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  1. Unless I missed something, pg 40 of the manual says "Assemble the bushing to the dimensions shown in figures 18 or 19" for the 39 model. I cannot find anywhere in the manual that explains how to install or remove the rubber pieces or the control arm bracket into the control arm. You could cut the rubber to remove them, but they are larger than the hole in the control arm, and would have to be compressed somehow to install, since the bracket must be in place for at least the second one. So is there a tool or method folks use to do this, or am I missing something in the manual? Maybe in the
  2. I suspect you're right. I just hate throwing away good parts. I'm going to try and see if i can salvage the seals. I think as long as they are not damaged or dry rotted I might be able to refresh them with some wintergreen oil, provided I can the grease out of them. Thanks.
  3. Sorry for the vagueness and incorrect terminology. It is the 39 plymouth I'm working on, and it's actually the rubber ring on the upper control arm and not the threaded steel end pieces. If it's not the actual bushing, is it a dust seal? Whatever it is, is there any way to get it off the threaded shaft of the upper control arm bracket without destroying it? Thanks.
  4. Thanks for the info. I looked up the vintage parts source page and did not find a link to Rubber Trim. I found Rubber Components (which may be useful) and Body / Trim. I'll what I can find under the Rubber link. Thanks.
  5. MajD

    Chrome platers

    I've heard great things about Custom Chrome Plating in Grafton Ohio. Mostly things like, "expensive, but worth it." To me, that translates to good value, but have no experience with them.
  6. Is there a tool to remove the upper control arm bushings? Mine are in good shape, but i would like to remove them for cleaning and to refurbish the control arm bracket. If there is not a tool, how do you get the bushings out? Any suggestions are welcome. Thanks. MajD
  7. Yes. The website does not show any deals or dust covers. Thanks.
  8. I hope it looks like that someday! The car sat for a long time in a barn, and cars, no matter what make or model, do not age well when not being driven and maintained. The one under discussion is pictured in my avatar. The interior was trashed and once I got it home and cleaned out, I saw that the floor was rotted out in a few places as well. Everything else that doesn't age well, such as fuel and brake systems, will likely need rebuilt. The engine will need to be torn down too, but that's all part of the fun. I've always worked on cars from the 60s and 70s, so I'm looking for
  9. Hope everyone had a great holiday! I started restoring the the front suspension on my 39 Plymouth. As I stated in an earlier post, it's fairly low miles (37K) but sat for 35 years in a barn, so it needs a lot of work. I checked the front end for play and looseness, and do not expect to replace much. With that in mind, I've tried to find a vendor that sells just the dust seas for the front end, but it seems that these only come with new hardware. Does anyone know where I could purchase just the rubber for the suspension (excepting occasional NOS items on E-Bay of course)? I've
  10. Hello, I have just started restoration on a 39 Plymouth with about 37,000 miles on it. I'm interested in everyone's experience regarding wear and tear for this many miles. I realize it's totally dependent on how well the car was maintained in conjunction with how it was driven and where, but assuming it was appropriately maintained, should I expect most of the suspension and steering components to be serviceable? For example, is it reasonable to expect the king pin assembly to just be cleaned up and lubricated? I don't have any experience with the flat six, is 37,000 miles a lot for these
  11. Thanks for all the advice and input. If I decide to do this, it won't be the first car I've restored / modified, so I have a pretty good handle on the financial and time aspects of the decision. I would definitely say I'm one of those hobbyists that enjoy the journey. I have no personal attachment to the car, but I do hate seeing old cars rotting away in barns and front yards. I do enjoy the challenge and given the choice between restoring an old part and buying a new one, I'll restore the old one if it's feasible. It is usually cheaper restoring an old part than replacing it, and while t
  12. Hello I just signed up on this forum and am in need of some advice from knowledgeable members. I have an opportunity to buy a 39 Plymouth P8 Sedan. Unfortunately, it has been sitting unprotected in a shed. I've looked over the vehicle and it is definitely a complete restoration project. All the trim is there, and only minor pitting is seen on the chrome. There is considerable surface rust, but the body and frame are solid with no rotting or pitting. Needless to say there is an extensive list of things that need to be done. I am experienced in automotive restoration, but with n
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