|The Forward Look Network|
|'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.
The passenger side was a bigger challenge, particularly the rear quarter.
The driver's side wasn't as bad as the passenger side.
Glazing is complete on the tailgate. A few years ago, some rust began showing up where the inner metal meets the outer. Sheet metal replacement will be in order.
...while the driver's side awaits its turn for attention.
After finding twenty seven years of dings and dents, John Glazes the low spots on the passenger side....
Ready for block sanding. John later removed the front valance for straightening. He still refers to that little project as a big pain in his....uh....back.
A close up of the front end. Notice the original factory blue, exposed after removing the trim, headlight hardware and masking tape.
The first coat of primer. This solid, but beat up Forward Looker needed a lot of block sanding and glazing to look reasonably straight.
Before using a painter's suit and respirator for painting, John applies a light coating of primer to get started.
John getting ready to apply the initial coat of primer. Since these photos were taken, John has built two hobby shops, each larger than the previous one. His current hobby shop is nearly 1700 square feet and boasts both air piping and 220 VAC throughout!
The inside of the doors and rocker panel. Now on to the exterior!
Note the overspray. Some extra masking and a small air brush took care of it.
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