Saturday, March 12, 2011

Interior? Yup, it has one. . .

I've had a couple of requests for interior shots, so here they are. Warning: this is pretty ugly. If you have a sensitive stomach, you might want to visit another website for the next few minutes.

The door panel, in gray and white, "might" be original.
Notice anything missing yet? No? Don't worry there'll be another hint.

The floors are vinyl, and hard as a rock and stained/cracked. They'll be replaced by carpets. Now for the back seat:

The arm rest is original
More of the same, but if you look carefully under the blue and white vinyl where it is cracked you can see:

Oooh! Fancy!
Yup, that's pretty ugly. And wouldn't be an original option. So that was added at some point (I'm guessing mid to late 60's? Anyone else have an idea?)

Last, but not least, is the dash:

Something doesn't seem quite right, can you see it now? (click on this [or any pic] for a larger view)
The dash, which is painted metal and chrome, is actually in pretty good shape, as is, surprisingly, the steering wheel. Early plastics like that wheel are often cracked to pieces, but this one only has a couple of small cracks. The horn button, which is a mess, is available on the market, but I'm not sure if I'm going to upgrade the wheel to a fancier, 3-spoke model when I update the interior so I'm holding off on that for now. Right next to the overdrive lockout knob under the dash there's supposed to be a heater control knob as well. But you already knew about that.

So have you guessed what's missing? Yup, it doesn't have turn-signals. Turn signals were an option in 1953, and the original owner, living up to his reputation as a cheap bastid, didn't spring for them. I'm definitely going to have add a turn-signal equipped steering post (as well as the heater/defroster unit) to my list of things to hunt down.

As I said before, I'm not worried about the interior. It is complete, and all the soft bits (door and kick panels, seats, headliner) are available as a pre-sewn kit at a reasonable price. But since there were requests. . .

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