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Fixer Upper #3; Project Car 1955 Dodge Royal: Update

This is the way we found the Fixer Upper a couple of years ago. That is original factory paint on there!

It has been well over a year since we gave you an up date on our “Fixer Upper Project 1955 Dodge Royal”. There was no use to bore you when there is no progress but things have changed. The project slowed miserably as we searched for hard to find engine parts and distractions with other projects. However, recently things started to come together and we are getting very close to putting “Peggy Sue” back on the road for the first time since 1975, 43 years!

The rebuilt engine is ready go back to its resting place in the 55.

Our direction has changed slightly from our original plans. When we purchased Peggy she had been a one owner car sitting in a barn for decades. Virtually everything on her was original. Everything from the engine to the seats to the paint. Initially my wife and I wanted to keep her as all original as possible. Unfortunately, that just was not a realistic goal. The engine is numbers matching but has been completely rebuilt. Despite every effort the metallic paint on the bottom half of the car can not be brought back to life. She is a three tone paint scheme and we will save the top and middle paint. Has expected that paint will never look new again but does look very respectable for a driver. We very much hoped to preserve all of the interior by replacing a few fabric panels in the seats but again reality set in and we decided to completely redo the seats in a period correct update.

A new set of wide whitewall radials were installed to make her a better driver.

While in the shop new shocks were added, brake system and fuel system rebuilt or replaced. The electrical system seemed to function well and a new six volt battery was installed.

Once she is completely road worthy we will give you a complete update and driving impression.

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I grew up and lived in Iowa for a good portion of my life before moving to Southern California. After 20+ years we now live outside Nashville 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 out our other web site at www.TalladegaSpoilerRegistry.com site) As long as it has four wheels and an engine 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. It includes a Best of Show winner, a survivor, a driver with lots of patina and several others. 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 working with or showing our miniature donkeys. You can see more about that part of our lives at http://www.LegendaryFarms.com.

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  1. Great to see someone meet the challenge of a 55 Royal. Very unique car and styling, I have two!

  2. I absolutely love this project. I just bought my 55 a couple days ago. Unfortunately an owner or two ago let Ethel’s interior door panels get wet and they’re going south, any suggestions to what I could do? Also, where do you get your vinyl and other materials for the booth seats? Many thanks and hope to hear from you!

  3. SMS Upholstery (503) 263-3535 They have everything but are very expensive. I decided to just go with modern material done in the style of the 50s and the way the original upholstery was done. As for the door panels I would be that if you had new boards made for the door panels you could remove the upholstery and reinstall it on new boards. A good shop could do it for you easily I would think.

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