The Jalopy Journal
Discussion in 'The Hokey Ass Message Board' started by adventurer, Jun 30, 2015.
More pics when you see some progress.
looking forward to what you do to it.
Whatever you do, don't seal it in an underground vault for 50 years. That's hard on them I hear.
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.
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.
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.)
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.
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.
I was never a fan of the T handle either. They just don't feel right in my hand.
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...
Super nice car. Although I've always been a Chevy fan its nice to see something different for a change.
I would move the tach to a location where it would be easier to see while driving.
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