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jboymechanic
Posted 2017-08-14 9:32 PM (#546210)
Subject: 1956 Imperial Coupe



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I started working on this car in 2004 after it sat since 1965 on my grandfather's farm, and even though I've been a member on this forum for close to a decade I've not posted a whole lot about this car. Well today I received initial pictures from the body shop that's painting the car and it's time to start sharing. Car is "Fleet White" over "Tango Red" and it looks to be pretty straight. Much much more to come when I get the car home and finally start getting the last of the car together.




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Fireflite56
Posted 2017-08-14 9:44 PM (#546211 - in reply to #546210)
Subject: Re: 1956 Imperial Coupe



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Jon, it looks like you're making nice progress - I can't wait to see it up at Gus's when it's finished! Regarding your glass, did you have to replace the windshield in the car? If so, who was the source?
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jboymechanic
Posted 2017-08-14 10:13 PM (#546212 - in reply to #546210)
Subject: Re: 1956 Imperial Coupe



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Front and rear windshields are original. Make room at Gus' next to all those DeSotos!
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jboymechanic
Posted 2017-10-04 11:03 PM (#549791 - in reply to #546212)
Subject: Re: 1956 Imperial Coupe



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Car body is sanded and buffed, as are doors and deck lid. The front clip should be done and back on the car in the next week or two!



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Posted 2017-10-05 10:31 AM (#549813 - in reply to #546210)
Subject: RE: 1956 Imperial Coupe



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Absolutely beautiful! Congratulations on your excellent progress.
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Viper Guy
Posted 2017-10-05 5:34 PM (#549835 - in reply to #546210)
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I didn't realize that the gas tank filler is under the right rear fender tip at least it looks like it in the pics.
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jboymechanic
Posted 2017-10-06 8:20 AM (#549878 - in reply to #546210)
Subject: Re: 1956 Imperial Coupe



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Correct, push a button concealed in the backup light housing and the quarter end hinges out of the way.
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jboymechanic
Posted 2017-10-10 10:52 PM (#550129 - in reply to #549878)
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I pick the car up this Friday!



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60 Imp
Posted 2017-10-11 7:02 AM (#550140 - in reply to #546210)
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This is getting serious now!

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jboymechanic
Posted 2017-10-28 11:06 PM (#551245 - in reply to #550140)
Subject: RE: 1956 Imperial Coupe



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Car came home two weeks ago, chipping away on trim and emblems. I try to do at leas one little item every night.



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jboymechanic
Posted 2017-10-28 11:11 PM (#551246 - in reply to #546210)
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If anyone knows where I can get a decent plastic emblem that goes in the center of the Imperial eagles please let me know!
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jboymechanic
Posted 2017-12-18 11:41 PM (#554614 - in reply to #551246)
Subject: Re: 1956 Imperial Coupe



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Some more progress. Just bought a pedestal mounted buffer, hope to get the stainless around the windshields done once I'm up and running. Also need to make some of my own trim fasteners, which should be fun . Side trim, head lights, tail lights and front bumper assembly are on, although the bumper still needs adjusting.

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jboymechanic
Posted 2018-04-01 1:15 AM (#560869 - in reply to #546210)
Subject: Re: 1956 Imperial Coupe



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Finally bit the bullet and tackled a big job; pulled the trans, bell housing and swapped torque converters. I mistakenly originally installed a 172 tooth 1957 torque converter in the car and the ring gear and starter have been eating each other since. That will all be over with now, the correct 146 tooth 1956 torque converter is now in place. I did this work with a trans jack with the car resting on two jack stands up front and the rear tires. I had to build a cradle to support the engine. Exhaust pipes and drive shaft had to come out. It was an awful job, I was under the car for about 11 hours today. Just need to do some small things to button it all back up, I glad to be through it.
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mikes2nd
Posted 2018-04-01 9:11 AM (#560878 - in reply to #546210)
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saw a whole emblem and housing sold for 40$ on ebay but it still needed restored plastic. maybe try emblem magic, hopefully they have one in stock?



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jboymechanic
Posted 2018-05-22 12:07 AM (#563801 - in reply to #560878)
Subject: Re: 1956 Imperial Coupe



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Time for a long overdue update. Starter and torque converter issue is done, I also have my external filter and cooler connected with -06 AN braided stainless steel lines. The first kit I installed had hair-line cracks in the filter housing casting, so it leaked transmission fluid when the engine was running. Seems like everything is two steps forward, 1 back with this car. Any way, that issue is resolved.

Car has brakes once again. Even though my new aluminum master cylinder was identical to the cast iron unit, the bore in the center of the piston was deeper so once again I had to modify my pushrod to fit. A little time on a lathe and a stud and coupling nut later I was in business. Again, more work than it should have been.

After the brakes we good, I mounted some Dodge Ram 16" wheels on the car just to see how large of a tire would fit. They fit, but are much larger than I would run on this car. This was also the first time the weight of the car was put on the new Eaton coil springs and guess what? No good, car dropped 2 to 3 inches below spec so yet again I have to redo something. No wonder I've been working on this car for 14 years, this is how EVERYTHING goes! Any way, I have ordered new coils from Coil Spring Specialties this time, we'll see what happens.

I've also been polishing stainless steel trim, there is a picture of one of my finished windshield visor pieces. I have gotten pretty good over the winter and spring.

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60 Imp
Posted 2018-05-23 8:35 AM (#563875 - in reply to #546210)
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Jon, Is this your Grandpa's car? Man that car is nearly there and looking real good. Steve.
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jboymechanic
Posted 2018-05-23 9:43 AM (#563880 - in reply to #546210)
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Thanks Steve. Yes, this was my grandpa's car, he bought it used in 1960 and drove it until 1965 when he spun a rod bearing. Sat in the machine shed for 38 years before I rescued it in 2003.
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Posted 2018-05-23 12:10 PM (#563888 - in reply to #563880)
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Looking good. The stainless is crazy shiny. Yikes.

Question: What is the front disc brake package? Scarebird or AAJ?

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jboymechanic
Posted 2018-05-23 10:54 PM (#563943 - in reply to #546210)
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The Imperial's front disc setup is Scarebird. I purchased the calipers already powder coated red from rockauto (Power Stop part number S4299). The brackets are very well made and came plated in zinc chromate.
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jboymechanic
Posted 2018-06-18 4:20 PM (#565299 - in reply to #546210)
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New front coil springs from Coil Spring Specialties are now in the car, it sits level front to rear AND side to side for the first time in decades. I also replaced my rear axles so I have the same while hub pilot diameter at all four wheels, same as a 1994 to 2001 Dodge Ram 1500. Hope to replace the stock mufflers next, I have a set of Flow Master HP-2 mufflers. They are high flowing without being obnoxiously loud and are actually pretty close to the same overall geometry as the stock mufflers.
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