|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 lower front left door hinge quieted immediately. The upper one (see previous photo) needed to be worked a number of times before it finally quieted down.
I became tired of the neighbor's dogs going ballistic every time I opened or closed the driver's side doors, so I attacked the groaning hinges with silicone mist.
After spraying silicone mist on all the linkages (shifter, clutch, accelerator, parking brake, overdrive cable, brake pedal assembly) everything seemed to work as it should...we'll see what happens when I get the engine started.
The shifter wouldn't go into reverse and didn't feel very solid when shifted into second. The overdrive cable seemed frozen as well.
An interesting color.
The gauge cluster was nice underneath all that dirt.
The dash didn't clean up very well. I will attempt to polish it.
This wagon never had a passenger side sun visor.
Here's one of the differences in trim I noted earlier. Instead of a nice transition piece of painted trim merging the headliner rail into the windshield trim, an abrupt cap is used.
The door panels aren't too bad...
The mirror cleaned up nicely and the adjusters were nice and tight.
I attacked the car with a bucket of Simple Green and spray bottle full of window cleaner. The door handles cleaned up nicely, beautifully showing the pitting.
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