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Old 24 Feb 2017, 09:29 am
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So it was suggested by a wise member of the forum that I start a 'build thread" for my PT Cruiser project. Seemed like a good idea, so here goes...

I purchased my '05 Convertible in 2009 with just 17K miles on her. It was a Florida car so it hadn't been subjected to VT winters. This is the car the day I picked it up at the dealership:



I named it "RETRO" and added chrome on the beltline, the rear lift gate, and the bumpers. I installed the Ford style taillights and headlight "eyebrows", and added chrome wheels, whitewalls, and a Mopar Accessory luggage rack. We've enjoyed the car immensely over the past eight years! Here are some pics...











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After eight years of fun our beloved "Retro" is showing it's age. The chrome is peeling, there is a dent in the quarter where my daughter's friend backed into it, the windshield is cracked, and the tires are shot.







I considered selling it, but it's become a member of the family now. I've decided it's time for a remodel/upgrade so that we can enjoy it for another several years...
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For my "Retro" refresh, I will be replacing the windshield, fixing the rear quarter panel, replacing the tires with new whitewalls or raised white letter tires (TBD), and replacing the chrome.

My planned upgrades to "Retro" include a Pteazer smoothie front and rear bumper cover, possibly adding Brizio aluminum bumpers, some custom pin striping, and some interior paint and upholstery work. I'd also like to remove and fill the lift gate handle and have stainless ribs made for the tailgate.

It all costs $$$ so I'll see how far I get with this. My goal is to have the car back on the road for the Memorial Day parade the end of May...
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While I'm waiting for my body shop appointment, I decided to go ahead and start taking the car apart. I am planning to paint the silver gauge surround and airbag cover aqua. I will also be painting the center control cover the same color. Eventually I will use this color on the upholstery as well.

Last night I started pulling the dash apart to remove these pieces. While I'm in there I will be replacing the gauge bulbs since I have a couple burned out.









This weekend I hope to finish removing the dash parts so that I can begin the sanding and prep work for the aqua paint...
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Are you going for a complete color change on the exterior, as well? Yours may end up looking like Jerry's (wwpptc).
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No - keeping it black. Just using the aqua as an accent color...

I'll be adding aqua and white/silver pin striping to the outside - possibly a small aqua graphic along the body...
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Good for you. I really like those wheels. How are they holding up? If good what kind our they and what size?

I wish I kept my convertible.
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You might be ready for some color, but I think some white/black leather seats would really dress up the interior, give it that "gangster" look



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Good for you. I really like those wheels. How are they holding up? If good what kind our they and what size?

I wish I kept my convertible.
Wheels are still looking great! They are American Racing Chrome Aero in 15x7. I decided to go to the smaller 15" so I could run a wider whitewall, and also have the option of raised white letter tires if I ever wanted to go that route. I've been very happy with them and they still look new after seven years of use. I don't drive the car in the winter, so they haven't had to endure New England salt. Typically salt and chrome aren't a good mix...
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You might be ready for some color, but I think some white/black leather seats would really dress up the interior, give it that "gangster" look



I gotta admit - I like that a lot! Something to think about for sure!!!
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