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Starting on a '55 Plymouth Plaza Suburban

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

  1. 71Charger_fan

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    That was undercoating on the back of the headlight bucket that had hardened over the years to rock like consistency. It was hard to get enough scraped off to get that thing out.
     
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    I finally had to give up on the idea of keeping the original one-piece plastic headliner and yanked it out today to make rewiring the back of the car easier. There was another, smaller mouse nest at the top of the windshield and a third in the passenger quarter panel. After I got the headliner out, I had a lot of gross crap to vacuum up.
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    You are having way too much fun:rolleyes:.
     
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    Nothing like a shower of mouse poop, sunflower seed shells, acorns, and chewed up insulation to keep this hobby fun.
     
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    Shop vac time.
     
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    Sometimes, it's easier without an assistant.
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    Wow, lots of stuff in there. Keep up the good work, the car looks great!
     
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    You didn't find that stuffed in with the mouse stuff, did you? HAHAHA
     
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    I went with Sylvania Xtra Vision headlights. I needed a 12V horn, so I pulled an extra '71 horn off the shelf and mated it to a bracket from an '87 Lancer which I drilled and tapped. I'm still trying to decide which disc brake conversion to go with so I wired the brake light circuit with extra wire so the switch can be moved around if necessary. My graveyard of old wiring is still growing, but, at this point, almost all of the old wiring is out now. The "boss" continues to oversee progress.
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    Pulled the upper metal dash which was badly peeling to give it a coat of satin black. Having that out of the way made it easier to mount a couple of resistors for the 6V wiper and blower motors.
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    Would that be Boss Dog? (Sorry, couldn't resist.) He looks happy in the car. He should be even happier when you can take him for a ride in it.

    You have the older single-reservoir master cylinder. Are you planning to convert to a dual-reservoir system?

    I like how you're updating progress here. I don't like working on wiring systems, but yours is much simpler than current and recent models.
     
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    I'm definitely switching to a dual MC. I still need to choose a disc brake conversion. It's surprising that there are multiple options for these cars. I'm thinking Scarebird.
     
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    I stripped all the gauges out of the dash panel for painting and installed the electronic voltage reducers on the temp and gas gauges.
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    Had a nice warm day today. I couldn't let that go to waste. Got the dash panel painted, the steering wheel painted, headlight bezels and some of the dash trim painted. Also swapping the painted tail light bezels for stainless ones I got from CTC Auto Ranch.

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    Today, I received and installed my RetroSound dual voice coil speaker. Fit pretty nicely with minimal modification. Plaza factory speaker.jpg Plaza factory speaker removed.jpg Plaza Speaker mount modified.jpg Plaza RetroSound mounted.jpg Plaza speaker installed in dash.jpg
     
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    I installed a bus bar on the passenger side of the steering column bracket. I'll run a fused accessory lead to that so I'll have a more convenient access point for powering any accessories I may add. Working around the "inspector" sticking his nose into everything added a level of difficulty.
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    After several failed attempts, I finally got the glovebox door and ashtray front to take paint without bubbling up or becoming a see of fisheyes. Whatever textured finish they used in '55 did not play well with Rustoleum. Plaza glove box painted.jpg
     
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    I've got the dash mostly reassembled.
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    I hooked up dual horns since I had them. Plaza dual horns.jpg
     
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    The temp and oil pressure gauges look like they're pretty far from the driver's line of vision. That could be a distraction, unless you take your inspector with you, and he barks when there's a problem.

    Nice work so far. Looks like you're giving it a complete restoration.
     

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