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Fixer Upper: #3 1955 Dodge

This is what we found when we fell in love with this old girl. My wife instantly named her "Peggy Sue".

This is what we found when we fell in love with this old girl. My wife instantly named her “Peggy Sue”.

Are series of Fixer Upper cars continues with a twist. Are Fixer Upper #3 is a 1955 Dodge Royal and will not be sold when completed. We plan on keeping this one.

Have you ever watched the TV show American Pickers? If not, it is a TV series about Mike and Frank who travel around the Country looking for antiques for their American Picker stores in Iowa and Nashville. My wife and I enjoy the show and had an opportunity to “pick” one of their locations sometime after they had been there. The location in Eastern Tennessee is one with a large collection of 50s and 60s cars and related memorabilia. Mike and Frank scored a couple of nice large Ford signs but the owner really didn’t want to sell much.

 

Moving the old girl was a little risky with no brakes but the parking brake did work and eliminated any damaging unplanned stops.

Moving the old girl was a little risky with no brakes but the parking brake did work and eliminated any damaging unplanned stops.

 

 

Last on the road in 1975 there is 40 years of dust on "Peggy Sue".

Last on the road in 1975 there is 40 years of dust on “Peggy Sue”.

 

A good old Ford tractor pulled her from her resting place in the barn.

A good old Ford tractor pulled her from her resting place in the barn.

Our experience was similar, but much more rewarding. The owner, like most of us, has a memory connected to every car and item on his property. However, we were able to pick a 1955 Dodge, a 70s vintage go-cart and vintage wall clock from an old automotive shop.

I got the go-cart home, put some fresh gas in it, added a little fuel cleaner and fired it right up. The grand kids (and grandpa) are having a lot of fun with it.

I got the go-cart home, put some fresh gas in it, added a little fuel cleaner and fired it right up. The grand kids (and grandpa) are having a lot of fun with it.

The Dodge is the subject of our next Fixer Upper Project Car. It is a Dodge Royal two door hardtop in survivor condition with original paint and interior. It shows a documented 58,000 original miles and is a one owner car! We received the original TN title with the car.

Some of factory "chalk marks" are visible on the firewall, hood and trunk!

Some of factory “chalk marks” are visible on the firewall, hood and trunk!

The car is nearly rust free having always been garaged. The interior shows a little wear and there are a couple of paint issues. The biggest deal is that somewhere along the line the top of the engine was removed. We will need a complete engine rebuild and a thorough inspection of all the mechanical systems with repairs as needed to the brakes and fuel system.

The top end of the engine was in the trunk, I am sure that is not where it is supposed to be. We will get it back up front where it belongs.

The top end of the engine was in the trunk, I am sure that is not where it is supposed to be. We will get it back up front where it belongs.

Although no work has been done to the car as of yet other than clean up it appears to be a solid foundation.

The interior is remarkable other than some wear on the cloth in the seats.

The interior is remarkable other than some wear on the cloth in the seats.

Our goal for the car is a road worthy survivor without lots of restoration. Some will be required but we will keep it to a minimum to protect its survivor status.

 

Here is Peggy Sue after a bath. It will take much more than a bath to get the paint in shape but it appears to be very salvageable.

Here is Peggy Sue after a bath. It will take much more than a bath to get the paint in shape but it appears to be very salvageable.

See the next Post on this build.

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About the Author: I grew up and lived in Iowa for nearly 40 years before moving to Southern California and now live in Tennessee. I have been into cars since I was old enough to remember. I don't have a brand loyalty although I do prefer American Muscle especially the 1969/1970 NASCAR Aero Cars. (Check our our www.TalladegaSpoilerRegistry.com page) As long as it has four wheels on it I get excited. Few men are lucky enough to be able to share their passion for cars with the woman they love. Fortunately, my wife Katriana is also a gear head and many of our activities revolve around the cars. We have a small collection that includes at least one car from each of the Big Three. Katrina prefers all original cars while I like to modify them so we have a few of each. When we aren't playing with cars we are out with our miniature donkeys. You can see more about that part of our lives at http://www.LegendaryFarms.com.

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  1. Will says:

    Digging the new project car. Is it a v8?

  2. Richard says:

    Yes, 270 Poly Semi-hemi.

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