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Sombebody stop me. I'm having too much fun. 56 Dodge Cooler
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56D500boy
Posted 2019-03-29 7:41 PM (#580099)
Subject: Sombebody stop me. I'm having too much fun. 56 Dodge Cooler



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While I am waiting for the last of the parts to arrive for the TorqueFlite swap project, I started looking for an old ice cooler to fix up for my car. I found one last Sunday and have been playing with it a bit off and on since then, e.g. trying to strip the bullet-proof paint.

It is made by the Progressive Refrigeration Company, of Louiseville, KY. This is the same company that eventually made the first Coke coolers (which typically were embossed with the Coke logo before the logo was painted white). Mine is not embossed, i.e. smooth, and had no logo. It is HEAVY as heck, even without ice and beer. I went for it because it is quite high which lends itself to the idea that I had, as shown below. The Chrome bits on the side might be real chrome (stainless steel) from spares or stick-on plastic chrome trim. The "Custom Royal" and the V logo with the Gold Lancer are likely to be vinyl stickers made from photos of the real stuff. There is a chance that I will make plastic 3D Gold Lancers.

The shell needs a bit of bodywork in places (no biggy) but the lid needs to be remade or disassembled and beat with a big hammer.

It's all a useless but fun diversion.

See below:



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rockerarm
Posted 2019-03-31 11:53 AM (#580180 - in reply to #580099)
Subject: RE: Sombebody stop me. I'm having too much fun. 56 Dodge Cooler



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Cool idea........

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56D500boy
Posted 2019-03-31 4:24 PM (#580198 - in reply to #580180)
Subject: RE: Sombebody stop me. I'm having too much fun. 56 Dodge Cooler



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rockerarm - 2019-03-31 8:53 AM

Cool idea........




Will be even cooler (pun not intended) when I ever get the red paint completely off and start fixing it up. It must be oven-baked enamel. Very bullet-proof.

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1960fury
Posted 2019-03-31 4:41 PM (#580200 - in reply to #580099)
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Too bad, perfect 40s/50s patina
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56D500boy
Posted 2019-03-31 4:47 PM (#580202 - in reply to #580200)
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1960fury - 2019-03-31 1:41 PM

Too bad, perfect 40s/50s patina


You can leave the patina on the cooler you buy Sid. I'm not into patina or rat rods or any of that. Plus I strongly dislike (read "hate") red or anything COKE

However, I am debating about fixing the dings and body scratches. I'll prime it before I decide.



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Doctor DeSoto
Posted 2019-03-31 9:06 PM (#580211 - in reply to #580099)
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That is so righteous ! Don't stop there. Get the matching tattoo. Preferably facial.
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56D500boy
Posted 2019-03-31 9:23 PM (#580212 - in reply to #580211)
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Doctor DeSoto - 2019-03-31 6:06 PM

That is so righteous ! Don't stop there. Get the matching tattoo. Preferably facial.


Too late. Already have one "D500" but it's on my butt. Sorry no photos

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Doctor DeSoto
Posted 2019-04-01 10:13 AM (#580240 - in reply to #580212)
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Maybe get a Trudeau tramp stamp ? Now that would be sweet.
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1960fury
Posted 2019-04-01 10:27 AM (#580242 - in reply to #580202)
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56D500boy - 2019-03-31 4:47 PM

1960fury - 2019-03-31 1:41 PM

Too bad, perfect 40s/50s patina


I'm not into patina or rat rods or any of that.

:)


What have "rat rods" to do with patina (originality)? It is the complete opposite and not rarely seen with "nice" and "oh so novel and ingenious" accessories like "matching" trailers out of cut in half cars and driven by people with sofas out of finned rear ends, tattooed and pierced to the max, or with other words things and people that have nothing to do with mid century and the appreciation of 50s design and the period. Enough of that.
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1960fury
Posted 2019-04-01 10:28 AM (#580243 - in reply to #580211)
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Doctor DeSoto - 2019-03-31 9:06 PM

That is so righteous ! Don't stop there. Get the matching tattoo. Preferably facial.


Good one!
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The Chrysler Kid
Posted 2019-04-01 3:02 PM (#580258 - in reply to #580099)
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Cool idea, would like to see the finished product. No harm in painting a not particularly rare non-embossed cooler.
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58 DESOTOS RULE
Posted 2019-04-02 11:36 AM (#580291 - in reply to #580099)
Subject: RE: Sombebody stop me. I'm having too much fun. 56 Dodge Cooler



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I for one am done with that patina craze. Shooting a coat of clear coat over worn paint and a little bit of rust peeking through is not my idea of a good refinish on a project car. 

Nice vintage cooler. A color scheme to match your car would be attractive.

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Doctor DeSoto
Posted 2019-04-03 12:19 AM (#580320 - in reply to #580291)
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I am SO sick of over-restored oldies and hyper-flawless billet-mobiles, I'll take
anything with rust and a "field finish". 50 years we had to deal with over-blinged
hot rods and top line 2 doors with every conceivable option. Show me your work-
-aday cars and beater trucks, still on the job. Patina is way more interesting than
more new paint.
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