Sidemount Cover Mods
18/12/2020 Back in 2013 I found 2 Sidemount Covers in the States, had them shipped over but then found they were not a pair, in fact they were also the same hand. They are made of 2 parts, an Inner and Outer, the inner can be left as they are because it’s only the catch that hands them.
In photo 4 the left hand has to be modified to match the right one but handed to give the opposite hand. the hole in the center has to be increased to 16″dia. then a window has to be cut as shown in photo 5 top R/H corner. The straight line of the window aligns with the wheel well in the front fender which is relative to 2 holes which are already there from the factory 87 yr ago. The Plymouth Emblem attaches through these holes and has to be at the top of the Outer Cover.
First of all made a simple guide that ran in the circular groove, then punched the centers for the scribed lines, drilled 2 small holes to suit. Next the start of the tipping process to turn the inside lip which in time will fold over on the inside to give a safe edge.
As of 04/01/2021 Covid 19 has put the UK back into lockdown, update will return as soon as conditions permit.
05/03/2021 back on the job come Monday 8th. First thing to finish is the Sidemount Cover, wait for the next update.
08/03/2021. back on it, managed to get the outer part of the Sidemount Cover finished, now waiting for prep and paint.
09/03/2021. Next to repair the Sidemount Inner which is sufferings from rustworm.
Little more welding and fettling and all will be good, then to get the paint stripping wheel to work before a treatment of Fertan to stabiles the rust before paint.
27/03/2021 Next to refurbish the 6 Wire Wheels. Great respect to the Chrysler Tool Makers back in the day, the spokes have no running nut to enable adjustment while building the wheels in the production plant. The tooling would have to be loaded with the Rim, spokes and center hub so that all the spoke ends could be riveted over at the same time to keep them concentric.
30/05/2021 Just to bring things up to date a few photos of the slow progress.