Jim Martin's 1939 Limo Restoration, Part One

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1989 - This is what I started with.

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Side view - Notice pit below. 16 feet long by 3 feet wide by 5 feet deep. I could not have restored this car without the pit.

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Front Compartment. Ya gotta be nuts to start a project like this!

I had quotes of $400-$500 to restore steering wheel. I chipped old plastic off, slit air-hose legth-wise, glued it to steering-wheel, filled gaps with silicone rubber and installed custom-made leather steering-wheel cover. Looks presentable and feels normal. Five hours and $35.00 for the job.

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Rear compartment.

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Wiring Harness had to be tagged and identified and sent to Y&Z's as they had no pattern.

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Rear compartment. Notice "Chrysler Imperial" script on door sill plate.

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14-inch brake drums. 7.50x16 tires.

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Firewall, "Before"

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Firewall, "After"

Continue to Part Two...


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