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by Faulkner
Mon Oct 11, 2021 8:10 am
Forum: Vendors
Topic: Proven Force - Driveline Specialties, Maple Grove, MN
Replies: 0
Views: 34

Proven Force - Driveline Specialties, Maple Grove, MN

Some time ago, I took a call from Plymouth Owners Club members who got my phone number from the inside jacket. Mark and Monica were looking for some advice regarding transmission repair near them, and in response to my inquiry someone on Facebook made a recommendation for Metro Matic just north of S...
by Faulkner
Sat Oct 09, 2021 11:30 am
Forum: What's New
Topic: Carlisle 2022!
Replies: 2
Views: 331

Re: Carlisle 2022!

by Faulkner
Fri Oct 08, 2021 1:35 pm
Forum: Rebuilds
Topic: Department Of The Interior
Replies: 1
Views: 51

Department Of The Interior

When I had Faulkner repainted in the original copper color, the red interior had to go - so I painted it. Folks who have ridden in it know that painting red vinyl black comes out pretty well, but the fabric came out like sandpaper. Best not to wear shorts when sitting in it! :o I made the ill-fated ...
by Faulkner
Fri Oct 08, 2021 9:29 am
Forum: The Plymouth Owners Club
Topic: Bulletin #361 - A Diesel in America
Replies: 0
Views: 50

Bulletin #361 - A Diesel in America

Ed Prichard's most excellent Perkins-powered '59 Plymouth. Enjoy!

by Faulkner
Tue Sep 28, 2021 10:09 am
Forum: What's New
Topic: Ed Ober: September 25, 2021
Replies: 3
Views: 171

Re: Ed Ober: September 25, 2021

Ed's funeral will be Monday, October 5th. If you knew Ed - and particularly, if you have any photos of him - I'm sure his family would appreciate if you post your condolences on his Tribute Wall.

by Faulkner
Mon Sep 27, 2021 9:34 pm
Forum: Suburban
Topic: Kenneth Josephson - Los Vegas, NV, USA (work in progress)
Replies: 15
Views: 293

Re: Kenneth Josephson - Los Vegas, NV, USA

The tailgate just before being repaired.
Twenty six years later, John is once again doing body work on this car. He has repaired the tailgate.
Some of the debris, which held moisture and caused the rust issues.
by Faulkner
Mon Sep 27, 2021 9:30 pm
Forum: Suburban
Topic: Kenneth Josephson - Los Vegas, NV, USA (work in progress)
Replies: 15
Views: 293

Re: Kenneth Josephson - Los Vegas, NV, USA

I became tired of the neighbor's dogs going ballistic every time I opened or closed the driver's side doors, so I attacked the groaning hinges with silicone mist.
After spraying silicone mist on all the linkages (shifter, clutch, accelerator, parking brake, overdrive cable, brake pedal assembly) everything seemed to work as it should...we'll see what happens when I get the engine started.
Dusty and unused since late 2003, my blast cabinet is finally in place.
Ouch! That's a nasty dimple. Notice how beaten up the bottom edge of the bumper looks.
That is not a stain on the driver's side door panel. That's a piece of windlace hanging down. The windlace literally turns to powder when handled. The vacuum hoses for the heater control are hanging down.The push buttons and cable seem okay.
The floor seems solid underneath the brittle factory mat.
This is how the overdrive cable is mounted.
Hard to believe the contents of this bucket was once a nice, minty smelling green...
A trail of silicone mist trickles down the tailgate from the window crank assembly.The stuff certainly smooths things out, but the proper grease is what really should be used.
Twelve year old Karla poses with my compressor. I finally cleared out the garage and made progress in setting up shop. I hope to get the 220 wired in soon.
While my blue wagon is undergoing some refurbishing, this green behemoth will be taking over daily driving chores.

You are looking at about 5,000 pounds of 1968 Crown Imperial. 440/A-727 Torqueflite and leather interior. I suppose I can tolerate an automatic transmission under those circumstances.
The lower front left door hinge quieted immediately. The upper one (see previous photo) needed to be worked a number of times before it finally quieted down.
by Faulkner
Mon Sep 27, 2021 9:27 pm
Forum: Suburban
Topic: Kenneth Josephson - Los Vegas, NV, USA (work in progress)
Replies: 15
Views: 293

Re: Kenneth Josephson - Los Vegas, NV, USA

Too bad this is so brittle...
This is dated June 2, 1969. The newest paper I found in the car so far was a receipt dated 1970.
The shifter wouldn't go into reverse and didn't feel very solid when shifted into second. The overdrive cable seemed frozen as well.
Here's one of the differences in trim I noted earlier. Instead of a nice transition piece of painted trim merging the headliner rail into the windshield trim, an abrupt cap is used.
The door panels aren't too bad...
The mirror cleaned up nicely and the adjusters were nice and tight.
I attacked the car with a bucket of Simple Green and spray bottle full of window cleaner. The door handles cleaned up nicely, beautifully showing the pitting.
An interesting color.
The gauge cluster was nice underneath all that dirt.
The dash didn't clean up very well. I will attempt to polish it.
This wagon never had a passenger side sun visor.
What secrets do these papers hold?
by Faulkner
Mon Sep 27, 2021 9:25 pm
Forum: Suburban
Topic: Kenneth Josephson - Los Vegas, NV, USA (work in progress)
Replies: 15
Views: 293

Re: Kenneth Josephson - Los Vegas, NV, USA

Okay, so is this an assembly line or salvage yard marking? Or did a mechanic with short term memory issues have to write the cylinder count on the front of the engine during a tune up?
Some degreaser and a garden hose made things a bit more4 colorful and lot less grimy under the hood. Note the black paint on both the intake manifold and the water pump housing.
Hard to tell if this was a new belt or the replaced belt in the new one's sleeve, being kept as a spare.
Looks like yellow paint on the heat riser weight.
I'm happy to see no stone dings in this emblem.
An overall view of the engine compartment.
This engine must have looked pretty sharp with its silver block and head, contrasted by black accessories. I like those nifty spark plug boots.
Anybody know of either Arden Ice Cream or Mayfair Super Markets?
Also found the remnants of a paste tube.
The date can be seen better in this shot.
Under the front seat, I found a newspaper dated January 20th, 1968.
That looks much better. Now I need to trace that thick black wire and see where it originates from under the dash. My other '59 Plymouths' horn leads exit from the steering column. Or maybe this fed that extra lighter socket.
by Faulkner
Mon Sep 27, 2021 9:22 pm
Forum: Suburban
Topic: Kenneth Josephson - Los Vegas, NV, USA (work in progress)
Replies: 15
Views: 293

Re: Kenneth Josephson - Los Vegas, NV, USA

This does not look promising...
This wagon had a single sunvisor. I wonder if that was a vanity mirror clipped on there?
Notice the driver's side dome light switch plate is held in place by a slotted screw rather than the Phillips screws used on the passenger side.
These are not the neat, little door dome light switches I've seen on other '57-'59 Plymouths. The wires are the correct yellow. Dealer installed? J.C. Whitney? Anybody know the answer?
The visible rust looks deep, plus it has a nasty crease.
Rusted and crumpled...the passenger side rear quarter panel. And this isn't an external spare wagon.
What a cool lookin' locking gas cap. Too bad there aren't any keys.I have a locksmith friend who can open this. I hope that pitting isn't too bad.
Oh well, most of them have this sort of rust. Note that the tank protection cover is missing.
Another car? What car?????
With both rear quarter windows broken out, this cover offers some protection.
So what happened here? This damage seems to correspond with the rear quarter damage.
The trim tag, located under the hood, along the passenger side of the cowl. Hey, that's a pretty neat color!
by Faulkner
Mon Sep 27, 2021 9:11 pm
Forum: Suburban
Topic: Kenneth Josephson - Los Vegas, NV, USA (work in progress)
Replies: 15
Views: 293

Re: Kenneth Josephson - Los Vegas, NV, USA

Another view of the coil wire coming off the overdrive harness.
Rats! The cargo hold floor is "daylighted." Fortunately, I still have another floor, left over from the '59 parts wagon we dismantled recently.
Engine number.
At least there is oil in the engine.
The radiator was bone dry.
The driver's side of the cargo hold floor.
Both the lighter and the radio are missing. So what else is new?
Now what happened here? Did somebody kick a hole in the heater box?
I need to pull this carburetor and see if it's the original. Probably not. I suspect the orginal was replaced, which would explain why the overdrive kick-down switch, bracket and harness assembly was stuffed into the corner of the engine bay.
I wonder what that extra lighter socket was used for?
The "nicer" pedals in a basic wagon? They sure are in nice shape. This is the first "Savoy" level wagon I have seen with this style.
by Faulkner
Mon Sep 27, 2021 9:09 pm
Forum: Suburban
Topic: Kenneth Josephson - Los Vegas, NV, USA (work in progress)
Replies: 15
Views: 293

Re: Kenneth Josephson - Los Vegas, NV, USA

The tailgate looks promising. Ever notice how most surviving Forward Look wagons seem to come from Oregon?
Looks like the trailing edge of this front fender and the leading edge of the rocker panel are damaged. Still better than patching serious rust.
Here it comes...another project car! I told Tracie to think of it as "pre-packaged spare parts."
Please don't ask about the '58 Plymouth fenders. They are spoken for. I need to find a way to get them up to Oregon.
Yes, the front valance is missing. From the look of things below the bumper (as well as the bottom edge of the bumper itself), the separation may have been violent. No damage to the core support or the frame, thank goodness.
I wish it was paved back here so I could place the wagon on casters and roll it to one side. Concrete is way too expensive these days.
None on this side, either.
I wonder where the hood spring went?
Rats! The windshield is damaged. From the inside. Weird.
The overdrive switch, still attached to the harness, was tucked into the driver's side dash corner of the engine compartment.
The overdrive relay, along with its external fuse holder.
The coil lead from the overdrive harness.
by Faulkner
Mon Sep 27, 2021 9:03 pm
Forum: Suburban
Topic: Kenneth Josephson - Los Vegas, NV, USA (work in progress)
Replies: 15
Views: 293

Re: Kenneth Josephson - Los Vegas, NV, USA

Getting ready to cut off the roof.That is daylight you can see through the passenger side door jamb. John used the torch to persuade a door that refused to unlock.
Next to go are the remnants of the '58 parts wagon. This wagon's floor is rusted through in many places and is "paper thin" in most of the rest. Disassembling these two wagons, especially the '59, has been a good experience for when I get to restoring the black '59.
This doesn't look good...
Another flat head six! I like these engines for their smooth and reliable operation. But their ability to accelerate a 4,000 pound vehicle in modern urban traffic leaves much to be desired. Being an overdrive car, it should have a 4.10 differential instead of the usual 3.73, which may help.
Hmmm, I wonder if it had those round bumper pad thingies (steps) instead of the metal plugs? In any event, the holes in the top of the rear bumper are exposed. Notice one of the bumper pods is missing, too. The tailgate seems to be rotting at the bottom (common, even with "dry" examples, due to dust, leaves, pine needles, etc. getting down there and holding moisture.)
I haven't seen this puppy in person, but it is a straight, solid overdrive two tone Southern California car.Looks like the front valance is either missing or crushed, a common fate for these vehicles.
Looks like the overdrive handle is attached to a welded tab just to the right of the ignition switch. It is actually mounted under the dash. This is just an illusion due to the camera's angle. But there are sometimes subtle differences to be found in these cars. I have noticed minor differences among '59 Plymouth wagons depending upon which plant built them and when during the model year.
Well, at least I won't be bumping my head on falling cardboard panels or snagging my clothes on split vinyl and torn cloth. Why must some people smash windows out of old vehicles? C'mon, now...did Beavis and Butthead ever "score with chicks" by wrecking other people's property?
I have yet to see a stock 1959 Deluxe (Savoy trim level) Suburban that did not have a gray interior, regardless of exterior color(s). The guy I bought it from said the horn button is in the car.
A bad case of sunburn. Common with vehicles left out in the Southwestern sun. Add natural sandblasting by the wind and soil erosion, hence surface rust.
Some obvious rear quarter damage. Also obvious is this wagon doesn't have an exterior spare tire compartment.
A 1958 Plymouth open touring car? Note the saw resting on the floor board in front of the left rear wheel well.
by Faulkner
Mon Sep 27, 2021 8:58 pm
Forum: Suburban
Topic: Kenneth Josephson - Los Vegas, NV, USA (work in progress)
Replies: 15
Views: 293

Re: Kenneth Josephson - Los Vegas, NV, USA

Roger included some decent front fenders with the tan parts wagon and they will be going on my black two door wagon when the time comes to work on it. The wagon's interior is loaded with parts, so I placed these fenders in position (well, sort of) on their new "home."
This is what's left of the '59 parts wagon. That's a pretty nice trunk floor. I am happy I haven't scrapped it. I had planned use this to repair Pink's rusted through trunk floor. Instead, I traded the pink wagon to Big M for a B body Plymouth. I sent this section along with the car. If you want this trunk floor, call him.
John brought out the torch to remove the quarters. I asked Jimmy (4wardlook) to snap this photo while I went for the water bucket.
Since the bottoms of the rear quarters were rusted through, my plan was to simply cut them up for scrap. One of our fellow Forward Lookers, however, needed them for a project.
The '58 parts wagon lost some more sheet metal on February 20th.
This photo clearly shows the vandalized windshield, as well as the damaged passenger side door. I am looking for another door, though John will fix this one if we have to use it. That is not a dent on the passenger side of the hood. It is a reflection. The guy I got this wagon from told me the guy he got it from had sanded off the paint from the hood, most of the roof and some of the body. Then he let it sit, bare metal exposed. The dry climate where the car has resided since then stopped the rust from going out of control, though we may deal with it soon to prevent further deterioration. I like how the wagon stands on those fifteen inch rims and may use fifteen inchers when I get this wagon back on the road.
Look at all that roof post rust which was hidden under the stainless trim. I may use the trim on my blue '59 after its next repaint.....after treating my wagon's posts with POR-15!
I don't believe this is what the Pointer Sisters were singing about in their song, "Fire."
If you ever replace your '57-'59 wagon's quarter glass or window gaskets, I'd recommend removing the "C" pillar outer panel and checking it for rust damage or trapped dirt which can retain moisture. Sand and dirt can blow into every nook and cranny of these cars. And we have plenty of wind and sand in the Southwestern United States.
The passenger side quarter. Jimmy also needed the rear doors for his project. He needed only the outer skins, so we gutted them at my place before loading them on top of his wife's Neon. (Yep, he took two rear quarters, two rear doors and a rear bumper home with a Neon!!!!)
The solid passenger side front fender. The bondo at the bottom was to cover a dent. Hard to believe I couldn't sell, nor even give away, these fenders last year! They now belong to Roger of AAJ Brakes.
I had purchased some reproduction outer rocker panels for this wagon before acquiring the parts wagons. There are enough solid sections of original rocker panels between both to patch this one with original sheet metal. These pictures show why I needed the Solex windshield from one of the parts wagons. There is also enough glass between both parts wagons to add Solex to my four door wagon.