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Projects 1960 Chrysler New Yorker Rustoration

Discussion in 'The Hokey Ass Message Board' started by BrandonBerkosky01, May 5, 2017.

  1. This car has been sitting since 1980 from what my father tells me. He bought it for $75 because he liked the fins and never touched it again. I was born in 87 so I just remember it sitting in my yard all my life.
    Time to bring her back from the dead. Just going to make a fun driver out of it.


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  2. Randy Routt
    Joined: Jan 13, 2013
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    shazamm, new life for the dead! You are making good headway!
     
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  3. gene-koning
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    OK, You win!!!
    I've been told that I was crazy for rebuilding some of the projects I've undertaken, and afterwards, I tend to agree with them. Your project rates right up there with some of mine. The biggest difference between your project and mine is when I did something that rough, I would have put a different frame under that car, and you are actually rebuilding it back to original. That, my friend, takes a lot more heart and soul then I have!
    I wish you luck, and will be watching this thread, giving you encouraging words as I can. Keep us posted as you go. Gene
     
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  4. yep.....really doing justice.....great talent there !
     
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  5. flynbrian48
    Joined: Mar 10, 2008
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    Oh my lord. I used to be that ambitious too! Keep posting.
     
  6. panheadguy
    Joined: Jan 8, 2005
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    Sitting in the dirt really does a car good, yes?
     
  7. All I can say is WOW! You are a GOOD welder. Good luck on the old girl! Bruce.
     
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  8. Cliff Ramsdell
    Joined: Dec 27, 2004
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    Oh man, that car looks like it's from the northeast somewhere. It's tough to get something decent up here.

    Killer job on the fab work, those big old chryslers are great.

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  9. scotts52
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    I'm so glad you are saving it. Too many old cars are gone.
    How did it go from blue to being red front and rear with white center?
     
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  10. junkyardjeff
    Joined: Jul 23, 2005
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    After seeing the lack of trunk floor and bad frame I was going to say find another but looks like you are doing good and way more ambitious them I am these days.
     
  11. Jalopy Joker
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    ambitious young man
     
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  12. Thank you for the encouragement. If it was a full frame car I would have considered putting a frame under it. But it's a unibody. You wouldn't believe how strong this thing is. When I was leveling the car out to tack in my frame rails I had a jack under the front control arm and the whole driver side of the car was coming up.


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  13. Yeah plus I live in northeastern Pennsylvania where we put salt on top of salt on the roads in the winter


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  14. Thanks. Yes I'm in northeastern Pennsylvania


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  15. When we were kids me and my friends painted it one summer with whatever paint we found on the shelves in the basement. Then my father painted it red and white with rust oleum. I don't know why he chose those colors


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  16. Everyone tells us to find another. Which we could easily do. We know it's not worth anything because it's a four-door. But my father is very sentimental. We have to fix this one or not at all. He doesn't want another one. And I don't mind doing it it's just more practice for me. Plus I get to hang out with my dad.


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  17. BadgeZ28
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    You will have a beauty when she is done. Keep that in mind when you hit mental walls during the build.
     
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  18. Rusty O'Toole
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    More nerve than Dick Tracy, and he had a gun.
     
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  19. BJR
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    You have skills, keep at it as it is looking great so far. When did it change color from blue to red with white doors?
     
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  20. Corvette Fever
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    Great talent and attention to detail. Enjoy the time with your dad I would love to be able to do that with mine.


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  21. We painted it as kids. Use whatever we found on the shelf in the basement. Then my dad wanted it red and white. He painted it with rustoleum


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  22. Got my new bumping file today!! I was borrowing my uncles file. He showed me how to use it and I went to town on the rear panel.

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  23. junkyardjeff
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    Seeing all the work you are doing reminds me of a PBS special on the cars of Cuba and someone was doing what you are doing to a late 50s Chrysler product and installing a fork lift motor.
     
  24. I think I saw something like that where they used a 55 gallon drum to replace the floor pan.


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  25. chryslerfan55
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    Ahh the joys of a father and son project. Good times.


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  27. das858
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    Impressive fabrication skills sir ! You are a craftsman, that car will look great even as a 4-door !
     
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  28. gene-koning
    Joined: Oct 28, 2016
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    Being a father and son project make it even better!

    My son and me are doing an off topic motor & trans swap into his 57 Dodge Wagon. Its a lot more work then I would have taken on myself. He took this past week off work as a vacation week, just to work with me on his car. We made great progress, but it isn't done yet. I will be happy to see him return to work next week (I believe the feeling is mutual). We got along great, but I'm not (nor is he) used to working this hard, we both might need a vacation to recover from his vacation... LOL! Gene
     
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  29. xpletiv
    Joined: Jul 9, 2008
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    Crap, do I feel lazy now!


    Do you plan on putting wheels on the casket afterwards?
     
  30. That's going to be a dragula. After the 55 Buick and the chrysler. Lots of projects.


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