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plymouth
Posted 2015-01-23 12:37 AM (#468362)
Subject: Not a forward look, but has forward look vibe



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Well, I've moved up in the car world. I first owned a Plymouth, currently own a Dodge Polara, and just bought a 1963 Imperial Crown. It is an all original car, loaded with options, and leather seats. The interior will need to be redone and I'm going to do it in red leather like the following picture shows. I'll probably completely rebuild the mechanicals and paint. It'll be shipped to MS in April. Just thought I'd share some photos.



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SavoyPlaza
Posted 2015-01-23 8:20 AM (#468387 - in reply to #468362)
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Looks good, Christian! Mighty uppity for a Mississippi boy, no?

Very nice score, keep us updated when she gets down South here and you begin work on her.
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imopar380
Posted 2015-01-23 2:45 PM (#468413 - in reply to #468362)
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It's pure Forward Look to me :-) ! The fins are there, just shaved down! It's the same basic structure under the sheet metal as the 57 Imps.
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Posted 2015-01-24 1:50 PM (#468491 - in reply to #468413)
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Posted 2015-01-29 9:00 PM (#468933 - in reply to #468362)
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Cool!!!
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Posted 2015-01-29 9:00 PM (#468934 - in reply to #468362)
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Posted 2015-01-30 5:33 AM (#468953 - in reply to #468362)
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Definitely has Vibe, Nicely optioned car you have there, the original owners order looks likes he ordered it as a drivers car!

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Posted 2015-01-30 8:01 AM (#468960 - in reply to #468362)
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Another Imperial saved! That red interior will look great.
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Posted 2015-01-30 4:53 PM (#469001 - in reply to #468960)
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Milburn Drysdale Imperial ;-) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Q8bNdFfWVtk around the 20 second mark.
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plymouth
Posted 2015-01-31 2:37 PM (#469099 - in reply to #468362)
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Thanks guys. I wasn't sure how you guys would react to a car that is not technically a forward look. I have big plans for this car and I'm going to keep everything 100% stock.
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Posted 2015-01-31 4:30 PM (#469111 - in reply to #468362)
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Very cool car and it looks like it is a decent example to start with. The red interior after you install it will really make that black color pop as they say on the "Counting Cars" TV show.  Good thing you're going to keep it stock and not try to lower it like those cats on "Gas Monkey Garage". 

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Posted 2015-02-01 11:11 AM (#469180 - in reply to #468362)
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That red leather interior will look SO inviting! Congratulations on saving another wonderful car!

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Posted 2015-02-11 9:59 PM (#469899 - in reply to #468362)
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Thanks for all the kind words. I sold the Dodge Polara to help cover the restoration of the Imperial. I am a little sad , but I feel good because I resurrected another car and it's going to a good home.
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plymouth
Posted 2015-02-16 11:19 PM (#470248 - in reply to #468362)
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196061SAVOY
Posted 2015-02-24 8:39 PM (#470862 - in reply to #468362)
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LOL !!!!!!!!!!!!!
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plymouth
Posted 2015-02-24 11:57 PM (#470879 - in reply to #470862)
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196061SAVOY - 2015-02-24 7:39 PM

LOL !!!!!!!!!!!!!


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Posted 2015-02-25 4:50 AM (#470898 - in reply to #470879)
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That's an ambitious project, alright!

Hope you get That Girl (TV show..) as part of the deal, too.

You're now an Imperialist!

The car is conservatively styled (to say the least), BUT: it is a DRIVING machine; it won't wallow
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196061SAVOY
Posted 2015-02-25 6:17 PM (#470955 - in reply to #468362)
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just wonder about your old 61 dodge, what did u pay $ for it , how much $ did u put into it ,and how much did u end up seller $ her for , u seem to buy a lot of old cars, fix them up and then get tired of them and sell them , im just wondering if your making any money, there's always gold, silver, ect ect
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plymouth
Posted 2015-02-25 7:30 PM (#470959 - in reply to #470955)
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196061SAVOY - 2015-02-25 5:17 PM

just wonder about your old 61 dodge, what did u pay $ for it , how much $ did u put into it ,and how much did u end up seller $ her for , u seem to buy a lot of old cars, fix them up and then get tired of them and sell them , im just wondering if your making any money, there's always gold, silver, ect ect


I don't do this for profit. I do it because I truly enjoy cars. I did actually make money on the Dodge, but I don't see them as investments or toys. The Plymouth and the Dodge were given good homes and they aren't rotting in the weeds somewhere. So the way I see it. I have rescued two cars and given them a second chance.
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Posted 2015-02-26 4:43 AM (#470999 - in reply to #468362)
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<p>sounds good, u seem to have a knack at finding these rear old cars,   does it have a 413 or 426, deff diferent, the old man on pornstars loves these cars ,good luck</p>

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plymouth
Posted 2015-04-05 1:53 PM (#474436 - in reply to #468362)
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Here are some photos of the car when it arrived in MS. I'll be home next month and can't wait to get started on this project.



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Posted 2015-04-06 8:49 AM (#474496 - in reply to #468362)
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She'll be in good hands now! I didn't like them all that much when new, but these cars have really grown on me, along with the 1960 models. Worth the trouble, but won't be a cheap car to restore! A great road car... good luck and have fun.
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plymouth
Posted 2015-04-20 3:26 PM (#476114 - in reply to #468362)
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Well one month until I'm back home. Lots of parts have shown up so far. I'll be ready to tear into her when I arrive. Carpet, headliner, glove box liner, weatherstripping, por15 paint, carb kit, various other engine parts, muffler and resonator, front suapension components, and various other pieces from Big M and a few others have arrived .
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Posted 2015-04-20 9:16 PM (#476153 - in reply to #468362)
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just wondering, what did u pay for it,
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plymouth
Posted 2015-04-20 9:35 PM (#476154 - in reply to #476153)
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196061SAVOY - 2015-04-20 8:16 PM

just wondering, what did u pay for it,


Why does it matter??
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plymouth
Posted 2015-10-05 6:38 PM (#491483 - in reply to #468362)
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Update. I've spent the past few months getting all the mechanical stuff sorted out. I won't bore you all with the details. I've painted the floor with por15 then put on some sound insulation. The seats just got back from the upholsterer and I couldn't be happier with the way they turned out. Still waiting on the door panels. I still need to install the carpet and a few small odds and ends. I'll update again when I have something to tell



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Posted 2015-10-05 11:25 PM (#491510 - in reply to #468362)
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Very nice. There are things I like and dislike about that year but overall its a good car. I am a big fan of the 57, 58, 59 imperials. I have a 57 coupe and 58 LeBaron sedan. Hoping to one day get a 59 Plymouth fury 2 door with swivel seat. Anyway not to derail your project. Keep the pics coming. We all like to see restoration updates.

Does that year still have full frame rails as well?
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imopar380
Posted 2015-10-05 11:32 PM (#491512 - in reply to #491510)
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Nice work on the seats Christian. Is that leather or vinyl?
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Posted 2015-10-15 11:28 PM (#492375 - in reply to #468362)
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1963 Imp still had full frame. 1967 was the first year for uni-body.
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plymouth
Posted 2015-12-27 9:29 AM (#499213 - in reply to #468362)
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A while back, a freeze plug finally gave out at idle. I'm taking this opportunity to pull the engine, and paint the firewall. Upon disassembly, I have found that the engine has VERY little wear. The cylinder walls still have hone marks and a very slight ridge at the top of the cylinders. I'm going to just replace all gaskets, hv oil pump, hardened distributor driveshaft, timing set, freeze plugs, valve springs and seals, and the torque converter seal. I will be running synthetic oils throughout the car. I will also be adding relays for theignition, electric choke, and high/low beams. I am debating on adding a mopar performance electronic ignition. I have wrapped all underhood wiring with that plastic wire loom stuff. I'm trying to do small things to improve the overall performance of the car.
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Posted 2015-12-27 10:01 AM (#499215 - in reply to #499213)
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Looking good!!! I love these old Imperials. It's hard to beat the ride they have. I had a 64 and it was like floating down the road. Keep up the good work.
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Posted 2015-12-27 10:24 AM (#499217 - in reply to #468362)
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I love these 62-63 imperials. They drive fantastic. Love ours
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Posted 2015-12-27 5:52 PM (#499241 - in reply to #468362)
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Thanks guys. I'll be posting photos once I start the clean up.
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plymouth
Posted 2016-08-24 8:09 PM (#519724 - in reply to #468362)
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Much has happened in these past few months. I rebuilt the engine with all new parts. It is bored .040 over. The radiator was recored and that hurt my pocketbook. It runs great! The front suspension has been rebuilt and has had an alignment. I installed the carpet and seat belts. New exhaust system and man oh man is she quiet!! The radio is now converted over to FM and has an auxiliary back for mp3s. I still need to either solder the evaporator or find a good used one so the air conditioning will work. The rear bushings and shocks need to be put on as well as the steering shaft insulator. I still need to tidy up the wiring under the hood but that can wait. It's been an expensive journey with lots more to go. I've enjoyed every minute of it.... Well, almost every minute.

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imopar380
Posted 2016-08-24 11:22 PM (#519743 - in reply to #519724)
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You've come a long way Christian, since the first Plymouth! Good work.
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Posted 2016-08-25 6:28 AM (#519760 - in reply to #468362)
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Fantastic work, Christian. She's a real sweetheart now.

I noticed the "Ted's Tuna Boats" tag in one of the photos. Did you buy the car from him? I had the pleasure of a long conversation
with him a few months ago--he's a neat guy, really loves old cars.
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Posted 2016-08-25 7:25 AM (#519765 - in reply to #468362)
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Old Imperials rock!

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Posted 2016-08-29 11:56 PM (#520145 - in reply to #468362)
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plymouth
Posted 2016-11-10 6:18 PM (#525802 - in reply to #468362)
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Starting the undercarriage restoration. I removed the rear strut rods. I must say that these bushings are a bit past their prime.



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plymouth
Posted 2019-10-05 1:09 PM (#588443 - in reply to #468362)
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It's been quite a while since I have given an update. Since the last time I posted, I've replaced the rear strut rods, revulcanized driveshaft center support, and added front disc brakes. The car is completely mechanically sound and is a true joy to own. The engine and rear axle both run synthetic oil and neither leak. I've updated a few things along the way such as Mopar electronic ignition, '71 Imperial alternator with regulator, LED headlights and taillights, and the above mentioned disc brakes. I added relays for headlights, ignition, and air conditioning compressor clutch. I bypassed the ammeter and added a thick wire with fusible link from the alternator output lug to the starter relay. I've managed to get all of the accessories working except for the automatic headlight dimmer. My favorite gadget is the auto pilot.
There is still much more work to do, paint and body are the big ones. The next project will be getting the automatic parking brake release to work. The big Imp is my daily driver, so the progress is slow. However, the car is reliable and is extremely comfortable. I will start posting pictures more frequently with progress.
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