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Old 27th February 2014, 13:24   #31
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One of the most fun aspects of doing a resto by yourself is the experience of finding parts. There are parts which can be ordered online or procured from shops, but there are few things which feel better than finding the one part you need amidst tons of junk.
My hunt for parts took me places, from madras to Delhi and several other places. Met a lot of great people, heard a lot of stories and had some awesome street food in dilli!!
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Meanwhile back home, the work on the engine block was done. The engine and transmission were completely overhauled, and was ready to be put in. Bodywork was also in the final stages.
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Meanwhile back home, the work on the engine block was done. The engine and transmission were completely overhauled, and was ready to be put in. Bodywork was also in the final stages.
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One of the most fun aspects of doing a resto by yourself is the experience of finding parts. There are parts which can be ordered online or procured from shops, but there are few things which feel better than finding the one part you need amidst tons of junk.
My hunt for parts took me places, from madras to Delhi and several other places. Met a lot of great people, heard a lot of stories and had some awesome street food in dilli!!
Kudos to You!
Can't believe you are Exploring every inches in the country to get the life into your Dodge.

Way to go Mate

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Meanwhile back home, .............. Bodywork was also in the final stages.
Was this car running on a diesel engine at some point? I noticed that the firewall has been cut, which indicates a larger engine was in place, most probably a P4.

Anyways, glad that you have been able to salvage the petrol engine and install it back.

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Engine looks very good from outside after the overhaul. Waiting to see the finished car. Was any tweaks done to suspension?
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Hats off to you JD

Seriously I have no words for you man, I am dumbstruck seeing your posts, the pain and interest you are taking to get this guy going. I feel there is not even a single motor enthusiast as you are in this world.

How did you manage to get these guys to work on it with dedicated concentration? They would be really proud to work on this machine.

Also awesome job on the engine buddy, looks clean
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but there are few things which feel better than finding the one part you need amidst tons of junk.
My hunt for parts took me places, from madras to Delhi and several other places. Met a lot of great people, heard a lot of stories and had some awesome street food in dilli!!
Wow!! That's a true enthusiast's work! I too have always enjoyed browsing for interesting things in the junk yard. Have made a table using a 6-cylinder engine block sourced from a scrap shop. One engine head unit, couple of pistons and crank shafts etc are part of my junk yard acquisitions It really is a very enjoyable time looking at all the mechanical parts laying around in chunks, begging to be bought.

Your trips in search of parts have made this a true restoration project. I bet you'll enjoy each moment with the car many times more than a restored classic purchased from the market. And thanks to your detailed descriptions thousands of Bhpians are enjoying it free of cost!

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Meanwhile back home, the work on the engine block was done. The engine and transmission were completely overhauled, and was ready to be put in. Bodywork was also in the final stages.
Glad to see 'Aashans' have done their job well. Eagerly waiting for pictures of next steps.
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The 'King' had rust all over when we got him, but what was most worrying was the areas around the windscreens. Especially the front windshield. The entire area was completely rotten, and even the channel to hold the glass in place was eaten away.

The biggest challenge here was to ensure that the patchwork was done, with 100% precision, else the glass wouldn't fit in.


Once the glass was removed, more areas surrounding it crumbled away, leaving us wondering what the original shape and dimensions were.

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Our metalworker worked his magic around the area, carefully curing the cancer, and replacing it with fresh metal.

Needless to say, the glass fit right in, during the first attempt itself.

Take a look at the before, WIP, and after images!

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Ashaans Ashaans.. more of them!!

Interesting to see the way they work Enthusiastically.
Can't wait to see the Final Outcome..
Yes! They outdid themselves this time!! Final pics will be up soon!!

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Wow! It seems you people really burnt the midnight oil in this case!

Appreciate the work being done!

Cheers!
This is a great thread for reference.
Thank you buddy!!

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Great going JayD . Can see some senior car addicts taking good care of your Dodge!!. Hope to see it moving on all fours!!! SOON!!
Final pics coming soon.. Going on in a step by step manner, as the car was done.

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It IS moving on all fours. Refer to the Classiics in Travancore, Cochin & Malabar thread.

KLK/923 is by far the best Dodge I've seen. Others include

1} BML/2884 which is a great car, DEFINITELY! These two cars are on the same level, in my opinion.

2} A Black + White roof one, BM?-???? OR BY?-???? Registered, seen at a garage in Poona. Recent restoration & Paintjob.
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Excellent thread. Fingers crossed to see the final product.
Did you maintain the blue color?
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JayD happy to see the dream taking shape!!! Could you please help me with the address/location of the dealers in Delhi...would like to visit them.... looking for a 1956 Plymouth Savoy front and rear windshields, steering wheel and horn ring!!!Not been able to find one in Hyderabad or Mumbai chor bazzar. If you know anyone who has one please let me know!!!

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Fantastic work JayD!
Just cannot wait to see the end product. A Kingway Dodge being restored in your
frontyard! That kind of thing happens only to a very lucky few. Kudos and respect to your Father, you and all the workmen involved in this project.
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Kudos to you for all the effort you are putting in by travelling all over the country for it!! Waiting to see the final product which im sure will be superb considering the work you have done on your Landy of which i am a big fan of..
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Kudos to You!
Can't believe you are Exploring every inches in the country to get the life into your Dodge.

Way to go Mate

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These trips make the resto a far more memorable one than giving it to some garage to restore, i feel!

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Was this car running on a diesel engine at some point? I noticed that the firewall has been cut, which indicates a larger engine was in place, most probably a P4.

Anyways, glad that you have been able to salvage the petrol engine and install it back.

Cheers

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The previous owner tried his hand at a Diesel project which fell flat on its face. Thankfully the original engine, et al were still available. So i was able to make this back to an original, Numbers matching car.

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Engine looks very good from outside after the overhaul. Waiting to see the finished car. Was any tweaks done to suspension?
Brand new OE shocks and bushes were imported from the US of A, and put in.

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Hats off to you JD

Seriously I have no words for you man, I am dumbstruck seeing your posts, the pain and interest you are taking to get this guy going. I feel there is not even a single motor enthusiast as you are in this world.

How did you manage to get these guys to work on it with dedicated concentration? They would be really proud to work on this machine.

Also awesome job on the engine buddy, looks clean
Thank you for the kind words, fusion. Im just trying to do justice to the forgotten King, and having a lot of fun at the same time!

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Wow!! That's a true enthusiast's work! I too have always enjoyed browsing for interesting things in the junk yard. Have made a table using a 6-cylinder engine block sourced from a scrap shop. One engine head unit, couple of pistons and crank shafts etc are part of my junk yard acquisitions It really is a very enjoyable time looking at all the mechanical parts laying around in chunks, begging to be bought.

Your trips in search of parts have made this a true restoration project. I bet you'll enjoy each moment with the car many times more than a restored classic purchased from the market. And thanks to your detailed descriptions thousands of Bhpians are enjoying it free of cost!

Glad to see 'Aashans' have done their job well. Eagerly waiting for pictures of next steps.
Thank you! As you rightly said, the joy of driving something, built with your own hands, is just not comparable to something just picked up from a showroom.

Please share the pics of your creation too!

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Excellent thread. Fingers crossed to see the final product.
Did you maintain the blue color?
Thank you. No, i did not retain the blue, since it was a later repaint and not the original colour.

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JayD happy to see the dream taking shape!!! Could you please help me with the address/location of the dealers in Delhi...would like to visit them.... looking for a 1956 Plymouth Savoy front and rear windshields, steering wheel and horn ring!!!Not been able to find one in Hyderabad or Mumbai chor bazzar. If you know anyone who has one please let me know!!!
Ill PM you the details. I doubt anything is available there though. There was none of the items you listed, the last time i went there.

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Fantastic work JayD!
Just cannot wait to see the end product. A Kingway Dodge being restored in your
frontyard! That kind of thing happens only to a very lucky few. Kudos and respect to your Father, you and all the workmen involved in this project.
Regards,
Ashok
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Kudos to you for all the effort you are putting in by travelling all over the country for it!! Waiting to see the final product which im sure will be superb considering the work you have done on your Landy of which i am a big fan of..
Thank you!
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With the bodywork progressing, it was time to take out the P4, and make the engine bay ready for welcoming the straight 6 again!

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The fully scraped down bodyshell.

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Bodywork update on the boot and tail fins.

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