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PostPosted: Wed Nov 03, 2010 4:08 pm 
In middle of a frame off restoration on a 1954 DeSoto Firedome, 4dr sedan

INFO needed? what colors should the rims on a 1954 DeSoto be painted? color of car or black

also what color should the hood hinges and springs be painted? someone told me RED?

on the rear fenders what are the lengths (in inches) of the stainless that runs in the middle of the fender? I was told some 54 DeSotos had stainless, and some had a rubber/plastic welting?

headliner material, is it cloth or vinyl? who is a good company to deal with?

also need the correct carpeting in dark brown, again good company to deal with

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PostPosted: Thu Nov 04, 2010 4:21 pm 

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I might suggest contacting the 1954 model year coordinator, Paul Beyer, who is listed under the resource page. The club roster shows he has a 54 Firedome in #2 condition. His email is in the roster but is not listed here.

On the 1955 models, the hood hinges were black and the springs were red. The trim in the area you reference would be stainless on all 54's. I would guess all rims were black on the 54's. The headliner material should be vinyl of a similar color as the lighter color on your door panels.

Hopefully Paul can confirm the above and answer your other questions.


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