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Projects Shelly, my first custom. 1954 Plymouth bodied Desoto

Discussion in 'The Hokey Ass Message Board' started by ehdave, Apr 30, 2015.

  1. ehdave
    Joined: Feb 28, 2009
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    Hey guys and gals,

    After 6 years sitting in waiting my Australian Plymouth bodied Desoto got some love this past week, a good mate (Scratchbuilt) came up and we hooked into her for 6 days straight.

    Here's the starting point, one very rough and rusty 54 Desoto
    IMG_20150405_111203159_HDR.jpg

    Then came the parts car, with a full set of spare bolt on panels, its a Chrysler Royal AP2 V8 which was based on the 53-4 Plymouth chassis as well.
    IMG_20150421_112256689_HDR.jpg
    After striping her out and giving her a pressure wash
    IMG_20150421_155746909_HDR.jpg
    This is the point where scratch built turned up and we started cutting, front doors extended 8 inches
    IMG_20150424_202132862.jpg
    Rear 1/4 filler panel
    IMG_20150425_161807949.jpg
    More to come....
     
  2. ehdave
    Joined: Feb 28, 2009
    Posts: 119

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    Time to start chopping
    2015APR26 (1).jpg
    Roof off and I'm off for my first cruise, kind of
    2015APR26 (27).jpg

    Flanging ready for the roof to sit over the windscreen 1 inch, the posts were also leaned back 1 inch
    2015APR26 (18).jpg
    Initial chop was 2 inches at both ends, later went to 2.5 inches at the back
    2015APR26 (17).jpg
     
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  3. ehdave
    Joined: Feb 28, 2009
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    The extra 1/2 inch at the back and checking how to fit the rear window
    IMG_20150427_170346357.jpg

    and finally this is where she sits at the moment, its just tacked together and will need some tweaking to get the right flow but you can see where this build is heading.
    IMG_20150429_111719844.jpg
    Next job is to get everything aligned properly and weld it solid, although that will have to wait while I get my new parts hauler ready for the road.
     
  4. roadkillontheweb
    Joined: Dec 28, 2006
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    If you have any spare parts left over let me know. I have a 1956 Desoto Australian UTE here in the states that will soon begin restoration. showute.jpg
     

  5. ehdave
    Joined: Feb 28, 2009
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    Are you chasing anything in particular? There's not really much left over but you never know and I can keep an eye out for you
     
  6. roadkillontheweb
    Joined: Dec 28, 2006
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    Any chance you have an original jack?
    The remote Brake fluid reservoir?
    Small pieces of chrome on the sills just ahead of the rear wheel wells
    Dog dish hubcaps?
     

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