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PostSubject: MY FIRST PLYMOUTH 1957   Sat Dec 10, 2011 12:30 am

Well after a few years I finally find a plymouth in sound condition. I had it shipped from California to Washington and along the way the shipper put this real nice dent up under the rear quarter panel and basically killed the joy I had waiting to get the car.No dents were on her when I purchased it. The transport company DAS [BLOWS!!] I get to see how well they handle this situation. So anyway I thought I would share my excitement and tears along with my friends who know what these cars mean to their owners. There are some real inconsiderate mindless people who do things like this and don't admit they did it. Anyway I love the car and I was just glad nothing more happened to her and I wanted to share the pictures of what I have. scratch
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PostSubject: Re: MY FIRST PLYMOUTH 1957   Sat Dec 10, 2011 2:43 am

Where sre the pictures Laughing scratch

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PostSubject: Re: MY FIRST PLYMOUTH 1957   Sat Dec 10, 2011 6:10 am

Come on Steveo you have her home now you know you have to have Pic's. Hee! Hee! Sorry to hear about the damage. That would burn my butt also. Still looking for the one rear antena for you.

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PostSubject: Re: MY FIRST PLYMOUTH 1957   Sat Dec 10, 2011 11:21 am

Dang man that is not right, sorry you had that happen.

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PostSubject: Re: MY FIRST PLYMOUTH 1957   Sat Dec 10, 2011 11:37 am

Sorry to hear about the damage, Steve. It's a poor company indeed that does not rectify problems they have caused.

On the other hand, I'm glad you got your car home, where it can be looked after. How bad is the damage? I would be happy to give you pointers on what exactly to do to remove the damage.

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PostSubject: Re: MY FIRST PLYMOUTH 1957   Sat Dec 10, 2011 12:45 pm

I am trying to send these photos through but they are not makin it? I resized them down to the size of a quarter and still no luck. I guess I need some advice or tech No
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PostSubject: Re: MY FIRST PLYMOUTH 1957   Sat Dec 10, 2011 12:49 pm

Ok I went to check why my photos are not working and it appears I cant directly attach them to posts here. I will keep working on it then.
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PostSubject: Re: MY FIRST PLYMOUTH 1957   Sat Dec 10, 2011 1:44 pm

I wrote our administrator due to my BRAIN WAVES GOING DEAD CALM. I am a bit unsure how to post shots of the car even though I read the FAQ page. Stay tuned until I get the help.
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PostSubject: Re: MY FIRST PLYMOUTH 1957   Sat Dec 10, 2011 2:23 pm








I got em loaded!!! AND THE CROWD GOES WILD cheers bounce :king: :affraid:
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PostSubject: Re: MY FIRST PLYMOUTH 1957   Sat Dec 10, 2011 2:27 pm

John I could use some advice on these dents getting removed. It is just painful that my car got damaged after 54 years of staying straight. Good thing the metal was strong back there and it didn't push up the entire drivers quarter,fin and all.
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PostSubject: Re: MY FIRST PLYMOUTH 1957   Sat Dec 10, 2011 3:43 pm

Alright you posted them! What a beautiful car. Sorry about the damage. What's been damaged is nothing to shake a stick at either. That's going to require a significant amount of time and effort to correct. Are you going to "Christine" this car or leave original?

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PostSubject: Re: MY FIRST PLYMOUTH 1957   Sat Dec 10, 2011 4:30 pm

The car was originally beige, then in the early seventies it was painted red. Then years down the road it eventually was repainted the navy blue . You can see the 2 colors under the navy paint. The dent is severe to me because of the way the car is built it pressed the inner quarter panel metal that is on the inside portion of that area. When I notified the seller what happened he was really upset since he spent 8 years himself trying to buy this car but the folks were hanging on to it because it was there son's car and he had passed away. Anyway I wish the car could do the CHRISTINE to the moron responsible for her damage, since she would know. I have to deal with this carrier and I doubt that they just cut me a check for the repair. So far my plans on her are to get the brakes repaired, there might be a fuel problem not entirely sure the issue, but she does run. I want to get it in driving condition then go from there. I am thinking there are enough red plymouths out there so I might choose an original color available that year. Misty green and white? We'll see.
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PostSubject: Re: MY FIRST PLYMOUTH 1957   Sat Dec 10, 2011 9:05 pm

That is a awesome 57.......I know how excited I was when mine pulled up on the transport truck, so I'm sorry that they damaged her. The guys in this club are great at helping out and can answer just about any questine you have. Good luck with your new ride.....

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PostSubject: Re: MY FIRST PLYMOUTH 1957   Sat Dec 10, 2011 9:26 pm

Thank you Larry, I appreciate your kind comments. I will look forward to any advice to come my way. I am glad to have this kind of help out there from fellow plymouth owners.
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PostSubject: Re: MY FIRST PLYMOUTH 1957   Sun Dec 11, 2011 7:11 am

Steveo you have a great looking car! No wonder you were so excited to get her. Think I would have cried if my car had been damaged on her way home but the one that did it would have been crying too. Twisted Evil Love your car. Very Happy

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PostSubject: Re: MY FIRST PLYMOUTH 1957   Sun Dec 11, 2011 11:43 am

Cool Real nice 57.

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PostSubject: Re: MY FIRST PLYMOUTH 1957   Sun Dec 11, 2011 12:31 pm

THANK YOU!! I am very grateful to have her. Very Happy
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PostSubject: Re: MY FIRST PLYMOUTH 1957   Sun Dec 11, 2011 1:31 pm

Looks like someone allowed the car to roll back over a curb, Steve. It should be fairly easy to see if the damage is fresh, curb rash will remove paint and there will be shiny metal visible.

This damage is best removed with a hammer and body spoon of the rght contour, and may take a second person holding a dolly to prevent the metal from being stretched.

When you get to that point, I can do a pictorial on a similarly damaged quarter panel, if you wish.

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PostSubject: Re: MY FIRST PLYMOUTH 1957   Sun Dec 11, 2011 1:56 pm

It appears to be fresh because the scratched paint and the impact area still show where some peeling occured. Like you mentioned John there is a spot of navy blue paint that cracked off where the quarter panel on the outside bowed outward and the metal does not show rust or weathering . I have about 20 pictures taken of the car being loaded the day it was picked up and the damage is not there either. That damage was also not noted by the driver on his paperwork when he assesed the car's scratches ect. before loading the car onto his flatbed. I have done some dent repair over the years but when I look at this I am not sure I could do the job right and not make it worse. The area is accessible from inside the trunk , maybe the dent could be hammered some from there pushing the metal back downward? I would appreciate John ANYTHING that could advise me and so far your advice sounds good with the body tools you mentioned.
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PostSubject: Re: MY FIRST PLYMOUTH 1957   Mon Dec 12, 2011 12:11 pm

I will get some photos of the tools and process shortly. Please keep in mind if you wish to pursue a claim with the shipper, it is best to leave the damage as it is until the claim is settled. DAS carries insurance, and they will likely send an adjuster out to view the damage

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PostSubject: Re: MY FIRST PLYMOUTH 1957   Mon Dec 12, 2011 12:40 pm

Your perfectly right, and I was thinking the same thing. I will keep everyone updated on how things are going meanwhile.
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PostSubject: Re: MY FIRST PLYMOUTH 1957   Mon Dec 12, 2011 8:42 pm

very nice car man! looks good and solid, the dents arent bad at all though....wouldnt loose to much sleep over it, nothing that a hammer and a block of wood wont fix, then some hammer and dollying....
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PostSubject: Re: MY FIRST PLYMOUTH 1957   Mon Dec 12, 2011 9:39 pm

Thats true, I started the claim with the shipper and one day this will get repaired one way or the other. Just not fun.
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PostSubject: Re: MY FIRST PLYMOUTH 1957   Wed Dec 14, 2011 1:20 pm

Thats not too bad to fix. I would start with a stud gun and slide hammer and start pulling it out, then move to the hammer and a body spoon. Just remember to take your time.

It doesn't looks like the metal is stretched much, so you might not even have to shrink it.
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PostSubject: Re: MY FIRST PLYMOUTH 1957   Mon Feb 27, 2012 11:17 pm

Hi Steve,

Sorry to hear about the problems you had with your car delivery. Did you ever get that resolved? She's a great looking car! Hope you get it all worked out, and get to working on her! Always love to see progress! Smile

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PostSubject: Re: MY FIRST PLYMOUTH 1957   Mon Apr 23, 2012 11:49 pm

beautiful car that is horrible about the damage done to the back, my father has been in the towing business for 40 years and he always walks around the cars. when he loads and unloads them and the times there was damage he stepped up to the plate and didnt deny anything, and asked man to man what it would cost to repair? Then handed him the cash and apologized for the inconvience

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PostSubject: Re: MY FIRST PLYMOUTH 1957   Tue Apr 24, 2012 8:48 am

Joe your dad sounds a lot like mine, Never gave a guy a bad deal, He was the kingd that would take his shirt off his back and give it to you if they needed it. He always said Two things he hated most was a theif and a lier and didn't know which one he hated most. I lost him in 1975 at the age of 60 years. I still Misshim teribly. Crying or Very sad

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PostSubject: Re: MY FIRST PLYMOUTH 1957   Tue Apr 24, 2012 11:38 am

your father passed young my grandmother did at 58, my mom always told me the good die young and i truly believe that.

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PostSubject: Re: MY FIRST PLYMOUTH 1957   Tue Apr 24, 2012 4:09 pm

Yes he did, the Dr's think he worked to hard when he was younger, He worked from dayhlight to dark 6 sometimes 7 days a week. He Got Arthritis when he was abot 45 yhears old and it dragged him plum down to bed fast. But I am proud of him, he never did once feel sorry for him,self, He planted a garden and hed was in a Motor chair sometimes he would get stuck when he was irrigating, Man that made his start cussing. I can still picture that like it was yesterday. Smile

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PostSubject: Re: MY FIRST PLYMOUTH 1957   Tue Apr 24, 2012 11:20 pm

we sure was a tough guy from the sound of it

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