1948 Plymouth Special Deluxe (p15)

Chet's Old Plymouths

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MONDAY November 29, 2010

The week of November 29th. !!!

  • Installed the rear pot metal.
  • I had wired the car for turn signals and installed a duel element bulb in the center lamp fixture for driving and brake lights.


  • I cleaned up and painted the headliner metal rods.
  • I cleaned up and painted all the headliner edge trim.
  • Cleaned up and restored the rear and front license plate brackets. Wednesday:


  • I installed the headliner door trim.
  • I cleaned up and painted the dome light assembly.

  • I spent a great deal of time troubleshooting a short in the dome light circuit.   Who would have thought that the only door switch on my car was on the passenger side door.  Since it was broken for a long time and the car was painted I didn't even notice that there was a door switch fixture.  Followed the wiring back and discovered the problem.  I guess I will have to find a new or used switch.  Mine is missing all it's internal parts.


  • I prepared the headliner for installation.
  • I used a Polyester batting material to give the headliner a puffy look and provide a little insulation.
  • I glued the batting to the headliner with 3M heat and moisture resistant trim adhesive.

  • After installing the rods I installed the headliner in the car.  I did this alone and it worked out better then I expected.  Considering this is the first time I did anything like this the results are more then acceptable.

  • The material has been folded up in a box since I purchased it from Kantar about 4 years ago.  I think a steam gun will smooth out the wrinkles.   It really looks better then the picture portrays.  Actually it looks quite old especially with the batting material giving it that puffy look.

Please Note:  11/27/2013

  • Make sure you iron out the wrinkles prior to installation, very important.   Also using the batting is optional but don't glue it to the headliner.  Doing this may have increased the wrinkle problem with my headliner.