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Projects 1957 Chrysler Mild Custom

Discussion in 'Traditional Customs' started by Gotgas, Jan 15, 2018.

  1. miss my 59 Plymouth wagon...keep the updates coming.. dig it !
     
  2. Well, I'll be. I always thought your avatar was your done car. Guess now I get to hold my breath hoping to get to see it in Austin. What are you doing here on the HAMB? You got a car to get moving....go outside!!! LOL
     
  3. Gotgas
    Joined: Jul 22, 2004
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    from DFW USA

    It's my favorite part of the build, actually. Thanks man!!

    I think they are 7.10-15s all around, but don't quote me on that. I'll have to look for you. Interestingly, these tires spent a lot of years in a museum bolted to this hulk (1954 Dodge Firearrow).

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    You didn't ask, but I'll also mention this. The wheels are '49-56 Ford 15" wheel centers with new outer rims in 15x5 standard offset up front and 15x7 reversed in the rear. Jimmy aka @wheelkid made them for me a few years ago. I bought the chrome wheels and the wires at the same time, thinking I'd swap them out between the cars. But the chrome reverse don't fit too well on the wagon; I have to deflate the tires just to get the wheels off! :eek: Since I'm running the narrower rear in the Chrysler, the reversed wheels fit better on it. Plus the wires are starting to show their age with all the miles the Plymouth has racked up. So for now the Chrysler gets the chrome steel wheels; I'll get a dedicated set of wire wheels for it later.

    Thanks Timo! Timo, meet Todd! :)
    You guys both know the Clif Inman Chyrsler as well as anybody. One of you has been around the original more than most. One of you built the best tribute out there. It's a great car, but mine isn't getting chopped. :D

    Thank you, sir! I hope you see it there too.

    We are experiencing the coldest temps in 20 years here! I've been doing some prep each night this week for getting the Hemi back in the car this weekend.
     
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  4. Love the look of your sled. Always have loved fins, that's why I put a set of '57 Windsor fins on my 1956 Ford sedan.
     
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  5. The point is he should consider painting his car a nice dark color, lower it and ride around. I'm not seeking history lessons in the middle of his thread, you know?
     
  6. George
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    I bet!
     
  7. I really like that... so much so, I'm going to steal your idea for my '56 Desoto!
     
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  8. George
    Joined: Jan 1, 2005
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    Front mounting plate that the dragsters use....
     
  9. RacerRick
    Joined: May 16, 2005
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    I have done a disk brake conversion on several of the Chrysler forward look cars with Scarebird parts. I always use a ford 8.8 rear (usually from an Explorer), chevy caprice prop valves, and gm caprice pedal assembly spliced into the original, caprice brake master and booster. Worked great. Yours sounds like a very similar setup, so I would assume it would also work well.

    I had this exact setup on the primered 57' Plymouth I drove to the HAMB drags a few years ago.
     
  10. Any good Heliarc welder can weld your cast iron
     
  11. Gotgas
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    Please do! The '56 Chryslers and Desotos are my second favorite FL cars. ;)
    While I agree that's the best use of the block at this point if I don't repair it, I really don't want a motor plate in my ride.

    Weather was cold this week, so progress has been slow. Now that I have the correct pilot adapter, I am mocking up the transmission again to install everything this weekend. I'm running into an issue with the pilot depth. The input shaft bottoms out a half inch before everything aligns. Grr.

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  12. Gotgas
    Joined: Jul 22, 2004
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    Apparently I still don't have the right transmission pilot, so the drivetrain is still out of the car for now. We worked on a few other things this weekend instead. I pulled the dashboard out of the parts car and will work this week on cleaning the gauges and prepping it all for paint. As you can see, it's in amazing condition; it looks brand new. Door jambs are painted black. A little progress... but I sure would like to see that engine where it belongs. :rolleyes:

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  13. dwollam
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    So..... How did you get what looks to be a picture of the finished car as your avatar if the car isn't finished yet?
    Love the car, reminds me of Dad's '57 New Yorker in 1961-63. Man that thing would run!

    Dave
     
  14. dwollam
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    I see later you say the pic was Photoshopped! Nice job!

    Dave
     
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  15. 55Deso
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    Love this! In my opinion the forward look mopars are the most beautiful designed cars on the road. Of course I may be a bit biased....
     
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  16. 55Deso
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    Do you have a thread or at least pictures of said Desoto? I have a '55 Firedome project myself
     
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  17. Moriarity
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    Love those finned mopars, your plans are spot on for this one. congrats on finding such a rust free example. this is really going to be a bitchin car man, good going!
     
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  18. jack_pine
    Joined: Jan 20, 2007
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    If you do another 392, the manifolds used when they put Hemi engines in trucks are much like the units you used. Much higher flow and can be found cheap on eBay

    Sent from my SM-G892A using The H.A.M.B. mobile app
     
  19. Gotgas
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    I took a look, and they are indeed 7.10-15s.
    Hey man, thanks! Your cars are all dripping with that 60s kustom vibe, so I appreciate you saying that. Maybe someday I'll have it made. ;)
    Yep, I'm aware! The truck manifolds are a tight (impossible?) fit in a torsion bar chassis. Even with an inch cleaved out of the side, the ones I have are really close.
     
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  20. Gotgas
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    Managed to get a lot done this weekend. Blasted and painted a ton of parts, like the air cleaner, hood hinges, sway bar, all kinds of stuff that needs to be done. Dad painted the steering wheel and it turned out great.

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    After fighting the clutch pilot situation for weeks, we got it dialed in with this flywheel-mounted adapter. After getting the transmission bolted up, it was time to get the Hemi in the car. It lowered the front of the frame about eight inches! And I get to reclaim about 50 sf of shop space back.

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  21. cobramerc
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    Looking real good! it's starting to come together quite nicely
     
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  22. Sauli
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    Wow, what a beautiful car You have!
    The '57-61 Chrysler cars are some of the best-looking automobiles of all time!
    Good luck.
     
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  23. Ford52PU
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    looking good. will be a beautiful car
     
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  24. Mr48chev
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    Great thread. Add me to the brigade who always thoght the avatar was a photo of the finished car. This is going to be sweet when it is done.
     
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  25. Okie Pete
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    Thank you for taking us along on your build . I like the pics with your Dad in them . The grin on his face is priceless.
     
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  26. chopolds
    Joined: Oct 22, 2001
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    Really looking forward to seeing this one done!
     
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  27. FNG
    Joined: Jan 22, 2006
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    Very cool, a few years back chopolds and I were in a local junkyard and there was one of these pretty intact
     
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  28. manyolcars
    Joined: Mar 30, 2001
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    I bought a Henrob torch at Pate 15 years ago because the vendor was demonstrating on cast iron. I have been using it ever since with awesome results. It welds cast iron like melting butter. My friends watch and say, "Its gonna drip out!" Nope. Never had a drip. All of the welds have held up.
    A henrob can quickly and easily fix the ear
     
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  29. That's a great looking car. Nice work!
     
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  30. Toner283
    Joined: Feb 13, 2008
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    Go Man Go! Looking great. I know almost zero about this era of Chrysler, but they are definitely cool looking. That scoop looks spot on to me. You will likely have lots of people guessing where it came from. Looking forward to more.
     
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