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PostSubject: Finally Got My 58!   Tue Mar 10, 2015 11:29 am

Well it finally happened. My first ever 58 Plymouth Belvedere 2 dr. ht. arrived in my driveway last night. I wished the arrival would have been in the daylight, as the photos would have been better, but the most important thing is that it (and yes, of course the driver too) arrived safely. Once in the garage, I took some time to look it over and I was pleased. (Thanks for the good eyes Wayne) I have a nice straight, solid, (nearly) complete car to work with and already......she's screaming for red!  Smile

Much thanks to you all, my fellow CCC members as well...for all your encouragement throughout this whole process.











And what do we have in here?



A bit more obvious now... Surprised



What's wrong with this picture?



Yes that's right...no reverse light!...and yes, I noticed right away.  Smile



Some serious support cables huh?



And yes...right here I was thinking...get her down on the ground, quick!












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PostSubject: Re: Finally Got My 58!   Tue Mar 10, 2015 12:19 pm

You did well, Bob!!

The car looks excellent!!

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PostSubject: Re: Finally Got My 58!   Tue Mar 10, 2015 12:34 pm

Dang, what a pretty site! you must be giddy Bob!

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PostSubject: Re: Finally Got My 58!   Tue Mar 10, 2015 5:55 pm

Congratulations Bob, she looks sweet!

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PostSubject: Re: Finally Got My 58!   Tue Mar 10, 2015 6:38 pm

Very, very NiCE!!! You lucky dog! Marc


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PostSubject: Re: Finally Got My 58!   Tue Mar 10, 2015 6:54 pm

Congratulations Bob! I decided to visit the forum special today as I knew she'd be arriving! Studying office documents will have to wait! Laughing

I'm thrilled for you. I feel like I got a new car with you! It sure has been a long road. I'm proud to have had the honor of walking it with you all these years. My friend finally has his dream car and the CCC welcomes a new 58 into the family. It doesn't get any better than that! You may not be thrilled with the night time photos but I'll be damned if she doesn't look fantastic! Straight as an arrow to!

Going out to Bob and Debbie!!!!!!



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PostSubject: Re: Finally Got My 58!   Tue Mar 10, 2015 9:09 pm

I am so dad gum happy about this. These pictures made me smile. A great find an outstanding pick up for Mr. Bob. She is absolutely beautiful. Love that photo of the car in the garage with the high beams!

Can't wait to see some more photos as you document your restoration/conversion. Woo Hooo!


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PostSubject: Re: Finally Got My 58!   Wed Mar 11, 2015 12:03 am

Congrats Bob! Very Happy  "HAPPY DAYS"!  I really think she is a beauty!

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PostSubject: Re: Finally Got My 58!   Wed Mar 11, 2015 12:13 am

Even in green she's fabulous! Very Happy

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PostSubject: Re: Finally Got My 58!   Wed Mar 11, 2015 12:25 am

I do like the color also! Maybe its Christines sister! Katherine! Suspect

Watch out Bob! I heard she can be very sensitive!


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PostSubject: Re: Finally Got My 58!   Wed Mar 11, 2015 12:54 am

wow Bob that car looks beautiful. i think you do well Very Happy i am very happy for you.

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PostSubject: Re: Finally Got My 58!   Wed Mar 11, 2015 4:00 pm

I wanted that car, dammit!!! Congrats, im glad someone here got her.
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PostSubject: Re: Finally Got My 58!   Wed Mar 11, 2015 5:33 pm

I'm happy for you of course. I understand wanting to turn her into a Christine but she's beautiful as is.

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PostSubject: Re: Finally Got My 58!   Wed Mar 11, 2015 11:16 pm

Wow She's a beauty Bob. Can not wait to watch the progress.
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PostSubject: Re: Finally Got My 58!   Wed Mar 11, 2015 11:19 pm

Thanks to you all for your congratulations and well wishes. I appreciate it. I've already worked out a few bugs that the car came with. The power steering return line was leaking badly at the steering box. I just had to cut the bad end off and retighten the clamp. It was quite loose! The truck driver told me she blew guts all over a BMW (below her) while she was in transit. Sorry Beamer...perhaps green Christine gets motion sickness! lol! I also fixed the sticky driver door. I adjusted the catch on the door jamb but I think the culprit was the star wheel on the door. It was in desperate need of lubrication. I removed the skirts, cleaned out the trunk, vacuumed the interior and waxed the back half of the car. I still have a few other leaks to contend with. I suspect a soft plug on the engine is leaking antifreeze too. Those can be very difficult to replace without a lift. Little by little, I hope to bring her back to good health.

Thanks again everyone...
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PostSubject: Re: Finally Got My 58!   Thu Mar 12, 2015 12:44 am

Sweet deal Mr. Bob! Ain't that the fun of old cars, the tinkering! Hope we get to see some daylight pics soon. Very Happy

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PostSubject: Re: Finally Got My 58!   Thu Mar 12, 2015 9:19 am

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Sweet deal Mr. Bob! Ain't that the fun of old cars, the tinkering! Hope we get to see some daylight pics soon. Very Happy

I think I can arrange that...today looks to be a very nice day...once again. Four days in a row now. This car brought spring with it! Woohoo! 40's and sunny all week!

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PostSubject: Re: Finally Got My 58!   Thu Mar 12, 2015 11:48 am

The 'Green Machine' LOL!

A few little quirks can be expected, these all sound rather minor.

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PostSubject: Re: Finally Got My 58!   Fri Mar 13, 2015 12:14 am

well when the weather warms up i hope a few of us local members can come over for a visit Bob, im thinking Wayne and I for starters once he gets settled in his new job Very Happy

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PostSubject: Re: Finally Got My 58!   Fri Mar 13, 2015 9:59 am

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The 'Green Machine' LOL!

A few little quirks can be expected, these all sound rather minor.

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Thanks John, I found another "little quirk" yesterday. The gas gauge...when I turn the key to "on" I'd see the gauge come up from the left just a little to "E"....I thought...I sure hope that means it's nearly empty....so I poured 2 gallons of gas in...didn't come up at all...so I poured another 2 gallons in. Before I could get it all in, it overflowed all over the garage floor. What a mess to clean up! I also found a piece of paper in the glovebox indicating the previous owner kept track of miles/stops at the gas station. So...add another quirk to the list.

Parking brake doesn't work at all either and car pulls to the left when stopping in driveway. Front driver seat back sits a good 2 inches farther back than pass. side too. I've removed that to fix. Not sure what's missing at the bottom of the seat back though. I actually can get a glimpse of a piece of aluminum bar stock shoved in there, so someone has been in there before...and tried to fix this.

It's ok though...A solid straight car means everything to me in an old classic and this one is just that! I'm so grateful it's not full of rust or bondo! It certainly could easily have been the case due to the way I bought it. I promised myself after the last mistake that I'd never do that again. I broke that promise to myself because I knew if I was going to get a 58 Plymouth I'd have to take a chance.  

Joe...that sounds like a great time to me. You guys are welcome anytime. Maybe Bill (ozoner) could come over too and we could have a party! Am I missing anyone else that lives in the vicinity? It seems that I am...

Bob

Here's some photos I took yesterday...





















Looks turquoise in the sun doesn't it? Believe you me though she's very green in person...I like turquoise quite a lot...but not the green.

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PostSubject: Re: Finally Got My 58!   Fri Mar 13, 2015 2:34 pm

Thanks for posting more pics Bob! Regardless of the issues, you found yourself a great car there! Just remember, it's an old car and they were never perfect even when new. Smile

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PostSubject: Re: Finally Got My 58!   Fri Mar 13, 2015 2:57 pm

Congratulation, Bob! Fantastic car! I wish you lots of fun with it!!
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PostSubject: Re: Finally Got My 58!   Fri Mar 13, 2015 3:57 pm

Very nice pictures Bob!  That car is very very clean! You took a chance and it paid off well. Smile  Its like you said buying one of these is always a game of chance. The things you are finding wrong with the car are to be expected. Nothing to serious in my book. She is a beauty and I know at some point you will paint it. But I cant help but to say how much the current color looks so nice. The color combo is sharp!  Enjoy it Bob Smile


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PostSubject: Re: Finally Got My 58!   Fri Mar 13, 2015 5:47 pm

Looks GREAT! I see you removed the skirts. Looks 100 times better and she's not a taildragger so you've hit the jackpot alright! The other issues are all minor. As for the seat, there should be a large rubber "stopper" to adjust the height of the backrest. I wonder if there's one on the passenger side? Now get some new coker wide whites on her!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Cool Twisted Evil

She looks '58 Arctic Turquoise in the sun!!!!!! I LOVE THAT COLOR!

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PostSubject: Re: Finally Got My 58!   Fri Mar 13, 2015 9:20 pm

So cool. Love the car without skirts. Can't wait to see your progress as you make her your own.

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PostSubject: Re: Finally Got My 58!   Fri Mar 13, 2015 11:28 pm

Very nice solid car! Nice color!
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PostSubject: Re: Finally Got My 58!   Sat Mar 14, 2015 1:46 am

love the car bob, i just realized she has a 57 hood, not sure how i missed that before, very minor common problems you have found i think you lucked out on this one. SCORE Very Happy

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PostSubject: Re: Finally Got My 58!   Sat Mar 14, 2015 1:48 am

Wow oh Wow Bob! What a development! Congratulations! I can hardly beleive my eyes , original rockers ? And sheetmetal? I love that color too I'm a very big fan of the original colors , as its really really uncommon too see one not painted red.
What a score just beautiful car Ive not seen this car on the net , how did you find such a fine specimen?
I love everything about her Bob happy motoring!
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PostSubject: Re: Finally Got My 58!   Sat Mar 14, 2015 6:15 pm

I have a picture of this car:  I think Fury Jim used to own it!  At least that's what the my heading says. Marc.



Maybe he will chime in if it was in his garage at one time.

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PostSubject: Re: Finally Got My 58!   Sat Mar 14, 2015 6:58 pm

Is not the same car. They are very different.
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