This afternoon my son, Ryan, and I headed up to Minneapolis to check out the car show at the Nokomis Block Party. We met up with Joel and his son, Liam, there. I had hoped we’d find a Dodge similar to ours there. It would be ideal to see another one so we could see what a restored Dodge looks like and to find out more about resources for ours. But we didn’t find any Dodges at this show. There were many very cool cars, though, and several from about the same vintage as ours. We got to talk to a few of the owners and make some connections – AND see cool cars! – so the car show was well worth the trip. I took many pictures and will post them later on.
After the show we headed over to Joel’s house to hang out and see the Dodge. Joel has been hard at work, as usual, and updated us on all the work he’s done. He pulled out the front seat so he could rip out the carpeting and get a good look at the floor. The floor is rusty in the front but pretty solid in the back. He also pulled out the brake, clutch and accelerator pedals (but I honestly can’t remember why – Joel, you’ll have to comment and fill us in). There are some broken things to replace and I know Joel tracked down one of the parts and headed out to get it just a couple of hours ago.
So what else did we do? Well, we started up the Dodge, of course, and let her run for a bit. It was kinda a challenge to start her up without pedals or a front seat but Joel made due. Ryan and Liam sat in the back seat and had fun being part of the action. At one point, Liam pretending to step on the accelerator and “start” the Dodge on his own. I took a video of all three of them sitting in the Dodge and starting her up and will upload that soon. For now, I will post a picture. The “boys” sure look like they are having fun!
After starting the Dodge and hearing her engine idle (first time I’ve really heard her run for any length of time. It is loud. It sounds wonderful), I finally got a chance to polish some chrome. I chose a piece of interior trim to polish. I tell you, it’s the best thing to see how quickly the chrome shines up. See the before and after pictures below.
Ryan wanted to get involved, too, so he and I worked together on the front grill and bumper for awhile. Then I took Liam for a wagon ride and Ryan followed along on Liam’s little bike. Joel kept working on cleaning up the Dodge.
Wagon ride done, we spent some time looking at the interior trim and the door panels. All of the metal appears to be painted a warm brown with faux woodgrain. The interior fabric is a warm tan in two different fabrics – one striped and the other not. I believe all of the tan fabric is mohair and the trim fabric is faux leather in a rich brown. Once my schedule settles down a bit, I’m planning to paint some practice panels to see if I can replicate the woodgrain to our satisfaction. If so, maybe this winter I’ll start to tackle the interior window trim. We’ll see. As for recovering the seats, I think that project will wait awhile. The rear seat is oh so perfect even though it’s really worn. It’s hard to think of ripping it apart and redoing it just now. And, frankly, we don’t have enough cash sitting around to start that project.
Interior inspection complete, we polished and cleaned a bit more, hung out and talked Dodge project a bit, and then it was time to for Ryan and I to head on home.
All in all, it was pretty much a perfect afternoon.