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Title: Appearance: Appearance Options For Your M-Body
Post by: Reggie on February 22, 2008, 18:16:55
Appearance Options For Your M-Body

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Below is information on options for your car's appearance by Farley's member Remy-Z (https://www.dippy.org/forum2/index.php?action=pm;sa=send;u=3).

Background

Let's face facts: the Mopar M-body (and it's F-body/J- body siblings) are not the first, second, or even fifth options when it comes to finding an affordable Chrysler product to modify.  The stigma associated with four-door boxy-shaped vehicles from roughly 1975-1995 seems to be the dealbreaker when choosing the car you build.  However, everywhere I go with my Diplomat, I get all sorts of comments like; "Man, I wish I could take one of those and do what you did with it..."   I think; "Yeah, so do I.".  I only made it pretty.  The truth about my car is that I'm only responsible for its appearance, and my budget for it has been extremely low.  I've seen several good-looking F/J/M cars over the last ten years or so.  Some of them definitely stood out, while others simply served as test beds for ideas.

There are plenty of modifications that can be done to affect how the car looks without getting into deep money.  The majority of them are very simple:


Over time, that $800 second car will grow on you.

General Appearance:

All years of M-bodies do well with chrome. You already have two massive chrome "railroad ties" on each end, and chrome window treatments, so use them to your advantage. You can also tuck the bumpers in closer to the body to remove some of the overhang off the front and rear ends. However, this may require some fabrication.  Below are some suggestions for different “looks” or appearances based on many posts on this board. 


Interiors:

There is a lot of room to play with here from the factory, from stripper to fully-optioned luxury. The key here is to know what you want before you get the car in the first place.  Many interior parts can be swapped between the various F/J/M lines, so keep that in mind. 

Engine Bay:

At a minimum, the engine compartment can be kept clean.  WD-40 works well to remove grime on the body-color paint inside the engine bay without harming the paint.  Oil and/or fluid leaks can be corrected to improve the appearance.  A shop vacuum is good for removing dead leaves from of the many nooks and corners around the fenderwells and elsewhere under the hood.  A shop vacuum especially comes in handy down in the trough where the windshield wiper mechanism is.  A good engine cleaning also helps. There are also many aftermarket engine accessories available that offer a nice touch. Keep in mind that certain chrome aftermarket parts like oil pans, waternecks and valve covers should be scuffed up with fine to medium sandpaper on the gasket side to prevent seepage.

Wheels and Tires:

Usually this comes down to personal taste.   I've pretty much have seen it all from 15" mags to  18"s-20"s to wire Daytons,  The key is to select a rim that will  work with your car and your planned usage. Make sure the wheel offset, backspacing, width and tire size is exactly what you want beforehand, or you'll regret the purchase (and possibly damage your vehicle in the process.)  A useful (but spendy) tool that is now available is the Wheelrite - Wheel & Tire Simulator by Percy's High Performance (http://store.summitracing.com/partdetail.asp?autofilter=1&part=PHP%2D01201&N=700+400251+4294772430+115&autoview=sku).

Let's go over some wheel terms:


Common Factory F/J/M wheels include:


Common Factory F/J/M Hubcaps include:


Photos - Cop Car Look:


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Post by: Reggie on February 24, 2008, 14:12:33
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Photos - Classy Look

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Post by: Reggie on February 28, 2008, 23:29:23
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Photos - Coupes

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Post by: Reggie on July 16, 2008, 10:55:41
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Photos - Stock/Civilian Look

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Post by: Reggie on July 16, 2008, 12:50:30
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Photos - Mild Custom/Street Machine Look

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Post by: Reggie on July 16, 2008, 16:08:03
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Photos - Mild Custom/Street Machine Look - Continued

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Post by: Reggie on July 17, 2008, 14:57:45
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Photos - Mild Custom/Street Machine Look - Continued

More photos of member M_Body Coupe's 1980 Diplomat 2 door coupe