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Hot Rods 58 Plymouth Belvedere old hot rod

Discussion in 'The Hokey Ass Message Board' started by adventurer, Jun 30, 2015.

  1. Peanut 1959
    Joined: Oct 11, 2008
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    More pics when you see some progress. :)
     
  2. wallyringo
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    looking forward to what you do to it.
     
  3. 283john
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    Whatever you do, don't seal it in an underground vault for 50 years. That's hard on them I hear.
     
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  4. I like it like it is. With the popularity of Christine, there's plenty of restored examples.

    I don't think the 20 number is right, even the DeSoto we had they sold 500 or so convertibles of just that model.
     
  5. indyjps
    Joined: Feb 21, 2007
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    Paint, top, go over mechanical and drive it. Full in resto will be expensive and take a long time. Then it's perfect and won't get driven much.
     
  6. stuart in mn
    Joined: Nov 22, 2007
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    If you have all the original parts, store them away for future use and work with the engine/trans it has now (although that shifter needs to be replaced with something that looks more period correct.) :)
     
  7. Zandoz
    Joined: Jan 23, 2012
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    Just my .2 cents worth....

    The repairs are a given, including body work and paint. On the paint issue, I'd only go with black if the body is straight enough.

    Now for something I may catch flack for....I'd take it back to being a push button automatic. The pushbutton automatic is probably one of the most iconic features of late '50s thru early '60s MOPARs. It was born as a button baby, and it should be returned to it's roots.

    From there I'd deck it out as a very very mild custom. Fender skirts, side pipes, Lancer spinners, etc...but no not easy removable mods.

    On the engine...if it's serviceable now, I'd leave it as-is until all the other big stuff are out of the way. Then I'd go for the original 350...and what ever bolt-on speed and dress-up equipment you find.
     
  8. You don't replace a Hurst shifter you just bolt a different stick on it. ;)

    I would change the T handle out if it were mine but I didn't like the T handle when they were cool so it is just a quirk for me I guess.
     
  9. Dick Stevens
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    I was never a fan of the T handle either. :rolleyes: They just don't feel right in my hand.
     
  10. adventurer
    Joined: Aug 1, 2006
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  11. adventurer
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    Changed the lever, made a lot of differences...still don't know if I like the T handle....just had it. WIll get a black Hurst ball...and will see how it looks. In the menatime I am working on the engine compartment....valve covers polished, radiator support sandblasted and powder coated....inner fenders Painted...radiator redone...
     
  12. Gman0046
    Joined: Jul 24, 2005
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    Super nice car. Although I've always been a Chevy fan its nice to see something different for a change.

    Gary
     
  13. Dick Stevens
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    I would move the tach to a location where it would be easier to see while driving.
     

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