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Powerflite
Posted 2016-09-10 2:48 PM (#520945)
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I just bought this '58 Lancer from out of Los Angeles. Pretty solid car in the front, but quite a bit of rust in the back for some reason. Built in Los Angeles with a 325 poly, 3 speed Torqueflite, power steering & manual brakes. Seems to have all its original wheels. I'm either going to use some spinner hubcaps or dog dish caps. Trying to figure out the paint scheme I would like to put on it. Any suggestions would be welcome. I'm not a fan of all white - too boring. This car I am going to get running and then get it painted relatively quickly since there isn't a huge amount of work involved to do that.



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Powerflite
Posted 2016-09-10 2:53 PM (#520946 - in reply to #520945)
Subject: RE: White 1958 Coronet Lancer



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Here are some pictures of the condition of the car. The trunk lid needs to be replaced. Pretty difficult fix there. Same situation with the trunk pan. It probably had a rubber mat covering it all to make it this bad. But the quarter panels just need a minor patch. The interior floors are really nice.



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Powerflite
Posted 2016-09-10 3:04 PM (#520947 - in reply to #520945)
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Here is the body tag. I think it reads:

M5: 1
SO: 1307, No. 5036, MODEL: LD2L, BT: 332, PT: XXX, TR: 141

Can anyone tell me if these door panels look to be original to this car? It seems odd to have a solid green dash and blue door panels.



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Lancer Mike
Posted 2016-09-10 10:59 PM (#520973 - in reply to #520947)
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Hi, Nathan. TRM Code 141 is a green Coronet interior. You have the deluxe interior. In the above images, the door panels look green to me. Maybe the sun has faded them to a blueish color(?). They look original to me.
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Doctor DeSoto
Posted 2016-09-11 12:25 AM (#520975 - in reply to #520973)
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I had a near identical Coronet coupe, except it had the super-ugly Spring Special
trim (full package). While the car was black and gold (a good thing), the way Dodge
dorked up their 58 two-toning was a no-go and there was no way I was keeping that
side trim, so I got a set of the holdover 57 trim out of my yard and gave it a 57 two-
tone scheme. I sold this car to pay for my Fireflite, so it never got into paint. Black
and gold would have looked good, but I tend to favor the uniquely late 50's pastels,
if I am going to change away from a car's original colors.


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Powerflite
Posted 2016-09-11 12:33 AM (#520977 - in reply to #520973)
Subject: RE: White 1958 Coronet Lancer



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What does a deluxe interior consist of? Is the sombrero part of that option package?

The camera is bad about changing the hue. The door panels are definitely blue and the dash is a true green. So it makes me wonder. Blue and green are an odd choice to mix. But I think if I paint the outside mint green that it would go well enough with both the blue and green... maybe. And mint is more of a pastel green so it might look pretty good that way. The other option is charcoal and white, but I think it would look better with more color than that.

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oldwood
Posted 2016-09-11 1:25 PM (#520998 - in reply to #520977)
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I have a trunk lid if you can't find one closer than Arkansas. Great looking Dodge!!!
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Powerflite
Posted 2016-09-11 7:49 PM (#521018 - in reply to #520998)
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Thanks Dorsey. If you were closer, I would definitely take you up on it. I am hoping that either John or Gary has one I can grab. I am going to John's place for the shin dig so maybe I can get one then... if he has one available. I was planning to take the '58 Desoto up there. Do you think a Dodge lid would fit inside a Desoto trunk? Or maybe I could try driving up there lidless and bolting it on

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Doctor DeSoto
Posted 2016-09-11 8:30 PM (#521019 - in reply to #521018)
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Dodge also offered the Buzzard Puke Green. An outstanding color, if I do say
so myself !

It looks great with white, but I have seen a very few cars with black or charcoal,
which is quite striking.





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Powerflite
Posted 2016-09-12 12:11 PM (#521069 - in reply to #521019)
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It is looking like this one is going to get some buzzard puke on it too. The wife approves the mint/white w/whitewall combo, but I think I prefer the charcoal/mint w/dog dishes. The wife says darker green/black makes it look like an army jeep! So I guess that one is out. I'm looking forward to the day your buzzard starts busting those boulevards again.



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Powerflite
Posted 2016-09-17 1:18 PM (#521456 - in reply to #521069)
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The more I look at them, the more I like the black and dark green. I made some progress on getting it running. Rebuilt water pump and rebuilt carb. I didn't touch the generator & power steering pump because I want to see if they work first. The air cleaner will be converted to a 4bbl soon so I left it unfinished for the time being. Once I get the electronic distributor & fuel pump setup properly, I should be able to see if this thing runs, and how well. Still ZERO brakes though so it isn't moving anywhere yet.



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Doctor DeSoto
Posted 2016-09-17 2:36 PM (#521459 - in reply to #521069)
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I am into "design", and as a result, I tend to view topics like this along multiple
lines of thought.

I personally prefer the white and green as an overall "best aesthetic", given the
2HT lines of the car, Dodge style fins and 2-toning, and general trim. I think the
"face"of a 58 is rather "bright eyed" and "perky", which I think the white and green
lends itself well to. It is a complimentary color combo.

On the other hand, sometimes contrasting themes produce interesting, or even
better results than complimentary. My best example is my own Plaza. No one will
ever argue that a 58 Fury or Belvedere is flat-out ultra-sexy with that hockey stick
trim, fender "barb" ornaments, swept back antennas, etc. ... built around that 2HT
roof. But taking that same basic canvas to an "all wrong" format of tall, cumbersome
4s roof, removing all the trim so it's just one finned blob of one color, black walls and
dog dishies, .... it is the old man at the beach in shorts, black socks, and sandals !
.... ugly, but cool for being so different. I find this angle particularly attractive on
cars that are overly "done the same" in the hobby, .... like the 58 Plymouth. I think
a 59 Dodge is another good example of a car done far too typically, and a stripper
trimmed example would really look cool in the sea of over-blinged examples.

This anti-bling paradigm seems to be picking up more and more followers. Maybe
someone will build a nicely untrimmed 59 Dodge in an unsexy color ?







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Posted 2016-09-17 4:59 PM (#521474 - in reply to #520945)
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those dark greens make it look like a ww2 car... gonna have to pass on the 'Staff car" look
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Powerflite
Posted 2016-09-17 7:37 PM (#521494 - in reply to #521474)
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Do you guys have a suggestion for color scheme? This is the original interior fabric, but I am willing to change things around. But I want to keep the door panels as is because they are in pretty good shape.



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Powerflite
Posted 2016-09-18 1:46 AM (#521512 - in reply to #521494)
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It's alive! I couldn't get the intermediate shaft out of the motor to do the electronic distributor conversion so I made an adapter to mount to the end of the electronic distributor. I fired it up and it seems to run really well. We'll see when I put it under load, but so far it seems quite responsive. The old fuel pump even works well. I have it sucking out of a can right now because the tank has been sitting for who knows how long without even a cap on it, and it is nasty smelling. The fan needs a smaller spacer. The one on there is too long to assemble, and it doesn't work without any spacer. But as soon as I get that sorted and get the cooling system functional, I will put it in gear (with the wheels off the ground) and see if the trans & power steering decides to work or not. Bit by bit, I am determined to get this thing on the road.
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oldwood
Posted 2016-09-18 3:28 AM (#521515 - in reply to #521459)
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Doctor DeSoto - 2016-09-17 2:36 PM

I am into "design", and as a result, I tend to view topics like this along multiple
lines of thought.

I personally prefer the white and green as an overall "best aesthetic", given the
2HT lines of the car, Dodge style fins and 2-toning, and general trim. I think the
"face"of a 58 is rather "bright eyed" and "perky", which I think the white and green
lends itself well to. It is a complimentary color combo.

On the other hand, sometimes contrasting themes produce interesting, or even
better results than complimentary. My best example is my own Plaza. No one will
ever argue that a 58 Fury or Belvedere is flat-out ultra-sexy with that hockey stick
trim, fender "barb" ornaments, swept back antennas, etc. ... built around that 2HT
roof. But taking that same basic canvas to an "all wrong" format of tall, cumbersome
4s roof, removing all the trim so it's just one finned blob of one color, black walls and
dog dishies, .... it is the old man at the beach in shorts, black socks, and sandals !
.... ugly, but cool for being so different. I find this angle particularly attractive on
cars that are overly "done the same" in the hobby, .... like the 58 Plymouth. I think
a 59 Dodge is another good example of a car done far too typically, and a stripper
trimmed example would really look cool in the sea of over-blinged examples.

This anti-bling paradigm seems to be picking up more and more followers. Maybe
someone will build a nicely untrimmed 59 Dodge in an unsexy color ?

Old Doc is now posting his likes of a '59 Dodge!!! Guys, I think he is coming out of the closet. Its great to hear any car running after a long hibernation. I just got a '59 Dodge Flathead running after a 30yr. hibernation
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60 Imp
Posted 2016-09-18 7:45 AM (#521524 - in reply to #520945)
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Awesome to see this car saved, well done Nate. Keep the pics coming.
I am gonna buck the trend, I recon these FL cars look very nice in all white, just my opinion, and I don even know why (especially a 58 Doggie 2drht!).

Steve.
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Doctor DeSoto
Posted 2016-09-18 11:26 AM (#521537 - in reply to #521524)
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Dorsey,

Unlike most people think, I can be objective on most subjects, even if I hate
the matter at hand. I still think the 59 Dodge looks like and angry clown with
bad trim choices slathered excessively all over it. I also understand that for the
very reasons I do not like them, people LOVE this car design ! So, I'll accept
reality as I find it, offer up objective points on how one might make their 59 a
little different than the typical, and get back to liking cleaner, more integrated
design. Afterall, for most of the past 50 years, most people have considered
ALL of these finned cars the zenith of excess and ugly. Please, make a note of
it !!!

That fabric is AWESOME !!! Worthy of building a car AROUND !!! Honestly, I
think a person would be hard-pressed to do better with a 58 Dodge coupe than
the green and white shown previously and that fabric on the seats and door panels.
This is the epitome of what MAKES a "George Jetson" car so cool.
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oldwood
Posted 2016-09-18 11:53 AM (#521539 - in reply to #521537)
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I would have 1 of each and enjoy them all. But reality is $$$, time and space. Not many people liked the '61 but it now has a following. I, like DOC enjoy the strippers but will buy anyone of them even if I don't keep them. We all do what we can to save a FL car. Let the trash talk come from those that don't see the beauty that Virgil Exner left us. The Mopar engineers gave us some of the best engines and transmissions ever to be made. I hope to see DOC and ole Buzzard Puke running the roads someday.
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Posted 2016-09-18 9:24 PM (#521569 - in reply to #521539)
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Dorsey, I am rolling the attic rafters in the shop right now. Hope to have
the place decked and tarped for the winter by the end of this coming week ???
I will need to reroute the stove pipe to get the heat back operational, and then
I am back in business for working on the cars for the winter. Not sure if I will
keep welding on the DeSoto, or perhaps push old Elmer the Buzzard Puke Plaza
forward in the paint process. Maybe a little of both ? I have to finish the build
on the Model T engine and get that installed somewhere in the mix, but all-in-
all, things are FINALLY getting to a place of functional workshop !
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Powerflite
Posted 2016-09-18 11:55 PM (#521575 - in reply to #521569)
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You should start a thread in the nether region on your T motor build. Many of us would enjoy seeing what you are doing. But if my vote counts for anything, and I'm sure it doesn't; I vote you get the Plaza done first.
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Doctor DeSoto
Posted 2016-09-19 12:36 AM (#521577 - in reply to #521575)
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I see the Plaza getting finish bodywork and paint prep in the next year.
Questionable that I can paint it in that time frame, just because I need
to finish a painting area, fan wiring, etc. to really do a decent job. The
bodywork and prep doesn't require as much commitment.

As mentioned here or elsewhere, my pre-war car interest has largely
overtaken my fin car interest. The T is way more fun.
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oldwood
Posted 2016-09-19 10:42 AM (#521610 - in reply to #520945)
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The Plaza will give you just as much joy driving it. It will be a lot safer. Screw the paint, drive it. Both of you guys start driving the survivor cars!!!! That's what I'm doing with this one, for now!!!


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Posted 2016-09-19 8:15 PM (#521648 - in reply to #521610)
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The Plaza went to bare metal and is now in primer. No half measures
now. And I am guessing you have never driven a T truck. The jolly
factor for a guy who likes old rusty junk is far greater with the T. The
number of starry-eyed douchebags that approach you is 100x higher
with a finned car.

"Is that Christine ?"

"Does it have a Hemi ?"

"Nice 57 Chevy !"

"Yeah, My Dad bought one of those new with a 426. He set all sorts
of land speed records with it."

"Do you do a lot of carmshows and pretend it's the 50's ?"

"I just love Lost in the 50's !"



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Posted 2016-09-19 8:26 PM (#521649 - in reply to #521648)
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I had a '31 Ford Coupe and someone had to have it.
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Posted 2016-09-27 5:42 PM (#522203 - in reply to #520945)
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White is nice but the spring colors of poppy re, lavender or teal may look great on fins & or roof
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Posted 2016-09-28 12:16 PM (#522257 - in reply to #521648)
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Doctor DeSoto - 2016-09-19 8:15 PM
"Is that Christine ?" (I get this allllllll the time)

"Nice 57 Chevy !" ( My Imperial gets "Cool Caddy" a lot)

"Yeah, My Dad bought one of those new with a 426. He set all sorts
of land speed records with it." (Yes. Another very annoying thing. Or a sears A/C unit under dash that is "Factory A/C")


hahaha.

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Powerflite
Posted 2016-10-09 5:29 PM (#522990 - in reply to #522257)
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Converted the car to disc brakes and redid all the front lines, but not shown in picture. I used a disc master from a '73 Dart. If I end up converting the car to power brakes, I will do a remote reservoir on it, but I wanted to try it out with manual brakes first.



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Posted 2016-10-09 5:36 PM (#522992 - in reply to #522990)
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Swapped to 2.76 gears in the back. Still need to cut down the axles and adjust the end play. The oil in this axle wasn't 90 weight. I think it was straight 30 weight motor oil. I couldn't get a good price on replacement 11x2" brakes so I decided to swap to 12x2.5" brakes from the Windsor parts car instead. I am in a hurry to get this running and moved so I didn't take the time to paint the rear axle housing & springs.



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Powerflite
Posted 2016-10-20 1:48 AM (#523865 - in reply to #520945)
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I replaced the gas tank and fuel sender. The tank was workable, but I didn't want to deal with all the crud & rust inside so I just replaced it. Finished the brake & axle job except I still have to wire up a mechanical brake switch. I got all the exterior lights working, but not a single electrical device works on the interior of the car. I ordered a new voltage regulator that should fix the no-charge issue. There is a strange coolant leak from the back of the motor. It isn't from the intake or the head gasket. The only place I can figure it coming from is a block plug on the back of the block. Drat, that is a tough one to fix, but hopefully I can seal it with a small amount of copper seal. The freeze plugs on the sides of the block are not rusted and seem to be in good shape.

I took the car for it's maiden run tonight. This 325 poly motor is really strong! This is likely the strongest forwardlook car I own. Even with the 2.76 gears, it gets up and moves quite well. The trans, front suspension and power steering work great untouched. The brake pedal is still a little spongy because I am having trouble getting all the air out for some reason, but the brakes work great other than that. I should be able to get all the air out with time. Next on the agenda is to fix the bench seat adjuster catch. It isn't catching so the front seat slides back and forth continually. It's enough to drive me insane!
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Posted 2016-10-20 4:19 PM (#523927 - in reply to #520945)
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Man, you are really moving along on this '58! Very impressed Nathan!
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Posted 2016-10-20 5:26 PM (#523933 - in reply to #523927)
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Thanks Dave I am probably more motivated than usual because I purchased a 392 hemi from a '57 New Yorker that is sitting in the back of my wagon that I can't unload until this car is moved.
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Posted 2016-10-21 6:57 AM (#523971 - in reply to #523933)
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I'm biased, but I haven't yet seen a colour combo that I prefer to the white over mint on my own '58 Dodge.

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We share the same deluxe interior. It goes really well with the mint. I wish mine had your lovely cloth design.

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The 2bbl 325 in mine is perky too. A fine motor.

Discs? Really?

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Posted 2016-10-21 8:08 AM (#523977 - in reply to #523971)
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Thanks for the pics John. You have the same bluish door panels that I do, so it looks like they do fade from green to blue quite easily. Either that, or that is the color they were made. Yeah, the discs are pretty much required if you want to be able to drive in Los Angeles. Too many crazy drivers out here.

Your steering wheel is making me very jealous! It looks new. I think most of my steering wheel is on the floor now.
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Posted 2016-10-21 12:05 PM (#523987 - in reply to #523933)
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Powerflite - 2016-10-20 2:26 PM

Thanks Dave I am probably more motivated than usual because I purchased a 392 hemi from a '57 New Yorker that is sitting in the back of my wagon that I can't unload until this car is moved. :laugh:


That's a really good reason . . . . ha ha ha!
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Posted 2016-10-21 1:58 PM (#523996 - in reply to #520977)
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Powerflite - 2016-09-10 10:33 PM

What does a deluxe interior consist of?


Hi, Nathan - sorry about the late reply. Sombreros were optional with all interiors!
The "upgrade" Coronet interior had dippity-doo swishtity swoops (to use the technical term) in the mylar portion of the door panels.
They also got setback dippers too, instead of the straight seat back of the standard Coronet trim.
Upgraded fabrics and carpeted floors were also part of the deal-leo.


Doc and I vote for Fire Engine Red!

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Doctor DeSoto
Posted 2016-10-21 7:24 PM (#524007 - in reply to #523996)
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Yeah, Mike is right. A lot of guys try to run cover for their secret desire
to meet up with other dudes in the bus station men's room by going with
the bright red. I think it's a good plan.
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Posted 2016-10-22 3:35 PM (#524083 - in reply to #523977)
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Powerflite - 2016-10-21 1:08 PM

Thanks for the pics John. You have the same bluish door panels that I do, so it looks like they do fade from green to blue quite easily. Either that, or that is the color they were made.


I don't believe mine have faded, the pale blue is uniform, so I reckon it is stock.

I like the darker metallic green paint on the dash, contrasting with the very pale green on the glove box and instrument panel. Excellent, complimentary colours, just like the skin and flesh of an avocado pear.

I love that glove box, from the outside it promises so much (enough space for 50 pairs of gloves worth) but when you open it, it delivers so little! It does say road maps though, which is some consolation.
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Posted 2016-10-22 9:59 PM (#524105 - in reply to #524083)
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Thanks for the info Mike! Sounds like I had better hang onto that sombrero. I do really enjoy having those dippy seats. Much better looking IMO.

Doc, I have no idea what the connection of those two things are, but please don't educate me. Sometimes ignorance really is bliss.

John, yeah, I like the two shades of greens together too. I am not sure about the blues and greens though. I may die my door panels.... but I may just leave them too.

My '57 Windsor parts car came to the rescue again. I removed the seat mechanism and found that I have no idea how to fix it. It is fully latched, but the latch did nothing and it just slid around. Looks like I would have to remove the rivets that are holding it together to even figure out if I could fix it. But fortunately, I kept the mechanisms from the Windsor and just installed that. Worked out great. So much better now.

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Posted 2016-10-22 10:06 PM (#524106 - in reply to #520945)
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I also finished installing the brake light switch. I welded a piece of angle iron to the pedal bracket, but cut it to clear the spring and pushrod bolt. I also rounded most of the edges to make it more safe when I have my head up in there. I threaded the bracket with 1/2-20 thread so that I only need to use one jam nut to tighten it in place. That makes it a lot easier to set in place and more sturdy too. After I finsished it, I took the car for another test drive and my generator suddenly started working for no reason. Weird. Everything works well enough to drive now. Time to set up an appointment at the DMV so that I can do a VIN verification. It has a California title, but it hasn't been registered since 1990 so it fell out of the system.

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Posted 2016-10-27 5:21 PM (#524589 - in reply to #524106)
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Scored today. Got a set of dog dish caps for the car for a very reasonable price! Anyone know how hard and expensive is it to re-plate the centers on these?



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Posted 2016-10-27 11:34 PM (#524618 - in reply to #524589)
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Powerflite - 2016-10-27 5:21 PM

Scored today. Got a set of dog dish caps for the car for a very reasonable price! Anyone know how hard and expensive is it to re-plate the centers on these?


Great score! It wasn't actual electroplate. It was a gold "coating", or paint. Lacquer thinner or paint remover will take it right off!

I wish Neil could chime in here! He did research on what this coating was. Same as what was used on the Q panel shields and lances.

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Posted 2016-11-02 12:39 AM (#525043 - in reply to #524618)
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Thanks for the info Greg, and thanks a lot for selling me the Lancer emblems. I put them in place temporarily and they really do transform the look of the car! I also replaced the tired lenses on the car. I was surprised at how much cheaper they are than the Chrysler & DeSoto lenses. I also removed the rusted rear exhaust pipe, but kept the good section from the muffler forward and turned it out to the side to make it easy without spending a lot of money and effort on the exhaust right now.

Apparently there is a guy in LA that can selectively plate these things in gold. I am going to take a look at my friend's car who had it done and check out how well it comes out. But the next thing I am working on is to replace the trunk lid with the one I got from John. It needs some work before it can go on, unfortunately, but not too difficult.

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Posted 2016-11-02 10:55 AM (#525060 - in reply to #520945)
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She's looking great! Is that the same car that sat next to a small lake north of Dodger stadium for a long time?
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Posted 2016-11-02 11:13 AM (#525066 - in reply to #524589)
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Powerflite - 2016-10-27 2:21 PM

Scored today. Got a set of dog dish caps for the car for a very reasonable price! Anyone know how hard and expensive is it to re-plate the centers on these?


Nathan, remove the old color first, then get some yellow toner from the paint store, along with some urethane clearcoat. Put several drops of toner into several ounces of clear, mix well, then try a sample on a piece of tin foil. Add toner until the desired gold is achieved, then use Scotch-Brite to scuff the knight's heads, and spray directly on. The more coats the darker the color.

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Posted 2016-11-02 4:03 PM (#525105 - in reply to #520945)
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Thanks Paul. I'm not sure, but maybe not. I bought it from a guy in Whittier. He had it only a couple years and the last person to register it, lived just North of Napa valley.

Thanks for the tip John. I'll give that a try and see how it goes.
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Posted 2016-11-02 5:25 PM (#525116 - in reply to #525105)
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Good score on the hubcaps! Four '57s and one '58.
Gold plate will give it a super shiny look, you can get about the same from a gold lacquer sold at Hobby Lobby.

Bus station men's rooms? Well, if they have beer...

Here are a couple of images of my Minty green car to whet your appetite!

http://www.forwardlook.net/forums/forums/thread-view.asp?tid=40731&posts=55&start=1

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Posted 2016-11-03 12:19 AM (#525138 - in reply to #525116)
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Are you saying that the '58 cap didn't have gold knights and had a black background around it instead?

Thanks for the link. Your car looks awesome! I am really jealous. Do you know where I can get re-pops of the exhaust deflectors that mount to the bumper?
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Posted 2016-11-03 1:03 AM (#525140 - in reply to #525043)
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Powerflite - 2016-11-02 12:39 AM

Thanks for the info Greg, and thanks a lot for selling me the Lancer emblems. I put them in place temporarily and they really do transform the look of the car! .


Oh, yeah, they bring the car to life!! Seems silly! But they really do.

Greg
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Posted 2016-11-03 1:15 AM (#525141 - in reply to #520945)
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Rustoleum has the best gold paint. their new metallic.

Bright like the original.
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