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Ron175 last won the day on March 19 2019

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  1. A small update - spent a few evenings over the last few weeks repairing the steering wheel. Unfortunately it was in rough shape as the sun had got to the plastic and it was brittle and cracked. In some places the metal was showing. Whilst I loved the look and originality, it wasn’t safe and wouldn’t have been deemed legal and roadworthy over here. I found a NOS green wheel, but it was too pricey for me ($500) and I toyed with the idea of casting a new one in resin, however it would’ve been an expensive experiment with no guarantee of colour match. In the end, I opened up all the cracks and used an epoxy putty to repair it. There was a lot of sanding but it was complete and solid. In an attempt to get the translucent look of the original, I got a paint match and added some pearl clear to the finish. In the sun, it’s hard to tell the difference and I’m really happy with the way it turned out. It’s not perfect, but neither is the car! Some pics for you....
  2. I don’t have a sedan to compare to so you may be right, but I used a sedan rear floorpan on mine and it fit quite nicely. It’s great to be able to find out all the little nuances of these cars on here.
  3. Sedan floorboards are correct. The cubby boxes next to the rear seat unscrew from the side panels and there is a bolt into the floor. These can then be removed. The rear seat support bar does not sit on the floorpan from memory. That wagon with the bulletholes has been for sale for years. The price has come down slightly but it’s essentially scrap!
  4. Yep. A repro pair on eBay is about $90. https://www.ebay.com/itm/1953-1954-DODGE-PLYMOUTH-ROCKER-PANELS-2DOOR-NEW-PAIR-/142825343077 Are you going to document your restoration on here? I'd be interested to see your progress.
  5. I feel your pain. My wagon's front floors were pretty bad. About the only place I found that does replacement panels is c2cfabrication.com Like all repro panels, they will need some fettling, but they're pretty good. I found loads of NOS rockers listed on eBay. Worth a look there.
  6. This is what you’re after.... https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/1953-PLYMOUTH-STATION-WAGON-BRAND-NEW-GAS-TANK-GASOLINE-FUEL-TANK-MOPAR-54/183248979307?hash=item2aaa7d856b:g:EKkAAOSwkjtbDctN
  7. It’s solid now, but there were a few issues. The front floorpans were more suited to a Flintstones car and there were some small holes in the water traps. These have been sorted and some careful paint matching done so they’re not obvious repairs. I’d love to know where this thing was sat for so long as the body was 95% solid but there was a ton of oily, sandy mud coating the undercarriage. I imagine it did a lot of it’s miles on unpaved roads. Thanks. Wagons are hot over here too. I think this is the only one in the country - maybe the whole of Europe as I’ve never seen another. I wonder how many are left in the world as they only made just over 9000 65 years ago. I’m glad you like my approach. I was initially going to go with a modern drivetrain - Icon derelict style- but I think it would’ve lost some of the character. A flathead six is a very rare sight at shows over here too....
  8. Thanks for the kind words Worden. I’m pleased with how it’s looking. 2” blocks in the rear and Aerostar front springs. I didn’t want to go too low so as to make it undriveable. This weekend I hope to go through the brakes and then it’s just a few little things to button up before I can get it on the road.
  9. Got the ride height where I want it...
  10. Managed to get the engine in this weekend. Most of the ancillaries fitted too. Started after a couple of cranks which was a result. Need to sort the timing out etc., but at least it runs!
  11. pflaming - the rear seat is original, the front I had retrimmed by a local guy who does great work. It took a while to find fabric that was a very close match. Robin - that sounds good. Whereabouts are you?
  12. Thanks for the kind words. It’s definitely not a wrap! I see where you’re coming from Andy - the patina isn’t for everyone. I’ve had show/magazine featured cars before and was always worried about driving them. This is the opposite. It’s so liberating not to worry about knocking it etc. I can enjoy driving it. Also, the paint has lasted 65 years - it’d be a shame to cover it now.
  13. Pushed it out in the sunshine....
  14. I then pulled the engine (again) and went through it completely. Bored 30 over, new pistons, valves reground, rods balanced, head skimmed etc. Been slowly putting it back together over the winter. Finally getting there - plan to install next weekend.
  15. After nearly a year, time for a thread update. Life gets in the way sometimes.... Following on from my last post, I managed to find the hens teeth plate surround at a yard in California - it was in good shape and matches the bumper perfectly. I finished the interior, with the carpet being the last piece of the puzzle. I’m pleased with how it’s turned out.
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