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Darryl T
Posted 2017-11-11 1:53 PM (#552057)
Subject: new project - 57 Dodge 2-door wagon



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Thursday I picked up this '57 Dodge Suburban 2-door wagon just north of Sacramento. I had been watching it from afar for over 3 years. Since the '57 Dodge convert and '81 supercharged DeLorean are finished I needed a new project, so decided to go for it. I restored the convert as accurately as I could, but being an old hotrodder this wagon will be getting a slight update using current Chrysler 300/Dodge Charger drivetrain - gen III hemi, a/t, independent rearend, etc. This makes the 3rd '57 Dodge I have dragged home from CA in less than 4 years. Probably time for an intervention...





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uncltank
Posted 2017-11-11 2:18 PM (#552061 - in reply to #552057)
Subject: Re: new project - 57 Dodge 2-door wagon


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Congratulations... Looks like a fine wagon. Post more pics when you get a chance...
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Old Ray
Posted 2017-11-11 3:21 PM (#552066 - in reply to #552057)
Subject: RE: new project - 57 Dodge 2-door wagon



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Wagons ROCK, hot rod wagons REALLY ROCK! No intervention required, you are perfectly normal.
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57DODGECONV
Posted 2017-11-12 4:06 PM (#552118 - in reply to #552057)
Subject: Re: new project - 57 Dodge 2-door wagon


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Wow nice find Great starting point .
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56D500boy
Posted 2017-11-12 5:10 PM (#552121 - in reply to #552057)
Subject: RE: new project - 57 Dodge 2-door wagon



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Very nice.

Some inspiration:





Different one:




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60 Imp
Posted 2017-11-13 5:41 AM (#552134 - in reply to #552057)
Subject: RE: new project - 57 Dodge 2-door wagon


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I called Darryl's therapist today. She was just about to cut back his medication, then this Wagon happened..............

Oh well, time will tell.

Good luck, looks like a cracker car to hot rod! Really enjoyed the Convertible thread, and looking forward to seeing this one too.

As a member of your support group, the best I can do is give positive feedback!

Steve.

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RUSTORICHES
Posted 2017-11-29 10:10 PM (#553403 - in reply to #552057)
Subject: Re: new project - 57 Dodge 2-door wagon


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It's definitely not your first time around the block as they say I love the original colour(patina) and your choice of power train is a good move. Most buyers in the market for these can relate to the gen 111 Hemi. a/t. I have a 57 4 dr. Dodge Suburban (Canadian made plodge) so the trim and body styline is a bit different They definitely are a conversion piece these days.
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mikes2nd
Posted 2017-11-29 10:23 PM (#553406 - in reply to #552057)
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that's not a project, that's a driver
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Darryl T
Posted 2017-11-30 4:32 PM (#553449 - in reply to #553406)
Subject: Re: new project - 57 Dodge 2-door wagon



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It supposedly runs but I haven't tried it yet. Anyone need a very original looking 325 poly/torqueflite? Rearend? Front suspension?
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mstrug
Posted 2017-12-01 6:47 AM (#553473 - in reply to #552057)
Subject: Re: new project - 57 Dodge 2-door wagon



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No intervention needed. We must protect these from the crusher at all costs. It doesn't hurt to have a couple extra in the project horde. Marc
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Swept57
Posted 2017-12-01 9:29 AM (#553475 - in reply to #552057)
Subject: Re: new project - 57 Dodge 2-door wagon



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Nice find! But like the Plymouth business coupes, nobody is interested in restoring these 2-door wagons to stock.
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fast59desoto
Posted 2017-12-01 11:34 AM (#553487 - in reply to #552057)
Subject: Re: new project - 57 Dodge 2-door wagon



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Great buy! i watched this one for awhile.
Im Selling my 57 D500 2dr wagon if your interested needs a complete restoration pm for info


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Darryl T
Posted 2018-11-18 1:54 PM (#573719 - in reply to #553487)
Subject: Re: new project - 57 Dodge 2-door wagon



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Quick update - took the wagon to a local hot rod shop where we removed the body from the frame. Tomorrow the body goes out for media blasting, and the frame for sand blasting. Then they will commence body work while I put the suspension back on the frame and have them paint it (the frame). Finally going back together after months of disassembly. Note the '06 Chrysler 300 independent rearend is in place, awaiting final welding of the brackets now that the body is off. Also, the '06 Chrysler 14" front disc brakes have been adapted to the '57 front spindles, something I don't believe had ever been done before. That was costly, but worked out well. That will allow me to adapt the ABS if I want to.





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