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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.
Case in point. Rather than figure out how to disassemble the dash, I had John mask off what I was afraid to take apart. I didn't have the shop manuals at this point. Nor the expertise. Lars is right, having the books is the difference between night and day!
Knowing what I know now, I would have disassembled the dash further for the repaint. Or maybe I would have had John paint it in the original two tone gray. Live and learn.
We carried the two tone metallic blue theme into the wagon's interior.
The damage to the rear quarter is evident in this shot. The previous owner used the Plymouth as his "shop car" for doing repairs at his various rental properties. The kid he bought it from had used it as a surfer wagon. This '59 led a hard life.
John working in the cargo area while I get ready to hold a wrench for him.
No, Christine's younger sister did not claim a victim of her own. I was removing one of the rear shocks to get a match up at the auto parts store. The overspray from the interior is evident.
This view shows the poor condition of the side trim. I plan to get it refurbisbed for re-installation the next time I have the car painted.
This is my other '59 wagon. It is interesting to note that the passenger side rear quarter panel was rotted, but the driver's side is solid. The cargo hold floor is excellent, but the interior floor pans are Swiss cheese. I was able to purchase a new set, complete with bracing from Bob McGee. I am very impressed with his product. I threw away the front fenders as they were beyond help. I saved the headlight fillers as they were excellent. Roger Howard, of Burien, Washington, provided me with a solid pair of front fenders. This would have been my next project, but I allowed myself to be sidetracked by a '68 Crown Imperial. As soon as I have that beast in good running order, I'll get back to working on this two door wagon. It is actually in better overall shape than this photo suggests (at least I keep telling myself that every time I look at it.)
A photograph from Summer, 2003. The paint is nicked and faded. After the next repaint, I plan to re-install the original side trim (after having it restored) and perhaps add the Sportone trim, rocker moldings and rear wheel well gravel guards. I will also two tone it correctly, but I will probably use the same 1973 GM blue paint colors.Since the rear window seals are shot and the windshield is pitted, it will be a good time to install the Solex glass.
The driver's side just before body work began. I didn't re-install the original side trim as it needed to be straightened and reworked. I used some aftermarket trim with vinyl inserts that matched the light blue roof color.
Yeah, I'm wearing a yellow shirt with green shorts. My wife gives me a hassle about that whenever she sees this picture. This was the day my buddy picked up the car for the repaint. The harmonic balancer came apart some months before and since the engine was well worn, I removed it for rebuilding. We towed the wagon to his shop so he could begin the bodywork. I don't wish to disclose how long it took me to find another balancer. And there were no "Damper Dudes" in those days.
An N.C.O. at Nellis Air Force Base was quite upset when he found out I bought the wagon. He wanted the front clip for his two door hardtop.
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