A Few More Steps.....

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  1. MacLebaron

    MacLebaron Member

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    Well, I have a few more photos to share on my slow going progress.

    I worked on cleaning more small items and checking the condition of the trunk. I have included pictures and descriptions to share my surprise.

    First, I worked on some of the door interiors. I thought the switches were rusted based upon their appearances. Once I cleaned them I was surprised, check out the pics below.

    Door before cleaning:
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    Note how nasty the switches are, I thought they were rusted.

    These photos are after they were cleaned. (Obviously different door due to me getting excited and having to recompose myself).
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    Here is a picture of the trunk after I removed the carpet and everything else. This really surprised me, again I had to recompose myself!

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    No rust issues, just very light surface rust and a few remnants of sound insulation. Whew, was I glad to see that.

    Here are a couple of before and after pics for the lower door lights.

    Before:
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    Ater:
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    If you are still with me, I have a question for the people familiar with the Imperials. After cleaning the parts I have so far, did Chrysler use a higher quality of parts for the Imperial?

    The reason I ask is, I have been shocked by how good the parts clean up for a car that is 50 years old and has not been restored???? Plus, the methods I am using are just regular common products and plain elbow grease. As I stated in my earlier post 'Cleaning Products'.

    My first car was a 1968 Plymouth Satellite and it had the rusted out trunk from a leaky window and the parts were not in as good of shape and that was back in the mid 80's.

    I would appreciate any input.
     
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  2. Davea Lux

    Davea Lux Senior Member FCBO Gold Member

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    The paint and rust proofing protocols are the same for the whole line of Mopars. Better attention to detail on the the higher end models, but the same materials. I suspect the interior parts may have been covered by "smokers residue" not rust. In any case, it cleaned up really nice.

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    MacLebaron Member

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    Hi Dave,

    Thanks for the info. That is a good point, I was wondering if it was maybe the body oils from your fingertips. The car has been sitting for I know at least 13 years (last registered in 2006) and I suspect longer than that. All 4 doors look like the pics I posted.
     
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    Davea Lux Senior Member FCBO Gold Member

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    Check the ashtrays, if they are well used, probably smokers residue. If not probably just dirt. If the headliner is yellowed, sure sign of a smoker.

    Dave
     
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    The ashtrays have had light usage, unfortunately the headliner is discolored, and black (supposed to be tan). I have to get the vinyl top and headliner replaced. The seats need to be cleaned but the fabric is in great shape.
     
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    Well, overall it seems you've been lucky, especially the trunk as they're often nasty.

    Keep up the great work, she's looking good.
     
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    Tar is quite a good preservative....just not so much for your lungs!
     
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    Time and patience, cleaning and detailing really pays off. :thumbsup:
     
  9. MacLebaron

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    Thank you and I will definitely keep going to get this girl back on the road where she belongs!
     
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    I feel the same way and could not agree more.
     
  11. MacLebaron

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    I finally have another update on my 69 Imperial.

    Today I dropped the gas tank and pulled the fuel sending unit. I have a few pictures below of the sending unit and the tank. After seeing how nasty they were I am glad I dropped them. Again, this car has sat for way too long.

    I was wondering if anyone has used the VansAuto for replacement fuel sending units and gas tanks? I saw a link from a previous article. Thank you in advance for any input. FuelSender1.jpg FuelSender3.jpg
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    I had to cut the straps to drop the tank because the bolts had so much undercoating I could not get the bolts loosened enough. I am debating on just getting all new hardware because I am not sure the tank is worth saving, it does have a few dents on the bottom, plus there is some rust on the inside.

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  12. Davea Lux

    Davea Lux Senior Member FCBO Gold Member

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    Replace the tank and sending unit. Do the job right the first time and save yourself a lot of grief later. You existing tank will continue to rust pretty much no matter what you coat it with and it will be just a matter of time until it leaks. Be sure to save the lock ring off the old sending unit, the replacement ones are mostly too light and leak.

    Dave
     
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    Hi Dave,
    That is what I am thinking. I learned years ago, trying to save a buck can end up costing you more in the long run. Plus, I want to have the car fixed so I can enjoy it.
     
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    Fratzog Old Man with a Hat

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    For what it's worth I had the original tank on my 70 polara cleaned and coated by a rad shop in 2003. Still no issues and going strong today.
     
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    Thanks for the info.