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Starting on a '55 Plymouth Plaza Suburban

Discussion in 'All other classic cars' started by 71Charger_fan, Nov 26, 2016.

  1. 71Charger_fan

    71Charger_fan Active Member

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    The odometer in my car didn't work. I had purchased a spare dash panel but didn't know the condition of that speedometer. I took it to Carlisle and handed it over to D&M Restoration on Saturday and asked for repair only just to ensure the speedometer and odometer were working. I also asked them to set the odometer to match the reading of the one in the car. I cost me $200 to have them rebuild the speedometer, repaint the needle, reset the odometer, and give it a general clean up. I had it back by the very next Friday.
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  2. dana44

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    Wow, they did a fantastic job, it looks brand new. A little pricey, but hey, I guess we all have to accept the cost for what we see, which looks like it was worth the price for original.
     
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    Love the color combination and wood accent of your car, it fits the beach color and coconuts.
     
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  4. 71Charger_fan

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    Today, I decided to deal with switching the hard lines to and from the oil filter to flexible braided lines. This way, I can undo the filter when I do an oil change and pour it out. That way, all that dirty oil won't stay behind in the system as it does now. Unfortunately, as soon as I got everything apart, a thunderstorm blew in. So, maybe tomorrow.

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    I installed the braided oil lines to and from the filter. Where the fittings go into the block made for an extremely tight fit for the starter, but I got it in. I reused the 45-degree drain fitting, but I think I'll need to take that apart as that one is leaking. It was leaking before, but I hoped thread sealant would allow me to reuse it without issue. I'll have to dig around in Ebay and try to find new 45-degree fittings. I do have one more new 90-degree fitting and if I have too much trouble finding a 45, I'll use that.
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    A couple of different style 45-degree adapters arrived in today's mail. One of these, likely the black one, should be the ticket for finally stopping the oil leak where the filter drain enters the block.
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    I finally had a chance to fix the leaking oil return fitting. Unfortunately, there wasn't enough room to use the 45-degree AN fitting. I had to use one of the 45-degree brass NPT fittings and an NPT to AN-03 straight adapter.
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  9. dana44

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    Braided flex hoses, or, high pressure hydraulic hoses, are the way to go. I have seen too many over time hard lines or, for oil pressure lines, the nylon plastic lines, melt. I used a high pressure hydraulic hose for the mechanical oil pressure gauge in my Nash and that will never wear out, leak, or break.
     
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    I found a parking lamp lens that, while not NOS, is in better shape than what was on the car.
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    Yeah, years of sand blasting the headlights and other lights over the years makes the glass lenses fog, too. Good find, this looks markedly better than the other one.
     
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    Nice Find!!
     
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    Hope you have many years of enjoyment with that fine old car.
     
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    Honestly, my plan was to fix it up into a nice driver, enjoy a few show/cruise in seasons, then sell it on. This year was the first year it was pretty much where I wanted it and most shows were rained out. I guess I'll leave it up to my wife how long it stays in the family.
     
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    I misunderstood the Ebay listing. I thought I was buying an NOS turn signal lens, what I got was an NOS lens and an NOS housing. Not bad for $41.
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    Excellent condition. One swap meet vendor in Texas had a good selection of new and used turn-signal and taillight lenses, but I don't recall seeing any from a '55 Plymouth.
     
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    Nice purchase.
     
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    Replaced the speedometer in the 1955 Plymouth Plaza with one from my parts stash that I had repaired. After 2 years of ownership, I finally have a working odometer and a steady speedometer needle.
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    Nice Speedometer!
     
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    That looks like alot of wires for a 55....LOL
     

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