stored in an area where goats were kept, they had climbed all over the top of the car for years, every window was scratched badly from their hooves, the roof, decklid, hood and fenders were all dented on the top surfaces. The moldings had been removed some years ago, most were missing. The lower body was relatively sound, however, although the floors had a few weak spots. Yep. the perfect donor car for the convertible.

Photos are of the lonely chassis setting in the corner of the shop where it has for years, The convertible, and the donor body. Progress pics will be updated regularly.

---John



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Posted 2010-06-03 8:54 PM (#226390 - in reply to #226386)
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I'm really looking forward to witness the progress you make on this. That's some project!
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Posted 2010-06-03 9:26 PM (#226399 - in reply to #226386)
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Posted 2010-06-03 9:47 PM (#226400 - in reply to #226386)
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John ! Your a better man than me! GOOD LUCK! Thats some taking on. HAPPY RESTORING! Victor..
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Posted 2010-06-04 3:21 AM (#226423 - in reply to #226386)
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John - I wish you good luck and happy restoring!
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Posted 2010-06-04 8:14 AM (#226434 - in reply to #226386)
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Can t wait to see more pics, thats going to be one BITCHIN ride when your done , not many people like 59 Plymouths , you buildin it cause you like or all the parts came together at the right time ?
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Posted 2010-06-04 2:53 PM (#226486 - in reply to #226434)
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Can t wait to see more pics, thats going to be one BITCHIN ride when your done , not many people like 59 Plymouths , you buildin it cause you like or all the parts came together at the right time ?


I happen to be one of the select few that likes the '59's as much as the prior years. I guess I'd have to in order to consider doing this project!

---John
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Posted 2010-06-04 3:02 PM (#226487 - in reply to #226386)
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There was not much work involved in removing what wasz left of the body from the frame, just a lot of rust. Unless convertible specific, the lower body pieces were cut off and removed. The frame had major rust issues, so the hardtop frame will end up being used after all. The two extra body mounts and X-reinforcement were still good, and those will be added into the hardtop chassis later. For now, the frame will be positioned to hold the hardtop body in order to brace it up to prepare for removal of the roof.

---John



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Posted 2010-06-04 3:13 PM (#226489 - in reply to #226386)
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With the body braced up to keep it from folding, the spot welds holding the A-pillar to the cowl were drilled out. The rear of the roof was cut at the base of the C-pillar to allow removal.

The windshield frame was also removed from the convertible cowl by the same means.

---John



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Posted 2010-06-04 5:42 PM (#226498 - in reply to #226386)
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Now that the windshield frame is fitted and completed, sans for the leadwork over the seams, it's on to the rear tub of the car. More drilling out spotwelds and trimming on the convertible assembly, as well as removing the unnecessary hardtop sheetmetal in the main body-I have limited time to work on this, mostly evenings and once in awhile a weekend. Other projects take priority as wel sometimes.



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Posted 2010-06-04 6:09 PM (#226503 - in reply to #226386)
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Convertible rear wheelwells are completely different than those on other models, and what was left of these was not enough to build on. The top of the original wheelwells were even rusted through. George McKovich had a pair that the top portion was better on, so I bought those to work with. Basically, the bottom couple inches were gone, so I used the bottoms of the hardtop's wheelwells and grafted the tops of the convertible ones on. Butt welding was used so there would be no noticeable overlap seam. I probably had 40 hours or better into each wheelwell to get them close to what was needed.

---John



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Posted 2010-06-04 6:27 PM (#226506 - in reply to #226386)
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There will be a need for clean metal on these wheelwells, as many pieces will need to be welded to them. I elected to use reverse electrolysis on these parts, as it does not remove metal like blasting does, and will remove the rust between two layers of sheetmetal. An old motel laundry tub suited this purpose, as it is non- conductive. A mixture of baking soda and washing soda with water provided the electrolyte. A battery charger positive lead was run to a series of re-bar pieces connected together with a conductive wire, and the negative lead was placed on the wheelwell.

Several days of running 5 amps through the liquid, and a nasty brown soup formed in the tub. I then flipped the part over to get everything a chance at the action. After removing, the wheelwells were covered with a black residue and light surface rust from the water. A wire brush was used to reveal the shiny metal beneath.

---John



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Posted 2010-06-04 7:01 PM (#226512 - in reply to #226386)
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Posted 2010-06-04 7:01 PM (#226513 - in reply to #226503)
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Alright John...were is road trip to this time?
Last time you did one of these it was for Mlisa "Excellent Adventure"
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Posted 2010-06-05 3:25 AM (#226544 - in reply to #226386)
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John You are a true inspiration for all of us forwardlook suckers, with what we think is rusted out wrecks!

 

You are the god in my new religion!

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big m
Posted 2010-06-07 4:23 PM (#226865 - in reply to #226386)
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The wheelwells are now tacked into place. Final welding and grinding will be done later, after everything is fitted.

Next bit of work will be to ready the rear section for installation, welding up some small holes, etc.

---John



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Posted 2010-06-07 4:35 PM (#226867 - in reply to #226386)
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I located the factory seam, and heated the solder with a brazing tip until it flowed from the junction. The spotwelds were then drilled out. I found a small stress crack beneath that I brazed back together. I did the same on the donor body, no surprises were found.

---John



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Posted 2010-06-07 4:47 PM (#226871 - in reply to #226386)
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Going together- This took two people to position onto the body. One of the employees,Rodger, was a big help here. The rear corners were brazed [as per factory] and a series of clamps kept the body alignment in check.

Mig welding the drilled out spotwelds, these will later be ground off flush. One problem I ran into was that the driver's side quarter panel wanted to oilcan inwards when the top seam was pinched together, after much consideration, I remembered the RH quarter on the original convertible had taken a hit at one time, and was tweaked. I found a bit of secondary damage on the deck panel, where the metal was pushed upwards. A bit of hammer and dolly work allowed it to settle back into place, and the left quarter panel no longer wanted to contract. Thank goodness!

---John



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Posted 2010-06-07 4:51 PM (#226872 - in reply to #226386)
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I finished positioning and welding the stands and braces, these will just need a final grinding, to be done once the body is assembled and on a rotisserie. Looks like things are lining up the way they should, so it will be on to the next step.

---John



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Posted 2010-06-07 4:59 PM (#226873 - in reply to #226386)
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This is what I had to replicate for both sides. These are drains for the convertible top well, they channel the water away from the upholstered surfaces in the rear seat area. The one shown here is from the driver's side. The passenger side one was non-existent.

I made a mirror image of the first one for the passenger side, and brazerd them onto the convertible assembly.

---John



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Posted 2010-06-07 5:25 PM (#226876 - in reply to #226873)
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John, can you IMAGINE what fun you'd have, if you could have received all these pieces, to assemble,
in individual NEW condition???

BTW, in 1957, Dodge prepared TSB showing (kinda) its dealers how they could construct/create your 59's
water drain 'trough", to channel water from the cars' interiors.

Those troughs were apparently put into production, but they certainly were 'sacrificial' constructions!







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Posted 2010-06-07 6:57 PM (#226884 - in reply to #226386)
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Posted 2010-06-07 7:03 PM (#226885 - in reply to #226884)
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It will take a while to media-blast the entire body, when he's done assembling it!



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Posted 2010-06-07 7:34 PM (#226891 - in reply to #226386)
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Posted 2010-06-07 7:59 PM (#226896 - in reply to #226503)
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big m - 2010-06-04 3:09 PM

The top of the original wheelwells were even rusted through. George McKovich had a pair that the top portion was better on, so I bought those to work with.
---John


I don't know where George comes up with some of the rare stuff that he does, John, but it's amazing, He's one of the really great people here!

K.

P.S.- I am still gonna convince you to put a stick in that '59!
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Posted 2010-06-07 8:01 PM (#226898 - in reply to #226885)
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It will take a while to media-blast the entire body, when he's done assembling it!





Neil, there will be no heavy rust to deal with, nothing a light soda blast won't take care of. Keep your eyes on this thread!

---John
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Posted 2010-06-07 8:02 PM (#226899 - in reply to #226386)
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It has occurred to me, John, that you could have sent the car and parts to Northern Europe, along with a steamer trunk full of cash and received a complete, better-than-new '59 Plymouth convertible twenty four months later.

But what fun would that be?

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Posted 2010-06-07 8:04 PM (#226900 - in reply to #226896)
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big m - 2010-06-04 3:09 PM

The top of the original wheelwells were even rusted through. George McKovich had a pair that the top portion was better on, so I bought those to work with.
---John


I don't know where George comes up with some of the rare stuff that he does, John, but it's amazing, He's one of the really great people here!

K.

P.S.- I am still gonna convince you to put a stick in that '59! :laugh:


LMAO Kenny!

I did just find another V-8 stick tranny in the building here, if you'd like, I'll hang on to it for you!

And yes- George is a great guy!!

---John
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Posted 2010-06-07 8:05 PM (#226901 - in reply to #226486)
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big m - 2010-06-04 11:53 AM

narleycharlie - 2010-06-04 5:14 AM

............not many people like 59 Plymouths , you buildin it cause you like or all the parts came together at the right time ?


I happen to be one of the select few that likes the '59's as much as the prior years. I guess I'd have to in order to consider doing this project!

---John


So let's see.....there's Charlie, you, Roger, Tom and me........too bad we can't find a sixth person. That would be a WHOLE half dozen.

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Posted 2010-06-07 8:11 PM (#226903 - in reply to #226386)
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Rebuilding the quarter window frames- I salvaged what I could from the original convertible, although portions had to be made and fitted onto the good parts. The vertical braces and mounts for the quarter windows had to have rusty sections cut off and fabricated, as the photos will show.

---John



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Posted 2010-06-07 8:18 PM (#226904 - in reply to #226386)
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Next was to make the necessary pieces to mount the quarter window housing, the rearward piece had a strange compound curve that was a hard thing to recreate, but with a torch [heating] and hammer and dolly [beating] I got one real close to the original. The brace towards the front needed to be removed to gain access to some spotwelds, and rejoined later.

---John



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Posted 2010-06-07 8:24 PM (#226905 - in reply to #226386)
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After doing the driver's side, the passenger side went rather smoothly, and came out well. Now all the fabricating and piecing together has been completed, so on with the next phase, the cleaning.

---John



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Posted 2010-06-07 9:34 PM (#226914 - in reply to #226901)
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Kenny J. - 2010-06-07 8:05 PM

big m - 2010-06-04 11:53 AM

narleycharlie - 2010-06-04 5:14 AM

............not many people like 59 Plymouths , you buildin it cause you like or all the parts came together at the right time ?


I happen to be one of the select few that likes the '59's as much as the prior years. I guess I'd have to in order to consider doing this project!

---John


So let's see.....there's Charlie, you, Roger, Tom and me........too bad we can't find a sixth person. That would be a WHOLE half dozen.

K.


I like '59 Plymouths AND add me to the short, short list that wants John to use a 3 speed stick (you and me )


BTW, this is AWESOME - keep postin the progress !!!! You make me feel like a simpleton (and I'm holdin my head high!)

GREAT WORK ! ! ! !


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Posted 2010-06-08 4:02 AM (#226934 - in reply to #226900)
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I did just find another V-8 stick tranny in the building here, if you'd like, I'll hang on to it for you!


---John


Great. Add it to my pile, along with that stick stuff from the trunk of that '62. It can come here with the Satellite, or maybe I can pick it all up in November.

K.
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Posted 2010-06-08 9:25 PM (#227058 - in reply to #226386)
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This is the reason I love the Internet. Watching someone resurrect a car I have never dreamed of finding much less seeing. Very cool project and thank you for sharing with us. Really enjoy reading your posts.
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Posted 2010-06-08 10:46 PM (#227072 - in reply to #227058)
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Great thread! Keep the pictures and story coming. I too love the 59's as much as the rest, if not more.....
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Posted 2010-06-09 1:08 AM (#227097 - in reply to #226386)
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When you set your wheel tubs, were the outer body skins (wheel well lips) in place to use in locating the tubs ? If not,
how did you locate them ?
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Posted 2010-06-09 11:20 AM (#227118 - in reply to #227097)
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The '59 Sport Fury convertible is one of the most classy, high-end Plymouths ever made. You're doing a great job on yours John!

Here's a little inspiration - as if you needed it. GO MAN GO!!



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Posted 2010-06-09 12:05 PM (#227127 - in reply to #226386)
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Is that dash pad blue ? WOW
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Posted 2010-06-09 1:10 PM (#227134 - in reply to #226386)
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Thanks for the positive comments!

---John
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Posted 2010-06-09 1:21 PM (#227136 - in reply to #227097)
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Doctor DeSoto - 2010-06-08 10:08 PM

John,

When you set your wheel tubs, were the outer body skins (wheel well lips) in place to use in locating the tubs ? If not,
how did you locate them ?


The coupe's quarter panels as well as the wheel openings were in relatively good shap, so it provided a decent guide for the reinstallation of the inner wheelwells. I did have to make readjustments to the driver's side afterwards to make the top assembly fit properly.

---John
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Posted 2010-06-09 1:54 PM (#227144 - in reply to #227134)
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Thanks for the positive comments!



Ya think we're gonna criticize somebody who is our main source of parts?
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Posted 2010-06-09 2:09 PM (#227145 - in reply to #226386)
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John, are you sure that you dont have some Swedish blood in you? you're performing a fabulous work with that wreck. I'm really curious of how you're going to bath the body. Very interesting and informative thread - keep up your good work and keep us posted.

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Posted 2010-06-09 8:43 PM (#227201 - in reply to #226386)
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I scraped any loose rust and undercoating, afterwards blowing out the dust with an air hose. Now it's time to bring in the bin. This fiberglass bin was used to haul tomatoes during harvest, and was left behind on a property I was cleaning up. Never knew I was going to use it for anything. After getting it set in place on the concrete floor, it was hosed out, and all possible leakage points sealed up with silicone.

Two of the center braces required removal to fit the body in, and about eight inches of water was added. A few more small leaks were found, and we wet-patched them. The one brace was put back into the bin after the car was set in, and a trucker's strap held the sides together where the last brace could not be put back in. The car was carefully lowered in with a forklift jib, and the carrying straps removed from the body. Water was now almost to the halfway point, and baking soda [lots of it] was mixed into the hose stream. With the water level now almost over the cowl, A positive cable from the battery charger was connected to the anode[junk exhaust pipes] and the negative cable connected to the cathode [body]. After a few hours, the water began to discolor. The next morning, I used two old gondola shelves connected together with a copper cable that i could move around the body at will. The final photos show definite rust water after only one full day.

---John



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Posted 2010-06-09 8:53 PM (#227202 - in reply to #226386)
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Well, add 2 more fans of the 59 Plymouth Sport Fury Convertible fans.
Aivar, (He has a black 59 Sport Fury Convertible) I like it too so at least
8 fans.
Should you have any questions or need any measurements, I'm sure Aivar
would be willing to help!
Kent took a lotta measurements from my 59 Dodge Vert, last time He was here
but He is making a vert out of a hardtop.
Keep up the good work John, and maybe we can get a "Convertible Cruise"
planned, in the not too distant future!!

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Posted 2010-06-09 10:42 PM (#227224 - in reply to #226386)
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Walter passed away on Jul 29, 2014. We will miss you, Walt!

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John, the only thing I could possibly say about what you're doing with that '59 is "WOW"! And you gotta really like punishment. What a job. . . . . . . . .

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Posted 2010-06-09 11:41 PM (#227235 - in reply to #226386)
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After this my desoto conv will be a snap! M'Lisa
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Posted 2010-06-10 8:05 AM (#227259 - in reply to #227235)
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M'Lisa he is making you wait shame, shame. I can't wait to see her when she comes out of the bath. That is a heck of a tub.
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Posted 2010-06-10 3:36 PM (#227307 - in reply to #227259)
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John, you could offer a service with that tub. When you sell sheet metal, tell the buyer that for an additional 15% of the agreed price, you'll de-rust the parts before shipping.

So between this project and M'Lisa's Desoto, where does the 4-4-2 stand in the attack plan?

Once I'm done with the Imperial, the blue wagon and the '57 Saratoga, I have to decide what to do next. If I ever get that far. Maybe finish the '59 Impala? Return my Satellite Sebring to the road? Or dive into the '59 Plymouth two door wagon?

Too many cars, not enough life left.

K.
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Posted 2010-06-10 4:42 PM (#227321 - in reply to #227307)
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Kenny J. - 2010-06-10 12:36 PM

John, you could offer a service with that tub. When you sell sheet metal, tell the buyer that for an additional 15% of the agreed price, you'll de-rust the parts before shipping.

So between this project and M'Lisa's Desoto, where does the 4-4-2 stand in the attack plan?

Once I'm done with the Imperial, the blue wagon and the '57 Saratoga, I have to decide what to do next. If I ever get that far. Maybe finish the '59 Impala? Return my Satellite Sebring to the road? Or dive into the '59 Plymouth two door wagon?

Too many cars, not enough life left.

K.


Kenny, the Hurst/Olds will be next. I need to find a 455 short block to rebuild properly, she does not trust the engine that is currently in the car, ever since it was installed about fifteen years ago it has had heating problems. She will be re-clearing the car and some minor touch up, but not a complete paint job. We want to have the car ready for the nationals up in Reno next summer. The DeSoto will be sometime after that.

---John
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