1948 Plymouth Special Deluxe (p15)

Chet's Old Plymouths

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The week ending Sunday August 7, 2011

Chipping away at the interior:

Wednesday - A day of prep work.

My rear vent windows were taken apart and cleaned back in April but needed to be painted and assembled.  The exterior glass frame had taken quite a beating over the years.  I sanded the rust away and masked the glass and painted the glass frames with gloss black Rust-Oleum.   I also painted the interior window frames and the back window frame with a chocolate brown gloss Rust-Oleum.  Wednesday was so humid that I let the parts dry in the house over night.  The air conditioning allowed the paint to dry well before installation.

Since I plan on installing the rug this week I spent the rest of the day cleaning up the floor of the car and sealing any areas where water might come in on the remote chance I get caught driving in a heavy rain.

Thursday & Friday:

I assembled the rear vent windows, installed the new rubber gaskets and made replacement panels for the side pieces under the vent windows.  I worked from one side of the car to the other.  Before I could install the panels or the vent windows I had to install the wind lace on the rear doors.

Once both sides were done I made the back panel which fits between the rear seat and the rear window.

By Friday evening I had completed the rear of the car the only thing that I still need to do is upholster the rear seat armrests.

I was also able to get the rear rug down.  Now I start working on the front doors, panels, and rug.


Fixed a couple of minor things just tying up some loose ends.  The rims and the trunk lid are back from the painter.  They look excellent.

I also installed the front carpet.  Naturally I cut the peddle holes in the wrong spot but after slicing my finger with the scissors I got it right.  I'll glue in a some carpet pieces but it doesn't look all that bad.   I bought the rug from Kanter and it fit properly, that is if I would have installed it correctly the first time.