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Old 23rd September 2014, 17:29   #76
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Based on Ram's advice we opted for SAN PEDRO Blue

The paint chips for 1954
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Our first attempt was a wrong colour. My father was very disappointed and strongly pitched in for the silver again.
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Fresh attempt was made with Satin blue
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We added 10% white
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We further made one with 20% white
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Decision was made to go with the 20% white
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In the mean time my painter was ensuring that the body lines we all correct. He checked out the whole car with the tinker in toe.
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We checked the various shades with a thin coat
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Since the paint colour was firmed up, my painter Murthy got on to the next phase of patti and sanding
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Two coats of Duco and polished. This is how the colour will look. Final coat will be with DuPont.
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Old 24th September 2014, 20:03   #77
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It looks lovely in this shade of blue!! I was keeping my fingers crossed that you wouldn't go with silver
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KPS, just a word of caution. Are you sure painting Duco initially and later finishing with DuPont is going to go well? Two different kinds of paints?!

Murthy is good at his job only when we guide him. I know he has painted your Plymouth, just cautioning you.
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KPS, just a word of caution. Are you sure painting Duco initially and later finishing with DuPont is going to go well? Two different kinds of paints?!

Murthy is good at his job only when we guide him. I know he has painted your Plymouth, just cautioning you.
Well, the Duco will be sanded to dull it, for it be the base for the DuPont. Our experience with Murthy is good, but as you rightly said needs to monitored at regular intervals.

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Well, the Duco will be sanded to dull it, for it be the base for the DuPont. Our experience with Murthy is good, but as you rightly said needs to monitored at regular intervals.

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KPS, you had mentioned that the final quote will be done at a "booth", I am sure, that is still on the cards.

The colour, as you know is not my suggestion, but that of a classic car restorer, Mr. Vijay Pillai of Max Garage, Dubai. But we are indeed honoured that your Dad agreed to try it out. Please pass on our regards to him.

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You could have a sealer sprayed over the car before applying the new top coat.

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KPS, you had mentioned that the final quote will be done at a "booth", I am sure, that is still on the cards.

The colour, as you know is not my suggestion, but that of a classic car restorer, Mr. Vijay Pillai of Max Garage, Dubai. But we are indeed honoured that your Dad agreed to try it out. Please pass on our regards to him.

Best Regards & Drive Safe

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Hi Ram,

Been a little under the weather with viral fever and unfortunately Dad is also down with a bad case of Delhi Belly, hence we have have not been to the workshop.

Please thank Mr. Vijay Pillai for his interest in our car.

The final paint is supposed to be in the Booth, but Mr. Sripathy and our Painter, Murthy prefer to paint it in the workshop. In the next few days, I should be visiting the workshop.

As of now the engine and gear box has been mounted and propeller shaft connected. Rear brakes have been done.

More updates once I visit the workshop.

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Some updates on the car

The steering was overhauled. The bearings had to be replaced
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The engine is mated with the body and propeller shaft fixed
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The construction of this car is amazingly solid. See the way the engine mounts are constructed and fixed
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The wiring has started
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The radiator is fixed
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DPCD radiator is surprisingly in good shape
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The car is expected to be started very soon and we will burn about 20 litres of petrol bench running the engine.

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Hi KPS,

Lovely WIP, the coil position is wrong, the carb is of a later model with an automatic choke and the starter solenoid again is incorrect . The solenoid if a must, can be placed lower and not in direct line of vision.

The seat pattern seems correct, we had the same in our sedan in a medium dark blue leather original to the car.

Looking forward to seeing the car join us later this month.
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The starter solenoid again is incorrect. The solenoid if a must, can be placed lower and not in direct line of vision.
Maybe I am mistaken but I think what we see is not the solenoid, but a battery cut off switch?
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Hi KPS,
Lovely WIP, the coil position is wrong, the carb is of a later model with an automatic choke and the starter solenoid again is incorrect . The solenoid if a must, can be placed lower and not in direct line of vision.
The seat pattern seems correct, we had the same in our sedan in a medium dark blue leather original to the car.
Looking forward to seeing the car join us later this month.
Thank you Bulldogji, for your feed back.
The coil was moved to the firewall to reduce the engine heat. Sripathy prefers it to be there. Yes, the starter solenoid has also been moved up.

The carb which I bought on eBay clearly stated it is for a 1954. May this is for the bigger 3.8L Dodge engine. Open for corrections though

Look forward to spending some time with you in November

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Maybe I am mistaken but I think what we see is not the solenoid, but a battery cut off switch?
That is the starter solenoid, Karl

The engine was started yesterday and is super smooth. Once the carbon sets, airfilter & full silencer fitted, the engine should be a silent runner



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Maybe I am mistaken but I think what we see is not the solenoid, but a battery cut off switch?
Karl, as mentioned by KPS, its a Solonoid switch.

Incidentally our Herald had exactly similar looking one. The small black small button kind of thing you see on the top centre of the cylinder body of the solonoid in the picture (it used to have a small rubber cap) - it could be pressed to get the starter working

There was a time when there was a problem with the ignitian key switch, in our car, due to low battery voltage and it was my job to get out and press the switch when the car needed starting (usually after a long spell when the car was parked)

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Sorry for the delayed updates. I have been very busy and have not been able to visit the workshop for sometime.

I requested my Dad to take pictures of an important event of fixing the front windshield. You are aware that my car did not have one. We imported one last year. I was very tense as the convertible windshields are larger than that of the sedans and I was anxious.

Luckily the extensive research I had done and the rubber beading I procured from Andy Bernbaun worked out perfectly

Fixing the windshield, everyone is involved and excited
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It is a major relief as the fit is good
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Fully done
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The Dodge Hood emblem is fitted.
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The chrome parts are being fitted as they come from the chrome shop. I will be going to the workshop in the weekend, and I cannot wait to see the car.

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Here is the first glimpse of the car post painting. The light blue looks good and the chrome shows well.

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Looking forward to seeing the car this weekend.

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Awesome work Dear KPS. Painter Murthy has done fantastic work.

So when are the trial runs?
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