Restoring a 1950 Dodge Coronet was the first restoration project of my life and all the blood, sweat and tears I put into the project paid off in the end. While the Coronet has been off the market for about forty years, it remains one of the most remarkable vehicles to ever show up in the Dodge lineup.
History of the Dodge Coronet
In the 1950’s, Dodge promoted the Coronet as a full-size vehicle. The 1949 Dodge Coronet was, with the Meadowbrook and Wayfarer, one of the first that had notable names. Initially, the Coronet was considered the division’s highest trim line, however, in 1955, it became the lowest. The Coronet, named after the small crown donned by aristocrats and royals, was considered the top of the line. The1965 to 1975 model years were intermediate-sized vehicles. Today the Dodge Coronet is a must-have for a growing number of classic car collectors.
Dodge Coronet Restoration
The classic car restoration process in most cases involves restoring the vehicle from bumper to bumper, piece by piece. Ordinarily, the car is dismantled entirely so that the restorer can examine the frame and look for problems with the undercarriage. The interior is demolished and assessed and based on what’s found; it will need to be cleaned, repaired or replaced. The engine may also need to be taken apart and each component carefully inspected. Depending on the scenario, replacement parts will need to be purchased to rebuild the engine, and if that’s not an option, a new engine will need to be purchased. If the engine needs to be replaced, care must be taken to match the original engine specifications.
Access to Dodge Coronet Parts
You must also remember that classic car parts are rare and at the same time in great demand. On your own, this will be one of the biggest challenges. Reputable restoration shops will be able to help you find parts. They’ll have the best connections for the parts you’ll need. Their resources will be more reliable as well. Bottom line, classic restorers have unique skills and knowledge that most regular mechanics don’t have. Their experience and expertise are necessary to bring out the best in the classics they work on.
When I was restoring my Dodge Coronet, the original wood graining techniques weren’t available. We ended up using graining supplies and artist’s brushes to create an effect similar to the original pattern and color. An experience restoration professional will know how to tackle issues like this and more.
All of the above just touches on what you’ll need to consider during your Dodge Coronet restoration project and as they say “the devil is in the details.” Restoring a classic to its original beauty isn’t easy, but with the help of an experienced restoration shop it can be accomplished and restored to its original beauty.
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