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    Unique gauges for sure. The speedometer will take some getting used to, but after that it will be like me driving with a tach.


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    1952 Commander 2 door. Really fine 259.

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    I got the dash and steering column back from Paint friday evening and I waited as long as could to put it all together. I'm loving the color.
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    Nice and clean unified look. No modern barbs that don't look like they belong.


    "In the heart of Arkansas."
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    1952 Commander 2 door. Really fine 259.

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    Its been slow going but Ive managed to get a little done in the Texas Heat. The dash is in and I've started the wiring and cleaning floors, roof and inside the doors.


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    Good fun! I like your wheel covers. I was very torn between the cool look of a vintage wheel cover and the lightness of the new alloy wheels.
    Diesel loving, autocrossing, Coupe express loving, Grandpa Architect.

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    Thanks!
    These are just the cheap re-pop Hollywood Flipper caps from the 40's.
    The are on stock GM 15x7 rally wheels. (Disc Brake clearance)
    Eventually I will get pair of original ones but the wheel fitment is a bit of a hassle.

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    Great follow through on the theme. Bob
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    He gang, its been a while since I posted, Had a few other things going with my other 2 cars but I have been plugging away on super boring details that don't make for very good photos. Front end aliments, packing wheel bearings, bleeding brakes, floor paint and insulation, making transmission cooling lines, fitting the inner fenders around the MMII front end, radiator brackets and hoses. But all that stuff has added up to IT RUNS!
    I guess it has a new birthday now. Sept 16 was the day this car moved under its own power for the first time in about 30 to 40 years.

    A few links to follow in the next 2 posts.




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    Here is a cool little story about my car

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    And this is the one I am most excited about.
    I haven't put in the fuel tank as I have a ton of welding to do in the trunk still so the red one gallon can is all I had for this first start up.

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    Cool! Love the old Hemi!
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    Quote Originally Posted by HemiCoupe View Post
    And this is the one I am most excited about.
    I haven't put in the fuel tank as I have a ton of welding to do in the trunk still so the red one gallon can is all I had for this first start up.

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    awesome...it lives! one of the best days ever is when a project fires up and moves under it's own power. cheers, junior

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    It may not seem like much but I now have the headlights rebuilt and working on 12 volts.
    This was WAY more of a headache that I had imagined.
    What I have learned about the old 3 pin headlight bulbs is that they only go on the pins one way. 6v bulbs are 90 degrees different from 12v bulbs.
    I tried replacement sockets and they wont fit these old riteway reflectors, soooooo...
    I had to cut the original 6v sockets off, buy some generic NAPA turn signal sockets, cut the bottoms of the NAPA sockets off, rotate the new bottom half so the wires will line up to the bottom of the new 12v bulbs and then tack weld them together.
    I also had to add a ground wire to the back of the old silvered reflector.
    Lots of tedious work that no one will ever see.
    But the result is amazing. These are super cool and they look right.

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    Let there be (at least in that Pic) LIGHT!
    Congrats.

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    Excellent! The only way it could be better would be a President coupe, instead. All the best!

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    Its been slow going but I finally have all the busted seams repaired and patch panels made and and installed.
    I put my old hand held English wheels to good use. I didnt really have much frame of reference on the tail pan so I just made new panels to tie what was left together. It came out pretty well for no patterns or idea of how it used to look. Good enough for a tail dragger hotrod I suppose.
    Its solid as a rock now. On to the fun stuff now!!

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    Looks like fun!
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    Looks good from here.


    "In the heart of Arkansas."
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    1952 Commander 2 door. Really fine 259.

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    I finally got the 38 tail lights on! Im super happy with the way its looking.
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    Yup, way nice!

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    I like where your lights are. Mine are a bit too low but still look pretty good.
    Diesel loving, autocrossing, Coupe express loving, Grandpa Architect.

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