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71charger_fan
Posted 2018-06-03 9:23 AM (#564460 - in reply to #526294)
Subject: Re: '55 Plaza Suburban arrives today


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I have a pair of armrests, but am not where they're supposed to attach as Plazas (at least my Plaza) didn't come with armrests.
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56D500boy
Posted 2018-06-03 10:28 AM (#564468 - in reply to #564460)
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71charger_fan - 2018-06-03 9:23 AM
I have a pair of armrests, but am not where they're supposed to attach as Plazas (at least my Plaza) didn't come with armrests.


Not sure if you've posted a photo of one of your doors with the inner door panel off, but I am guessing the location of the screw receivers is already marked or even punched out. If it isn't punched out you would have to open a rectangular slot (2 actually). Then the next trick is creating the armrest screw receiver clips which fit in those slots. If possible, the receiver clips could be cannibalized off any 55-56 Plymouth or Dodge (or probably Desoto or Chrysler).

Somebody with a 2dr sedan (or wagon), e.g. Nathan (Powerflite) might be able to measure location(s) for the slots if your door is not already punched.

Some photos (of my right rear door that needed some anti-rust conditioning) and the clips, etc.:



Edited by 56D500boy 2018-06-03 10:30 AM




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71charger_fan
Posted 2018-06-05 3:31 PM (#564610 - in reply to #564460)
Subject: Re: '55 Plaza Suburban arrives today


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So, I've been going round and round trying to get the fuel gauge working. Had 12.36 volts at the gauge, but nothing at the sender. Continuity was fine on both leads going to the sender, so I added a ground to the sender and still nothing. I pulled the gauge and sender and tested them straight from the battery according to the FSM. The needle didn't move. So, I grabbed the original gauge, filed the points in the gauge, and hooked it up. It worked. So, I filed the points in the NOS gauge, hooked it up, and it worked. Who knew there were points in a fuel gauge?



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56D500boy
Posted 2018-06-05 5:57 PM (#564628 - in reply to #564610)
Subject: Re: '55 Plaza Suburban arrives today



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Wow. I am holding a 56 Dodge fuel gauge in my hand and I must be blind. I can't see any points.

You know that isn't the right battery for your car right? (In terms of location of the 12V terminals that is).
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71charger_fan
Posted 2018-06-05 6:15 PM (#564630 - in reply to #526294)
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I tried putting the battery in the other way but the negative cable was too short. It was cheaper to flip the battery around than buy a longer ground cable.
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71charger_fan
Posted 2018-06-05 7:08 PM (#564638 - in reply to #526294)
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"I am holding a 56 Dodge fuel gauge in my hand and I must be blind. I can't see any points. "
The points are only on the wagon gauge. They may exist because they didn't use fuses at the time. They may function as a circuit breaker.
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Powerflite
Posted 2018-06-05 7:43 PM (#564642 - in reply to #526294)
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Most likely those points are used as a crude voltage regulator. That is what allows the gauge to run on either supply voltage. Mopar vehicles in the '60's used this same technology to provide an average 5 volt supply to their gauges.

Edited by Powerflite 2018-06-05 7:45 PM
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Old Ray
Posted 2018-06-05 8:09 PM (#564643 - in reply to #564642)
Subject: Re: '55 Plaza Suburban arrives today



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Powerflite - 2018-06-05 5:43 PM Most likely those points are used as a crude voltage regulator.


What he said !

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71charger_fan
Posted 2018-06-07 9:06 PM (#564765 - in reply to #564638)
Subject: Re: '55 Plaza Suburban arrives today


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I got one of the last two panels covered today then ran out of staples.



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71charger_fan
Posted 2018-06-08 4:32 PM (#564829 - in reply to #564765)
Subject: Re: '55 Plaza Suburban arrives today


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Today, my wife covered the last interior panel and I installed it. Now, I need to do something about the rear seat armrests and the cargo load floor.




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71charger_fan
Posted 2018-06-10 3:16 PM (#564963 - in reply to #564829)
Subject: Re: '55 Plaza Suburban arrives today


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Went to today's Mopar show at Mason Dixon Dragway. That was a mistake.



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71charger_fan
Posted 2018-06-17 2:53 PM (#565256 - in reply to #564963)
Subject: Re: '55 Plaza Suburban arrives today


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I decided to take a swing at carpeting the load floor. I had to clean up the edges as there was a little rust and some pinholes. So, I sealed them up with a combination of POR15 and POR putty. Then, I went around the edges with masking tape and filled in with masking paper. Then, I put the pattern on some indoor/outdoor carpet I picked up at a local discount store. The color of the carpet was supposed to be charcoal, but it seems more blue. I may buy different carpet and switch it out. For the time being, it's much better than the bare blue-painted steel.



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71charger_fan
Posted 2018-06-17 2:56 PM (#565257 - in reply to #565256)
Subject: Re: '55 Plaza Suburban arrives today


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Measuring and cutting the padding would have been easier without the assistance of my Great Pyrenees.



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Old Ray
Posted 2018-06-17 8:10 PM (#565267 - in reply to #526294)
Subject: Re: '55 Plaza Suburban arrives today



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Looks great.....thank you for posting. (can't wait).
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