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1956 Dodge Royal Lancer 2 Door Hardtop

Our newest project is a 1956 Dodge Royal Lancer!  This car will receive a complete, frame off showroom quality restoration.

315 Polysphere V8

3 speed manual with overdrive

WCFB 4 barrel carburetor

Dual Exhaust

Follow our progress!  Oldest pictures are at the bottom of the page.

 

 


1956 Dodge Royal Lancer Stellar Antique Auto Restorations

the rear seat arm rest pads

photo courtesy Goldfield Trim and Upholstery

1956 Dodge Royal Lancer Stellar Antique Auto Restorations

photo courtesy Goldfield Trim and Upholstery

1956 Dodge Royal Lancer Stellar Antique Auto Restorations

New front windshield!


     

 


1956 Dodge Royal Lancer Stellar Antique Auto Restorations

 getting the dash in after pre-wiring the instruments and switches

1956 Dodge Royal Lancer Stellar Antique Auto Restorations

 

1956 Dodge Royal Lancer Stellar Antique Auto Restorations

rear side panels covered in authentic upholstery by Goldfield Trim and Upholstery


     

 


1956 Dodge Royal Lancer Stellar Antique Auto Restorations

 Some of the bling is close to going on.

1956 Dodge Royal Lancer Stellar Antique Auto Restorations

 

1956 Dodge Royal Lancer Stellar Antique Auto Restorations

 

 


     

 


1956 Dodge Royal Lancer Stellar Antique Auto Restorations

Panel Gaps are gettng dialed in.

1956 Dodge Royal Lancer Stellar Antique Auto Restorations

 

1956 Dodge Royal Lancer Stellar Antique Auto Restorations

 


     

Assembly


1956 Dodge Royal Lancer Stellar Antique Auto Restorations

Fuel cell installed

1956 Dodge Royal Lancer Stellar Antique Auto Restorations

Cleaned up heater plenums sprayed in low gloss clear.

1956 Dodge Royal Lancer Stellar Antique Auto Restorations

deffoster plenum

 


     

 


1956 Dodge Royal Lancer Stellar Antique Auto Restorations

Top is buffed out.

 

1956 Dodge Royal Lancer Stellar Antique Auto Restorations

Wheels are painted in gray, and then body color is applied only to the perimeter

1956 Dodge Royal Lancer Stellar Antique Auto Restorations

Nice clear reflection!


     

1956 Dodge Royal Lancer Stellar Antique Auto Restorations

New dust seals on the rear stone guard.  Incividually stapled as original.

 

 

1956 Dodge Royal Lancer Stellar Antique Auto Restorations

 

1956 Dodge Royal Lancer Stellar Antique Auto Restorations

Dodge offered as an option a larger fuel tank.  Actually, it's the same tank that was offered in the '56 DeSoto and Chrysler.

 


     

 


1956 Dodge Royal Lancer Stellar Antique Auto Restorations

The gas tank hanger strap and nut almost always breaks on disassembly, largely due to the sheer amount of rusty threads on the tubular nut.  New bolts/nuts as original are fabbed up.

 

1956 Dodge Royal Lancer Stellar Antique Auto Restorations

 

1956 Dodge Royal Lancer Stellar Antique Auto Restorations

The small amount of black that belongs on the fender was done with a separate panel.  This allowed for the fender to not be painted twice.

 


     

1956 Dodge Royal Lancer Stellar Antique Auto Restorations

Factory style felt insulation glued to the underside of the trunk skin.

 

1956 Dodge Royal Lancer Stellar Antique Auto Restorations

Color sanded through 2500 grit and ready for polishing

1956 Dodge Royal Lancer Stellar Antique Auto Restorations

Hood hinges in the proper color


     

1956 Dodge Royal Lancer Stellar Antique Auto Restorations

 

1956 Dodge Royal Lancer Stellar Antique Auto Restorations

 

1956 Dodge Royal Lancer Stellar Antique Auto Restorations

 


     

 


1956 Dodge Royal Lancer Stellar Antique Auto Restorations

 

1956 Dodge Royal Lancer Stellar Antique Auto Restorations

 

1956 Dodge Royal Lancer Stellar Antique Auto Restorations

 


     

1956 Dodge Royal Lancer Stellar Antique Auto Restorations

 

1956 Dodge Royal Lancer Stellar Antique Auto Restorations

 

1956 Dodge Royal Lancer Stellar Antique Auto Restorations

 


     

1956 Dodge Royal Lancer Stellar Antique Auto Restorations

Body panels are mocked up in place to insure that the metallic is consistant.

1956 Dodge Royal Lancer Stellar Antique Auto Restorations

 

1956 Dodge Royal Lancer Stellar Antique Auto Restorations

 


     

1956 Dodge Royal Lancer Stellar Antique Auto Restorations

 

1956 Dodge Royal Lancer Stellar Antique Auto Restorations

 

1956 Dodge Royal Lancer Stellar Antique Auto Restorations

 


     

1956 Dodge Royal Lancer Stellar Antique Auto Restorations

 

1956 Dodge Royal Lancer Stellar Antique Auto Restorations

Ready for color application

1956 Dodge Royal Lancer Stellar Antique Auto Restorations

 


     

1956 Dodge Royal Lancer Stellar Antique Auto Restorations

 

1956 Dodge Royal Lancer Stellar Antique Auto Restorations

 

1956 Dodge Royal Lancer Stellar Antique Auto Restorations

 


     

1956 Dodge Royal Lancer Stellar Antique Auto Restorations

 

1956 Dodge Royal Lancer Stellar Antique Auto Restorations

 

1956 Dodge Royal Lancer Stellar Antique Auto Restorations

 


     

Painting!


1956 Dodge Royal Lancer Stellar Antique Auto Restorations

 

1956 Dodge Royal Lancer Stellar Antique Auto Restorations

 

1956 Dodge Royal Lancer Stellar Antique Auto Restorations

 


     

 


1956 Dodge Royal Lancer Stellar Antique Auto Restorations

 

1956 Dodge Royal Lancer Stellar Antique Auto Restorations

 

1956 Dodge Royal Lancer Stellar Antique Auto Restorations

 


     

 


1956 Dodge Royal Lancer Stellar Antique Auto Restorations

 

1956 Dodge Royal Lancer Stellar Antique Auto Restorations

 

1956 Dodge Royal Lancer Stellar Antique Auto Restorations

 


     

 


1956 Dodge Royal Lancer Stellar Antique Auto Restorations

 

1956 Dodge Royal Lancer Stellar Antique Auto Restorations

 

1956 Dodge Royal Lancer Stellar Antique Auto Restorations

 


     

 


1956 Dodge Royal Lancer Stellar Antique Auto Restorations

engine component and jack accessories ready for paint

1956 Dodge Royal Lancer Stellar Antique Auto Restorations

religning the emergency brake band

1956 Dodge Royal Lancer Stellar Antique Auto Restorations

 


     

 


1956 Dodge Royal Lancer Stellar Antique Auto Restorations

 

1956 Dodge Royal Lancer Stellar Antique Auto Restorations

 

1956 Dodge Royal Lancer Stellar Antique Auto Restorations

 


     

 


1956 Dodge Royal Lancer Stellar Antique Auto Restorations

 

1956 Dodge Royal Lancer Stellar Antique Auto Restorations

 

1956 Dodge Royal Lancer Stellar Antique Auto Restorations

 


     

 


1956 Dodge Royal Lancer Stellar Antique Auto Restorations

 

1956 Dodge Royal Lancer Stellar Antique Auto Restorations

 

1956 Dodge Royal Lancer Stellar Antique Auto Restorations

 


     

Engine


1956 Dodge Royal Lancer Stellar Antique Auto Restorations

 

1956 Dodge Royal Lancer Stellar Antique Auto Restorations

 

1956 Dodge Royal Lancer Stellar Antique Auto Restorations

 


     

 


1956 Dodge Royal Lancer Stellar Antique Auto Restorations

 

1956 Dodge Royal Lancer Stellar Antique Auto Restorations

 

1956 Dodge Royal Lancer Stellar Antique Auto Restorations

 


     

 


1956 Dodge Royal Lancer Stellar Antique Auto Restorations

Brazed into place

1956 Dodge Royal Lancer Stellar Antique Auto Restorations

Dressed up and primed

1956 Dodge Royal Lancer Stellar Antique Auto Restorations

The frame is cleaned up, prepped, and ready for paint!


     

 


1956 Dodge Royal Lancer Stellar Antique Auto Restorations

Straightened and reinstalled

1956 Dodge Royal Lancer Stellar Antique Auto Restorations

The bell housing had a broken ear on a mounting point

1956 Dodge Royal Lancer Stellar Antique Auto Restorations

A scrap manifold provided a donor ear


     

Chassis Work


1956 Dodge Royal Lancer Stellar Antique Auto Restorations

Debris in the boxed sections of the frame.

 1956 Dodge Royal Lancer Stellar Antique Auto Restorations

 

 1956 Dodge Royal Lancer Stellar Antique Auto Restorations

The bottom of the front crossmember is full of dents due to floorjacks so we cut it out and straigthen the metal.  While we're in there, we clean the rust and coat the area with corrosion resistant primer


     

 


1956 Dodge Royal Lancer Stellar Antique Auto Restorations

Epoxy primer for corrosion protection  on the roof interior

 1956 Dodge Royal Lancer Stellar Antique Auto Restorations

Epoxy primer on the interior sheetmetal

 1956 Dodge Royal Lancer Stellar Antique Auto Restorations

A spray out of the colors


     

 


1956 Dodge Royal Lancer Stellar Antique Auto Restorations

Undercoating in the trunk as done by the factory

 1956 Dodge Royal Lancer Stellar Antique Auto Restorations

Undercoating on the floor as original

 1956 Dodge Royal Lancer Stellar Antique Auto Restorations

 


     

 


1956 Dodge Royal Lancer Stellar Antique Auto Restorations

Epoxy primer for corrosion protection

 1956 Dodge Royal Lancer Stellar Antique Auto Restorations

 

 1956 Dodge Royal Lancer Stellar Antique Auto Restorations

1/2 pints of the garnet metallic and sapphire white for color confirmation


     

 


1956 Dodge Royal Lancer Stellar Antique Auto Restorations

Final cleaning and dressing of the welds from the underside of the foorboard

 1956 Dodge Royal Lancer Stellar Antique Auto Restorations

Self-etching primer on the bare sheetmetal for excellent adhesion

 1956 Dodge Royal Lancer Stellar Antique Auto Restorations

 


     

 


1956 Dodge Royal Lancer Stellar Antique Auto Restorations

Time to get the car on its side so that the floorboards can be finished up on the underside

 1956 Dodge Royal Lancer Stellar Antique Auto Restorations

 

 1956 Dodge Royal Lancer Stellar Antique Auto Restorations

 


     

 


1956 Dodge Royal Lancer Stellar Antique Auto Restorations

Block sanding is done and the body is in final primer

 1956 Dodge Royal Lancer

 

 1956 Dodge Royal Lancer Stellar Antique Auto Restorations

 


     

 


1956 Dodge rocker panel and floor repair

With the fabrication and welding repair in the rear quarters, we grabbed the stone guards, restored them, and made sure they fit the body

 1956 Dodge Royal Lancer rocker panel rust.

Newly fabricated stone guard clips

 1956 Dodge Royal Lancer rocker panel rust.

1st sanding of the exterior stainless stone guard


     

 

 


1956 Dodge rocker panel and floor repair

 

 1956 Dodge Royal Lancer rocker panel rust.

2nd primer

 1956 Dodge Royal Lancer rocker panel rust.

2nd prime


     

 


1956 Dodge rocker panel and floor repair

Primed in high build primer and ready for block sanding.

 1956 Dodge Royal Lancer rocker panel rust.

 

 1956 Dodge Royal Lancer rocker panel rust.

After block sanding and nit-picking, the body gets a 2nd application of high build primer.


     

 


1956 Dodge rocker panel and floor repair

Panels are tied together as original

 1956 Dodge Royal Lancer rocker panel rust.

The floor is reattached to the the cowl at the original facgtory seam

 1956 Dodge Royal Lancer rocker panel rust.

Newly fabricated wire loom retainers along the left quarter and across the tail pan


     

Body Work and Paint Prep


1956 Dodge rocker panel and floor repair

We cut out the inner panel in order to be able to work the weld zone from our quarter panel repair

 1956 Dodge Royal Lancer rocker panel rust.

Now we reinstall the inner structure

 1956 Dodge Royal Lancer rocker panel rust.

With the integrity of the body re-established, we can take the frame out from under the body and then set the body on a cart for better mobility.


     

 


1956 Dodge rocker panel and floor repair

 

 1956 Dodge Royal Lancer rocker panel rust.

Notice the installed door.  It is tacked welded into place to provide rigidity and proper fit of the body as the floorboard comes out.

 1956 Dodge Royal Lancer rocker panel rust.

Click on the image above for a short video dropping the body onto the restored floor.


     

 


1956 Dodge rocker panel and floor repair

inner structure of the body begins repair to be ready for the restored floorboard.

 

 1956 Dodge Royal Lancer rocker panel rust.

 

 1956 Dodge Royal Lancer rocker panel rustout

The floorboard and rockers are removed from the toeboard to the rear seat riser.  We will continue back to the original weld seam of the leading edge of the trunk floor.


     

 


1956 Dodge rocker panel and floor repair

 

 1956 Dodge Royal Lancer rocker panel rust.

 

 1956 Dodge Royal Lancer rocker panel rustout

 


     

 


image of the floor at the inspection panel

 

 1956 Dodge Royal Lancer rocker panel rust.

 Outer rocker panel rustout

 1956 Dodge Royal Lancer rocker panel rustout

 


     

 


 

 

front left floor at the access panel.

 


     

floor pan installed, rear section of seat platform fabricated and fit

 

 


     

 


trimming and fabricating repairs to the floorboard sections.

 

inner rocker repaired and brace reinstalled.

hand fabricated floor pan


     

 


The left rear floorpan was the worse;  here is our paper template laying out the bead and stamping details.

 

The template details transfered to our metal blank.

Rusted out floorbrace removed and cleaned up for repair.


     

 


More trimming!

 

And yet more trimming...

Practically down to only the metal we need.


     

The decision was made to continue with the restoration of the original body, and not to abandon all the hard work that was already made.

 

After rough cutting the floorboard out of the body, we started to trim down to the original seams that we will use to transplant the floorboard.

More trimming.


     

Parts Car


parts car disassembly.  This car is going to provide numerous parts such as chrome pieces that are much better than what was on the car we are restoring

 

Initially, we gave consideration to using the whole body, so we cleaned the undercoating off the bottom of the floor after mounting the body to the rotisserie.

An interesting stamping on the underside of the floorboard.

     

 

 


the trunk lid after it's 1st block sanding.

 

the trunk lid in primer.

After some time, we were able to find a parts car not too far away;  Pueblo, CO


     

 


 

the new lower trunk skin tacked into place.

clean up and fitting of the trunk lid to the body after the welding of the skin..

 


     

 


We scored a solid floor for the Dodge on Ebay.  Here it is ready to be cleaned up and trimmed back to the original weld seams

 Replacement floor installed at the factory lines.

Perfect fit;  no fighting with poor fitting reproduction panels.


     

 

 

 


     

 

 

 Hand fabricated door skin.


     

 

The left lower quarter with the rusty skin removed revealing the trailing end of the rocker panel also rusted.

Rusted and creased door skin

Rusted door frame


     

 


 

Rust in the roofline.

 

Metal underneath cleaned and patch installed.

The lower quarter in front of the wheel on the left side rear.


     

 


 

New metal fabricated and installed.

 

Rolling the turned edge on the decklid skin repair.

Getting sandblasting touch up.


     

 


 

Rust in the bottom of the decklid skin.

Rusted panel removed. .

Another view of the rust through on the decklid.


     

 


 

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Rust in the framework of the decklid


     

 

 


 

Rust in the bottom of the fender.

 

Metal patch hand fabricated

Patch tacked into place.


     

 


 

Cracked exhaust manifold

 

Nickel Welded and Ground

Fender rust


     

 


 

Welds ground

 

Primer applied

Patch fabricated and installed into the rear stone guard.


     

 

 


Sheet Metal Work

Rust in the bottom of the door.

 

Metal repaired.

Patch installed.


     

 


 

Packed up and ready to go to the Media Blaster.

 

All cleaned up and ready for restoration


     

 


 

                                                     The car's becoming smaller, and the parts pile is getting larger!

Front end parts.

Found some pretty original paint under the trim and black paint that was on top!


     

 


 

Bottoms of the doors look pretty good so far!

Some rust in the fenders.

engine/trans removal


     

 


 

gutted interior

front seat

wiring exposed under the dash


     

 


 

a nice detail for us is that the sill plates are in nice condition.  These will clean up well and are not overly corroded, torn, and dented.

dash panel out of the car

door disassembly

 


     

 


 

trim coming off car

evidence of an old filler repair

rust under the carpet and sill plate on the passenger side front floorboard


     

 


 

front view

engine

splotchy paint


     

 

Front seat

Trunk

Rear seat


     

 


The Beginning! 

Here's how the Dodge arrived to Windom. 

1300 Miles down from Hale, MI

Gonna need a windshield