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Justinsane
Posted 2018-04-30 10:32 PM (#562564)
Subject: 56' Belvedere interior



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Location: Binghamton NY
I'm finally at the point of giving the interior a makeover. I've been neglecting it for twelve years now, driving around with rags over the crispy foam on the seats. Torn, stained, and fallen headliner, every bulb blown in the dash, water leaking in through the cracked door seals, side windows rattling from deteriorated window channel and whiskers.
My girlfriend got me a headliner and windlace for Christmas from SMS fabrics to get me motivated. The past few months i've been working on it through the weekends, so i figure i'd post some things for you guys as i work on it, so you can get a glimpse of the project, or maybe pick up some ideas or references if you're planning on fixing yours up.
What i've been building is a 1956 Plymouth Belvedere, two door sedan. It's several cars into one. A significant amount of it is from 1955 plymouth savoys and belvederes. I used what i could from the parts cars but limited too because as you know they changed from 6 volt to 12 and changed the rear end and grill between those years. Most the rest was the same.
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Justinsane
Posted 2018-04-30 10:36 PM (#562565 - in reply to #562564)
Subject: RE: 56' Belvedere interior



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Location: Binghamton NY
Here's the insulation that was behind the headliner when i tore it out.



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Justinsane
Posted 2018-04-30 10:45 PM (#562566 - in reply to #562564)
Subject: RE: 56' Belvedere interior



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Location: Binghamton NY
Here's a view into it with the door panels off.



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Justinsane
Posted 2018-04-30 10:47 PM (#562567 - in reply to #562564)
Subject: RE: 56' Belvedere interior



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Location: Binghamton NY
Sound deadener insulation..



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Justinsane
Posted 2018-04-30 10:56 PM (#562568 - in reply to #562564)
Subject: RE: 56' Belvedere interior



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Location: Binghamton NY
I had to make the flange wider on the windlace using template board to be able to attach it to the interior. I wrapped it with black gorilla tape to hide the color of the cardboard.



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Justinsane
Posted 2018-04-30 10:59 PM (#562569 - in reply to #562564)
Subject: RE: 56' Belvedere interior



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Location: Binghamton NY
It went on smoothly and tight. Hopefully when the garnish trim and panels go on, it will cover up the flange.



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Justinsane
Posted 2018-04-30 11:07 PM (#562573 - in reply to #562564)
Subject: RE: 56' Belvedere interior



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Location: Binghamton NY
I couldn't find any decent push buttons so i had to sand mine with 1000 grit sandpaper to get the yellow out of the green plastic, then paint 3/4 of each of them black so the light from the new bulb will shine through. I put some color in the letters and sprayed a flash of clear on them.



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Justinsane
Posted 2018-04-30 11:27 PM (#562578 - in reply to #562564)
Subject: RE: 56' Belvedere interior



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Location: Binghamton NY
The dash was very tedious and time consuming but i an happy how it's turning out. I still have a few more things to put on it like the stainless trim around the glove box and ashtray, and find a spot to put a clock.



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Justinsane
Posted 2018-04-30 11:37 PM (#562582 - in reply to #562564)
Subject: RE: 56' Belvedere interior



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Location: Binghamton NY
It's still got some flaws but i like it. I'm going to keep the steering wheel wore down, i just have to find a full circle horn ring for it.



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60 Imp
Posted 2018-05-01 5:09 AM (#562589 - in reply to #562564)
Subject: RE: 56' Belvedere interior


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Looking good Man.

Steve.

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Justinsane
Posted 2018-05-01 5:51 PM (#562630 - in reply to #562564)
Subject: RE: 56' Belvedere interior



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Location: Binghamton NY
I ordered the window channel and sweepers from Andy Bernbaum auto parts. I got the sweepers with the chrome edge. I was told the Belvederes didn't use the chrome strip type originally, but i got it anyways for something different. I wasn't sure how they were supposed to go on and didn't have any original ones for reference, but i didn't like it just going straight across to meet the window channel, so i took some extra time and figuring to put a bend in them to follow the window opening lines.



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Justinsane
Posted 2018-05-01 5:59 PM (#562631 - in reply to #562564)
Subject: RE: 56' Belvedere interior



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Location: Binghamton NY
So, here's how far i have it this evening. I ordered some tack strips from michaels i'm probably going to rivet on in the nook above the front window, and around the rear side windows to snug the headliner tighter.



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DepsilonD
Posted 2018-05-02 12:53 PM (#562679 - in reply to #562564)
Subject: Re: 56' Belvedere interior



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Keep up the good work.
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Powerflite
Posted 2018-05-02 2:07 PM (#562687 - in reply to #562564)
Subject: Re: 56' Belvedere interior



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Nice. What carpet did you use? it looks molded like the newer ones. I much prefer that to the cut & sewn type that you have to futz with at the hump.
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Justinsane
Posted 2018-05-02 11:16 PM (#562714 - in reply to #562564)
Subject: Re: 56' Belvedere interior



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Location: Binghamton NY
Powerflite, the carpet i used is one i got from a carpet/upholstery place that was going out of business. I put it in there when i first started building this car back in 2006. It's held up really good all these years, but i never put insulation of anything under it so it wore down in areas that have depresses in the steel on the floor pans. I plan on replacing it this summer and insulating under it. My girlfriend found a company called SMS Auto Fabrics. I've been getting the materials from them. I'm 100% certain they have matching materials for your Savoy if you ever need any. They even have the Aztec pattern that was on the seats. It's expensive though. I ordered three yards of it, but will have to change the layout and use more vinyl. Here's a sample sheet if you're interested..
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Justinsane
Posted 2018-05-02 11:18 PM (#562715 - in reply to #562564)
Subject: RE: 56' Belvedere interior



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Location: Binghamton NY
Here's the sample sheet..



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