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About leadheavy52

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    1952 Plymouth Suburban - High Clearance package (in progress)

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    Just a car enthusiast like the rest of you
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    Albuquerque, New Mexico
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    Most everything cars

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  1. leadheavy52

    New 1952 suburban project

    Awesome! I am looking forward to watching your build come along. I too recently picked up a '52 Suburban. My floors weren't too bad, but someone tried to wedge a 4-spd '49 dodge tranny and bell housing under there, so they had to cut out the tunnel. Bummer, because it will be much more work, but it's my winter time project. Did you create your own floor panels or use pre-made pieces? Keep up the great work!
  2. leadheavy52

    1954 Plymouth Suburban Project

    Looking good! Making solid progress.
  3. leadheavy52

    Tail-light upgrade?

    Installation of a plug in, hidden third brake light in the rear window would be the most effective, and least invasive. This is my plan for the Suburban, when I have it back on the road.
  4. leadheavy52

    Overdrive Questions

    I bought the overdrive unit. It’s the right one, being the R10G-1. I have all the necessary electronics and linkage to make it work. Overall, it seems like a good deal and I am excited to better the highway ability of my car. Thanks for all the input!
  5. leadheavy52

    Bonnet inside structure Plymouth 1949

    well, I took the photos this evening, but due to the seriously archaic and dated forum platform, I cannot upload them from my phone. I’ll have to email them to myself, Dave them to my computer and post them that’s way. I’ll have them up in the AM
  6. leadheavy52

    1952 Suburban restoration project

    Wow! That’s quite the repair! I hope mine isn’t as bad off, but I know what to expect if I have to get in that deep. Thanks for the reference photos. Metal work doesn’t scare me too much. It’s a labor of love to do what I’ve seen some members do to their cars in this forum. Truly awe-inspiring.
  7. leadheavy52

    1952 Suburban restoration project

    Thank you, TodFitch for changing the thread title!
  8. leadheavy52

    1952 Suburban restoration project

    - Getting the front seat out was a pain as the PO lifted the seat up with 2x4s (which rusted the bolts beyond use). I used a Sawzall to remove the bolts and a pair of vice grips to remove the rest. The seat tracks had been in the forward-most position since who-knows-when. Some white lithium grease (my best friend so far) and some good ol' fashioned elbow grease got them moving again. -Austin
  9. leadheavy52

    1952 Suburban restoration project

  10. leadheavy52

    1952 Suburban restoration project

    More progress to report: - I removed the old bias ply tires from the rims and stacked them aside, clearing up much needed space in my garage. I went about it the cheap way and did it myself. In retrospect, it might have been worth paying a local tire shop to do it. I am stubborn though. - I managed to get the rear fenders off without too much trouble and got the original fender welting on. It was... tough to say the least. The old rubber was more like plastic and went on about as easy. I left them to sit in the sun for a bit before working them to increase their plyability (why is this not a word yet?). - I noticed that the driver side of the bumper was raised higher (about 1") than the passenger side, and the bumper guard was just barely making contact with the tailgate when it was dropped. I removed the rear bumper and am going to reshape the bracket to make it sit flush with the other. That shouldn't be too difficult. - While I was down there and removing the rear bumper valance panel, I noticed some small rust through holes (Plymouthy mentioned this area is prone to rust out). I haven't had a full chance to assess the extent of the damage, but I am prepared to replace a small section of this along with the floors when I get to that point. I'd rather tackle all of the body panel repair at once when I have the welder out. Fortunately, this area is relatively straight so a patch should be easy. - I bought a factory service manual per recommendations on this site and could not be happier. - I was able to pick up an R10G-1 overdrive unit to replace the Dodge truck transmission that is in mine currently. I am debating whether to send it to George Asche to be rebuilt, or bench test it and see what it needs. - Lastly, I removed all the seats and had them delivered to a local upholstery shop that has done some work for me prior. Going to have the seats down original-style (vinyl). He should have some samples and prices soon. P.S. - he is INCREDIBLY reasonable. I expect to have both front and rear seats done for less than $500. Here are some photos for eye-candy, or -eye-pickles, whatever your preference. -Austin
  11. leadheavy52

    Bonnet inside structure Plymouth 1949

    No worries about the english. I'm no professor. I will take a few shots of mine when I get to the house (a few hours) if someone else doesn't chime in first. -Austin
  12. leadheavy52

    Bonnet inside structure Plymouth 1949

    Are you looking for the bonnet hinge setup (near the firewall) or the latch (in front of the radiator)?
  13. leadheavy52

    It’s an addiction

    That’s an interesting read bumper on the Meadowbrook. Is that stock?
  14. leadheavy52

    Who Is Actually Driving Their Vintage Mopars?

    Man, that is a sweet car! I am digging those solid wheels too! I bet that's a head turner for sure.
  15. leadheavy52

    Overdrive Questions

    I went to go look at the overdrive transmission from the '48 Plymouth this morning. It was crated up in a dusty and oily old wooden box. Inside was an oily and dusty R10G-1 3-speed, which looked to be complete. The old '48 must have had it installed later in its life (ah the good ol days). It has parts in the box which I assume are a kick down lever and a relay of sorts. Needless to say, I paid the $300 asking price and rolled on happy about my new purchase. This will allow me to get the car back on the road quicker and in more comfort. I spent a little time cleaning it up and it looks to be in decent shape. I free turned the input shaft and was met with a grinding noise, like sand in bearings and decided against turning it more. I'm sure it needs to be gone through as a precautionary measure. Are parts for these impossible to find, and if found, do I even want to know the price? Here she is as I found here and after a little cleaning. - -Austin

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