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Fireflite56
Posted 2017-08-23 1:13 AM (#546799 - in reply to #520208)
Subject: RE: Restoration of a Junkyard Rescue 1956 Fireflite



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Here are some older photos I have of the seats and door panels that were re-done by the previous owner before I bought the car. They are mostly correct, though the door panels are missing the screws in the myrolene (I have the missing trim pieces to install) and the white insert on the top of the seats dips down too low. Because of the level I am restoring this car to, I am strongly considering re-doing the tops of the seats after the car is finished. The screws will be easy to add with the rest of the door panel trim. For reference (because these types of photos are EXTREMELY helpful to someone attempting to do a correct restoration), I am also including a few photos from another car that has never had the interior re-done and has the same trim code as mine.



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57desoto
Posted 2017-08-23 6:12 AM (#546804 - in reply to #520208)
Subject: Re: Restoration of a Junkyard Rescue 1956 Fireflite



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Awesome, David! Not many folks would notice the extra "dip length" in the material. My hat is off to you for getting it right. It's a shame that someone went to all the trouble of making the seats over but didn't take the extra effort to do them correctly.
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ronbo97
Posted 2017-08-23 11:07 AM (#546821 - in reply to #546804)
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This will be a stunning car when you get done. Good job !

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Fireflite56
Posted 2018-01-17 12:49 AM (#556430 - in reply to #520208)
Subject: RE: Restoration of a Junkyard Rescue 1956 Fireflite



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Work has been slow, but here are a few recent photos of the bodywork in progress. Again, the body and paint work is being done at Stellar Antique Auto Restorations in Kansas. I have kept myself busy working on getting patch panels cut out of my parts car and working with SMS for the last 9 months to get a correct headliner. The second attempt is in the mail this week, so fingers crossed it's finally correct.



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57desoto
Posted 2018-01-17 6:22 AM (#556435 - in reply to #520208)
Subject: Re: Restoration of a Junkyard Rescue 1956 Fireflite



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She'll be a beauty when done, David!
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Fireflite56
Posted 2018-01-23 11:24 PM (#556839 - in reply to #520208)
Subject: RE: Restoration of a Junkyard Rescue 1956 Fireflite



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Thanks Ed!

Headliner Update: After 9 months since the original order placement, one wrong headliner sent in July, 20+ emails and phone calls, detailed photos sent, one original sample sent to SMS, and 2 sets of reproduction samples sent to me, to SMS's credit, what I finally received last week is a 100% identical match to the original. Assuming it fits, I couldn't be any happier with the final result.



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Fireflite56
Posted 2018-02-27 9:12 PM (#558949 - in reply to #520208)
Subject: RE: Restoration of a Junkyard Rescue 1956 Fireflite



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Some photo updates from the shop this week showing the dent(s) being pulled out on the passenger rear quarter ahead of the wheel well.



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Fireflite56
Posted 2018-03-09 12:57 AM (#559490 - in reply to #520208)
Subject: RE: Restoration of a Junkyard Rescue 1956 Fireflite



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I took a trip on Saturday down to Kansas where my car is to check on the progress up to this point and to deliver more parts that will be needed, including all the patch panels out of the parts car. Here are a few photo updates from that visit plus a few of the trunk with the new corner patches welded in. The end goal is to have all body, paint, panel alignment, sweep trim (because of access and panel alignment), glass, rubber, headliner, roof mouldings, and chassis work completed here and then to bring the car home for the rest of the work. What is being done in the shop is either stuff that I can't do myself (at least not up to a level I am happy with) or makes sense to do along the way.



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Posted 2018-03-09 5:48 AM (#559495 - in reply to #520208)
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Some nice work. I am liking the updates Mucho! I like 56 Desoto's a lot. I have seen exactly two.



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ToMopar
Posted 2018-03-09 6:01 AM (#559496 - in reply to #520208)
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great to see the result of your sweaty work
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mikes2nd
Posted 2018-03-09 6:47 AM (#559501 - in reply to #520208)
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How are you paying the body shop guy? by the hour? How many hours so far?
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1956DeS
Posted 2018-03-09 7:48 AM (#559505 - in reply to #520208)
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Glad to see another one getting restored.
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Fireflite56
Posted 2018-03-09 9:18 AM (#559507 - in reply to #520208)
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Thanks everyone.

He charges by the hour, but typically I make payments in chunks preceding the work to be done. I had a ballpark estimate for the cost of what I was having done and knew the car wouldn't have any major surprises (the front end was original paint yet), so I knew pretty well what I was getting into ahead of time.
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PolaraPaul
Posted 2018-03-09 9:36 AM (#559508 - in reply to #520208)
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Great work David! Fun to see it come along and your organized approach.
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Fireflite56
Posted 2018-03-09 12:23 PM (#559525 - in reply to #520208)
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Thanks Paul! Hopefully I'll get it up to Iola after it is done and you'll be able to see it in person!
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Posted 2018-03-09 1:22 PM (#559528 - in reply to #559525)
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Very nice work David!
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Fireflite56
Posted 2018-03-16 12:00 AM (#559976 - in reply to #520208)
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Thanks Matt!

The firewall patches are welded in (we suspect a leaking heater core as the culprit). The passenger side came out of a parts car and the driver's side was a simple flat piece of metal. Work has also been started to repair the passenger floor pan. The patch from the parts car required only a small repair whereas that area of the pan from the car was very thin and littered with holes from years of water sitting. The last photo is the pressed cardboard for the underside of the trunk lid.

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Fireflite56
Posted 2018-03-22 10:24 PM (#560332 - in reply to #520208)
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Work progresses on the passenger floor pan.



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Fireflite56
Posted 2018-04-05 10:07 PM (#561207 - in reply to #520208)
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The passenger floor pan patch is completely installed. The other floor photos shown are of a few pinholes on the driver's side that will need to be addressed. The first of the paint also arrived this week, so I will need to compare it to original parts, paint chip charts, and the color and upholstery book.



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1956DeS
Posted 2018-04-06 9:11 AM (#561213 - in reply to #520208)
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Fireflite56
Posted 2018-04-16 9:11 PM (#561752 - in reply to #520208)
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The passenger rocker had some pinholes, so it was cut out so that the inside could be exposed to make sure that all the rust was addressed. A few pinholes on the backside of the rocker will need to be fixed and then the replacement rocker off the parts car will go on instead of the original since it was cleaner.

I also received the first paint samples from Tim! The white matches all the cars we have here, but the yellow was a little dark. We have a car with original yellow in the door jam and a spare yellow fender that has an unexposed spot under the sweep insert. The color and upholstery book seems to be pretty close to the door jam color. It's hard to convey the exact shadings in the photos here. He'll try mixing in a little of the white in and see if that lightens up the yellow to where it needs to be.



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ronbo97
Posted 2018-04-16 10:12 PM (#561756 - in reply to #561752)
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David -

Have that large paint chip in the color and upholstery book scanned and get the exact formula based on that. Then have that formula mixed up.

Another question: Any idea why there are those two lightbulb-shaped holes where the removable floor panel attaches to the floor pan ? I had the same ones on my '55 Desoto and considered cutting them out and welding a patch to accept the coarse-threaded sheet metal screws that are used elsewhere to attach the panel. But I left 'as is' and used a small bolt, washer and nut to secure.

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Posted 2018-04-16 10:59 PM (#561761 - in reply to #561752)
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If your 56 Desoto was a Canadian car, the yellow and white combinations would have been Code 11 Surf White and Code 24 Butterfly Yellow. I am guessing that the interior would have been Code 85 White leather and Black and Silver Cloth. In Canada.

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Fireflite56
Posted 2018-04-19 10:42 PM (#561943 - in reply to #520208)
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Ron, I am not sure what those cut-outs are for. The insert would mate up there, but the insert is just thru-holes. Maybe they are alignment slots for easy installation? Perhaps Tim knows. I hesitate having the book scanned because I am afraid that color may not be 100% correct after all the years of aging. The white was noticeably aged. I simply used it as another point of comparison with the door jam and the loose fender.

Dave, I don't think I have seen that image before. My car is Detroit-built so it is Sunny Yello, just like in the photos I posted.
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