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Username Post: RAM_51 1951 Fleetline DeLuxe 2 Door Sedan        (Topic#342870)
RAM_51 
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Loc: Yakima, WA. USA
Reg: 12-28-02
10-09-19 12:08 AM - Post#2777433    
    In response to Keith_Knox

Well, I did pull the rear carpet completely out, blew it out with compressed air and started to shampoo one area. I don't know that the shampoo made much difference really. 4 carpet tacks which were driven directly through the floor pan held it in. I think you can see one under each seat side and one on either side of the torque tube hump. I also found the water Test Ticket between the carpet and the jute. It was on the left side of the hump kind of under the front seat.

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1951 Fleetline Preservation
'51 Fleetline DeLuxe 2 DOOR SEDAN (Fathom Green)
'51 Styleline Special BUSINESS COUPE (Shadow Gray)
'53 6500 Dump Bed (Oxidized Red)
'50 Styleline DeLuxe 4 DOOR SEDAN (Mist Green)


 




RAM_51 
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01-05-20 10:15 PM - Post#2783786    
    In response to RAM_51

A few months back I decided to unroll a small dent on the front valance. The tape was used so I would not be pounding directly onto the paint. I was too lazy to drop the bumper bracket so I roughed the metal with my heal dolly and body hammer. I also turned down the lip with a pliers.


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1951 Fleetline Preservation
'51 Fleetline DeLuxe 2 DOOR SEDAN (Fathom Green)
'51 Styleline Special BUSINESS COUPE (Shadow Gray)
'53 6500 Dump Bed (Oxidized Red)
'50 Styleline DeLuxe 4 DOOR SEDAN (Mist Green)


 
RAM_51 
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RAM_51
Loc: Yakima, WA. USA
Reg: 12-28-02
01-05-20 10:19 PM - Post#2783787    
    In response to RAM_51

I finally dropped the valance and continued the work on the ground using another angled dolly and a larger planishing hammer that I had bought on eBay from a body guy who used to have a shop in South Dakota. Some of these tools looked like they were from the 30's and had been through a lot. I then remounted the panel and used my vise grip slide hammer pulling directly out on the flange or lip. This further unrolled he crushed radius' of the valance. Still needs a little finessing.

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1951 Fleetline Preservation
'51 Fleetline DeLuxe 2 DOOR SEDAN (Fathom Green)
'51 Styleline Special BUSINESS COUPE (Shadow Gray)
'53 6500 Dump Bed (Oxidized Red)
'50 Styleline DeLuxe 4 DOOR SEDAN (Mist Green)


 
RAM_51 
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Loc: Yakima, WA. USA
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02-13-20 08:09 AM - Post#2786412    
    In response to RAM_51

I've changed my attention back to the interior. While the original fabric is still there, it is on the outer edges of it's usefullness....especially the right front seat cushion. The foam cushion inside is extrememly hard and brittle. It is turning to powder inside the cushion every time weight is put on it. I'm not 100% sure how I'm going to fortify the fabric short of buying new upholstery, but the foam has to be replaced for sure. SMS has the correct fabric, although I think some of their colors might be a little dark...espacially if those shown represent the fabric used on the door panels. I did discover two more mouse nests in each of the front seat backs. It would seem that they slowly relieved the rear seat back of its padding and toted it to the trunk and front seat backs for their homes.

I replaced the rear seat from now and removed the front seat. This allowed me to clean the front floor somewhat and begin to fit an NORS front rubber mat. I also began polishing the steering wheel and dash. The steering wheel has never been removed that I can see [still has the factory "staking" which does not look disturbed]. The horn ring seem to adjusted very well. The radio still retains the small felt washers between the knobs.

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1951 Fleetline Preservation
'51 Fleetline DeLuxe 2 DOOR SEDAN (Fathom Green)
'51 Styleline Special BUSINESS COUPE (Shadow Gray)
'53 6500 Dump Bed (Oxidized Red)
'50 Styleline DeLuxe 4 DOOR SEDAN (Mist Green)


 
RAM_51 
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RAM_51
Loc: Yakima, WA. USA
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03-01-20 08:19 PM - Post#2787723    
    In response to RAM_51

Although the doors on this car still seem very tight, I did notice that the window tracks are getting a little old. In fact, when I rolled the left front window down, it got hung on the felt and ripped it loose on the rear track. Upon disassembly, I noticed that other than the felt itself, the tracks including factory clips were still very much in useable condition.

I had made some replacement felts on my Business Coupe using synthetic felt which seemed to work okay, but the windows were not as tight in the channel as I knew they could have been. I decided to replicate the same process, but this time I decided that the felt needed to be a little thicker. I remembered making the ones for the coupe double thicknessā€¦so the ones for the Fleetline, I thought, would be better at a triple thickness. I first determined the required width felt needed by placing a piece of cardboard into the channel. The felt needed to be twice as wide as the determined width as it had to go to the bottom of the channel and double back. I then cut a piece the same width as the cardboard template. I sewed this together with strong synthetic upholstery thread as shown using two zig-zag patterns for each loose side. I then ran a straight stitch down each side to keep the felt relatively flat. I cleaned out the channels very well, laid a bead of silicone in the bottom of the channel, folded the felt in half and pushed it evenly into the channel.

I then used the glass itself to press and retain the felt in the channel. this forced a certain amount of silicone past the metal ribs of the channel which I smoothed over to more of less lock everything in place. I then let the silicone cure with the window in the channel. Note that the original channel clips are retained this way. Any silicone that had gotten onthe stainless bead peeled off very easily.

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1951 Fleetline Preservation
'51 Fleetline DeLuxe 2 DOOR SEDAN (Fathom Green)
'51 Styleline Special BUSINESS COUPE (Shadow Gray)
'53 6500 Dump Bed (Oxidized Red)
'50 Styleline DeLuxe 4 DOOR SEDAN (Mist Green)


 
RAM_51 
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RAM_51
Loc: Yakima, WA. USA
Reg: 12-28-02
03-01-20 08:33 PM - Post#2787724    
    In response to RAM_51

Here is the preserved channel reinstalled in the door. The glass is very snug and does not rattle at all...especailly when the door is closed. With the original clips still intack, there was no problem trying to devise a way to get the channel to stay attached to the door frame.

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1951 Fleetline Preservation
'51 Fleetline DeLuxe 2 DOOR SEDAN (Fathom Green)
'51 Styleline Special BUSINESS COUPE (Shadow Gray)
'53 6500 Dump Bed (Oxidized Red)
'50 Styleline DeLuxe 4 DOOR SEDAN (Mist Green)


 
RAM_51 
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07-27-20 02:53 PM - Post#2799685    
    In response to RAM_51

Back to getting the minor damage repaired on the front. The left front bumper bracket was broken but luckily the broken part was still held in place by one of the bumper bolts. This came in handy as the replacement bracket I bought at a local swap meet really stuck out a lot further than the broken original. The only feaseable solution was to repair the broken bracket.

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It's easy to see how far out the left attacment point stood proud of the front valance on this replacement swap meet bracket. It really became a problem in geometery and I really did not want to get out my grinder to start wallowing out holes in the bracket. I finally decided to simply repair the original bracket.


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This is the repaired backet back in place. You can easily see the difference between the two.


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I first tacked the recovered broken piece back onto the bracket.


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Using a die grinder, I "V"ed out the fracture on the rear of the bracket.


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And filled the "V" with weld.


1951 Fleetline Preservation
'51 Fleetline DeLuxe 2 DOOR SEDAN (Fathom Green)
'51 Styleline Special BUSINESS COUPE (Shadow Gray)
'53 6500 Dump Bed (Oxidized Red)
'50 Styleline DeLuxe 4 DOOR SEDAN (Mist Green)


 
RAM_51 
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Loc: Yakima, WA. USA
Reg: 12-28-02
07-27-20 03:02 PM - Post#2799686    
    In response to RAM_51

Bracket Repair Cont:

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Using the die grinder again, I dressed out the weld.


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I then focused on the front of the bracket by "V"ing out the fracture on that side.


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Again, filling that "V" with weld. I have to admit, I got a little lost half way through.


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Here the weld had been brought down with a 36 grinding pad.


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And finished with a 60 grinding pad.


1951 Fleetline Preservation
'51 Fleetline DeLuxe 2 DOOR SEDAN (Fathom Green)
'51 Styleline Special BUSINESS COUPE (Shadow Gray)
'53 6500 Dump Bed (Oxidized Red)
'50 Styleline DeLuxe 4 DOOR SEDAN (Mist Green)


 
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07-28-20 05:03 AM - Post#2799722    
    In response to RAM_51

Good as new!

Tommy

49 Deluxe Sport Coupe, 4.8/4L60E swap in progress, Blazer rear axle, 4 wheel power disc brakes.

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RAM_51 
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07-28-20 08:32 AM - Post#2799745    
    In response to RAM_51

Here are a few photos of the continued front end sheet metal straightening. Most of this is not seen, but I still wanted to iron out some of the wrinkles. If I were doing a complete restore and repaint, I would go futher with this repair, but my goal here is to only straighten the sheet metal out a bit.

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Some of the tools I'm using to accomplish this.


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The left and right front bumper brackets were driven up into the fenders below the valance. Here is the damage on the left side.


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Here, I am using a home-made spoon to drive down on the flange of the fender.


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After a little dolly work the fold is more or less removed. I'm not too concerned with making it perfect as this is below the valance and is not seen. Minor for sure, but did want the damage removed.


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Similar damage was discovered on the right side and handled the same way.


1951 Fleetline Preservation
'51 Fleetline DeLuxe 2 DOOR SEDAN (Fathom Green)
'51 Styleline Special BUSINESS COUPE (Shadow Gray)
'53 6500 Dump Bed (Oxidized Red)
'50 Styleline DeLuxe 4 DOOR SEDAN (Mist Green)


 
RAM_51 
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Posts: 5815
RAM_51
Loc: Yakima, WA. USA
Reg: 12-28-02
07-28-20 08:36 AM - Post#2799747    
    In response to RAM_51

Front Damage Repair Cont:

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Not perfect, but will be hidden by the valance.


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Lower section of front fenders straightened, valance reinstalled, just needing the grille at this point, then the straightened bumper.


1951 Fleetline Preservation
'51 Fleetline DeLuxe 2 DOOR SEDAN (Fathom Green)
'51 Styleline Special BUSINESS COUPE (Shadow Gray)
'53 6500 Dump Bed (Oxidized Red)
'50 Styleline DeLuxe 4 DOOR SEDAN (Mist Green)


 




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