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|'59 Plymouth Suburbans|
|Author: Kenny J. (Show all albums)|
These are my '59 Plymouth wagons. I have owned the blue one since February, 1985. Until recently, I drove it frequently, usually three to five times per week. It has an AAJ front disk brake kit, an H.E.I. distributor and radial tires. Colors are 1973 GM medium blue metallic and 1973 GM light blue metallic. I have made no modifications that can't be easily reversed. I have a complete set of Solex glass & a tinted windshield from donor wagons. I plan to install the tinted glass when it receives its next paint job. It's overdue for a repaint (last painted in 1986.) I have included some images of it's 1986 partial disassembly and repainting. It's 1957 230 flat head six is very tired. Hank Dozier is modifying and assembling a 1956 DeSoto 330 V-8 which was to replace the six. but John Fowlie located a suitable, rebuildable 318. So the 330 will be used in the two door wagon. I have acquired some heavier duty torsion bars, an AAJ rear disk brake kit and will be ordering new rear springs, possibly from Eaton. I already possess the necessary perches for installing V-8 engine mounts and have a variety of rear axle ratios and three speed manual transmissions to match to the new powerplant, depending upon whether or not I install overdrive.
I have also posted some pix of my '59 Plymouth Suburban two door. It has a 318-stick. This black "beauty" needs some serious help, but should be a fine ride when it's done.
There are also some photos of the two "parts donor" cars. They were well picked over by the time I acquired them. They were both dismantled some time ago. I also posted some pix of my non-Forward Look vehicles.
During December, 2005, I acquired another four door wagon, a factory overdrive car. Initially, it appeared to be even more solid and much straighter than my blue wagon was when I first acquired that one. It turned out to have more rust issues than the blue one. Plus some lower body damage. I removed the engine , transmission and manual transmission unique parts. I then traded the vehicle to Big M for a 1974 Plymouth Satellite Sebring Sundance. So contact Big M if you are interested....thanks for looking.
This photo clearly shows the vandalized windshield, as well as the damaged passenger side door. I am looking for another door, though John will fix this one if we have to use it. That is not a dent on the passenger side of the hood. It is a reflection. The guy I got this wagon from told me the guy he got it from had sanded off the paint from the hood, most of the roof and some of the body. Then he let it sit, bare metal exposed. The dry climate where the car has resided since then stopped the rust from going out of control, though we may deal with it soon to prevent further deterioration. I like how the wagon stands on those fifteen inch rims and may use fifteen inchers when I get this wagon back on the road.
I had purchased some reproduction outer rocker panels for this wagon before acquiring the parts wagons. There are enough solid sections of original rocker panels between both to patch this one with original sheet metal. These pictures show why I needed the Solex windshield from one of the parts wagons. There is also enough glass between both parts wagons to add Solex to my four door wagon.
Roger included some decent front fenders with the tan parts wagon and they will be going on my black two door wagon when the time comes to work on it. The wagon's interior is loaded with parts, so I placed these fenders in position (well, sort of) on their new "home."
You have to wonder about how some of these cars rusted. The tailgate, rear quarters and floor on this '58 are very rusted in several sections, yet the front clip and frame are solid. The area around the passenger side rear quarter window is also very rusted. The car arrived with the window panel pulled away as pictured. I have no idea what happened to that section of the body or why.
This hood may wind up on my blue wagon when it receives its next painting. The original hood, though solid, has a couple of dents along the center line. We all know how hard it can be to remove dents from hoods. By the way, that is NOT rust on the primered corner. That brown area is actually part of the dead weed next to the hood.
It was a rainy day when I had the chance to take these pictures. The paint on these cars is much more oxidized than it appears to be when the cars are wet.
The front fender resting inside this wagon has some serious rust issues around the headlight area. I suppose it could be used for patching another fender. This wagon arrived minus its engine, transmission, power tailgate window assembly, spare tire cover and side trim.
This was a power steering, power brakes 318-Torqueflite wagon. It also had a power window in the tailgate.
I already promised the front section of this '58 frame to Forward Look member Thomas Dessart ("Peach Casino.")
This '59 parts wagon was acquired from Roger Howard. It was dented and large sections of the floor had been replaced with patches. As you can see, it is well on its way to being dismantled.
This is the '58 wagon I acquired from Brandon Frame for the glass, core support and some odds and ends. The hood is in very good condition and both front fenders, though dented, are solid. Don't ask about the front end sheet metal. It is already promised to Roger at AAJ Brakes.
Fortunately, neither the bumper nor the fuel tank suffered any damage. The pesky rust along the tailgate seam will be taken care of with a better tailgate skin from one of the parts wagons when the repainting occurs.
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